For the Birds: No. 10 University of Oregon Ducks Emory University 12-11 in National Collegiate Club Championship's Final Game of Day One
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Emory University's Paul Musille (Gr., Canton, Ohio) scored eight times connecting on pairs of markers in the first, second, third and fourth periods, but the No. 10-ranked Ducks of the University of Oregon received scoring from six players in outlasting the Eagles 12-11 in the final game on Day One of the 2011 Men's National Collegiate Club Championship at Georgia Tech University's Campus Recreation Center.
The game was a story of halves as the Ducks jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first period and carried a 9-5 lead into halftime before the Eagles soared to outscore Oregon 4-1 in the third period to make it a game.
Up 9-5 at the break, Oregon saw its margin begin to melt away in the third period as Michael Fires (Fr., Wynnewood, Pa.) and Stephen Leech (Jr., Pasadena, Calif.) converted advantage opportunities at 3:22 and 2:35, respectively, to close the gap to 9-7. The Ducks returned the lead to three following a score by Harrison Tingler (So., Newport Beach, Calif.) at 2:15, but Emory responded with back-to-back tallies with man-up (1:34) and natural (48 seconds) goals by Musille to trim the margin to one at 10-9 with a period to play.
With their backs to the wall, the Ducks rebuilt the lead to two with a Aaron Bishow (Jr., Eugene, Ore.) goal at 4:08, but the Eagles once again closed the gap as Musille notched his seventh goal of the evening at 3:52 to slice the lead down to a single goal.
Needing a score to hold Emory down and advance, Oregon turned to Tingler who tickled the twine with a man-up goal at the 2:41 mark for the eventual game-winner.
Emory attempted to erase the lead one more team, but could only muster a man-up tally by Musille 11 seconds after Tingler's game-winner to move to within one at 12-11.
The Eagles had chances down the stretch to balance the scoreboard and bring on overtime as Emory held a man-up opportunity with 37 seconds left in regulation, but Oregon's defense held on and claimed the one goal win.
The victory advances the Ducks to a 1:40 p.m. meeting against the University of North Carolina in the quarterfinals on Saturday, November 18 with a berth in the Final Four on the line.
Emory, which finished as the runner-up in the Southeast Division, will meet a familiar opponent in the 13th-15th place game as the Eagles will clash with Southeast Division champion and tournament host Georgia Tech at 8:40 p.m. to decide which program's finishes in a tie for 13th place in the 16-team tournament.
|No. 10 University of Oregon
Aaron Bishow (4); Harrison Tingler (3); Omar Hargrass (2); Robert
Brumley; Ben Clifford; Jacob Warkov
Emory Goals: Paul
Musille (8); Stephen Leech (2); Michael Fires
Saves: Oregon - Christian Broom (6) ; Emory - Allon Mordel (9)
Exclusions: Oregon - 14 ; Emory - 6
Advantage Opportunities: Oregon - 4-for-6 ; Emory - 4-for-14
Sprints: Oregon - 1-for-4 (2nd) ; Emory - 3-for-4 (1st, 3rd, 4th)
University of Oregon's Harrison Tingler