No. 13 Indiana University Escapes Harvard University 7-6 to Reach 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship Semifinals

Shae Fournier
Shae Fournier

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cassie Wyckoff (Jr., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) tipped a shot into the air and collected the loose ball before it was swept by the churning water into the goal mouth to preserve a 7-6 victory by No. 13 Indiana University over Harvard University in front of a raucous home crowd.  The victory puts the Hoosiers into the tournament semifinals against Hartwick College at 5:20 p.m. tomorrow.

Leading 6-4 entering the fourth period, the Hoosiers cushioned their lead as Kara Butler (Sr., Poway, Calif./Poway) whipped in a shot a 3:39 to push the margin out to 7-4.  The goal, although an apparent insurance tally, played a significant role down the stretch as the Crimson stormed back to threaten in the final 100 seconds of the game.

Lizzie Abbott (Jr., Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) started the comeback with a successful shot at 2:44 before Devan Kennifer (Jr., Monterey, Calif./Santa Catalina) collected a loose ball and deposited a shot past Wyckoff to move Harvard within 7-6 with 1:42 to play.

Needing a defensive stand to hold off the Crimson, Indiana needed a dramatic save by Wyckoff to hold Harvard at bay and earn a date with Hartwick for a shot at a title game berth.

The game was tight throughout the first half as neither team was able to gain control of the contest.

Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a man-up goal by Monica Zdrojewski (Jr., Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills) 67 seconds into the contest, but Indiana responded with a score off an exclusion by freshman Shae Fournier (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) at 6:24 and a natural tally by fellow first-year Meghan Lappan (Fr., North Vancouver, B.C./St. Thomas Aquinas) at 4:49 to go in front at 2-1.

The Crimson evened the score at 2-2 with a tally by Lizzie Abbott (Jr., Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) with 35 seconds remaining in the period as the teams ended the first eight minutes of play knotted at eight-all.

A new period did nothing to change the pattern as Zdrojewski converted on another man-up chance at 5:47 of the second period to give Harvard a 3-2 lead, but Fournier and Butler rifled shots past Crimson netminder Laurel McCarthy (Jr., Riverforest, Ill./Fenwick) at 3:00 and 37 seconds to give Indiana a 4-3 lead at halftime.

Indiana and Harvard continued exchanging blows in the third period with Jakie Kohli (Jr., Burnaby, B.C./Moscrop Secondary) cashing in on a man-up chance at 7:47 to give the Hoosiers a 5-3 lead.

Harvard countered with another man-up strike by Zdrojewski at 4:13 to move to within 5-4, but the Hoosiers' received a natural goal from the hand of Lauren Wyckoff (Sr., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) with 1:13 remaining in the third period to establish the drama of the fourth and final period of play.

Overall, Butler and Fournier led the way on offense for Indiana with pairs of goals, while Zdrojewski of Harvard led all scorers with a hat-trick.

Between the pipes, Player of the Game Wyckoff finished with 16 saves to earn the way.  McCarthy took the loss for the Crimson with 10 stops guarding the iron.

Harvard will next be in action at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 against Bucknell University with a berth in the tournament's fifth place game on Sunday at stake.  If the Crimson can knock-off the Bison and make the fifth place game, it will gurantee the team's highest finish at the Eastern Championship since a fifth place mark in 2005.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
Harvard University 2 1 1 2 -- 6
No. 13 Indiana University 2 2 2 1 -- 7

Indiana Goals: Kara Butler (2); Shae Fourner (2); Meghan Lappan; Lauren Wyckoff; Jakie Kohli

Harvard Goals:  Monica Zdrojewski (3); Lizzie Abbott (2); Devan Kennifer

Saves: Indiana - Cassie Wyckoff (16) ; Harvard - Laurel McCarthy (10)

Exclusions: Indiana - 7 ; Harvard - 5

Advantage Opportunities:  Indiana - 2-for-5 ; Harvard - 3-for-7

Sprints: Indiana - 3-for-4 ; Harvard - 1-for-4

Cards: None

Officials: Alex Stankevitch, Eddie Ajuz 

Laurel McCarthy attempts a save against Indiana

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