LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Will Rigali (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) scored four goals, including two in overtime, to earn Player of the Game honors as No. 17 Indiana University stunned No. 11 University of Oregon, 13-9 OT, in the final first round game of the 2013 Men's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of California-San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center.
The Big Ten Division Hoosiers will next be in action at 9:00 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, November 9, against No. 2/Pacific Coast Division champion the University of California-Los Angeles in the tournament quarterfinals.
Trailing 2-1 and 4-3 at the conclusion of the first and second quarters of competition, Indiana rallied to knot the game at six-all by the conclusion of the third quarter.
Following back-to-back goals by the Northwest Division champion Ducks' Colton Saunders (Jr., Newberg, Ore.) with 4:15 and 3:51 left in the fourth quarter to claim an 8-6 lead, the Hoosiers' needed some last minute heroics to force overtime and a chance at victory.
Kyle Rickert (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) moved the Hoosiers within one to trail 8-7 with 1:02 left on the clock as he swept in a shot. Facing a stiffening Oregon defense and with the clock heavily not in its favor, Indiana found a way to knot the game as Kyle Kreunen (So., Cape Town, South Africa) sliced through the Ducks to connect on a heave with 25 seconds on the clock to tie the game at six-all and bring on two three-minute overtime periods.
The Hoosiers put the game away in the first OT period as Kreunen broke loose for a blast with 2:10 on the clock to give Indiana a lead at 9-8 for only the team's second scoring advantage in the contest after a 6-5 lead with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
Rigali made it a two-goal game by connecting on the golden goal at the 1:33 mark before Christian Kautzman (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kyle Anderson (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) drilled in shots with 1:10 and one second left to cap a 4-0 period and hand the Hoosiers a 12-8 lead with one three-minute quarter left to play.
The lead would prove to be a nut too tough for the Ducks to crack down the stretch as Rigali fired in another score 42 seconds into the final OT period to build the margin to 13-8.
Oregon attempted to climb back into the contest as Harry Tingler (Sr., Newport Beach, Calif.) converted on a six-on-five chance with 1:45 on the clock, but the Hoosiers' first OT period offensive barrage and the ticking down of the game clock doomed the Ducks to a four-goal loss.
For Indiana, which is making its first appearance at the National Collegiate Club Championship, Rickert and Rigali shared the game-high in scoring as both put away four shots. Anderson and Kruenen finished with two goals, while Kautzman notched a single tally.
Tingler led Oregon with a hat-trick, while Aaron Bishow (Sr., Eugene, Ore.), Saunders and Mitch O'Donnell (Fr., Canyon, Calif.) tossed in pairs of markers.
Between the pipes, Bryce Tobias (Sr., Malibu, Calif.) stopped eight shots to notch the Hoosiers first win at a Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) postseason championship. Christian Broom (Jr., Redwood City, Calif.) took the loss for Oregon with nine saves.
The loss puts an impressive streak by the Ducks in jeopardy as Oregon has never finished outside the Top 10 in seven previous trips to the National Collegiate Club Championship.
An eight-time Northwest Division champion (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Oregon previously placed 10th (2012 at Osborn Aquatic Center/Oregon State University; 2011 at Georgia Institute of Technology; 2007 at the University of Arizona), ninth (2010 at Southern Utah University), sixth (2008 at Ohio University) and eighth (2005 at Williams College; 2004 at the University of Notre Dame).
A loss in the either of the team's next two games will snap the Ducks' streak as Oregon must win twice to make the make the ninth place game.
Oregon will continue the tournament this evening at 9:50 p.m. in the 12th and final game on Day One of the three day event as the Ducks will clash with the host Tritons of UC-San Diego in the consolation bracket. UC-San Diego fell into the consolation bracket due to a 10-7 tournament opening loss to the top-ranked and seeded Bruins of UCLA.
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Kyle Rickert (4); Will Rigali (4); Kyle Anderson (2); Kyle Kreunen
(2); Christian Kautzman
Oregon Goals: Harry Tingler (3); Aaron Bishow (2); Colton Saunders (2); Mitch O'Donnell (2)
Saves: Indiana - Bryce Tobias (8) ; Oregon - Christian Broom (9)
Exclusions: Indiana - 5 ; Oregon - 6
Advantage Opportunities: Indiana - 1-for-6 ; Oregon - 3-for-5
Sprints: Indiana - 5-for-6 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th) ; Oregon - 1-for-6 (1st)
Officials: Justin Houck, Bruce Morehouse
Indiana University's Kyle
Anderson takes one of his five sprint victories against the
University of Oregon