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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost on the road to Penn State, 11-5, Saturday afternoon in State College, Pa., in a matchup of the two Big Ten schools who sponsor men’s lacrosse. The Buckeyes fall to 3-2 on the year and the Nittany Lions improve to 1-3. With three points on a goal and two assists, senior Joel Dalgarno moved into third all-time with 104 goals, remains in third with 82 career assists and second with 186 points.

The Buckeyes return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Robert Morris in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Ohio State held an early 2-1 lead before Penn State scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. The Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes, 4-1, in the third quarter to hold an 8-3 lead heading into the final stanza.

Penn State opened the scoring at 5:37 of the first quarter on Mike Toner’s man-up goal. Ohio State scored the next two. Conor David set up Joel Dalgarno at 4:06 to tie the game at 1 and Mike Pires scored unassisted at 3:02 to put Ohio State ahead, 2-1. Penn State then went on a five-goal run, with three-consecutive goals from Jack Forster. Forster tied the game with 2:56 left in the first and gave the Nittany Lions the lead at 8:05 of the second. He completed his hat trick with a man-up goal with 3:11 remaining in the first half, sending the teams into halftime with the Nittany Lions ahead, 4-2.

Penn State scored the first two goals of the second half, with Matt Warner tallying at 13:44 and Chris Hogan scoring at 9:32. Dalgarno set up Jeff Ryan at 7:34 of the third to end Penn State’s run, making the score 6-3. The Nittany Lions responded with another three-goal run, on goals from Forster  at 3:33 and Matthew Mackrides at 1:24 of the third and a man-up tally from Rob Forster at 11:02 of the fourth quarter.

Dalgarno found Ryan for his second goal of the game at 10:11 of the fourth quarter. Penn State responded 44 seconds later on a Chris Hogan goal, followed by a Mackrides tally at 3:56. Mario Ventiquattro ended the scoring at 2:09, assisted by Doug Ruhnke.

The Buckeyes outshot Penn State in the game, 41-36, including a 24-14 margin in the second half. Buckeye goalie Brandon Freeman had 10 saves, including six in the second quarter. Penn State’s Drew Adams had 17 stops.

Ohio State was unable to convert five man-up chances, with Penn State going 3-for-7.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2009 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
Ohio State vs. Penn State
March 7, 2009 at State College, Pa.

Ohio State (3-2) vs. Penn State (1-3, (0-1))
Attendance:346   Start time:          End time:02:45     Total time:1:45   

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

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Jeff Ryan 2; Joel Dalgarno 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Mike Pires 1.
ASSISTS: Joel Dalgarno 2; Conor David 1; Doug Ruhnke 1.

Penn State SCORING: GOALS: Forster, Jack 4; Hogan, Chris 2; Mackrides, Matthew 2; Forster, Rob 1; Warner, Matt 1; Toner, Mike 1.
ASSISTS: Forster, Rob 2; Henneghan, Charley 1; Ridgway, Conrad 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Nick Carr 4; Joel Dalgarno 4; Scott Foreman 4; Brandon Freeman 4; Scott Matthews 3; Jeff Ryan 3; TEAM 3; Conor David 2; James Green 2; Keenan Ochwat 2; Doug Ruhnke 2; Jarred Bowman 1; Matt Kawamoto 1; Brian Lalley 1; Scott Lathrop 1; TJ Powell 1; Brock Sorensen 1; Andrew Stimmel 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Bryce Woodson 1.

Penn State GROUND BALLS: Adams, Drew 5; Bernier, Matt 5; Forster, Jack 4; Mackrides, Matthew 4; TEAM 4; Garrity, Alex 3; Ross, Earl 3; Shea, Brian 3; Warner, Matt 3; Britt, Joe 1; Davis, Bill 1; Elmer, J.J. 1; Henneghan, Charley 1; Joyce, Kevin 1; McAleenan, Ryan 1; Shankoff, Matt 1; Vosburgh, Colton 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: None.
Penn State TURNOVERS CAUSED: None.

SHOTS – Ohio State 41; Penn State 36.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 22; Penn State 21.

Penalties – Ohio State 7/6:00; Penn State 5/5:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 0-5; Penn State 3-7.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 0; Penn State 0.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 10-18; Penn State 8-18.

CLEARS – Ohio State 18-23; Penn State 19-22.

GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman 3-2 (60:00 minutes, 21 shots-10 saves, 11 GA); PSU: Adams, Drew 1-3 (60:00, 22-17, 5).