No. 14 Indiana Sinks Brown Water Polo at Eastern Championship

No. 14 Indiana Sinks Brown Water Polo at Eastern Championship

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Kara Butler (Jr., Poway, Calif./Poway) scored four times to lead five University of Indiana scorers as the No. 14-nationally ranked Hoosiers upended Brown University 8-5 in the fourth and final game of the 2010 Eastern Championship first round at the University of Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center.

“We shot ourselves in the foot today,” said Head Coach Felix Mercado.  “We had every opportunity to win this game, but Indiana played great defense.”

Indiana, which advances to a date with unranked Princeton University in the tournament semifinals on Saturday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m., put the game away with a 3-0 scoring advantage in the second period. Brown, which will meet No. 19-ranked Bucknell University in the consolation round tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., could not overcome the deficit as the Bears and Hoosiers traded goals in the third and fourth periods for the 8-5 final score.

The Hoosiers never trailed in the game as Hanna Eimstad (So., Portland, Ore./Beaverton) put home a man-up chance with 6:25 left in the first period. Rita Bullwinkel (Jr., Portola Valley, Calif./Menlo-Atherton) responded for the Bears with a counter goal at 5:25, but Butler turned her defender at two-meters and ripped a shot which drew nothing but twine at the 5:05 mark to return the Hoosiers to the lead.

Butler turned her defender again at 3:54 and repeated her earlier actions to make it 3-1, but Lauren Presant (Sr., Poway, Calif./Poway) scored at even-strength (2:45) and on a man-up chance (1:42) to tie the game at three-all.

The tie lasted until the 7:01 mark of the second period when Nicole Redder (Jr., Grandville, Mich./Jenison) dumped a shot into the cage one second following the conclusion of a man-up to make if 4-3. Indiana expanded the margin to 6-3 by the end of the period as Lauren Wyckoff (Jr., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) lobbed a shot into the cage at 2:52 and Butler converted on a rollaway with 28 ticks in the first half to give the Hoosiers a three-goal lead.

Brown and Indiana traded salvos in the third period as Sarah Glick (Sr., Bonita, Calif./Bonita Vista) clicked off an outside shot which sailed inside the left post to make it 6-4, but Butler bashed the Bears with a rollaway shot at two-meters with the clock showing 4:29 to make it 7-4.

The teams repeated the back-and-forth fire in the fourth period as Kelsey Campbell (Jr., Maple Ridge, B.C./Maple Ridge Secondary) bombed away with a shot from the outside which found the cage at 5:48 before Glick tacked on her second tally at 1:11 for the 8-5 final.

In cage, Stephanie Laing (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) took the loss for the Bears with 10 saves, while Cassie Wyckoff (So., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) notched the victory with seven stops.



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