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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Playing in its first conference game as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse lost to Fairfield, 10-8, Tuesday night in Fairfield, Conn. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a hat trick and added an assist for a team-high four points, with senior James Green chipping in three points on two goals and a helper.

The Buckeyes (4-4, 0-1 ECAC) will remain on the road, playing a league game at Quinnipiac at noon.

Fairfield (4-2, 1-0 ECAC) scored the first two goals of the game, with Kevin Peters tallying at 5:48 and Brent Adams following 1:18 later. Buckeye junior Zach Rodgers scored man-up with 41 seconds left in the quarter to cut the lead in half.

Freshman Dan Wertz found Green for a goal to tie the game at 12:46 of the second but the Stags’ Nick Baglio responded 32 seconds later to regain the advantage. The teams traded goals in the final 4:56 to send Fairfield into halftime with a one-goal edge (4-3). Schuss scored for the Buckeyes off an assist from senior Mario Ventiquattro at 4:56, with Doug Kuring netting a goal at 2:06.

The teams combined for seven goals in the third quarter, giving Fairfield an 8-6 lead heading into the final stanza. Fairfield went ahead 5-3 on Ryan Mulford’s goal at 13:07, which Schuss answered, assisted by Green, at 11:23. The Stags then scored twice in 1:02, with a man-up goal from Matt Plominski at 8:19 and a score from Sam Snow at 7:17, to go ahead, 7-4. The Buckeyes then had back-to-back goals from Schuss and Ventiquattro, man-up assisted by Schuss, less than a minute apart at 3:21 and 2:32, to again cut the lead to one (7-6). A goal from Peters with four seconds left in the third quarter again put Fairfield ahead by two.

Fairfield scored at the 9:15 mark of the fourth quarter to take a three-goal lead for the first time in the game (9-6). Freshman Dominique Alexander scored for Ohio State at 7:34 and set up Green for a goal at 6:04 to once again make it a one-goal game. Marshall Johnson found the back of the cage with 3:49 left to put Fairfield up 10-8. Ohio State had chances late, but could get no closer and dropped the conference contest.

Buckeye senior Brandon Freeman started and played the first 50:45 in the cage, allowing nine goals and suffering the loss while making 14 saves to match his season high. Freshman Ryan Brant played the final 9:15 and allowed one goal. Fairfield goalie Joseph Marra had 10 saves in all 60 minutes.

Schuss now has a team-best 11 assists and 24 points, ranking second with 13 goals. Green has a team-best 14 tallies and is tied with Ventiquattro for second in points with 16 each. Schuss and Green both have at least one point in each game this season.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2010
           Ohio State vs Fairfield (Mar 23, 2010 at Fairfield, Conn.)

            Ohio State (4-4; 0-1 ECAC) vs. Fairfield (4-2; 1-0 ECAC)
Date: Mar 23, 2010  Location: Fairfield, Conn.      Stadium: Alumni Stadium     
Attendance:445   Start time:7 pm      End time:8:48 pm   Total time:1:48   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Ohio State……….  1  2  3  2 –  8
Fairfield………..  2  2  4  2 – 10

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Logan Schuss 3; James Green 2; Mario
Ventiquattro 1; Dominique Alexander 1; Zach Rodgers 1.
ASSISTS: Dominique Alexander 1; James Green 1; Logan Schuss 1; Mario
Ventiquattro 1; Dan Wertz 1.

Fairfield SCORING: GOALS: Plominski, Matt 2; Peters, Kevin 2; Snow,
Sam 1; Kuring, Doug 1; Adams, Brent 1; Baglio, Nick 1; Mulford, Ryan
1; Johnson, Marshall 1.
ASSISTS: Snow, Sam 2; Adams, Brent 1; Baglio, Nick 1; Kuring, Doug 1;
Snellman, John 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon Freeman 5; Scott Foreman 3; Zach
Rodgers 3; Brock Sorensen 3; Brandon McLean 2; Andrew Stimmel 2; TEAM
2; Scott Lathrop 1; Chris Lowery 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Logan Schuss 1;
Mario Ventiquattro 1; Bryce Woodson 1.

Fairfield GROUND BALLS: TEAM 6; Golmont, Steve 5; Adams, Brent 3;
Bannon, Sean 3; McTague, Brendan 3; Wells, Clay 3; Baglio, Nick 1;
Knight, Kevin 1; Kuring, Doug 1; Plominski, Matt 1; Snellman, John 1;
Snow, Sam 1; Trunz, Max 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Andrew Stimmel 2; Joe Bonanni 1; Brandon
Freeman 1; Kevin Mack 1; Keenan Ochwat 1.
Fairfield TURNOVERS CAUSED: Adams, Brent 1; Bannon, Sean 1; Marko,
Reed 1; Wells, Clay 1.

SHOTS – Ohio State 29; Fairfield 37.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 18; Fairfield 24.

Penalties – Ohio State 3/2:30; Fairfield 3/3:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 2-3; Fairfield 1-3.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 13; Fairfield 15.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 6-22; Fairfield 16-22.

CLEARS – Ohio State 16-18; Fairfield 11-12.

GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman (50:45 minutes, 23 shots-14 saves, 9
GA) , Ryan Brant (09:15, 1-0, 1); FFDMEN: Marra, Joseph 4-2 (60:00,
18-10, 8).

Start time: 7 pm      Finish time: 8:48 pm   Length of game: 1:48
Officials: Coz Delillo; Thomas Hoeland; Steven Murray.

A-445 T-1:48