COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, led by 12 saves from senior goalie Brandon Freeman, improved to 4-0 at home, downing Albany (0-5), 11-6, Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Freshman Jeff Tundo led the Buckeye attack with a hat trick, with classmate Logan Schuss scoring twice. Sophomore Keenan Ochwat had a goal and an assist (the first tally of his career), with junior Mike Pires also contributing a goal and an assist.
Ohio State (4-2) never trailed in the game and the score was tied (1-1) just once early in the first quarter. The Buckeyes held a 2-1 lead after the first and doubled the advantage to 4-2 at halftime. A five-goal third quarter extended Ohio State’s lead to 9-4 entering the final stanza.
“I’m proud of the way the men responded today,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was a great team effort. Brandon’s play in goal really sparked our whole team.”
In the second quarter Ohio State again outscored Albany, 2-1, to lead 4-2 at halftime. After the faceoff to open the second quarter, sophomore Keenan Ochwat passed out from behind the cage to Tundo on top of the crease for a score and a 3-1 Buckeye lead. There was no scoring until freshman Dan Wertz tallied for Ohio State at the 2:56 mark, picking up a rebound and scoring. Albany scored the final goal of the quarter with just two seconds remaining when Kyle Brunk scored off an assist from Dean Steinmann.
Ohio State took a commanding 9-4 lead after putting up five goals in the third quarter. Schuss drove to the net himself for a goal at 13:57, followed by a tally from junior Mike Pires at 9:42. Albany’s Joe Resetarits cut the lead to three (6-3) at 6:44 but Ohio State scored twice in the next two minutes for an 8-3 edge. Pires set up Tundo for a score at 5:41 and Ochwat went in alone after a Buckeye faceoff win and tallied his first career goal at 5:13. Buckeye sophomore Mike Smail scored Ohio State’s ninth goal with 49 seconds left in the quarter and Albany’s Derek Kreuzer ended the Buckeye run with a goal with three seconds left before the buzzer.
Each team scored twice in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Eddie Bambino scored unassisted for the Buckeyes at 11:03 and junior Zach Rodgers set up senior James Green at 5:04. The Great Danes’ Resetarits scored two man-up goals in the final 1:10 for the 11-6 final, tallying at 1:10 and with 40 seconds remaining. Freeman made six saves in the quarter.
The Buckeyes outshot the Great Danes, 32-27, in the game. Freeman played all 60 minutes and gave up a season-low five goals, making 12 stops for his fourth game with double-digit saves this season. Albany’s John Carroll had 10 saves in all 60 minutes.
The Buckeyes hit the road next week for a game at Notre Dame Saturday.
Green, Pires, Schuss and Tundo each have at least one point in all six games this season.
The Buckeyes won their first three home games inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center before moving outside for the game vs. Albany.
Schuss is first on the team with nine assists and 19 points and second with 10 goals. Tundo has a team-high 11 goals and ranks second with 15 points.
Ochwat’s assist was the second of his career and first this season. The two points vs. Albany, including his first career goal, marked a career high.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2010
Albany vs Ohio State (Mar 13, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)
Albany (0-5) vs. Ohio State (4-2)
Date: Mar 13, 2010 Location: Columbus, Ohio Stadium: Jesse Owens
Attendance:683 Start time:12 p.m. End time:1:46 pm Total time:1:46
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Albany………….. 1 1 2 2 – 6
Ohio State………. 2 2 5 2 – 11
Albany SCORING: GOALS: Joe Resetarits 3; Dave Brock 1; Kyle Brunk 1;
Derek Kreuzer 1.
ASSISTS: Brian Caufield 3; Rocky Bonitatibus 1; Dean Steinmann 1.
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Jeff Tundo 3; Logan Schuss 2; Mike Pires 1;
Keenan Ochwat 1; James Green 1; Eddie Bambino 1; Mike Smail 1; Dan
ASSISTS: Keenan Ochwat 1; Mike Pires 1; Zach Rodgers 1.
Albany GROUND BALLS: Matt Mackenzie 8; Kyle Crotty 4; Dave Brock 3;
Mark Cometti 2; Mike Finnegan 2; Mark Kelly 2; Mike Banks 1; John
Carroll 1; Brian Caufield 1; Will Fuller 1; Brendan Gleason 1; Derek
Kreuzer 1; Travis Lyons 1; Anthony Ostrander 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon Freeman 5; Jeff Tundo 4; Keenan
Ochwat 3; Trey Wilkes 3; Zach Rodgers 2; Brock Sorensen 2; Dominique
Alexander 1; Joe Bonanni 1; Jarred Bowman 1; Conor David 1; Scott
Foreman 1; Mike Pires 1; Logan Schuss 1; Andrew Stimmel 1; Dan Wertz
1; Bryce Woodson 1.
Albany TURNOVERS CAUSED: Brendan Gleason 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Scott Foreman 1.
SHOTS – Albany 27; Ohio State 32.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Albany 18; Ohio State 21.
Penalties – Albany 2/1:30; Ohio State 3/2:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Albany 2-3; Ohio State 0-2.
TURNOVERS – Albany 17; Ohio State 10.
FACEOFFS – Albany 14-20; Ohio State 6-20.
CLEARS – Albany 15-19; Ohio State 19-21.
GOALIES – ALBANY: John Carroll 0-5 (60:00 minutes, 21 shots-10 saves,
11 GA); OSU: Brandon Freeman 4-2 (60:00, 18-12, 6).
Start time: 12 p.m. Finish time: 1:46 pm Length of game: 1:46
Officials: Timothy Kelly; Ty Wilkinson; Rick Jackson.