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.