But the Orange (9-2, 3-1 Big East) scored seven of the next eight to win, 12-11, Saturday.
Luke Cometti scored four of his game-high six goals during the run, and Derek Maltz scored two of his three in the final 2:04.
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Anthony Terranova scored the first two goals of the game to give the Scarlet Knights (2-11, 0-5) a 2-0 lead with 9:29 left in the first quarter. The Orange answered with two of its own to tie.
But Rutgers went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-2 advantage and would not surrender the lead until the final 10 seconds of the game.
Other three-goal scorers for Villanova were John Kluh (St. Mary's), Max Hart and Eric Gartner.
With the win, Villanova remains the only unbeaten team in conference play and secured a bid in the conference playoffs.
Carolina trailed by a goal at halftime before outscoring the Pride (7-5) in the second half 10-0.
Dartmouth became the first team this season to hold the Tigers offense to fewer than 10 goals as goalie Bernie Susskind (3-8) turned aside 10 shots.
Princeton opened the game scoring three unanswered goals before Mike Olentine put Dartmouth on the board with his fifth score of the season.
Ohio State started a 7-0 run with 7:35 left in the first half to put the game out of reach. The Buckeyes have won two straight.
Albany has won five straight.
"Playing on the road is never easy, especially in conference," Albany coach Scott Marr said of winning six straight on the road. "I thought we lacked energy to start but we slowly gained momentum and played to our standard in the second half. Kevin McNally really sparked our second half by winning a majority of faceoffs."
Harvard 8, No. 18 Penn 7, OT: In the extra period, the host Crimson (6-6, 2-2 Ivy League) won the faceoff and a Penn penalty gave the Crimson a man-up opportunity. Peter Schwartz fed Murphy Vandervelde at the top left, and he shot the game-winner past Quakers goalie Brian Feeney for the win.
The Quakers (6-4, 2-3) tied the game twice in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Penn was down 6-3 heading into the final quarter but got goals from Alex Blonsky, Nick Doktor and Isaac Bock to tie the score with 4:43 to play. Harvard regained the lead with 2:05 left on a goal by Ian Ardrey, but Tim Schwalje finished a feed from Mark Leonhard with 55seconds left to tie the score at 7. The Quakers then gained possession to end regulation but could not finish.
No. 20 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14: Ben McIntosh scored five goals and Cal Winkelman made three saves down the stretch, including one in the final seconds, for the visiting Dragons (9-3, 4-1 Colonial Athletic Association).
The victory clinched a berth in the conference playoffs.
No. 11 Stony Brook 16, New Hampshire 6: Demianne Cook scored five goals to power the Seawolves (12-2, 4-0 America East) to their seventh straight win, a school record.
The Wildcats fell to 4-9, 1-3.
Neither team scored in the opening six minutes. Then Cook was awarded a free-position shot after being fouled by Casey Doyle. The senior scored to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead.
No. 13 Princeton 11, Harvard 9: Mary-Kate Sivilli had four points (three goals, one assist) and the host Tigers (8-4, 5-0) clinched a spot in the Ivy League tournament.
The Crimson fell to 2-9, 1-4. Sam Ellis had a hat trick and Erin McMunn (Winters Mill) scored twice.
Ten of the game's 20 goals were scored on free-position attempts.