BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 8-ranked/Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion Indiana University women's water polo team defeated ninth-seed Wagner College, 11-6, to advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. on May 9-11. Four goals from senior Shae Fournier and three from Rebecca Gerrity spurred the Hoosiers' offense to lead the team to their third NCAA appearance in school history.
Gerrity started the Hoosiers off right with a goal to the corner in front of Indiana's home crowd.
Wagner quickly went on the offensive attack, taking a 5-2 shot advantage. Goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault was able to keep the Seahawks off the board until halfway through the first, racking up three quick saves and nine overall.
Wagner muscled its way in the middle and dodged Gaudreault's outstretched arms to tie the score at 1-1 before a skip-shot from Fournier put Indiana back on top, ending the first quarter with a 2-1 Hoosiers' lead.
Shelby Taylor got the ball to freshman Ellie Stott who netted a goal to open the second quarter. Wagner was able to score two more balls in the second, but an offensive spurt from Gerrity, Fournier and Colleen McNaught gave Indiana a halftime lead of 6-4.
The Hoosiers never looked back. Fournier, Indiana's all-time leading scorer netted two more goals off penalty shots while picking up three steals. Gerrity added a third goal, junior Colleen McNaught scored twice, and senior Meghan Lappan added the final tally for Indiana.
Indiana, an eight seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, will head to Los Angeles to compete for the National Championship. The Hoosiers will face No. 1-ranked and top seed Stanford University to kick off the tournament on May 9.
Release courtesy Indiana University Athletics Communications