Northwestern claim first regular-season crown

[BIG TEN] Chris Ritter scored a goal late in the second half to give Northwestern a 1-0 win over Michigan that clinched its first Big Ten regular-season title in program history.

The Wildcats came into Saturday's match second in the conference standings but their win and Ohio State's 1-0 loss to Indiana gave them the title.

"Just a great day for our program and Northwestern athletics," Northwestern coach Tim Lenahan said. "I'm really proud of the guys and they did a great job all year. We started out the season sluggishly and just really got better and better over the second half of the season. Winning a championship is like running a relay race and a lot of guys ran a heavy part of this journey."

Northwestern will be the No. 1 seed and get a quarterfinal bye in the Big Ten Tournament, which will begin Wednesday in Ann Arbor.

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