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Maine 4, Harvard 3, OT

March 23, 2002

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ John Ronan scored 2:02 into overtime to lift Maine to a 4-3 win over Harvard on Saturday in the first round of NCAA East Regional.

The Black Bears (24-10-7) will face second-seeded Boston University on Sunday.

Harvard (15-15-4), which advanced to the NCAA tournament by defeating Cornell 4-3 in double overtime of the ECAC championship, was making its first tournament appearance since 1994. The Crimson won their last three games in overtime at the ECAC tournament.

Maine won when Ronan finished a 2-on-1 break. Ronan collected a loose puck in his own zone and broke in before firing a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat goalie Dov Grumet-Morris under the crossbar.

The Black Bears continue their season in honor of coach Shawn Walsh, who died in September from kidney cancer. Maine is seeking its third title, its first since 1999.

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