Hoosiers Sweep CWPA Weekly Honors
May 3, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Three members of the Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team were recognized for their outstanding play during the Hoosiers' run to the CWPA Eastern Championship, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Cassie Wyckoff, fresh off an Eastern Tournament MVP award, collected the Western Division Player of the Week award. Jakie Köhli was named the Defensive Player of the Week and Shae Fournier earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Wyckoff picks up her third CWPA weekly award of the season after previously earning Defensive Player of the Week laurels on March 7 and 14.
Wyckoff had a dominant performance in the cage while leading the Hoosiers to their second CWPA Eastern Championship, recording 41 saves and three steals during three complete games. Wyckoff began the tournament with 16 saves, tying a season-high, while also picking up a pair of steals in a 7-6 win over Harvard. In the semifinal win against No. 12 Hartwick, Wyckoff posted 11 saves and a steal.
Her performance of the weekend came in the finale against top-seeded/No. 6 ranked Michigan, in which Wyckoff stymied the Wolverine attack to the tune of 14 saves. The Hoosier defense locked down Michigan to its lowest scoring output of the 2011 season in a 5-3 triumph to send Indiana to the NCAA Championship for the second time in program history.
Against the Wolverines, Wyckoff set a single-season school record for saves with 322, passing Kate Toole's 311 in 1998. Wyckoff has 15 double-digit save contests this season. She has 726 career stops, good for the second on IU all-time list.
Köhli earns her third Western Division Defensive Player of the Week award after notching the honor on February 28 and April 18.
The Burnaby, B.C. native was a consistent presence on the defensive end during the CWPA Eastern Championship, registering totals of nine steals and five field blocks over the weekend. She also posted seven goals and four assists.
Against Harvard in the quarterfinals, Köhli picked up a team-high three steals and two field blocks, while also scoring a goal and dishing out an assist in the win. She had two steals and dominated on the offensive end in the win over Hartwick, registering a school-record-tying six goals.
Köhli was key down the stretch against Michigan, making timely field blocks and steals to counter Wolverine rally attempts in the second half. She finished with team-highs of four steals and three field blocks in the thrilling victory, as well as two assist. Köhli is fourth on the IU career steals list with 218 and she has collected 84 takeaways this season.
Fournier now has a conference record nine weekly awards in her first collegiate season, including six Rookie of the Week honors. She recorded six goals, two assists, four steals, and a team-high nine field blocks during the Hoosiers' championship weekend.
Fournier had a solid all-around performance in the semifinal against Harvard, racking up two goals, one assist, two steals, three field blocks, and two earned exclusions. She continued to cause problems on the defensive end against Hartwick, collecting a team-high four field blocks, while also posting a goal, an assist, and a steal.
She recorded a hat trick against Michigan in the finale, which was her eighth game with three or more goals during her freshman campaign. Fournier also had one steal, two field blocks, and an earned exclusion in the victory. Fournier has season totals of 57 goals, 37 assists, 79 steals, and a team-high 43 field blocks.