For the Birds: No. 10 University of Oregon Ducks Emory University 12-11 in National Collegiate Club Championship's Final Game of Day One

Oregon's Brian Clifford (No. 14) and Emory's Paul Musille (No. 9) battle for the ball
Oregon's Brian Clifford (No. 14) and Emory's Paul Musille (No. 9) battle for the ball

2011 National Collegiate Club Championship Schedule & Results

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.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
Emory University
3 2
-- 11
No. 10 University of Oregon
-- 12

Oregon Goals: 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

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