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IU Water Polo Recap: Hoosiers Fall to UCLA in NCAA Quarterfinals, 8-5

May 13, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (25-12) fell 8-5 to No. 3 seed UCLA in Friday's quarterfinal matchup at the NCAA Championship on Friday at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Bruins scored the game's first three goals to grab an early first quarter lead and the two squads played even the rest of the way, scoring five goals each.

"We had some missed opportunities that really would have changed the complexion of the game," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "Overall, we put together a solid effort and competed at a very high level."

Shae Fournier and Nicole Redder had two goals apiece to lead to lead the Indiana scoring, while Jakie Köhli added one.

Cassie Wyckoff registered seven saves in a full 32 minutes of action.

UCLA opened the contest with a power play score on its first possession to take the quick lead. The Bruins followed it up with a post-up goal and another six-on-five conversion to go up 3-0 with 2:38 left in the opening period.

Fournier got the Hoosiers going 20 seconds later, earning a power play and turning a Köhli dish into a goal from the outside. Köhli finished the game with a team-high three assists, while Fournier racked up team-highs of four steals and four field blocks.

The Bruins responded with 11 seconds left in the period as a shot from two-meters deflected off Wyckoff and into the net to make it a 4-1 UCLA lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Indiana defense tightened up for the next two periods, as the Cream and Crimson allowed just one second quarter goal and shut-out the Bruins in the third.

Kara Butler and Fournier brought the Hoosiers to within two at the 4:13 mark of the second quarter, as Butler earned a kickout and a five-meter penalty, which Fournier skipped in to make it a 4-2 Bruin lead.

UCLA increased its lead to three with 47 seconds left in the half, scoring from six meters.

The Hoosiers had a chance to cut into the lead before the break, when Kelsey Campbell earned a five-meter penalty. Fournier's attempt skipped into the bar and came down just outside of the cage.

The two squads battled on both ends during the third quarter with the only goal coming from Redder inside on a power play after an assist by Köhli to cut the Bruin lead to 5-3. Redder earned the exclusion on the play and finished with three earned kick-outs for the contest.

UCLA converted a floating lob from six-meters at the 6:04 mark of the fourth quarter to go up by three scores.

The Hoosiers would not go down without a fight, as Köhli responded 30 seconds later with an outside shot that soared past the Bruin goalkeeper after a Meghan Lappan dish. Lappan finished with two steals and an assist.

The teams continued to exchange goals for the duration of the game, with the next score coming from UCLA at the 2:02 mark with a skip shot on a counter-attack to go up three scores, 7-4.

Redder brought Indiana back within two with a close-range six-on-five goal after a Köhli assist. Lauren Wyckoff earned the exclusion on the play to give IU the power play.

The Bruins added the final goal of the game with 1:13 left to extend the lead back to three.

Indiana will take on No. 7 seed UC San Diego in the consolation round at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.