No. 12 Indiana University Needs Overtime to Overcome No. 17 Hartwick College 12-10 OT & Clinch Fifth Place at CWPA Eastern Championship
PROVIDENCE, RI -- No. 12 Indiana University fell behind 5-0 early in the second period, but climbed back into the game to knock off No. 17 Hartwick College 12-10 in overtime to clinch a fifth place finish at the 2012 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
For the Hoosiers (28-9), Summer Creighton (Fr., Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), Shelby Taylor (Fr., Calgary, Alberta/St. Francis), Alexis Jones (Fr., Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein), Shae Fournier (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) and Colleen McNaught (Fr., Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills) each posted pairs of goals, while Meghan Lappan (So., North Vancouver, B.C./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Hanna Eimstad (Sr., Portland, Ore./Beaverton) chipped in solo markers as Indiana established a new program wins record over the weekend erasing the previous mark of 26 victories held by the 1998, 2003 and 2011 squads.
In the cage, Cassie Wyckoff (Sr., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) stopped six shots, including two in the overtime periods, to conclude her collegiate career with a victory.
The game was all Hawks in the early going as Jemma Dendy Young (So., Cape Town, South Africa) tossed in the icebreaker at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter to give Harwick the early lead. Kamila Zakirova (So., Almaty, Kazakhstan) did the trick in cushioning the lead as she connected on back-to-back-to-back scoring shots at 5:29, 4:23 and 3:25 to complete a hat-trick and push the margin out to 4-0 by the conclusion of the opening period of play.
Hartwick continued to pour it on to start the second quarter as Shannon Leonard (Sr., Point Clair, Quebec) floated a ball into the cage 44 seconds into the period to make it a 5-0 game.
Needing at least one goal to stem the bleeding and keep the Hawks' from flying away with an easy victory, the Hoosiers turned to Creighton who broke up Hartwick goalie Haley Cox's (Jr., El Segundo, Calif.) shutout bid with exactly six minutes remaining in the first half.
The lead continued to evaporate for the remainder of the quarter as Indiana outscored Brown 5-2 in the second frame to mow the lead down to a single tally prior to the halftime horn.
Taylor and McNaught continued the Hoosiers' comeback bid as the frosh duo deposited balls into the cage at 5:05 and 4:25, respectively, to make it a 5-3 game.
Hartwick terminated Indiana's run with a marker of their own from the hand of Zakirova at 2:50, but Jones converted on an advantage chance at 1:29 and Eimstad tacked on an even-strength strike with nine seconds left on the period clock to cut it down to 6-5 prior to the halftime horn.
Lily Martinez (Jr., Commerce, Calif.) returned the Hawks' lead to a pair with 5:33 left in the third quarter via a man-up score, which elicited a yellow card warning to Indiana head coach Barry King for arguing the ejection call.
The card appeared to reinvigorate the Hawks as Zakirova dumped in shots at 5:01 and 4:35 to build the margin to 9-5 with the clock and the momentum shifting dramatically in favor of Hartwick.
However, the Hoosiers began to turn the tide as Fournier (4:06) and Taylor (00:52) closed the period with consecutive man-up strikes to sandwich a yellow card to Hartwick head coach Alan Huckins and move Indiana within 9-7 through 24 minutes of competition.
McNaught made it a one-goal game 1:24 into the fourth quarter with the Hoosiers' third straight score, but Alyssa Analytis (Sr., Montreal, Quebec) responded at 4:50 to return the spread to a pair at 10-8.
Facing a loss, Indiana stepped up to the challenge as Lappan laced a man-up shot through the Hawks' defense at 2:27 to close the chasm to a singe goal. The teams met at 10-all with 23 seconds remaining in regulation as Creighton canned a shot past Hartwick goalie Haley Cox (Jr., El Segundo, Calif.).
Hartwick had a chance to end the contest in regulation, but a shot from five meters out sailed over the crossbar and into the netting behind the cage to conclude 32 minutes of scheduled action and bring on a pair of three-minute overtime periods.
Following a scoreless first OT frame in which neither team was able to manage much in terms of offense, the Hoosiers broke through for the game-winner 53 seconds into the second OT period when Jones bashed a ball past Cox with 2:07 glowing on the clock to make it 11-10. Indiana added an insurance goal nearly a minute later when Fournier dashed the Hawks' comeback hopes with a successful five-meter penalty shot with 1:10 left for the 12-10 final score.
For Hartwick, Zakirova led the way with six goals, while Dendy Young chipped in a pair. Analytis and Martinez rounded out the Hawks' offense contributors as Hartwick finishes the season at 28-13.
Cox finished with a game-high 13 saves as Indiana outshot the Hawks 25-to-26 in terms of shots-on-goal.
Due to finishing sixth in the tournament field, Hartwick places below fifth at the Eastern Championship for the first time since becoming a varsity sport and joining the league in 2000.
In 2003 at Harvard University, Hartwick knocked off the host Crimson 9-5 OT to claim fifth place in a then 12-team field. Over the last decade, the Hawks had never finished worse than fifth notching first (2004, 2006, 2007), second (2002, 2008, 2009), third (2001, 2005, 2010) fourth (2011) and fifth (2003) place marks.
|No. 12 Indiana University||0||5
|No. 17 Hartwick College
Hartwick Goals: Kamila Zakirova (6); Jemma
Dendy Young (2); Alyssa Analytis; Lily Martinez
Indiana Goals: Summer Creighton (2); Shelby
Taylor (2); Alexis Jones (2); Shae Fournier (2); Colleen McNaught
(2); Meghan Lappan; Hanna Eimstad
Saves: Hartwick - Haley Cox (13) ; Indiana - Cassie Wyckoff (6)
Exclusions: Hartwick - 11 ; Indiana - 4
Advantage Opportunities: Hartwick - 1-for-4 ; Indiana - 4-for-11
Sprints: Hartwick - 4-for-6 (First, Second, Third, Fourth) ; Indiana - 2-for-6 (OT1, OT2)
Cards: YC - Barry King (Indiana HC, 5:33
- Third Period)
Officials: Humberto Navarro, Hadi Farid
Indiana University's Shae
Fournier shoots as Hartwick College's Jemma Dendy Young attempts to
block the shot