COLUMBUS - After spotting Ohio Dominican 14 points to start the game, Tiffin University rallied for a pair of second quarter touchdowns to tie the game.
But a score in the final five seconds of the first half gave the Panthers back the lead, and sent them to a 31-14 win over the Dragons.
Panther quarterback Mark Miller engineered a nine-play, 67-yard drive in the final minute before halftime, reaching the end zone with a nine-yard pass to Dez Stewart. Carrying that momentum into the second half, the Panthers took the opening kickoff and went 78 yards, scoring again when Ronnel Spates converted on a three-yard rush.
A fourth-quarter field goal from ODU's Brent Wahle closed the scoring.
The Panthers, who also had rushing touchdowns from Miller and Brandon Schoen, improved to 6-3. They were led on offense by Abe Johnson's 154 yards receiving, and by Mark Nichols, who had 108 rushing yards. Miller threw for 281 yards and was intercepted once.
Tiffin (2-7) quarterback Dan Pitts did well, completing 22 of 38 passes for 286 yards. He was picked once, but threw touchdown strikes to Pedro Correa (40 yards) and Bertram Marks (26 yards).
HU men attains No. 4 seed in OAC
Heidelberg's men's soccer team secured the fourth seed in next week's conference tournament by playing Mount Union to a 3-3 tie in the regular season finale.
With the tie, Heidelberg will host Capital Tuesday in the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.
Heidelberg scored the game's first two goals, as Andy Lacefield and Hamid Shariff each found the net. Lacefield's goal, which came in the contest's first minute, was unassisted. Shariff's score came off a Ryan Homoki assist in the 71st.
But Mount Union came storming back, getting goals from Coty Lipply (in the 77th minute) and Chris Felker (79th minute).
Heidelberg (9-6-3, 4-2-3) briefly regained the lead four minutes later, when Christopher Koczak scored off a Nico Samaniego assist.
Mount Union re-tied things in the 87th minute on a goal by Josh Bennett.
Matthew Stevens made 11 saves for Heidelberg in goal.
Tiffin stays afloat in Paradiso
Stefania Viscardi's goal gave the Tiffin University women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Northwood, Friday afternoon at Paradiso Fields. The win keeps the Dragons alive in the hunt for a GLIAC Tournament spot.
Northwood scored first and maintained the lead until the second half, when Stephanie Bowman lifted a pass into the box and Alexandra Sevastakis got her foot on it and banged it off the post, into the net.
With 26:07 to go, Hannah McMasters found Viscardi at the top, who went across with her shot into the far left side.
The Dragons (8-7-2, 6-5-2 GLIAC) had nine shots, four on goal, two corner kicks and was called for ten fouls. Hayley Coppola had 11 saves. Northwood (6-9-1, 6-5-1 GLIAC) had 21 shots, 12 on goal, 11 corner kicks and was called for ten fouls.
Tiffin closes out the regular season today, taking on Saginaw Valley State at 11 a.m.
Timberwolves slay Dragons 2-0
Tiffin University men's soccer team could not muster a goal in a 2-0 loss to Northwood.
The Dragons struggled from the outset, as the Timberwolves outshot TU 11-0 in the opening half. They led 1-0 at the half on Liam MacHugh's goal off a crossbar rebound of James Dcosemo's shot in the 27th minute.
Northwood outshot TU 13-3 in the second half and tacked on an insurance goal in the 61st minute when Sam Nair took DeCosemo's cross and put it into the left corner for a 2-0 lead.
Overall, Northwood outshot TU 24-3 while the Dragons were also plagued by 10 offsides calls. Jeremy Ashley took the loss in goal, making nine saves over 90 minutes.
Student Princes split final matches
ALLIANCE - Three Heidelberg players combined for 57 kills Saturday as the Student Princes split their final two matches of the regular season.
Heidelberg beat Depauw 25-19, 25-19, 28-26 and fell 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 21-25, 15-13 to Carnegie Mellon.
Jacki Street hammered 21 kills for the Student Princes (18-13), Amber Welfle smacked 19 and Marian Bevington belted 17.
Rachel Ferguson hoisted 39 assists, and Tessa Benanzer had 42 digs.
Milestone not enough for Dragons
Danielle McQuade slammed her 1,000th career kill and Jordan Jenkins recorded her 15th double-dig match in a row Saturday, but Tiffin fell 25-7, 25-21, 25-19 to Wayne State.
McQuade drilled nine kills and became just the sixth Dragon to reach the 1,000-kill plateau.
Jenkins turned in 23 digs for TU (8-16, 1-12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) for her 16th double-dig match of the year.
'Berg falls in OAC finale
ALLIANCE - Heidelberg dropped its final Ohio Athletic Conference match Friday, falling 24-26, 25-19, 27-25, 25-14.
The loss, coupled with Marietta's win Saturday over Baldwin Wallace, gave Heidelberg the fifth seed in the OAC Tournament. The Student Princes open the tournament Tuesday at Marietta against the host Pioneers.
Friday, Marian Bevington drilled 16 kills for Heidelberg, Amber Welfle line 12 and Jacki Street belted 10.
Rachel Ferguson tossed up 24 assists and Calvert graduate Alexa Frank had 11. Tessa Benanzer came up with 29 digs for Heidelberg (17-12, 5-4 OAC).