April 14, 1999
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio State used a deliberate ball control offense and a stifling defense to hang a 5-4 upset over Great Western Lacrosse League rival Notre Dame this afternoon before 200 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
With the score tied at four and just under two minutes remaining, goalie Mike Abeles (Jr., Westfield, N.J.) made the biggest of his 11 saves to give the Buckeyes (5-3, 1-1) possesion. Ohio State then held the ball for the final shot when with 10 seconds left, Kevin Stephan (Fr., Massapequa, N.Y.) found a streaking Buddy Lange (Jr., Annandale, N.J.) for the game winner.
Notre Dame (5-5, 3-1) took a 4-1 lead at the 9:22 mark of the third quarter on Steadman Oakey’s third goal of the afternoon. But, the Buckeyes showed resilience as Greg Zytkowski (Jr., North Olmstead, Ohio) scored to cut the Irish lead to two. Then, Sandy Boyce (So., Butler, Md.) scored two goals only seven seconds apart to tie the game at 4, and setting up Lange’s last minute heroics.
Kevin Johnson (Sr., Penfield, N.Y) contributed a goal in the first period, while Fred Koury (Sr., Dublin, Ohio) and Jon Torpey (Jr., Timonium, Md.) also played key roles in keeping the Irish offense in check and the ball out of their hands in the stunning upset. Stephan finished with three assists, while Ohio State was 7/7 on the penalty kill.
“This is the biggest win in the history of Ohio State lacrosse,” said Athletic Director Andy Geiger after the win.
Ohio State returns to action at home Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Stony Brook Seawolves.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total Notre Dame 2 0 2 0 4 Ohio State 1 0 3 1 5
Notre Dame- Steadman Oakey 3, Steve Bisko
Ohio State- Sandy Boyce 2, Buddy Lange, Greg Zytkowski, Kevin Johnson
Notre Dame- Chris Young, Brad Owen, David Ulrich, John Flandina
Ohio State- Kevin Stephan 3, Lange
Notre Dame- Kirk Howell 60 min. 5 saves 5 GA
Ohio State- Mike Abeles 60 min. 11 saves 4 GA
Statistics GB Shots FO EMO Notre Dame 31 27 6/13 0/7 Ohio State 26 15 7/13 0/2
Notre Dame 5-5, 3-1
Ohio State 5-3, 1-1