• The No. 1 Minnesota women’s hockey team escaped an overtime contest with a 3-2 victory against Bemidji State thanks to a power-play goal by senior Mira Jalosuo as the Golden Gophers remained perfect on the season and stretched their winning streak to 40 games. It was their first overtime game and first one-goal decision of the season. The Gophers finished their home slate with a 16-0-0 mark — the first time the team has gone undefeated at home in program history. Senior defenseman Megan Bozek tallied an assist in the contest, earning her 135th career point — a school record for career points by a defenseman.
• Cornell advanced to the NWCA National Duals finals next weekend in Minnesota after defeating Nebraska and Hofstra on Sunday in Newman Arena. Cornell opened the day by shutting out Hofstra 42-0 before edging the Cornhuskers 19-17. Cornell collected five falls on the day, including two by No. 1 165-pound Kyle Dake. Dake has 16 falls this season, one shy of tying the school’s season record.
• While Indiana, the No. 1 Division I men’s basketball team in the nation, made it through the week unscathed, No. 2 Duke did not fare as well. The Blue Devils survived a huge rivalry game against North Carolina on Wednesday, beating the Tar Heels 73-68 but were not able to come out on top in Saturday’s match-up at Maryland in Atlantic Coast Conference action. Maryland’s Seth Allen connected on two free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining in game as the Terrapins earned their first victory against Duke under head coach Mark Turgeon.
• The top-ranked Quinnipiac men’s hockey team fell to St. Lawrence 2-1 on Friday, snapping the Bobcats’ 21-game unbeaten streak. It was Quinnipiac’s first loss in ECAC Hockey play this season. Despite the setback, a Yale loss to Union on Friday gave the Bobcats the program’s first Cleary Cup, which goes to the ECAC Hockey regular-season champion. Quinnipiac will be the top seed in the league tournament and earned a bye in the first round. On Saturday, Quinnipiac bounced back with a 2-1 win against Clarkson behind senior goalie Eric Hartzell, who earned his school-record 22nd victory of the season.
Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Missouri also advanced out of the regionals on Sunday. They will join four teams that received automatic berths in the finals — Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio State — to comprise the eight-team field that will compete for the 2013 NWCA National Duals title at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 22-23.
• The No. 1 St. Cloud State wrestling team captured its second consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship with a 29-6 win against runner-up Minnesota State on Thursday, increasing the team’s dual victory streak to 47, which ties the Division II record held by Pittsburgh-Johnstown (1994-96). SCSU improved to 21-0 on the season with a victory that also marked head coach Steve Costanzo’s 100th career win with the Huskies. In addition, senior Shamus O’Grady — the nation’s No. 1 184-pounder — won his 100th career match as a Husky, improving to 32-1 on the year.
• The No. 1 Florida women’s gymnastics team became the first top-ranked team since 1992 to travel to Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum and leave with a victory as the Gators downed the No. 9 GymDogs 197.30-196,175 in front of 9,971 fans on Saturday. The Gators are the sixth team to come to Georgia’s home arena with a No. 1 ranking. Freshman Bridget Sloan earned her third consecutive all-around title on Saturday with a 39.60 to lead the Gators.
• Michigan sophomore men’s gymnast Stacey Ervin set a school record on the floor exercise with a score of 16.15 in the Wolverine’s 446.150-435.650 victory at No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday. Ervin’s mark is also the top floor score in the nation this season, and helped the Wolverines compile the second-highest team score in the country this season.
• Senior All-American Katie Schwarzmann tallied a career-high seven goals to lead No. 4 Maryland’s lacrosse team to a convincing 19-11 victory at No. 2 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Freshman Taylor Cummings contributed five goals and a game-high six draw controls. The win avenged the Terrapins’ one-goal loss to the Orange at home last season which snapped a 36-game home winning streak.
• The Southeastern Oklahoma softball team posted a perfect 6-0 mark at the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic, concluding with a 3-2 defeat of West Texas A&M in the championship game on Sunday in Tucson, Ariz. Southeastern downed three top 10 teams — No. 8 Augustana (S.D.), No. 2 UC San Diego and No. 5 Minnesota State-Mankato — during the tournament. Pitcher Jacee Bennett garnered the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher, while Jessica Simmons was tabbed the Most Valuable Player. Southeastern also ran its winning streak to eight games.
• In one of the most heated Division III rivalries in the nation, the No. 3 Hope women’s basketball team avenged its only loss of the season by defeating No. 2 Calvin 65-50 in front of 3,443 fans at DeVos Fieldhouse on Saturday. The schools will share the regular season Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title, both posting 15-1 league marks. Senior guard Liz Ellis scored a career-best 20 points and contributed five steals for the Flying Dutch. Calvin entered the game as the best shooting team in DIII, but the Knights were held to just 30 percent for the game.CLICK HERE to read entire article
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