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Northwestern rallies past ND, makes 11th straight NCAA quarterfinals

Northwestern turned a three-goal deficit into a five-goal victory in defeating Notre Dame, 16-11, on Sunday at Lakeside Field, 16-11. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] With the victory the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals where they will play rival Maryland at noon ET Sunday. Before the Wildcats could punch their ticket to an 11th straight quarterfinal appearance, they needed to get through a defensive-minded and stingy Notre Dame squad. The Fighting Irish used that defense to cause a series of turnovers to go on a 3-0 run and take a 6-3 lead with 5:50

Penn State women top Virginia, advance to NCAA quarterfinals

No. 7 Penn State used 14 Emi Smith saves and a trio of hat tricks to beat No. 8 Virginia, 13-11, in an NCAA Second Round contest Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] The Nittany Lions head to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third time in four years under head coach Missy Doherty. “It was a great team effort today,” said Doherty. “I think Emi stood on her head today making unbelievable saves. Every game is different: sometimes our offense takes over, sometimes out defense takes over, today Emi kind of took over.

No. 1 Maryland women erupt for 19 goals to continue title defense

Led by four-goal performances from Kelly McPartland and Megan Whittle, the top-seeded Terps dominated UMass, 19-8, in the NCAA Championship second round Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] “This is an exciting time of year,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “This is what we work all season for, is to put ourselves in a position to have the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament. Today’s game was awesome. I thought our girls played really hard across the field.” The team’s 18 goals were the Terps’ most in an outing this season. The Minutewomen came

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin grads put their 'Stamp' on mobile technology

A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. Just five years ago, they were three fresh-faced graduate students in Madison, entering their project in the University of Wisconsin’s Climate Leader Challenge (now called Global Stewards Sustainability Prize), a program run by the school’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. Today, Claus Moberg, Jami Morton and Matt Luedke are among the most celebrated young entrepreneurs in the country. Their company, SnowShoe, is changing the way the physical world communicates

Maryland men edge Yale, 8-7, advance to NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals

Bryan Cole and Joe LoCascio combined for five goals to lead the 6th-seeded Maryland men’s lacrosse team to an 8-7 victory over Yale in the First Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. With the victory, the Terps advanced to their seventh NCAA Quarterfinal in the last eight years, and will face the winner of 3rd-seeded North Carolina and Colgate next Sunday in Annapolis, Md. Maryland finished the game on a four-goal run after trailing, 7-4, early in the fourth quarter. The run began with goals by Cole, LoCascio and Matt Rambo,

#BTNStandout: Michigan's Sierra Lawrence robs Huskers of a home run

Michigan junior Sierra Lawrence has developed into one of the top outfielders in the Big Ten conference. She showed the college softball world just how talented she is on Saturday night in the Big Ten Softball Tournament championship game. With Nebraska trailing Michigan 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Huskers senior Steph Pasquale drove a pitch to deep center. The ball looked like it was a sure bet to clear the center field fence, but then Lawrence jumped up and made an incredible catch, robbing Pasquale of a home run. Best of all: The reaction of Michigan pitcher

#BTNStandout: Michigan's Megan Betsa tosses complete-game gem

Michigan sophomore Megan Betsa has been nearly unhittable this season for the Wolverines. It was the same story on Saturday as Betsa tossed a complete-game gem, striking out 10 Northwestern batters and leading Michigan to an impressive 9-0 victory over the Wildcats in a Big Ten Conference Tournament semifinal matchup. Betsa allowed just one hit and didn’t walk a single batter in the victory. It marked her 11th double-digit strikeout game this season. With the win, Michigan will advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, where they will face the winner of today’s Nebraska-Iowa semifinal matchup. First pitch of

Michigan claims 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament crown

Day 3 of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured three outstanding games, but in the end, it was the Michigan Wolverines who took home the conference tournament crown.