Darlington Nagbe scored a goal with 14 minutes to play that gave Akron a lead in the MAC Championship over Hartwick. Assists went to Teal Bunbury and Anthony Ampaipitakwong. Nagbe also scored the game winner against Northern Illinois in the MAC semifinal. Bunbury scored the first goal of the game.
There have been some scuffles. Hartwick's Michael Cunningham got his second red card for throwing down an Akron player. Within 30 seconds, refs gave another red card to Hartwick. It is now 11 men vs. 9 men in Akron's favor. Four minutes left.
The Zips won the MAC Championship with a 20-0 regular season record. The NCAA Tournament starts next weekend. The NCAA could not rob Akron of a No. 1 seed without admitting that the whole thing is fixed. If the Zips get a top seed, then they won't play another game away from Lee Jackson Field until the Final Four.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. We might have to join Kent State football coach Doug Martin in burning the NCAA if the Zips don't get a No. 1 seed. Just kidding.
Final score -- Akron 2, Hartwick 1
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