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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost its 2010 road opener to No. 17/18 Bucknell, 11-5, Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. Buckeye senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 11 saves in the game, with five Buckeyes registering a goal and three others recording an assist.

The Buckeyes will return home for back-to-back games, hosting Massachusetts at noon Saturday (Feb. 27) and Penn State at 1 p.m. March 6. Both games are scheduled to be played inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, where seating is limited. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Buckeyes led 2-0 less than six minutes into the game. Freshman Dominique Alexander opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 10:17 of the first quarter, followed by a goal from freshman Jeff Tundo, set up by junior Mike Pires, at 9:17. The Bison cut the Ohio State lead to one when Billy Eisenreich scored with 2:06 left in the opening stanza.

The Bison outscored the Buckeyes 4-2 in the second quarter to carry a 5-4 lead into halftime. Ryan Klipstein tied the game at 2-all at 8:47 of the second. The Buckeyes responded with back-to-back goals from junior Jarred Bowman (assisted by freshman Dan Wertz) at 7:56 and a man-up tally from senior James Green 48 seconds later (7:08) to take a 4-2 lead. Bucknell then went on a six-goal run to jump out to an 8-4 lead. The Bison scored twice in 47 seconds to tie the game at 4-all, with Charlie Streep tallying at 5:53 and Brandon Buchmayr following at 5:06. Klipstein put the Bison ahead for the first time with a goal with 3:47 left in the first half.

The Bison scored the only goal of the third quarter, a Chris Palmer tally at 6:47 to give Bucknell a 6-4 lead. Bucknell’s goalie made five saves in the stanza.

Bucknell put the game away with five goals in the fourth quarter. Austin Winter and Streep tallied at 11:43 and 10:40, respectively, to open the stanza and give the Bison an 8-4 lead. Buckeye senior Mario Ventiquattro found freshman Logan Schuss for a goal with 4:05 on the clock to stop the Bucknell run. The Bison scored three goals in less than a minute to close out the scoring. Tim Brandau scored man-down at 3:14, Mike Danylyshyn tallied man-up at 2:53 and Streep completed his hat trick at 2:28.

Ohio State was outshot in the game, 38-22. Freeman played all 60 minutes and had 11 saves for the second-consecutive game. For Bucknell Sam Finnell started and allowed three goals on four shots in 21:52. Kyle Feeney picked up the win, making nine saves while allowing two goals.

Postgame Notes
Tundo has a team-high four goals and five points this year. Schuss and Green are second with three tallies each, with Schuss adding an assist for four points. No Buckeye has more than one assist on the year.

Freshmen have scored 10 of the Buckeyes’ 15 goals this season.

Freeman has 11 saves in both games this year and now has 13 career games with double-digit saves, including each of the least eight games.

Bowman’s goal was the first of his career.

Sophomore Joe Bonanni made his first career start on defense, joining Scott Foreman and Matt Kawamoto, who were making their 35th and 15th consecutive starts, respectively.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2010
          Ohio State vs #18 Bucknell (Feb 20, 2010 at Lewisburg, Pa.)

                      Ohio State (1-1) vs. Bucknell (1-1)
Date: Feb 20, 2010  Location: Lewisburg, Pa.        Stadium: Mathewson Stadium  
Attendance:750   Start time:12:00     End time:1:44      Total time:1:44   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
————————————-
Ohio State……….  2  2  0  1 –  5
Bucknell…………  1  4  1  5 – 11

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Logan Schuss 1; James Green 1; Jeff Tundo
1; Dominique Alexander 1; Jarred Bowman 1.
ASSISTS: Mike Pires 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Dan Wertz 1.

Bucknell SCORING: GOALS: Streep, Charlie 3; Klipstein, Ryan 2; Palmer,
Chris 1; Eisenreich, Billy 1; Danylyshyn, Mike 1; Winter, Austin 1;
Brandau, Tim 1; Buchmayr, Brandon 1.
ASSISTS: Eisenreich, Billy 2; Palmer, Chris 2; Danylyshyn, Mike 1;
Streep, Charlie 1; Winter, Austin 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Scott Foreman 3; Conor David 2; Brandon
Freeman 2; Mike Pires 2; Andrew Stimmel 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2; Trey
Wilkes 2; Scott Lathrop 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Brock Sorensen 1; Jeff
Tundo 1; Dan Wertz 1.

Bucknell GROUND BALLS: Clarke, Jake 7; Lyons, Alex 3; Gutowski, Ryan
2; Neithamer, Jason 2; Scally, John 2; Brandau, Tim 1; Collett, John
1; Danylyshyn, Mike 1; Feeney, Kyle 1; Foreit, Jason 1; Gantsoudes,
Nick 1; Nies, Jordan 1; Palmer, Chris 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Conor David 2; Brandon Freeman 1; Andrew
Stimmel 1; Trey Wilkes 1; Bryce Woodson 1.
Bucknell TURNOVERS CAUSED: Lyons, Alex 3; Clarke, Jake 1; Collett,
John 1; Danylyshyn, Mike 1.

SHOTS – Ohio State 22; Bucknell 38.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 15; Bucknell 22.

Penalties – Ohio State 2/2:00; Bucknell 6/6:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 1-5; Bucknell 1-1.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 16; Bucknell 13.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 7-20; Bucknell 13-20.

CLEARS – Ohio State 14-17; Bucknell 16-19.

GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman 1-1 (60:00 minutes, 22 shots-11 saves,
11 GA); BUCKNELL: Feeney, Kyle 1-1 (38:08, 11-9, 2) , Finnell, Sam
(21:52, 4-1, 3).

Start time: 12:00     Finish time: 1:44      Length of game: 1:44
Officials: Tom Abbott; James O’Hara; Thomas Sutton.

A-750 T-1:44