The Men's NCAA Division III Championships got off to a phenomenal start as Rutgers-Camden managed a dramatic 3-2 overtime win over Loras at Toyota Field on Friday night.
It was a physical start to the match as both sides fought hard with Loras having the better of the opening stages.
Loras got off to a good start, drawing a foul for a late trip in just the second minute but the Scarlet Raptors held strong defensively as the match started in physical circumstances.
The Duhawks had a solid chance 12th minute as Richard Lenke timed his run poorly which saw him called offside
Pandemonium in the box almost stunned Loras as a flick on from Rutgers-Camden caught out Sean Elvert who just got down low enough.
Despite fighting up against some stern Loras defense and in the 14th minute they had their goal as Julian Light was able to play a ball through for Mike Ryan who scored yet again to get the opener.
That saw Rutgers-Camden push men back, changing to a 4-5-1 as they were content to give the Duhawks the possession.
Despite Loras having so much of the ball they struggled to put away the chances that they created and in the 35th minute it was Rutgers-Camden who had the next clear chance, coming in the 35th minute as Mitch Grotti made a powerful run but sent his effort wide, the last chance of the half that ended 1-0 to Rutgers-Camden.
Rutgers-Camden could well have extended their lead extended their lead as a defensive error allowed the chance but the Duhawks managed to recover and deny the opportunity.
It was all Loras throughout the second half but a mix of poor finishing and good defense denied the Duhawks who looked like heading out of the tournament without scoring.
In the 66th minute the Duhawks should have had their equalizer as a blatant handball was missed by the referee who called play-on.
Ten minutes from time after one chance went away the Duhawks had another chance as a powerful strike snuck inside the near post ending the Duhawks 378 minute streak without scoring in the Final Four.
Five minutes later Loras were seemingly on their way to the National Championship as Tim Van Bergh was left wide open allowing him to head home what seemed to be a winning goal.
But with two minutes to play Rutgers-Camden were back on level terms as Taylor McGrory was able to sneak in and ghost the ball over the line and send the match to extra time.
Just two minutes in to extra time and Rutgers-Camden pulled off a phenomenal result as a seemingly innocuous free-kick allowed Keegan Balle to hit an 80 yard strike that Dylan Milkent fluffed at allowing the Scarlet Raptors the 3-2 win.