COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite four goals each from freshman Dominique Alexander and senior James Green and a five-point game from rookie Logan Schuss, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to Bellarmine in overtime, 14-13, Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The game marked Senior Day for Ohio State (7-7, 3-4 ECAC), while Bellarmine (9-6, 3-4 ECAC) closed out its regular season.
The teams scored just seven goals in the first half, with the Buckeyes trailing 4-3 at halftime. The offenses exploded for 19 goals in the second half, with 10 goals in the third quarter. Ohio State held a one-goal lead (9-8) after three quarters on senior Mario Ventiquattro’s last-second shot, but the Knights scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to take a three-goal lead (12-9). The Buckeyes kept the game close and Green and Alexander each scored in the final 2:02 of regulation to force overtime. In the extra stanza Bellarmine’s Keaton Ohara scored on the run after a Buckeye turnover to lift the Knights to the ECAC win.
Green’s four goals matched his career high and game him 100 points as a Buckeye. Schuss, the team’s leading scorer and one of the highest-scoring true freshmen in Buckeye history, had two goals and three assists to extend his team point lead to 48. Alexander’s four goals were a career high, giving him 11 on the year.
The teams were tied at 2 after the first quarter. Alexander scored off a feed from Jeff Tundo at 12:28 to put Ohio State on the board. Bellarmine scored twice in less than a minute to take a 2-1 lead, with Ohara scoring at 7:22 and Sean Doyle tallying at 6:37. At 5:12 the Buckeyes knotted the score when Mike Pires found Schuss for a score.
The teams scored just three goals in the second quarter, with Ohio State heading into halftime trailing 4-3. Doyle scored a man-up goal just 35 seconds into the quarter, followed by Shane Anderson’s tally at 8:30. Alexander scored unassisted at 4:36 to cut the lead to one (4-3) and neither team was able to score until halftime. Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward, who had five saves in the first quarter, made six stops in the second.
Ten goals were scored in the third quarter, which saw four ties and each team take a two-goal lead. The quarter ended with Ohio State ahead, 9-8. At 11:55 Ventiquattro set up Schuss to tie the game at 4-all. The teams traded man-up goals in a 30-second span, with Jarrett Davis scoring for BU at 8:30 and Schuss finding Rodgers at 8:00 for a 5-5 game. Pires scored off an assist from Schuss at 6:22 to put Ohio State ahead and Green extended the lead to two (7-5) 29 seconds later with an unassisted score. Bellarmine then went on a three-goal run in a 1:21 span. Doyle started the scoring at 3:35 with a man-up tally, followed by a goal from Chase Williams at 2:53. Doyle again found the back of the net at 2:14 to put Bellarmine ahead, 8-7. The Buckeyes scored twice in the final 29 seconds to retake the lead. Alexander scored, assisted by Schuss, with 29 seconds on the clock and Tundo found Ventiquattro for a goal as time expired to put Ohio State ahead 9-8. Buckeye senior goalie Brandon Freeman made four saves in the quarter.
The teams combined for nine goals in the fourth quarter. The Knights held a three-goal lead at 9:37 after scoring the first four goals of the quarter and led by two with 2:35 remaining, but Ohio State was able to knot the score and force overtime. Just 20 seconds into the quarter Andersen tallied to tie the game (9-9) for the seventh time. Davis scored a man-up goal at 11:11 to put Bellarmine ahead, followed by goals from Luke Acton (10:23) and Trevor Timmerberg (9:37) to make the score 12-9. Green responded with unassisted goals at 8:22 and 5:15 to cut the lead to one (12-11). Doyle answered back at 2:35 for a two-goal edge but Green again scored, this time on an assist from Beery, to make it a one-goal game. Ohio State received possession on the ensuing faceoff and Alexander carried into the Bellarmine zone and scored on a long shot to deadlock the score at 13-all. In the stanza Freeman had five stops.
In overtime, Buckeye sophomore Brandon McLean won the opening faceoff but the ball was turned over but the Knights then turned the ball over on the clear attempt. Ohio State was able to get the ball into the Bellarmine zone and took a timeout. After the restart the ball was turned over again and the Knights’ Ohara scooped up the groundball and charged into the Buckeye zone, scoring on the run to give the Knights the win.
Each goalie -Freeman for Ohio State and Ward for Bellarmine – had 14 saves in the contest while playing 61:03. Freeman had nine saves in the second half, with Ward posting 11 first-half saves.
The Knights converted 4-of-5 man-up chances, with Ohio State 1-for-5.
The Buckeyes won 17-of-30 faceoffs. Trey Wilkes was 11-for-19 with a team-high and career-best eight groundballs and McLean was 6-for-11 with a personal-high four groundballs. Ohio State had a season-high 41 groundballs, with Brock Sorensen second with five.
Ohio State will close the regular season on the road next weekend, facing off against North Carolina at noon Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The game vs. the Knights marked Senior Day for eight Buckeyes – Scott Foreman, Freeman, Green, Chris Lowery, Andrew Reinhardt, Donnie Turchin, Andrew Stimmel and Ventiquattro.
Schuss, who has the most second-most points for a true freshman in Buckeye history behind Mike Avery who posted 50 in 1988, now leads the team with 24 assists and 48 points. He is second with 24 goals. It was his second five-point game of the season and he has at least one point in all 14 contests.
Green is the 26th Buckeye with at least 100 points in his career. The four goals matched his career high first set vs. Denver April 19, 2009. He has a team-best and career-high 27 goals and ranks third on the team with 29 points. He has at least one goal in all 14 games this year.
Alexander’s four goals marked a career high for goals and points. He had one two-goal game this season, one of five two-point games on the year.
Tundo is on a six-game scoring streak (9g, 10a), with 19 points in the stretch. He is second on the team in assists (14) and points (34) and ranks third with 20 goals.
Ohio State is 1-2 in overtime this year, defeating Penn State and falling to Notre Dame and Bellarmine.
The game ended conference play for the Buckeyes in their first season in the ECAC Lacrosse League.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State Lacrosse 2010
Bellarmine vs Ohio State (May 01, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)
Bellarmine (9-6, 3-4 ECAC) vs. Ohio State (7-7, 3-4 ECAC)
Date: May 01, 2010 Location: Columbus, Ohio Stadium: Ohio Stadium
Attendance:756 Start time:1:05 pm End time:3:15 Total time:2:10
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Bellarmine………. 2 2 4 5 1 – 14
Ohio State………. 2 1 6 4 0 – 13
Bellarmine SCORING: GOALS: Doyle, Sean 5; Davis, Jarrett 2; Andersen,
Shane 2; Ohara, Keaton 2; Williams, Chase 1; Acton, Luke 1;
Timmerberg, Trevor 1.
ASSISTS: Hopcroft, Derek 3; Williams, Chase 3; Bright, Austin 1.
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: James Green 4; Dominique Alexander 4; Logan
Schuss 2; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Mike Pires 1; Zach Rodgers 1.
ASSISTS: Logan Schuss 3; Jeff Tundo 2; Paul Beery 1; Mike Pires 1;
Mario Ventiquattro 1.
Bellarmine GROUND BALLS: Bulgarelli, Andrew 6; Leung, Karsen 5;
Bright, Austin 4; Ward, Dillon 4; Doan, Ross 3; Ohara, Keaton 3;
Russo, John 3; Soeder, Drew 3; Hopcroft, Derek 2; Powell, Austin 2;
Timmerberg, Trevor 2; Silvia, Matt 1; Williams, Chase 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Trey Wilkes 8; Brock Sorensen 5; Brandon
McLean 4; Conor David 3; Scott Foreman 3; Joe Bonanni 2; Andrew
Stimmel 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2; Dan Wertz 2; Bryce Woodson 2;
Dominique Alexander 1; Paul Beery 1; Brandon Freeman 1; James Green 1;
Scott Lathrop 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Zach Rodgers 1; Logan Schuss 1; Jeff
Bellarmine TURNOVERS CAUSED: Leung, Karsen 3; Bright, Austin 1; Davis,
Jarrett 1; Doyle, Sean 1; Hopcroft, Derek 1; Ohara, Keaton 1; Russo,
John 1; Ward, Dillon 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Brock Sorensen 2; Joe Bonanni 1; Conor
David 1; Scott Foreman 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Bryce Woodson 1.
SHOTS – Bellarmine 34; Ohio State 41.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Bellarmine 28; Ohio State 27.
Penalties – Bellarmine 5/4:00; Ohio State 5/4:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Bellarmine 4-5; Ohio State 1-5.
TURNOVERS – Bellarmine 20; Ohio State 21.
FACEOFFS – Bellarmine 13-30; Ohio State 17-30.
CLEARS – Bellarmine 12-20; Ohio State 15-21.
GOALIES – BU: Ward, Dillon (61:03 minutes, 27 shots-14 saves, 13 GA);
OSU: Brandon Freeman (61:03, 28-14, 14).
Start time: 1:05 pm Finish time: 3:15 Length of game: 2:10
Officials: Jay Farrell; Timothy Kelly; Clint Carter.