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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-2 first-quarter lead en route to a 16-7 win over Detroit Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a team-best six points with a hat trick and team-high three assists. Sophomore Mike Smail had a hat trick in the win, with senior Mario Ventiquattro adding two goals and two assists for four points. Junior Mike Pires (2g, 1a) and classmate Zach Rodgers (1g, 2a) each had three points. Senior James Green (2g) and freshman Jeff Tundo (1g, 1a) each had two points.

After Detroit’s Tyler Staruch opened the scoring with a man-up goal 1:16 into the game, the Buckeyes went on a six-goal run to go ahead 6-1. Senior James Green split the defense and scored at 12:26 to tie the game and freshman Kevin Mack followed with his first career tally seven seconds later, assisted by Schuss. At 11:13 Pires scored to make the score 3-1. Ohio State got its second man-up goal of the day at 8:32 when Rodgers scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray at 8:32, tallying off a rebound. He then found Schuss for a score at 7:51. Ventiquattro found Schuss just outside the cage for a man-up goal at 4:35 to made the score 6-1. The Titans ended the run when Tim Lehto scored unassisted at 2:54.

The Buckeyes scored the only four goals of the second quarter to take a 10-2 lead into halftime. Freshman Dominique Alexander found his classmate Schuss at 12:35 before Rodgers set up Green on a man-up tally 15 seconds later. Smail scored his first goals of the season in a span of 1:29, off an assist from Tundo at 5:08 and a helper from Schuss at 3:39.

Ohio State outscored Detroit 4-1 in the third quarter for a 14-3 lead through three. Pires tallied unassisted at 11:39. At 8:35 Joel Matthews scored his first of five goals on the day to end Ohio State’s five-goal run. The Buckeyes responded with three goals to close out the quarter. Schuss scored on an assist from Ventiquattro at 5:14 and then returned the favor to set up Ventiquattro for a man-up goal at 1:16. Sophomore Eddie Bambino scored his first of the year with 35 seconds left in the quarter.

After Smail completed his hat trick three minutes into the fourth quarter and Ventiquattro scored man-up (OSU’s fifth of the day) assisted by Pires 23 seconds later to move the Buckeye lead to 16-3, the Titans’ Matthews scored the final four goals of the game for the 16-7 final. His goals came at 10:04, 9:18 (EMO), 8:11 and :54.

Senior Brandon Freeman started the game in the cage for the Buckeyes and played the first 43:25 to pick up the win, stopping five of eight shots. Freshman Ryan Brant saw his first collegiate action, coming in for the final 16:35 and making six saves while allowing four goals.

Ohio State converted 5-of-10 man-up chances, with Detroit 2-for-4.

Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes remain at home to host Penn State next weekend. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Schuss has a team-best six goals, four assists and 10 points on the year. The six points in the game were a career best.

Tundo and Green are second for the Buckeyes with five goals each, with Tundo ranking second with seven points. Ventiquattro is second with three assists.

The hat trick was a first for Smail, who scored one goal last season.

Rogers’ points were his first as a Buckeye and Mack’s goal was the first of his career.

Pires, Green, Schuss, Alexander and Tundo all have at least one point in all three games this year.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2010
             Detroit vs Ohio State (Feb 27, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

                       Detroit (0-2) vs. Ohio State (2-1)
Date: Feb 27, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Stadium: Woody Hayes Ath Ctr
Attendance:870   Start time:12:00 pm  End time:1:49 pm   Total time:1:49   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
————————————-
Detroit………….  2  0  1  4 –  7
Ohio State……….  6  4  4  2 – 16

Detroit SCORING: GOALS: Matthews, Joel 5; Lehto, Tim 1; Staruch, Tyler
1.
ASSISTS: Nowicki, John 1.

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Logan Schuss 3; Mike Smail 3; Mario
Ventiquattro 2; Mike Pires 2; James Green 2; Zach Rodgers 1; Jeff
Tundo 1; Eddie Bambino 1; Kevin Mack 1.
ASSISTS: Logan Schuss 3; Zach Rodgers 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2;
Dominique Alexander 1; Mike Pires 1; Jeff Tundo 1.

Detroit GROUND BALLS: Janer, Brad 4; Harris, Scott 3; Hebden, Jamie 3;
Houtby, Jordan 3; Levell, A.J. 3; Butts, Chris 2; Davenport, Brandon
2; Keefer, Austin 2; Staruch, Tyler 2; Fields, Mike 1; Gregson, Matt
1; McDonald, Jason 1; Nemes, Chris 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Joe Bonanni 4; Matt Kawamoto 3; Keenan Ochwat
3; Trey Wilkes 3; Dominique Alexander 2; Kevin Mack 2; Zach Rodgers 2;
Logan Schuss 2; Paul Beery 1; Packy Campbell 1; Mark Crawford 1; Scott
Foreman 1; Brandon Freeman 1; Scott Lathrop 1; Chris Lowery 1; Brandon
McLean 1; TJ Powell 1; Jeff Tundo 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1.

Detroit TURNOVERS CAUSED: Butts, Chris 1; Houtby, Jordan 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Dominique Alexander 1; Joe Bonanni 1;
Jarred Bowman 1; James Green 1; Matt Kawamoto 1; Chris Lowery 1; Zach
Rodgers 1; Mike Smail 1; Trey Wilkes 1; Bryce Woodson 1.

SHOTS – Detroit 29; Ohio State 49.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Detroit 18; Ohio State 30.

Penalties – Detroit 10/7:30; Ohio State 4/3:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Detroit 2-4; Ohio State 5-10.

TURNOVERS – Detroit 23; Ohio State 22.

FACEOFFS – Detroit 13-24; Ohio State 11-24.

CLEARS – Detroit 19-29; Ohio State 20-24.

GOALIES – UDM: Levell, A.J. (60:00 minutes, 30 shots-14 saves, 16 GA);
OSU: Ryan Brant (16:35, 10-6, 4) , Brandon Freeman (43:25, 8-5, 3).

Start time: 12:00 pm  Finish time: 1:49 pm   Length of game: 1:49
Officials: John Gibbons; Lee Spitzer; D. Ray Tucker.

A-870 T-1:49