COLUMBUS, Ohio – In an ECAC Lacrosse League game, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 6/7 Denver, 11-6, Saturday afternoon in the eighth annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. The Pioneers (9-2, 4-0 ECAC) led 5-3 at halftime and outscored the Buckeyes (6-6, 1-2 ECAC) in the third quarter, 5-1, to take control of the game.
Against the Pioneers Buckeye junior captain Brock Sorensen had a team-best and career-high two goals, with Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo each adding a goal and an assist. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had 11 saves.
Ohio State will be back in action Sunday night with a conference game at Air Force at 7 p.m. MT in USAFA, Colo.
Denver led 2-1 after the first quarter. The Pioneers scored two early goals, with Todd Baxter tallying 28 seconds in after DU won the opening faceoff and Jeremy Noble finding the back of the net less than a minute later (13:50). The Pioneers held the two-goal advantage until Tundo scored unassisted with 55 seconds left in the quarter. Shots were 10-6 in favor of Denver in the stanza, with Dutton making three saves for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes tied the game just 34 seconds into the second quarter when Tundo found freshman Tyler Frederick for a tally. Denver then scored three times in 19 seconds to take a 5-2 lead. Cameron Flint started the run with a man-up goal at 10:57, followed by back-to-back goals from Mark Matthews at 10:44 and 10:38. The Pioneers outshot the Buckeyes, 10-8, in the quarter, with each goalie making two saves.
Denver scored the first five goals of the third quarter, with Flint opening the scoring at 13:49. The Pioneers scored three goals in a 1:19 span, as Baxter tallied at 6:35, Flint added his third at 5:49 and Chase Carraro scoring at 5:16. Carraro had his second of the game with 2:39 in the quarter for a 10-3 Denver lead. Sorensen ended the Denver run with an extra-man tally, assisted by Schuss, with 1:07 left in the quarter. The Pioneers outshot the Buckeyes, 10-9, in the quarter and Dutton made three saves. Denver goalie Jamie Faus had five stops.
Denver’s Carraro scored his third-consecutive goal after his own faceoff win three seconds into the fourth quarter and Schuss scored unassisted for the Buckeyes at 13:21. The teams were scoreless until Nick Liddil tallied for Ohio State with 22 seconds left in regulation. Ohio State had eight shots in the stanza, with Denver attempting six. Dutton added three more saves, as he and the Buckeye defense shut out the Pioneers for the final 14:57.
For the game, Denver outshot Ohio State, 36-31. Dutton made 11 saves for the Buckeyes in all 60 minutes. Faus played the first 59:38 and allowed six goals, making 12 saves. Troy Orzech played the final 22 seconds and did not face a shot.
Denver won 15 of 21 faceoffs in the day and won the groundball battle, 39-21. Tundo was first with four groundballs, with Dutton and Shawn Kaplan each scooping three. Junior Joe Bonanni led the Buckeyes with two caused turnovers as the team combined for eight total on the day.
Flint and Carraro, who won 14 faceoffs, both had hat tricks for Denver, with Flint adding an assist for four points. Baxter had a four-point game with two goals and two assists and Matthews had two goals and three points.
Postgame Notes • Sorensen marked the first two-goal game of his career and his second two-point game after a goal and an assist vs. Fairfield Feb. 28, 2009. He now has a career-high tying four goals on the year. He is first on the squad with four man-up goals this season. • Dutton has five double-digit saves this season, including in three of the last four games. • Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 25 goals, 14 assists and 39 points and extended his point streak to 26 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has 95 career points, with 56 goals and 39 assists. • Tundo is second on the squad with 22 goals and 33 assists and tied with Frederick for second with 11 assists each. Tundo has a point in his 11 games, with Frederick on a 10-game scoring streak. • Senior Bryce Woodson played in the 50th of his Buckeye career.