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Hoosiers to host games

After crossing the coast to play in two different tournaments, No. 15 IU will play games at home this weekend.

“The team has recuperated from two trips in a row,” IU Coach Barry King said.

Indiana is 8-2 overall and 1-0 in CWPA Eastern Division play.

Indiana will host No. 19 Cal-Baptist on senior night, which will be held on Friday night before the game starts.

The last game of the tournament has conference foes Indiana and Michigan squaring off at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Senior attacker Shae Fournier leads the Hoosiers with 23 goals scored as she is looking to become number one on Indiana’s all-time list.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault has recorded 95 saves for the Hoosiers.

Junior utility player Shelby Taylor has only played three weekends at home and is ready for this weekend.  

“I’m excited to have all my friends finally see what water polo is,” Taylor said. “Because it’s our only weekend at home there’s an added level of excitement.”

Taylor expects for the both games to be really good.

Cal-Baptist (7-5) claimed three of the four games it played in at its home tournament, the Lancer Invite.

Cal-Baptist is led by junior utility player Laura Kocsis (23 goals), sophomore 2nd meter player Hannah Evans (20 goals), and freshman driver Christina Young (17 goals).

Three players have had extensive playing time in goal for the Lancers.

Sophomore Meghan Rowland leads the team with 52 saves. Sophomore Lina Medeiros has recorded 24 saves and junior Leticia Perez has recorded 23 saves.

Michigan is 5-0 all-time against Cal-Baptist, including a 10-4 win last year.

The Wolverines are 2-9 and faced four-nationally ranked opponents last weekend at the Bison Invitational and went 1-2.

Michigan defeated No. 20 Wagner in the tournament. Sophomore driver Ali Thomason and second meter player Barbara Lanier lead the team with seven and six goals scored, respectively.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning recorded 20 saves during the weekend.

Senior attacker Kelsey Nolan leads the team with 17 goals scored. Thomason is second on the team as she has scored 13 goals.

Sophomore driver Presley Pender leads the team with 17 assists.

Browning leads the team with 51 saves and sophomore goalie Julia Campbell is second on the team with 28 saves.

Indiana is 11-33-1 against Michigan all-time. The Hoosiers has never beaten Michigan at home in the past three years.

“Practice has been solid in preparation for this weekend,” King said. “This is a difficult in the year for enthusiasm during practice. We’ve put in a lot of good work.”

Follow reporter Jaylen Johnson on Twitter @neylaJohnsonIDS

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