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April 27, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won a share of the Great Western Lacrosse League conference championship yesterday after defeating the University of Denver 7-5 in Denver. The title marks the first since 1988 when the Buckeyes competed in the Great Lakes Conference. The title, shared with Butler and Notre Dame with marks of 3-1 in league play, comes in just the second year under head coach Joe Breschi.%^$

Like a day earlier against Air Force, the Buckeyes fell behind after one quarter, 2-1. Buddy Lange (Jr., Annandale, N.J.) and Mickey OConnor (So., Palm City, Fla.) scored second quarter goals to even up the score at three headed to halftime.%^$

OSU outscored the Pioneers 2-1 in both the third and fourth quarter to account for the 7-5 final. Lange, OConnor, and Tim Houston (Jr., Garden City, N.J.) each scored two goals, while Kevin Johnson (Sr., Penfield, N.Y.) dished out three assists. %^$

After the Buckeyes conclude their season on Saturday with a home game at 1 p.m. against Gannon, they will await word on whether the NCAA committee will choose the Buckeyes as the GWLL representative in the post-season tournament, or even if an at-large selection is a possibility. %^$

Scoring%^$

Goals-
%^$DU-Beiging 2, Wittman 2, Law
%^$OSU- Lange 2, OConnor 2, Houston 2, Stephan%^$

Assists-
%^$DU- Miles, Law 2, Ferreri, Taylor
%^$OSU- Johnson 3, Stephan 2, Zytkowski, Engel%^$

Saves-
%^$DU- Berger 9 saves, 7 GA
%^$OSU- Abeles 9 saves, 5 GA%^$

Records%^$Denver 3-8
%^$Ohio State 9-3