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Michigan spoils Penn St.'s B10 ledger

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior captain Rachael Mack scored the game-winning goal 8:10 into the overtime period to lift Michigan  to a 2-1 upset victory against No. 6 Penn State on Friday afternoon at Phyllis Ocker Field. The win against Penn State, which was previously unbeaten in Big Ten play, is the third against a ranked foe this season for the Wolverines.

It was Mack's second overtime game winner in four matches and again came from Lauren Hauge, who initiated the attack with a rush up the right side of the field. She dribbled the ball into the circle and hammered a hard, low shot on goal, and Mack got her stick on it in front of the net, tipping it into the lower left corner at the 78:10 mark.

Michigan led the majority of the contest, before the Nittany Lions evened the score with just 3:11 remaining in regulation play. PSU's Jacqueline Kenney fed the ball up and into the circle from the right side, and Lauren Purvis rifled a low shot to the backboard to force overtime.

The Wolverines largely controlled the first half, outshooting PSU 7-4 in the frame. Senior Michelle Roberts put UM on the board early, taking advantage of a scrum in front of the net to swoop in and bang the loose ball in at 6:58. It was Roberts' third goal of the season.

PSU responded to the early UM goal with a corner opportunity, but fifth-year senior Haley Jones turned away back-to-back shots on goal, stopping the direct shot on the turf before blocking the rebound up high. Jones was strong in the Wolverine cage, posting seven saves in the contest.

No. 5 Old Dominion 1, Rutgers 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Old Dominion (12-6, 6-1) defeated Rutgers (9-8, 2-5) by a 1-0 final on Friday afternoon. The win lifts ODU to at least a share of the Big East title and is the Lady Monarchs 11th win in a row to complete the regular season.

“I am really pleased with our mentality today,” ODU head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “Rutgers’ goalkeeper played very well and we stayed aggressive and composed and found a way to score. And as we pushed forward we did a great job of keeping defensive structure – we only conceded three shots in the game, and none in the second half. Tremendous defensive effort.”

Old Dominion began the first half on the offensive attack, outshooting the Scarlet Knights 14-3. Despite the shot advantage the Lady Monarchs could not find the back of the net. ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept made all three of her saves in the first half and ODU had a 6-1 penalty corner advantage by halftime.

In the second half, ODU would not allow one shot and did not allow a penalty corner. The Lady Monarchs received an offensive spark from Katy Fuhrman after Kelsey Smither led the charge to the goal and Fuhrman rebounded the initial shot and scored her third goal of the season.

ODU outshot Rutgers by a 23-3 tally and had nine penalty corners to the Scarlet Knights one. ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept made three saves and earned her 12th win and seventh shutout on the season. Rutgers goalkeeper Shevaun Hayes made 13 saves and fell to a 9-8 record on the year.

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