Wentzel & Duffy Star as Dartmouth College Downs No. 10 University of Utah 3-2 to Reach Ninth Place Game in National Collegiate Club Double-Sudden Death Overtime Thriller

Shelley Wentzel
Shelley Wentzel

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- It may not be easy being green, but Player of the Game Shelley Wentzel (Fr., Fremont, Calif.) and Aoife Duffy (Sr., Mill Valley, Calif.) made it look easy as the duo led the Dartmouth College Big Green to a 3-2 double-sudden death overtime win over No. 10 University of Utah to reach the ninth place game of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

The Big Green earn a date with No. 8 Arizona State University at 8:00 a.m. in the tournament's ninth place game on Sunday, May 8.  The game time is a change from the previously announced 2:15 p.m. first whistle as the other 15 teams in the tournament field and the University of Notre Dame administration agreed to play an early morning game to allow ASU to return to campus for final exams.

Due to the time change for ASU, the 3:30 p.m. game featuring Utah and No. 13 University of Texas for 11th place will now be held at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday to end the tournament one hour earlier than originally anticipated based on the previously released schedule of games. 

All other games will remain the same at 9:00 a.m. (seventh), 10:15 a.m. (fifth), 11:30 a.m. (third) and 12:45 p.m. (championship).

Playing potentially the longest game in the recent history of the Women's National Collegiate Club Championship, Dartmouth and Utah combined to make 26 saves, convert on one-of-13 man-up opportunities and fail to score for long stretches of regulation and overtime before Duffy ended the game by collecting a rebound and depositing the ball into the right side of the cage with 31 seconds left in the second sudden death period.

The game started like how it ended as Duffy collected a loose ball and rocketed in a shot with 4:21 remaining in the first period to stake the Big Green to a 1-0 lead.

Utah responded with a goal by Christina Sloan (Fr., Ogden, Utah) at 2:25 of the second period before she struck again with 11 seconds left in the third period to give the Utes a 2-1 advantage on the scoreboard.

Duffy tallied the equalizer at the 6:39 mark of the fourth period as Duffy uncorked a five-meter penalty shot which drew nothing but net and water to tie the game at 2-2.

From there, neither team could find the cage as the squads combined to hit eight posts and record 10 saves during the overtime periods before Duffy completed a hat-trick and a marathon with a single shot.

The key to the game was the play of Wentzel who turned in 18 saves for Dartmouth to garner Player of the Game honors, including nine stops in overtime alone.

For Utah, Sloan finished with a pair of markers to go along with eight saves by goalie Sarah Clos (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah)

1 2 3 4 OT OT OT SD OT SD -- Final
Dartmouth College 0 1 1 0 0
0  0 1 -- 3
No. 10 University of Utah
1 0 0 1 0 0
 0 0 -- 2

Utah Goals: Christina Sloan (2)

Dartmouth Goals: Aoife Duffy (3)

Saves: Utah - Sarah Clos (8) ; Dartmouth - Shelley Wentzel (18)

Exclusions: Utah - 6 ; Dartmouth - 7

Advantage Opportunities:  Utah - 1-for-7 ; Dartmouth - 0-for-6

Sprints: Utah - 5-for-6 ; Dartmouth - 1-for-6

Cards: None

Officials: Mike McMahan, Scott Voltz

University of Utah's Megan Raby looks to shoot as Dartmouth College's Kara Podkaminer closes

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