COLUMBUS, Ohio In the first of four-consecutive games away from Columbus, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team downed Great Western Lacrosse League foe Bellarmine, 11-7, Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky. Senior Joel Dalgarno had a team-best four goals in the win to pass the 200-point mark in his Buckeye career, with classmate Jeff Ryan adding two goals and two assists for four points.
The Buckeyes improve to 6-4 this year, with a 2-0 ledger in league play. Bellarmine drops to 6-5 and is 0-3 in conference action. The teams were tied three times in the game Saturday, including 6-all early in the third quarter, but Ohio State outscored the Knights, 5-1, over the final 28:09 to secure the conference win.
After allowing the first two goals of the game, the Buckeyes went on a five-goal run to lead 5-2 at the end of the first quarter. Bellarmine’s Jarrett Davis opened the scoring just 58 seconds into the game and Sean Doyle tallied at 12:12 to put BU ahead, 2-0. Ohio State tied the game with two goals in 36 seconds. Sophomore Ryan set up Dalgarno at 8:59 and sophomore Mike Pires found Ryan at 8:23, knotting the score at 2-all. Freshman Eddie Bambino, in the first start of his career, set up Zach Boyt for his first career goal at 6:29, putting the Buckeyes in the lead for the first time (3-2). Ohio State scored twice in the final 1:23 of the quarter, with Dalgarno scoring unassisted and Ryan tallying with just two seconds left in the stanza. Each team had nine shots in the quarter.
Bellarmine went on a run of its own in the second quarter, scoring three times in 1:41 to tie the game again (5-5). Dereck Hopcroft scored two of the three goals, tallying at 9:16 and 7:37, sandwiched around a Doyle goal at 8:06. Senior Doug Ruhnke regained the Ohio State edge (6-5) with a goal at the 4:12 mark of the stanza. The Buckeyes were outshot in the quarter, 8-5.
Bellarmine tied the game once more (6-6) when Doyle tallied 1:51 into the third quarter. The Buckeyes then rattled off four-consecutive to take control of the game, holding the Knights to just one goal over the final 28:09. Ryan found sophomore Dan Bain at 8:07 to put the Buckeyes on top (7-6) and Bambino scored unassisted four minutes later. Ruhnke assisted on a score by Mario Ventiquattro with 1:59 left in the quarter, sending the teams into the final stanza with Ohio State ahead, 9-6. The Knights outshot the Buckeyes, 11-6, in the quarter.
Dalgarno tallied the Buckeyes’ 10th goal of the game unassisted 1:42 into the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 10-6. Trevor Timmerberg had the Knights’ final goal at the 7:39 mark and Dalgarno scored his fourth of the game with 4:34 left on the clock for the 11-7 final. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Knights in the fourth.
In the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 35-26, with each goalie making eight saves. Junior Brandon Freeman played 60 minutes and allowed seven goals for the Buckeyes. Bellarmine’s Scott Bowles gave up 11 goals in 60 minutes.
Ohio State was 0-for-4 on EMO chances in the game, including 0-for-3 in the first half. Bellarmine had just one extra-man chance and did not convert.
Ohio State will travel to Baltimore next week to take on North Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday in a neutral-site game at Calvert Hall College.
Dalgarno, who leads the Buckeyes with 16 assists and 37 points and shares the team goal-scoring lead with Ryan with 21 each, had his third four-goal game of the season. He is second in the Buckeye record books in both career goals (114) and points (203) and ranks third all-time in assists (89). He is just the second Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore, who had 250 from 1976-79.
Ryan shares the team goal-scoring lead with 21 and is second with 32 points. In his third year with the squad, he is 23rd in Buckeye history with 107 career points (73g, 34a).
Bambino was making the first start of his Buckeye career. He had a goal and an assist for his first two-point game for the Scarlet and Gray.
Boyt’s goal was his first career point.
Pires is on a six-game scoring streak (8-2-10).
Ventiquattro, who has at least one point in each game this year, is third on the team in goals (15) and points (23).