COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the fourth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to ECAC foe Fairfield, 11-9, Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The game drew 12,317 by halftime, with nearly 21,000 in the stands by the end of the lacrosse game. The Ohio State football team played its annual spring game following the lacrosse contest.
“We’re disappointed. We didn’t finish the game the way we wanted to,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought we came out in the second half and did some strong things, but we just didn’t seem to have the answer … We had some momentum at times and I thought we could take that next step and take over the lead, but they made a few plays in the transition and we turned the ball over a couple times on the clear. That’s uncharacteristic and it cost us.”
Sophomore Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with four points, including three assists. His first-quarter helper was the 100th point of his collegiate career as he extended his scoring streak to 28 games. Freshman Tyler Frederick had a goal and an assist for three points, with Dominique Alexander scoring twice. Freshman Shawn Kaplan won 14 faceoffs for the Buckeyes and had a team-best eight groundballs.
Ohio State (7-7, 2-3 ECAC) and Fairfield (7-6, 3-2 ECAC) were tied at 1 after the first quarter before the Stags outscored Ohio State, 4-1, in the second quarter for a 5-2 halftime lead. Ohio State was able to cut the lead to one at the end of the third quarter (7-6). Ohio State trailed 9-8 with 4:01 remaining but Fairfield responded with two goals in the next 1:10 to extend the advantage for three.
“It hurts; it definitely hurts,” Ohio State senior Bryce Woodson said. “This is a great place; it’s an honor and privilege to be here. You definitely want to come away with a win … There is definitely a sense of urgency every time we come out here.”
The teams were tied at 1 after the opening quarter. Schuss set up senior Mike Pires for a man-up goal from just outside the crease at 10:23 to open the scoring. The Stags tied the game at 4:48 on a Sam Snow goal, opening a three-goal run for Fairfield. Shots were 9-7 in favor of Fairfield in the quarter, with Charlie Cipriano making four saves and Dutton posting two.
The Stags outscored the Buckeyes, 4-1, in the second quarter for a 5-2 halftime lead. Jordan Greenfield tallied at 12:23 for Fairfield’s first lead of the day. Snow scored man-up at 5:29 for a 3-1 Fairfield advantage. Alexander responded for the Buckeyes 39 seconds later but Snow scored at 2:42 and Matt Plominski tallied with just 14 seconds remaining to put Fairfield ahead by three. The Stags outshot the Buckeyes, 10-7, in the quarter. Dutton had two saves and Cipriano had one.
Ohio State cut the lead to one with four third-quarter goals and trailed 7-6 after 45 minutes. Ohio State outscored Fairfield, 3-1, in the first 13:36 of the stanza to draw within one (6-5). Buckeye senior Jarred Bowman scored unassisted at 12:37 and John Snellman followed for the Stags at 11:35. The Buckeyes scored back-to-back, when Pires set up Alexander at 9:47 with Ohio State man-up and Schuss finding Frederick at 6:24. Brent Adams tallied for Fairfield at 3:59 and Michael Italiano scored for the Buckeyes at 1:25 to again draw Ohio State within one. Shots were 10-3 in favor of Ohio, with Cipriano making three saves.
After Adams scored for the Stags 1:00 into the fourth quarter for an 8-6 Fairfield lead, the Buckeyes were able to draw within one twice more. Schuss found Sorensen at 11:14 for Ohio State’s third man-up goal of the game, making the score 8-7, but Snellman tallied 22 seconds later to regain the two-goal advantage. The score remained 9-7 in favor of Fairfield until Frederick scored unassisted at 4:01. The Stags responded with two goals in the next 1:10 for a three-goal lead with 2:51 remaining. Adams scored his third of the game at 3:05, converting a fast break, and Nick Tandoi tallied after a faceoff win at 2:51. Frederick found Schuss for a goal with 2:43 left but Ohio State could get no closer. Ohio State took 18 shots in the quarter, with Fairfield attempting five. Cipriano made four stops in the stanza.
Shots were 42-27 in favor of Ohio State in the game. Cipriano ended the day with 12 saves, with Dutton making four stops.
Ohio State won 16-of-24 faceoffs, with Kaplan winning 14 and Trey Wilkes winning two. Kaplan had a team-best eight groundballs, while Keenan Ochwat, who had a team-best four caused turnovers, had four groundballs in the game.
“A lot of the goals were scout goals,” Scott Lathrop, Ohio State senior d-middie, said. “Just breakdowns on our part and there’s no excuse for them. We’ll go back and look at film and see them all and try to fix them.”