COLUMBUS, Ohio In front of 29,601 fans, the No. 11 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 17 Denver, 20-13, Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The attendance set national men’s lacrosse records for regular-season (20,180 March 3, 2007 in Baltimore) and on-campus (19,850, April 18, 1987 in College Park, Md.) games. With the win, Ohio State improves to 4-0 in the Great Western Lacrosse League and 9-3 on the year, extending its winning streak to five. The Pioneers suffer their first league loss this season (3-1) and are 9-5 on the year, ending their winning streak at six.
The Buckeyes built a big lead in the first half, with a 6-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 13-3 lead at halftime. Junior Joel Dalgarno, from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, led the Buckeyes in the win with a career-best nine goals and 12 points. The nine goals are the second-highest total in program history, behind the 12 Steve Lauver had vs. Bowling Green Feb. 23, 1965, and tying with Brian Driscoll, who scored nine times vs. Michigan April 8, 1967. It is the third 12-point game in program history, tying for the second-best single-game performance in the Ohio State record books. Terry Gilmore holds the Buckeye record with 13 points vs. Bowling Green May 12, 1979.Lauver and Driscoll also had 12 points in the games mentioned above.
Buckeye senior and team leading scorer Kevin Buchanan had a career-high six goals and nine points with three assists. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had a season-best 17 saves in the game, including six in the fourth quarter. Sophomore James Green recorded three goals and four points in the victory.
After the teams traded goals in the first 1:08, with Dalgarno scoring 10 seconds into the game and Ilija Gajic tallying man-up for the Pioneers at 13:52, the Buckeyes went on a six-goal run. Buchanan scored four-consecutive goals, with even-strength tallies at 13:36, 11:22 and 3:35 and a man-down score, set up by Jeff Ryan, at 4:46. Peet Poillon found Green for a goal with 1:44 left in the quarter, as Ohio State took a 6-1 lead.
Dalgarno scored a man-up goal, assisted by Green, at 12:05 of the second quarter. DU’s John Dickenson ended the Buckeye run with a man-up goal at 11:22. Ohio State responded with four-consecutive goals, beginning with a tally from Green at 9:45. Dalgarno had a hand in the next three goals, scoring twice in 19 seconds at 5:26 and 5:07 (man-up, assisted by Buchanan), and finding senior Peter Schell alone in front of the net at 3:34. Denver made the score 11-3 on Jon Paulson’s score at 2:50. Buckeye sophomore Ryan Lowe won the ensuing faceoff and found Green for a goal 10 seconds later (2:40) and Buchanan set up sophomore Mario Ventiquattro for the half’s final goal at 2:03. The Buckeyes took a 13-3 lead into the lockerroom.
Denver outscored the Buckeyes, 6-3, in the third quarter to cut the lead to 16-9. Jamie Lincoln opened the second half with a goal for the Pioneers at 12:25. Dalgarno scored at 10:26, before DU’s Kyle Widerstedt and Dalgarno traded goals at 7:45 and 6:43, respectively. The Pioneers then went on a four-goal run to cut the Buckeye lead to six (15-9). Cliff Smith scored back-to-back goals in less than a minute (5:34 and 4:54), with Charley Dickenson scoring at 2:11 and John Dickenson recording a goal at 1:08. Dalgarno scored unassisted with 13 seconds left in the quarter.
Each team scored four goals in the fourth quarter. Denver again got within six on Lincoln’s goal at 7:35 before Buchanan responded 32 seconds later. DU’s Brett Koll and OSU’s Dalgarno scored in just less than a minute, at 6:14 and 5:16, as Ohio State again reached a seven-goal lead. The Pioneers scored the next two goals to cut the Buckeye lead to five (18-13) with 2:55 remaining, on scores from Gajic at 4:33 and Lincoln at 2:55. Ohio State scored the last two goals of the game for the 20-13 final, as Buchanan tallied at 2:36 and Dalgarno scored his ninth goal of the game with 44 seconds remaining.
Schroder made 17 saves for the Buckeyes in all 60 minutes. Denver’s Austin Konkel had nine saves in all 60 minutes. The Pioneers outshot the Buckeyes, 46-39, including 38-14 in the second half.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-6 on man-up chances, with Denver converting 1-of-4 opportunities.