UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich -- Northwood advanced to the finals of the GLIAC Tournament with a 4-1 victory against Ohio Dominican Thursday afternoon.

It is the second time in school history Northwood has reached the tournament finals. The last time was in 2007, when the Timberwolves fell at Gannon in the championship match.

Northwood, which was seeded third for the event, is now 9-4-3 on the season. Ohio Dominican falls to 9-6-3.

The win was crucial for Northwood's NCAA Tournament hopes. The Timberwolves entered the day ranked fourth in the Midwest region, followed immediately by Ohio Dominican in fifth. The top four teams in the region make the tournament.

Northwood got the scoring going in the 30th minute. Matthew Howitt took a feed from D.J. Evans and beat the keeper from 25 yards out to put NU up 1-0.

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Less than two minutes later, the Timberwolves made it 2-0 thanks to a pair of freshmen. Joey Censoni got in the box and beat the keeper off another pass from Evans.

That 2-0 lead didn't last long, as Ohio Dominican drew a penalty from Northwood exactly three minutes after the Censoni goal. Ohio Dominican's Casey Weddle converted the chance, which made the score 2-1. The score would remain that way through the rest of the half. The Panthers out-shot Northwood 8-6 and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Northwood scored a pair of goals in the second half to earn a trip to the finals. Junior Shaun Rydzewski picked up a loose ball in the box and converted to make the score 3-1 at 62:28. Evans finished off his strong day with an unassisted goal in the 84th minute.