Beat PIttsburgh and you win the division. Lose or tie and you have to hope Connecticut loses.
Calum Mallace doesn't like uncertainties.
After a first half that featured just 8 shots combined with only one of those being on goal, the senior from Scotland had to grab an opportunity if one presented itself in his last regular season match at Valley Fields. In the 59th minute, Bryan Ciesiulka tried to play a ball through to a charging C. Nortey, but Pitt defender Shane Flowers intercepted the pass. Unfortunately for Flowers, his play took him off balance and he wasn't able to stay on his feet to control his deflection. When it went straight at Calum Mallace, opportunity had presented itself and Mallace pounced. He rifled the ball in stride past the fallen Flowers and past a diving Hami Kara into the corner of the net. Mallace's 3rd goal of the season gave Marquette all the lead they would need as they outshot Pitt 16-7 in the second half and keeper David Check made 2 saves in the last 15 minutes to lock up the clean sheet and Marquette's first Big East Blue Division title.
Let's go to the highlights!
And how about some audio? WMUR's Matt Trebby on the call of Calum Mallace's goal: