COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Senior Day in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back, downing Hobart, 11-4, in an ECAC Lacrosse League game. Ohio State is now 6-5 on the year and stands 1-1 in conference play. Hobart is 4-6 overall and 1-2 in league action.
The 12 members of the Buckeye senior class – Paul Beery, Jarred Bowman, Zach Boyt, Packy Campbell, Conor David, Tyler Dolphin, Scott Gerland, Ryan Keneally, Scott Lathrop, Mike Pires, Zach Rodgers and Bryce Woodson – were honored in a pregame ceremony.
Sophomore Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with four goals, three assists and seven points in the win. Classmate Jeff Tundo had a hat trick and added an assist for four points. Lathrop, a d-middie, had the first two-goal game of his career and sophomore Dominique Alexander also scored twice. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton made a career-high 14 saves in the contest as the Buckeye defense held Hobart to just four goals.
The Buckeyes led 6-1 after the first quarter, with three goals from Schuss and two from Tundo in the first 11 minutes, along with a tally by Lathrop. Hobart scored its lone first-half goal with 27 seconds left in the first quarter. Ohio State scored the only two goals of the second quarter, with Alexander and Schuss finding the back of the cage. Each team scored three goals in the second half, with two each in the third quarter and one in the fourth. Lathrop extended the Buckeye lead to 9-1 with 8:36 left in the third before Hobart scored its first goal in 24:57 at the 5:30 mark. Hobart’s Miller and Tundo traded goals in the final 51 seconds of the third quarter and Alexander scored Ohio State’s fourth-quarter goal, with Kyle Lusted tallying the game’s final goal for Hobart with eight seconds remaining.
The Buckeyes took control of the game in the first quarter and led 6-0 less than 11 minutes into the contest. Schuss and Tundo each scored twice (and added an assist) to stake the Buckeyes to an early lead. Tundo set up Schuss 52 seconds into the game before senior Mike Pires found Schuss for a man-up goal at 10:34. Tundo tallied, assisted by Schuss, at 8:26 and drove the net to score unassisted 1:24 later (7:02) for a 4-0 Buckeye advantage. At 4:12 Schuss completed his hat trick off an assist from freshman Michael Italiano and Lathrop took the ball in himself after a Hobart faceoff violation for a goal at 4:04. Hobart’s first attempted shot came with 38 seconds left in the half and the Statesmen got on the board with a man-up goal from Alex Love with 27 seconds remaining, scoring on their first shot on goal of the game. Shots were 10-3 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter, with Dutton making two saves.
The Buckeyes shut out the Statesmen in the second quarter and added two goals for an 8-1 lead at halftime. Bowman found Alexander for a tally at 6:50 before Schuss converted a pass from freshman Tyler Frederick from behind the net with 1:42 left in the quarter. Ohio State continued to control play, holding the Statesmen to just four shots, with Dutton stopping one attempt. The Buckeyes had 11 shots in the stanza.
Each team scored twice in the third quarter. Schuss battled for a loose ball and his pass led Lathrop into the zone for his second goal of the game, with the tally coming at 8:36. Hobart’s Mike White scored at 5:30, ending a scoreless streak of 24:57, and making the score 9-2. The Statesmen scored again with 51 seconds left in the quarter when Miller tallied. Tundo finished his hat trick with 11 seconds left in the stanza. Shots were 10-6 in favor of the Statesmen in the quarter, with Dutton stopping three attempts.
The teams each scored once in the fourth. Schuss set up Alexander at 8:44, marking the Buckeyes’ 11th goal and Alexander’s second tally of the game. The last goal came from Kyle Lusted with eight seconds remaining in the game for the 11-4 final. Dutton stopped seven shots in the stanza as Hobart outshot the Buckeyes, 12-7.
Shots were 34-29 in favor of the Buckeyes in the game. Dutton played the first 56:36 for the Buckeyes and had 14 saves to set a career high, allowing three goals. Keneally played the final 3:24 and allowed one tally. Evan Kirk played the first half for Hobart and had five saves, allowing eight goals. Jon Lawless completed the game and had four saves, with three goals allowed, in the second half.
The Buckeyes won 8-of-19 faceoffs, with Trey Wilkes, who had a team-best four groundballs, winning seven. Ohio State won the groundball battle, 31-25, with Dutton, Schuss and Tundo each scooping three. Brock Sorensen had a team-best two caused turnovers.
Lathrop’s two goals matched the total from his first 57 games as a Buckeye and marked his first tally since Feb. 28, 2009 vs. Fairfield. He now has a career-high four points this year.
Each member of the senior class (except Rodgers, who is injured) saw action in the game.
Schuss now leads the Buckeyes with 37 points, 24 goals and 13 assists. He has a point in all 25 games of his Buckeye career (55g, 38 a, 93p) and his point streak is tied for the 16th-longest current streak in the nation.
Tundo is second with 21 goals and 31 points for the Buckeyes. He has a point in all 10 games this year, with multiple goals in six.
Frederick extended his point streak to 10 (9g, 7a, 16p), while Alexander now has at least one point in each of his last six games (8g, 10a, 18p).
Dutton now has double-digit saves in four games this year. His goals-against average is now 8.16, with a .537 save percentage.
The game was the fourth time this season Ohio State held an opponent to five or less goals.
Pires played in the 50th games of his Buckeye career, second among current Buckeyes behind Lathrop with 58.
The Buckeyes will be back in action with two games in Colorado next weekend. The Buckeyes will take on Denver at 3 p.m. MT in Invesco Field Saturday April 16 and Air Force at 7 p.m. MT Sunday April 17.