Women's Water Polo: No. 17 Tigers Fall to No. 16 Indiana in Overtime, 10-9
Junior Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawai'i) won the sprint for the Tigers to begin the first quarter and Pacific jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at the 6:46 mark on a goal from juniorMandy King (Benicia, Calif.). Freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) blocked two shots in a one minute span including a point-blank shot from Indiana's Jakie Kohli at the 4:20 mark. With 0:06 remaining on the clock Indiana's Kohlie tied the game at one goal apiece to end the quarter.
In the second quarter Tawarahara gave Pacific the one point advantage at the 7:44 spot but Indiana's Lauren Wyckoff countered 15 seconds later, making it a 2-2 game. The Tigers then regained the one point lead when sophomore Allison Kosich (Stockton, Calif.) found the back of the net at the 4:38 point. For the second time in the contest Indiana's Kohli found the back of the net at the 4:24 spot on a 5-meter penalty shot to tie the game at 3-3, but Tawarahara tallied her second goal 21 seconds later to put the Tigers up 4-3 entering the half.
Indiana opened the third quarter notching back-to-back goals at the 6:38 and 5:50 points for its first lead of the day to go ahead 5-4. The Hoosiers then extended their lead to three with 3:24 and 2:50 on the clock on goals from Lauren Wyckoff and Kelly Palmberg respectively. Freshman Jasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Bethany Quertermous (Humble, Texas) scored consecutive goals at the 1:37 and 1:00 marks respectively to cut Indiana's lead to one, making it making it a 7-6 game at the end of the third.
In the final frame Tawarahara completed the hat trick to tie the game at 7-7 less than one minute into the quarter. As the Tigers and Hoosiers continued to battle in the pool Kosich came up with a critical field block at the 4:44 point to help the Tigers keep the game tied at seven goals a piece. With 3:29 on the clock the Hoosiers regained the one point advantage on Kohli's third goal of the contest but Quertermous countered at the 0:41 point to tie the game at 8-8 and send the contest into double overtime.
In the first overtime period, Quertermous recorded a key field block at the 2:51 point to keep the game tied and then followed up with a goal 23 seconds later to put Pacific up 9-8. At the start of the second overtime frame Indiana's Kelsey Campbell tied the game at 9-9 with a goal at the 2:22 mark, the Hoosiers the notched a goal with 1:39 left on the clock to take the one point lead for a final score of 10-9.
Juniors Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawai'i) and Bethany Quertermous (Humble, Texas) notched three goals apiece in Pacific's loss. Freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) recorded 12 saves in the cage for Pacific.
The Tigers host the Pacific Invitational on Saturday, March 20, with the first game beginning at 9:10 am. Pacific will face Harvard at 11:20 a.m. and California at 4 p.m.
Pacific: Millar 12.
Indiana: C. Wyckoff 13.