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Wolverines slash the Hoosiers’ defense

In a game in which the No. 12 Hoosiers controlled the action for most of the time and neither team held a lead of more than three points, four defensive lapses cost IU an opportunity to defeat rival Michigan for the first time in the seniors’ career.

The No. 7 Wolverines scored with four seconds remaining in the third quarter to give them a 6-5 heading into the final quarter. That goal would ultimately prove to be the difference in the contest, as Michigan earned a 9-8 victory.

The Hoosiers had an opportunity to cut the deficit to one around the two-minute mark when senior utility player Kara Butler earned a penalty shot. Freshman attacker Shae Fournier took the shot, but the attempt was saved by the Wolverine keeper Alex Adamson.

Earlier in the game, Michigan converted on each of its two penalty shots.

Fournier provided a lift offensively for IU, scoring three goals. The last two were during the course of 38 seconds.

“She really stepped up, especially when we were down,” senior attacker Kelsey Campbell said. “She had those two goals back-to-back. That was big to get our team motivated and back into it. She stepped up when we needed her and filled that shooter’s role.”

IU coach Barry King said defense cost the Hoosiers in the loss.

“We made a handful of defensive mistakes,” he said. “Those were killers. We make four mistakes that turn into goals, and you have the outcome that you had.”

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