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Defending champ Indiana still standing by edging UCLA 3-2 in fourth overtime.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Friday, December 10, 1999) -- Indiana let a two-goal lead slip away in the final 16 minutes of regulation, but after four sudden-death overtime periods, the Hoosiers are one game away from defending their NCAA Division I championship.

Ryan Mack's goal in the 142d minute lifted No. 2 IU to a 3-2 decision over third-ranked UCLA in the Men's College Cup semifinals before 13,231 at Ericsson Stadium. Indiana avenged an upset to UCLA in the 1997 national semifinals at a time the Hoosiers were 23-0. The Bruins went on to take the title.

The Hoosiers (20-3), seeking a fifth NCAA crown will face Santa Clara Sunday at 1 p.m. to decide the national title in a match televised by ESPN. No. 13 SCU (16-3-3) also needed four overtimes to notch a 2-1 victory over fifth-ranked Connecticut (19-5). Never have both semifinals gone to overtimes; in the last seven years, there has been only one overtime game played in the national semis.

Mack took a pass from Pat Noonan and sent his fifth goal of the season under Bruins goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the game-winner at 141:24.

Mack set up Noonan to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead at 54:23. Noonan took the pass in the penalty area, faked one defender to get a good angle on the goal and sent a shot just under Rimando for his seventh tally of the season.

In the 74th minute, Shea Travis took UCLA's first shot of the second half, sending a direct kick just over the crossbar. On IU's next trip downfield, Yuri Lavrinenko gave the Hoosiers the 2-0 lead. Tyler Hawley centered to Aleksey Korol, who tried to shoot but had the ball skip off the side of his foot. It bounced however to Lavrinenko who responded with his sixth goal at 74:47.

Play got rough in the Indiana defensive half. B.J. Snow dove for a header in front of the IU goal and went hard to the ground, banging his head on the surface. After a lengthy delay in which a stretcher was brought onto the field, Snow jogged off.

On the ensuing left-side corner kick for the Bruins, Shaun Tsakiris lofted a perfect pass McKinley Tennyson, Jr., who fed Steve Shak at the far post. Shak put his header back into the left corner and it just crossed the goal line for his second tally of the season at 76:33 to make it 2-1. In an effort to keep the ball out of the net, IU's Justin Tauber handled it Thinking the ball was still in play, UCLA players went after the ball and a shoving match took place inside the net.

It was the first goal Indiana had allowed it four NCAA tournament games and a second followed soon after. Sasha Victorine lobbed a pass across the goal to Scot Thompson. Thompson headed the ball into the far right corner for his fourth goal and a 2-2 tie at 82:14.

With 2:32 remaining, Indiana put the ball in the box. Noonan tried to get a shot off, but Rimando was there to cut off the ball. The ball squirted loose and Noonan recovered and with the goal unprotected sent a shot from a sharp angle left into the side of the net.

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