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Northwestern Women’s Lax Rallies To Beat Ohio State, 13-12 (OT)

By Hayden Bird

FOXBOROUGH, MA – The defending National Champion Northwestern women’s lacrosse team finally found their offense against conference rivals Ohio State Saturday afternoon, and it was just in time to pull out a 13-12 comeback win before a roaring crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The game was one of 2012’s best so far. And it even ventured into overtime following a dramatic last-gasp goal from Northwestern junior Erin Fitzgerald.

It began as an unmitigated shootout, with both teams trading goal after goal. In fact, neither side could claim more than a one goal lead for the entire first half.

“Their goalie played amazing, she was awesome and a lot of the shots we took she just came up with big saves,” noted Northwestern senior Alex Frank afterwards.

And Ohio State’s talented freshman goalie, Tori DeScenza, did everything she could to help the 14th ranked Buckeyes upset number one Northwestern. Making 16 saves; she was far busier than her opponent.

Yet it was the Buckeyes who were the first team to truly seize the initiative, at least for a period of time.

Starting with 10 minutes to go in the first half and lasting until just inside the 20 minute mark of the second half, Ohio State went on a 7-2 run which culminated in team points leader Alayna Markwordt assisting Kirsten Donahue to give her team an 11-7 lead.

“Towards the beginning of the second half we made some careless mistakes,” said Northwestern Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. “They caused some great turnovers and Ohio State was really able to capitalize on the opportunities that they had.”

At that moment in the second half, it certainly seemed like an upset was in the air. Yet Northwestern, led by Amonte Hiller, have never been the type to give up.

“When we got ourselves in a hole, we got pretty motivated,” Amonte Hiller asserted. “And some of our players really stepped up and made big plays.”

The comeback didn’t really get underway for almost five minutes after Donahue’s goal however (an eternity in lacrosse time).

And even after the momentum began to swing in their favor and Fitzgerald scored with just over nine minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one (11-10), the Wildcats could not muster the actual tying goal until there was seemingly no time left on the clock.

Unfortunately for Ohio State though, Northwestern finally did score. After a series of penalties, Fitzgerald once again netted for Northwestern, and their fans predictably went wild. With only 19 seconds remaining, it capped off the momentum shift that had slowly but surely slipped away from Ohio State.

Once in overtime, Northwestern’s defending Tewaaraton Award-winner Shannon Smith came to life. As her team’s leader in goals and points, it was little surprise that in clutch time she was the one who delivered.

Scoring two consecutive goals (including one unassisted), Smith helped to put the game beyond reach.

Even still, Ohio State never quit. They scored on a beautifully executed breakaway as Cara Facchina found Jackie Cifarelli with 1:46 left in overtime to make the climax of the game that much more exciting. Yet, a series of penalties cost the Buckeyes and in the end, the Northwestern powerhouse survived, bringing their record to an impressive 10-0.

And for Amonte Hiller, it was a result that wasn’t great, but good enough.

“We didn’t make it pretty” she added with a wry smile, “but we did it.”

Could It Be True – We Need the Death Penalty?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor opted to leave school rather than serve a five game suspension for violations

By Dan Rubin

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article posted on this website taking a number of schools to task in regards to their graduation rates on their college football programs.  I drew a direct line between the desire to make money and the desire to provide “student-athletes” with a means to getting a college degree, using their athletic skills to advance their abilities within the classroom.  I touched on how college football meant big money, that some schools transgressed, that it angered the NCAA, and ultimately, a few well-publicized slaps on the wrists would bring harmony back to college football, even if the graduation rates weren’t celebrated in the manner they should be.

The NCAA did land a few well-placed slaps on big college campuses, but it didn’t stop the big money, big-market programs from doing what they do best.  I’m not talking about their ability to draw hundreds of thousands of people to games, and I’m not talking about their ability to take in millions of dollars of revenue for their schools.  I’m talking about the other side.

The NCAA didn’t stop the cheating.

If you read no other part of this article, read this quote from legendary broadcaster Brent Musberger.  At the end of the ESPN Films 30 for 30 special on Southern Methodist University football, Musberger says it best.

“Every time I walk into a stadium, I think to myself – ‘they’re still keeping score,’ ” says Musberger.  “And as long as they’re keeping score, there will always be people who try to do everything they can to put up more points than the other guy.”

Brent Musberger, ladies and gentlemen, is a complete and utter genius.  The NCAA shuttered the SMU Mustangs for the 1988 season almost 25 years ago due to multiple, blatant infractions while under probation.  The move decimated the Mustangs program to the point where they didn’t field a team again until 1990, and they didn’t field a full complement of players until 1992.  Since then, they’ve only within the last few seasons returned to prominence and bowl games, enduring a nearly 20-year stretch of irrelevance.

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Daily Noontime – June 8, 2011

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks have officially tied the NBA Finals, 2-2!

It’s officially “hump day” in America, so what is good? Happy Wednesday to everyone and yes, here’s today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 


* Talk about an exciting NBA Finals Game 4 on Tuesday, as the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Miami Heat, as well as tie the series 2-2.

* Indeed, the NBA Finals is tied, but when one superstar doesn’t perform up to par, one has to wonder, what is going on with LeBron James?

* After an exciting Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, some believe that the Boston Bruins need to keep their “energy high.”

* The NHL has finally decided to crack down on “hard hits,” especially after Aaron Rome‘s hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

* According to recent news, former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor received “between $20,000-40,000 from a memorabilia dealer for signing autographs.”

* Good news for Boston Celtics fans, Ray Allen has chosen to remain with the team and won’t explore other options.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Los Angles Dodgers at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Vancouver at Boston (NHL Finals – Game 4) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

In honor of the Mavericks win against the Heat on Tuesday, here is a video that will pump you up! 

Daily Noontime – April 26, 2011

The NFL lockout may have been lifted, but where do things go from here?

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime in April! Despite the awful weather across America, let’s brighten the mood with today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 


* US District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson lifted the NFL lockout and ruled in favor of the players, but what exactly will the owners do next? Will there actually be a season?

* It was yet another exciting chapter of Dallas-Portland series, but in the end, the Mavericks earned their third win of the series, but can they win Game 6 on Thursday and officially end the series against the Trail Blazers?

* Could the Memphis Grizzlies upset the number one seed in the Western Conference? Could happen, especially since they lead the series, 3-1.

* Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was nominated as a Norris Trophy Finalist Tuesday. Chara last won the trophy in ’09.

* The Ohio State University football team is in more trouble with the NCAA, but exactly, why? Here is the answer!

* Philadelphia Eagles quarter Michael Vick has called out the Android company, so that they can get rid of their dog fighting application for smart phones.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Montreal (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Buffalo at Philadelphia (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Atlanta at Orlando (NBA Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Indiana at Chicago Bulls (NBA Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver (NHL Playoffs) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Anyone have some thoughts on the Memphis Grizzlies PA Announcer? He seems a little too wild, but hey, what do we know! 

Daily Noontime – March 18, 2011

Happy Friday to everyone and welcome to yet another weekend in 2011. St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, so now, recover, relax and enjoy today’s headlines!


* Did NBA fans ever wonder if there was a ranking for the worst following or supporters? Well, believe it or not there are some bad fans in Los Angles.

* Looks like the Ohio State University has made a change for their head coach of the football team, as Jim Tressel will sit out the first five games of the 2011 season.

* It is certainly possible to say that day one of the March Madness tournament was exciting, but also, busted brackets. Who really picked Morehead State to beat Louisville?

* With the NFL Lockout continuing, one of the biggest concerns players are dealing with is not having enough money for health insurance.

* Former Boston Red Sox third baseman and now a member of the Texas Rangers, Adrain Beltre continues to deal with “head-rubbing” issues.

* As Duke begins their run toward another NCAA men’s basketball title, the Blue Devils were able to receive some good news Kyrie Irving will indeed be back in their line up.

Games to Watch:

* Denver at Orlando (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* Montreal at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Miami at Atlanta (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

* San Antonio at Dallas (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Who the heck is Morehead State? Well, here is a possible answer!