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    NU's Big Ten Match Play Streak Ends Against MSU, 4-1

    Junior Jack Perry was the lone Wildcat to win his match in Friday's Big Ten Match Play quarterfinal.

    Junior Jack Perry was the lone Wildcat to win his match in Friday's Big Ten Match Play quarterfinal.

    Feb. 8, 2013

    Big Ten Match Play Championships Live Results

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After reeling off 13-straight victories since 2009 and winning three-consecutive Big Ten Match Play Championships, Northwestern's run came to an end Friday with a 4-1 loss to Michigan State in the quarterfinal of the 2013 edition at Concessions Golf Club.

    "The final score is going to look worse than how close the match was," head coach Pat Goss said. "We were in good position with three holes to play and didn't get it done. Two more matches tomorrow."

    Junior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) captured his match at No. 2, but was the lone Wildcat to find the winner's column in NU's first match of the tournament. Northwestern had a bye into the quarterfinal round by virtue of its No. 2 seed in the event while Michigan State earned the right to play NU after defeating Penn State in the morning.

    NU falls to the consolation bracket with its loss and will have two more matches on Saturday.

    Following is a match-by-match account of Northwestern's quarterfinal encounter, which teed off on No. 10:



    No. 1: Matthew Moseley (MSU) def. Nick Losole (NU), 2 and 1

    Losole built himself a comfortable lead early Friday, getting to 3-up through four holes solely by making pars. He went in to No. 17 with a 2-up lead, and astoundingly lost the hole with a birdie when his opponent made eagle. The match went all-square at No. 3 on the front side, and Losole found himself 2-down with three holes to play. He won No. 7 with a par, but a bogey at No. 8 gave Moseley a 2 and 1 victory.

    No. 2: Jack Perry (NU) def. Mitch Rutledge (MSU), 1 up

    Perry and Rutledge were evenly matched all afternoon long. When Perry went 1-down with a bogey at No. 13, he immediately won the next hole with a par. He just missed a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 15 that would have put him on top, but he got there anyway with a birdie at the par-5 17th.

    The margin stayed exactly the same through to No. 4, where a Perry birdie at the 190-yard par-3 gave him a 2-up advantage that became 3-up with four to play. That's when Rutledge started a hard charge, getting a birdie on the next hole and taking advantage of two Perry bogeys to incredibly square the match heading to No. 18. There, Perry won the hole with a par to take the match, 1 up.

    No. 3: Dan Ellis (MSU) def. Bennett Lavin (NU), 3 and 2

    Ellis drew first blood in this match with a winning par on the third hole (No. 12 on the course) before Lavin made birdie at No. 15 by draining a 12-footer to square the score. Lavin then withstood back-to-back winning birdies by his opponent to get a hole back at No. 18 and make the turn down by just one hole.

    Lavin struggled to hold momentum when he could seize it, losing a hole immediately after winning one twice midway through the match. That would be the story of the match which ended when Ellis made birdie at No. 7 to win 3 and 2.

    No. 4: Carson Castellani (MSU) def. Andrew Whalen (NU), 2 and 1

    Whalen trailed immediately in his match against Castellani before winning his first-career Big Ten Match Play hole at No. 15 (his sixth hole of the day). Then, on No. 16, he played a ball from the water and won the hole with a bogey to square the match. The freshman made the turn down by a hole, and the score remained the same entering No. 5, where he suffered a full horseshoe lip-out to halve the hole. The same exact thing happened at No. 6, but his opponent three-putted and Whalen squared the match with a par.

    Two bogeys on the next two holes for Whalen, however, ended the match with an MSU win, 2 and 1.

    No. 5: Gareth Blease (MSU) def. Matthew Negri (NU), 1 up

    The Negri versus Blease match featured birdie winners all over the place, and sometimes even that was not enough to garner a hole victory. Negri went 1-up right away with a birdie at No. 10, but eventually found himself 2-down through seven holes when Blease went birdie-birdie at Nos. 15 and 16. A Negri birdie at No. 17 cut his deficit in half before he made double at No. 18 to turn at 2-down.

    "He's playing solidly and his game looks good, but he'll go 2-down," Goss tweeted on the front side.

    Negri battled back to go all square at No. 5, winning the difficult No. 4 with a par and the subsequent hole with a great up-and-down from 38 yards. He then made it three wins in a row to go 1-up with a birdie at the 180-yard par 3 sixth.

    Blease, however, went birdie-birdie on the next two holes and held on with a par at No. 18 to win the match, 1 up.


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