May 15, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was defeated by No. 8-seed North Carolina in the opening round of the 2004 NCAA Championship, 13-6, in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday. OSU, which was making its second consecutive and overall appearance in the national tournament, ends its season 12-4 (5-0/1st GWLL). The Tar Heels (10-4, 2-1 ACC) advance to play No. 1-seed Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinal round next Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
The teams ended the first half tied at three, but UNC outscored the Buckeyes 10-3 in the second half, 3-1 in the third quarter and 7-2 in the fourth, for the win. No. 8-ranked Ohio State and No. 6-ranked North Carolina also met last Saturday, with the Tar Heels posting a 12-6 win in that contest.
The Buckeyes took the lead at the 6:59 mark of the first period when Anthony Gilardi (Sr., Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) scored, assisted by Ben Wolff (So., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall). The Tar Heels responded just 43 seconds later, as Mike McCall scored his first of three goals on the day. UNC took its first lead of the game when Bryant Will converted a man-up opportunity with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter. Josh Wittenberg (So., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) tied the game at two, as he scored, set up by Gilardi, with 1:45 left in the stanza.
Each team managed just one goal in the second quarter, as the squads went into halftime tied at three. Johnnie Seivold scored the Tar Heels’ third goal of the game with 6:12 on the clock, followed by a Kyle Olson (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) score with 1:07 remaining.
Craig Nolan (So., Plano, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) scored 1:21 into the third period, with Wolff assisting, before UNC scored four consecutive goals to go up, 7-4. Jed Prossner scored back-to-back at 9:43 and 8:19, followed by a Ryan Blair tally at 2:03.
UNC’ s Lance Zimmerman opened the scoring in the fourth with a goal at 12:47. Olson stopped the Tar Heels’ run with his second goal of the game at 11:39, but North Carolina responded with six goals in a row, including a man-up score, to put the game away. Buckeye senior goalie Tony Russo (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) ended the scoring with a goal with 1:51 left, marking his first collegiate tally.
Russo played 58:09 in net, making 13 saves and allowing 13 goals. Senior Jon Miller (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) came in for the last 1:51, making one save. For the Tar Heels, Paul Spellman played all 60 minutes, with 13 saves and six goals allowed.
Olson had a team-best two goals in the game, while Wolff had a team-high two assists. Gilardi, with a goal and a helper, also chipped in two points.
For UNC, McCall had a game-high three goals, while Will had a game-best three assists. Blair (2-2) and Will (1-3) led the Tar Heels with four points each in the win.
The game ended the career of nine Buckeye seniors – Gilardi, Mike McKenna (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola), Miller, Josh Lesko (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), Russo, Ryan Laffey (Huntington, N.Y.), Matt Cafarelli (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto), Shaun Lyons (Sr., Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) and Greg Bice (Helotes, Texas/St. Mary’s Hall).
Gilardi had a goal and an assist in the game to extend his scoring streak to 16, as he had at least one point in every game this season. He ended the season as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 43 points. He ends his career ranked seventh in OSU annals with 58 career assists and is tied for 11th in OSU history with 133 career points.
Russo ended his career as OSU’s all-time leader in career saves with 651.
Olson ended the year on an eight-game scoring streak, while Nolan had points in the last six outings. Lyons had his goal and point-scoring streaks ended at nine.
Ohio State’s 12 wins on the year were the most since the 1988 squad posted 12 victories and tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history. It is a career best for seventh-year head coach Joe Breschi, whose 1999 team won 10 games.
OSU is 0-2 in the NCAA tournament. The squad lost on the road at Maryland, 8-5, last season in its inaugural appearance.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final) Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2004 #8 Ohio State vs #6 North Carolina (May 15, 2004 at Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Ohio State (12-4) vs. North Carolina (10-4) Date: May 15, 2004 Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. Stadium: Fetzer Field Attendance:1529 Start time:1:00 pm End time:2:53 pm Total time:1:53
Score by period 1 2 3 4 Tot ————————————- Ohio State………. 2 1 1 2 – 6 North Carolina…… 2 1 3 7 – 13
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Kyle Olson 2; Anthony Gilardi 1; Craig Nolan 1; Josh Wittenberg 1; Tony Russo 1. ASSISTS: Ben Wolff 2; Anthony Gilardi 1.
North Carolina SCORING: GOALS: Mike McCall 3; Ryan Blair 2; Jed Prossner 2; Bryant Will 1; Lance Zimmerman 1; Andrew Lucas 1; Johnny Seivold 1; Andrew McElduff 1; Dave Duffy 1. ASSISTS: Bryant Will 3; Ryan Blair 2; Andrew Lucas 2; Lance Zimmerman 2; Jed Prossner 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Tony Russo 4; John Dauro 3; Andrew Bender 2; Greg Bice 2; Mike McKenna 2; Gary Bining 1; Chris Brown 1; Matt Cafarelli 1; Peter Frantz 1; Anthony Gilardi 1; Ryan Laffey 1; Craig Nolan 1; Brian Yontz 1.
North Carolina GROUND BALLS: Kevin Frew 13; Paul Spellman 6; Jed Prossner 4; Bryant Will 2; Ryan Blair 1; Hayward Howard 1; Mike McCall 1; Stephen McElduff 1; Matt Pessagno 1; Johnny Seivold 1; Billy Staines 1; Dan Stringer 1; Lance Zimmerman 1.
SHOTS – OSU 27; NC 49. SHOTS ON GOAL – OSU 19; NC 27.
PENALTIES – OSU 5/4:30; NC 3/2:30. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – OSU 0-3; NC 2-5.
FACEOFFS – OSU 6-21; NC 15-21.
GOALIES – OSU: Tony Russo 12-4 (58:09 minutes, 26 shots-13 saves, 13 GA) , Jon Miller (01:51, 1-1, 0); NC: Paul Spellman 10-4 (60:00, 19-13, 6).
Start time: 1:00 pm Finish time: 2:53 pm Length of game: 1:53 Officials: Scott Boyle; Skip Cooper; Steve Ruppel. Scorer: Jena Buchan.