COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime en route to an 8-4 win over Air Force Sunday night in USAFA, Colo., in an ECAC Lacrosse League game. Ohio State is now 7-6 on the year and stands 2-2 in conference play. The Falcons drop to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Ohio State will return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday when it hosts Fairfield in the fourth-annual Showdown in the Shoe. The ECAC Lacrosse League matchup, held prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game in Ohio Stadium, will be televised live on Big Ten Network.
Against the Falcons, the Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first quarter and 5-0 at halftime. The squad extended the lead to 6-0 before the Falcons were able to end a scoreless streak of 38:53 with a third-quarter tally. Air Force added one more goal in the third for a 6-2 Ohio State lead after 45 minutes. Each team scored twice in the fourth quarter, with the Falcons’ goals coming in the final 1:08, for the 8-2 Buckeye victory.
For the Buckeyes, sophomore Logan Schuss had a hat trick and added an assist for a team-best four points, extending his point streak to 27. Freshman Tyler Frederick scored two goals and had an assist for a three-point night. Senior Paul Beery and sophomores Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander each had a goal and an assist in the win. Freshman Shawn Kaplan won 10-of-14 faceoffs against Air Force and had five groundballs to tie junior Keenan Ochwat for the team game high. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had seven saves while allowing just four goals.
The teams were scoreless until Schuss scored unassisted at 4:02 of the first quarter. Shots were 8-6 in favor of Ohio State in the stanza. Dutton made two saves for the Buckeyes, with Brian Wilson stopping three shots in the Air Force cage.
Ohio State scored four goals in the second quarter while continuing to hold the Falcons scoreless to lead 5-0 at halftime. Schuss added his second tally of the game at the 12:13 mark and then set up Tundo for a goal at 10:53 before Frederick scored at 7:37 for a 4-0 Buckeye advantage. With time winding down, Tundo was able to find Beery for a score with just two seconds remaining before halftime. Each team had six shots in the stanza, with all six Falcon attempts missing the net.
The Falcons outscored the Buckeyes, 2-1, in the third quarter, and outshot the Buckeyes, 11-5, in the stanza. Dutton had two saves, with Ohio State picking up 10 of 15 groundballs. Schuss gave the Buckeyes a 6-0 lead at the 10:54 mark, with an assist from Frederick. The Falcons’ Pat Harrison broke up the shutout at 6:07 with a man-up tally, assisted by Erik Smith, and Vinny Sandtorv scored with 1:08 left in the quarter.
Alexander scored at 11:58 of the fourth quarter, assisted by Beery, for a 7-2 Ohio State advantage. Frederick made the score 8-2, tallying off an assist from Alexander, at 2:55. The Falcons scored the last two goals in the contest. Jacob Podolnick tallied man-up with 1:04 remaining and Sandtorv scored six seconds later after a Falcon faceoff win. Shots were 15-6 in favor of Air Force in the quarter, with Dutton making three saves.
The Falcons outshot Ohio State in the game, 38-25, and each goalie ended the game with seven saves while playing in all 60 minutes.
Ohio State won 11-of-16 groundballs and won the groundball battle, 27-24. Air Force converted two of four man-up chances and Ohio State did not have an EMO.