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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Opening up a three-game homestand, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 decision to Denver in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday in an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup. Freshman Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes (6-6, 2-3 ECAC) with a hat trick and an assist and senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 11 saves, but the Pioneers (9-4, 4-0 ECAC) rallied in the fourth quarter for the league win.

Ohio State will return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday when it takes on Air Force in the “Showdown in the Shoe” in Ohio Stadium. Tickets to the game, which is held prior to the Ohio State football team’s spring game and has set national attendance records the last two years, may be purchased at the Athletics Ticket Office, online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, and through Ticketmaster. Tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $5 in advance or $10 on the day of the game (cash only), with Ohio State students who show a valid BuckID and children 6 and under admitted free.

The Buckeyes led 4-2 after the first quarter. Schuss opened the game with a goal at 13:22 assisted by Dominique Alexander. The Pioneers tied the score on Alex Deompoulos’ tally at 8:05 but the Buckeyes responded 58 seconds later when Alexander set up James Green to put Ohio State ahead 2-1. Jarred Bowman scored unassisted at 5:23 for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. Cameron Flint drew DU within one (3-2) with a goal at 3:07 but Tundo scored with 1:37 remaining for a 4-2 Buckeye lead.

Schuss found Mike Pires at the top of the circle for a man-up goal at 10:45 of the second quarter to give Ohio State a three-goal edge (5-2). The Pioneers scored the next two goals to cut the lead to one. Mark Matthews found the back of the cage at 6:57, followed by a Patrick Rogers tally at 3:55. Schuss scored unassisted twice in the final 2:05, with the final goal coming with 15 seconds on the clock, to give the Buckeyes a 7-4 lead going into halftime. Freeman had four stops in the quarter.

Denver’s Andrew Lay scored 55 seconds into the second half to make it a 7-5 game. At 10:05 Mike Pires took the ball in himself and scored, followed by Zach Rodgers’ quick-stick tally from the far post off a pass from Tundo at 6:29, giving Ohio State a 9-5 lead. Denver started its eventual five-goal run at 2:14 when Cameron Kerr tallied and Demopoulos scored man-up with nine seconds left in the quarter, making it a two-goal game after three.

In the final quarter, Denver cut the Buckeye lead to one at 10:42 when Matthews tallied. Rogers tied the game for the first time since the first quarter when he scored at 2:46. Matthews completed his hat trick and gave the Pioneers their first lead of the contest with 35 seconds remaining. The Pioneers were able to win the ensuing faceoff and Ohio State could not gain offensive possession, as Denver came away with the conference victory.

The Buckeyes had 30 groundballs in the game, led by Brock Sorensen with five and Keenan Ochwat with four. Sorensen had a team-best three caused turnovers.

The Buckeyes took just 20 shots in the game but scored on nine of the 17 shots on goal. Denver had 30 shots, putting 21 on net. Freeman played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes with 11 stops. The Pioneers’ Peter Lowell had eight stops in 60:00.

Ohio State, which entered the weekend seventh nationally in man-up offense, converted its one chance. The Buckeyes held Denver to one goal on two chances, stopping a one-minute non-releasable opportunity.

Postgame Notes
Schuss now has a team-high 19 assists and 39 points and is second with 20 goals. He has at least one point in all 12 of his games for the Scarlet and Gray, with multiple points in all but two. It was his third three-goal game as a Buckeye.

Green leads Ohio State with 21 goals and has at least one tally in all 12 games this season.

Rodgers is on a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4).

Pires’ two goals matched his season high.

Mario Ventiquattro had his five-game goal and point streaks ended.

Alexander had his fifth two-point game this season with a career-best two assists.

Tundo is second on the team with 29 points, ranking second with 10 assists and third with 19 goals. He has points in all but two games this season and is on a three-game scoring streak.

Freeman had double-digit saves for the eighth time this season.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State Lacrosse 2010
Denver vs Ohio State (Apr 17, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

Denver (9-4, 4-0 ECAC) vs. Ohio State (6-6, 2-3 ECAC)
Date: Apr 17, 2010 Location: Columbus, Ohio Stadium: Jesse Owens Memorial
Attendance:972 Start time:1 p.m. End time:2:42 p.m Total time:1:42

SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Denver………….. 2 2 3 3 – 10
Ohio State………. 4 3 2 0 – 9

Denver SCORING: GOALS: Matthews, Mark 3; Demopoulos, Alex 2; Rogers,
Patrick 2; Lay, Andrew 1; Flint, Cameron 1; Kerr, Cameron 1.
ASSISTS: Demopoulos, Alex 2; Scott, Colin 2; Dickenson, Charley 1;
Lay, Andrew 1; Rogers, Patrick 1.

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Logan Schuss 3; Mike Pires 2; Jeff Tundo 1;
James Green 1; Jarred Bowman 1; Zach Rodgers 1.
ASSISTS: Dominique Alexander 2; Logan Schuss 1; Jeff Tundo 1.

Denver GROUND BALLS: Roy, Dillon 9; Brown, Alejandro 4; Carraro, Chase
3; Baxter, Todd 2; Brown, Jeff 1; Demopoulos, Alex 1; Dickenson,
Charley 1; Drexler, Alex 1; Gradinger, Nick 1; Lay, Andrew 1;
Matthews, Mark 1; Rogers, Patrick 1; Sanders, Payton 1; Scott, Colin
1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brock Sorensen 5; Keenan Ochwat 4; Andrew
Stimmel 3; Scott Foreman 2; Brandon Freeman 2; James Green 2; Brandon
McLean 2; Logan Schuss 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2; Trey Wilkes 2;
Dominique Alexander 1; Conor David 1; Mike Pires 1; Jeff Tundo 1.

Denver TURNOVERS CAUSED: Roy, Dillon 3.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Brock Sorensen 3; Scott Foreman 2; Joe
Bonanni 1; Scott Lathrop 1; Jeff Tundo 1; Bryce Woodson 1.

SHOTS – Denver 30; Ohio State 20.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Denver 21; Ohio State 17.

Penalties – Denver 1/1:00; Ohio State 2/2:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Denver 1-2; Ohio State 1-1.

TURNOVERS – Denver 17; Ohio State 15.

FACEOFFS – Denver 14-23; Ohio State 9-23.

CLEARS – Denver 13-18; Ohio State 16-17.

GOALIES – DEN: Lowell, Peter 6-1 (60:00 minutes, 17 shots-8 saves, 9
GA); OSU: Brandon Freeman 6-5 (60:00, 21-11, 10).

Start time: 1 p.m. Finish time: 2:42 p.m Length of game: 1:42
Officials: Lee Spitzer; Ray Tucker; Jay Farrell.

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