May 18, 2011

Indiana University's Shae Fournier Earns May 16 Western Division Rookie of the Week Laurels

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Shae Fournier (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Grant Park) of No. 10-ranked Indiana University tallied four goals, two assists, eight steals and eight field blocks to lead the Hoosiers to a sixth place finish at the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Water Polo Championship at the University of Michigan and earn the May 16 Women's Varsity Western Division Rookie of the Week award.

The first player in league history to earn the awards trifecta (Player of the Week, Rookie of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week) in a single season, she previously garnered the January 24, February 7, February 28, March 14, April 18 and May 2 Western Division Rookie of the Week awards.  In addititon, Fournier picked up honors as the March 21 Western Divsion Defensive Player of the Week along with the February 28 and March 14 Western Division Co-Player of the Week as she now has a conference record 10 weekly awards in her first collegiate season.

She opened the tournament two goals and team-highs of four steals and four field blocks in an 8-5 quarterfinal loss to No. 3-nationally ranked the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

Versus No. 14 University of California-San Diego, she recorded a goal, three steals, two field blocks and two earned exclusions in an 11-8 victory as Indiana claimed the program's first-ever victory at the NCAA tournament.

In a 12-8 loss to No. 7 Universty of California-Irvine in the fifth place game, she notched a goal, two assists, two field blocks and a steal to wrap-up her freshman campaign with 61 goals, 39 assists, 88 steals and 51 field blocks.

A Western Division All-Conference Second Team selection and the Western Division Rookie of the Year, she recorded 19 multi-goal efforts during her rookie season, along with at least three steals on 16 occassions.


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