Rutgers Upsets Ohio State, Maryland Hammers Hopkins


Coach Brian Brecht and Rutgers celebrate after a 12-11 win over Ohio State that bolstered the Scarlet Knights' case for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Rutgers will have to sweat out another Selection Sunday. This time, at least, the Scarlet Knights will do so on a winning note.

Freshman Kieran Mullins scored his third goal on the first possession of overtime to lift No. 16 Rutgers to a 12-11 win over No. 3 Ohio State in its regular season finale Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

The Scarlet Knights (10-4) solidified their case for an at-large bid despite not qualifying for the upcoming Big Ten tournament. They came into Saturday with the No. 12 RPI and No. 14 strength of schedule, numbers that certainly will be boosted by the victory over the Buckeyes.

Rutgers' margin might decrease if a team like Albany or Denver loses in its conference tournament, but for now, the Scarlet Knights' prospects look solid. They last played in the NCAA tournament in 2004.


Attackman Matt Rambo factored in six of nine first-half goals, as Maryland defeated rival Johns Hopkins 12-5 to earn the top seed in the Big Ten tournament.


Ohio State's loss meant Saturday's night's showdown between rivals Maryland and Johns Hopkins would determine the No. 1 seed the Big Ten tournament next weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The No. 5 Terps seized the spot with authority, riding Tewaaraton candidate Matt Rambo to a 12-5 win over the No. 10 Blue Jays in front of 14,353 fans in College Park.

Rambo factored in six first-half goals as Maryland jumped out to a 9-1 lead. He finished with three goals and four assists, as the Terps shot 12-for-37, compared to 5-for-27 for the Blue Jays.

With the win, Maryland avoids having to play host Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals. Instead, the top-seeded Terps will meet fourth-seeded Penn State, with the second-seeded Buckeyes taking on third-seeded Johns Hopkins.


Jeff Teat capped off a brilliant rookie season with a trifecta – a single-game freshman scoring record, a single-season freshman scoring mark, and a win over archrival Princeton. His 12-point day led the Big Red to an 18-17 shootout victory over the No. 13 Tigers, giving Cornell its first win over a ranked opponent this season and sending the home team into the offseason with five wins in its final eight games.

Teat posted five goals and seven assists on the day to record the third-highest single-game point total in Cornell history while surpassing Rob Pannell's first-year mark of 67 with his final tally of 72. His 12 points are the most recorded by a Big Red player in 40 years, matching Tim Goldstein's mark of 12 points vs. Hobart in 1987, and he did it with Goldstein in the crowd cheering on the Big Red.  

Teat also won the head-to-head matchup with the nation's top-scoring rookie, Princeton's Michael Sowers, who holds the Ivy League record for points in a season by a freshman with 77 and counting after a seven-point day himself (three goals, four assists).

Jake McCulloch had a career-high six goals, including the game-winner with 2:24 to play, and Christian Knight made 10 saves, none bigger than his stop on Austin Sims at the buzzer to cap off a wild final five minutes.


Ryan Drennan and the Towson seniors had plenty to celebrate Saturday, upending Hofstra to earn the CAA tournament's top seed and hosting rights.


Seniors accounted for all of Towson's scoring Saturday, as the No. 13 Tigers defeated No. 9 Hofstra 10-8 to lock up the top seed and hosting rights for the CAA tournament.

Tyler Young scored four goals and Joe Seider added three. Towson trailed 4-3 in the second quarter, but rallied with six straight goals to take control of the game. The Tigers blanked the Pride in the third quarter.


Morgan Cheek scored two goals and dished out four assists and Robert Shaw made 19 saves to lead Harvard to a 9-8 upset of No. 11 Yale, spoiling the Bulldogs' bid for their first perfect Ivy League campaign since 1956.

The Crimson (6-7, 2-4 Ivy League) erased two four-goal deficits and overcame a six-point day by Yale's Ben Reeves (three goals, three assists).

The Bulldogs (8-5, 5-1) had already secured the top seed in the Ivy League tournament and clinched the regular season title outright with Princeton's loss to Cornell.


Air Force defeated High Point 16-11 and No. 13 Richmond handled Furman 13-4 on Saturday, putting the Falcons, Spiders and Paladins in a three-way tie for first place in the Southern Conference with 6-1 conference marks. Air Force earned the top seed for the conference tournament with a tiebreaker. Richmond is the predetermined host of the tournament.


Penn defeated No. 20 Virginia for the second time this season, using a 5-1 run bridging the second and third quarters en route to a 17-11 victory in the showcase game of the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. Adam Goldner scored a career-high five goals for the Quakers, who will play Yale in the Ivy League semifinals next week.

The Cavaliers finished 8-7 in Lars Tiffany's first season as the coach. "The University of Virginia Lacrosse program has too proud of a history for our staff to settle for anything less than exceptional lacrosse," Tiffany said. "We did not achieve this in 2017."


Postseason fields have been finalized for the America East, Big East, Big Ten, CAA, Ivy League, MAAC, Northeast and Southern conference tournaments.

America East
(1) Albany vs. (4) Stony Brook
(2) UMBC vs. (3) Vermont

Big East
(1) Denver vs. (4) Marquette
(2) Villanova vs. (3) Providence

Big Ten
(1) Maryland vs. (4) Penn State
(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Johns Hopkins

(1) Towson vs. (4) Drexel
(2) Hofstra vs. (3) UMass

Ivy League
(1) Yale vs. (4) Penn
(2) Princeton vs. (3) Brown

(1) Monmouth vs. (4) Detroit Mercy
(2) Canisius vs. (3) Marist

(1) Hobart vs. (4) Sacred Heart
(2) Bryant vs. (3) Robert Morris

(1) Air Force vs. (4) Jacksonville
(2) Richmond vs. (3) Furman

Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Top 20 Scoreboard

No. 2 Denver 16, Marquette 8
No. 16 Rutgers 12, No. 4 Ohio State 11 (OT)
No. 5 Maryland 12, No. 10 Johns Hopkins 5
No. 6 Albany 16, Hartford 10
No. 13 Towson 10, No. 9 Hofstra 8
Harvard 9, No. 11 Yale 8
Cornell 18, No. 12 Princeton 17
No. 14 Villanova 15, Providence 7
No. 18 Richmond 13, Furman 4
Penn 17, No. 20 Virginia 11

Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20 Scoreboard

No. 1 Merrimack at No. 17 Saint Anselm - 7 p.m.
No. 4 Mercyhurst 7, No. 19 Lake Erie 4
No. 6 Le Moyne 12, Bentley 8
No. 8 NYIT 16, No. 16 Mercy 7
No. 12 Colorado Mesa 15, Westminster 8
No. 13 Seton Hill 14, Wheeling Jesuit 10
No. 14 Wingate 11, Queens (N.C.) 10 (OT)
Assumption 15, No. 18 Southern New Hampshire 14 (OT)

Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Top 20 Scoreboard

No. 1 Bates 11, Connecticut College 8
No. 2 Salisbury 15, No. 5 York 5
No. 3 RIT 28, Bard 2
No. 6 Cortland 12, Plattsburgh 9
No. 7 Wesleyan 15, Williams 8
No. 8 Tufts 12, Bowdoin 11
No. 9 Cabrini 16, Gwynedd Mercy 3
No. 10 St. Lawrence 15, Skidmore 7
Middlebury 12, No. 11 Amherst 11
No. 12 Dickinson 10, Ursinus 9 (OT)
No. 13 Ithaca 18, Hartwick 8
No. 14 Stevenson at Messiah
No. 15 Franklin & Marshall 19, Muhlenberg 4
No. 16 Gettysburg 12, Washington College 8
Nazareth 11, No. 17 Stevens 7
Virginia Wesleyan at No. 20 Lynchburg - 7 p.m.

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