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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, playing its second road game in 24 hours, dropped Denver, 16-10, Sunday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver. The win improves the Buckeyes to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in Great Western Lacrosse League play, clinching a spot in the league postseason tournament. Denver falls to 7-7 and is 1-3 in conference play.

Ohio State will wrap up its regular season when it hosts No. 3 and undefeated Notre Dame (12-0, 4-0 GWLL) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game.

Four Buckeyes had five points in the win. James Green had a game-high four goals and added an assist, Jeff Ryan and Mike Pires each had a hat trick and two assists and Joel Dalgarno had a game-high four helpers, along with a goal. Doug Ruhnke added two goals and an assist, while Mario Ventiquattro had two scores. Goalie Brandon Freeman had 14 saves in the win.

The Buckeyes trailed 3-1 in the first quarter before a five-goal run gave the squad a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Pioneers were able to cut the lead to one (6-5) at 8:19 of the second, but the Buckeyes responded with three-consecutive goals to go into halftime up, 9-5. Denver drew within two early in the third quarter, but the Buckeyes outscored the Pioneers, 7-3, the rest of the way, including shutting DU out for the final 11:12.

The teams combined for eight goals in the opening quarter, with Ohio State leading 5-3 at the end of one. The teams traded goals early, with Andrew Lay scoring 49 seconds into the game for the Pioneers and Green setting up Ryan at 12:32 to tie the game. Denver scored the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead, as Kyle Widerstedt found the back of the cage at 9:56 and Lay followed 1:22 later. Ohio State rattled off five-consecutive goals to close out the quarter. Ryan assisted on a Green goal at 7:51 and Ruhnke tied the game at 3-all at 5:53. Green scored unassisted 29 seconds later to give Ohio State the lead for the first time (4-3). Dalgarno set up Ryan for a goal with just seven seconds left in the quarter to give the Buckeyes a two-goal edge.  Denver outshot Ohio State, 11-9, in the quarter, with Freeman making five saves.

Ohio State scored four times and allowed just two goals in the second quarter, taking a 9-5 lead into halftime. Brian Lalley scored 1:20 into the second stanza, assisted by Ryan, before Denver scored back-to-back to pull within one (6-5), with goals from Charley Dickenson at 11:26 and Alex Demopoulos man-up at 8:19. The Buckeyes scored three times in the final 6:41. Pires scored at 6:41 and Dalgarno found Green for an EMO tally at 4:42. Pires scored his second of the game at 1:58, off an assist from Dalgarno. Shots were 12-3 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter.

Denver scored two quick goals in the first 2:21 of the second half to draw within two (9-7). Joey Murray tallied at 12:44 and Ben Wahler scored off the ensuing faceoff just five seconds later. Dalgarno set up Ruhnke for his second of the game at 10:12 and Ventiquattro converted an EMO chance, assisted by Justin Hayes, at 8:59. After DU’s Mark Matthews responded 32 seconds later, Ventiquattro found the back of the cage, off an assist from Pires, at 6:11. Ohio State had 10 shots in the quarter, with DU attempting nine.

Denver outscored Ohio State, 2-1, in the first 3:48 of the fourth quarter but the Buckeyes then held the Pioneers scoreless for the final 11:12, scoring four goals of their own, en route to the 16-10 win. Mark Matthews and Dickenson scored man-up goals for DU at 14:38 and 11:12, respectively, sandwiched around a Ryan tally at 13:06. Pires found Green for his fourth tally of the game at 7:17 and then scored a goal of his own 1:05 later. Ruhnke assisted on a Dalgarno score with five minutes remaining, marking the final goal of the game. Denver outshot Ohio State, 15-9, in the fourth, as Freeman had five stops.

Ohio State outshot Denver, 40-38. Freeman ended the game with 14 saves, with Peter Lowell making 10 stops for the Pioneers.

Each team was strong on man-up chances, with Ohio State 2-for-4 and Denver 3-for-3.

Postgame Notes
The Top 4 teams in the final GWLL standings earn a spot in the league tournament May 1/3 in Birmingham, Mich. Ohio State and Air Force are tied for second in the GWLL standings with matching 3-1 ledgers, behind 4-0 Notre Dame. All three have clinched a spot in the tournament. Denver and Quinnipiac are tied for fourth with 1-3 records and are vying for the final playoff spot. Bellarmine is in last at 0-4. Next weekend Ohio State hosts Notre Dame, Denver hosts Air Force and Quinnipiac travels to Bellarmine.

Dalgarno has a team-best 29 goals, 22 assists and 51 points this season. Dalgarno, who became the second Buckeye all-time (and in 30 years) to cross the 200-point mark for his career, now has 122 goals and 217 career points, ranking second in both categories in the Ohio State record book. He is now one behind first-place Terry Gilmore in the career goals race. Dalgarno has 95 assists to stand two back of second place Cliff Murray. He is on a 19-game point streak (48-33-81). It was his third five-point game of the season.

Ruhnke is on a five -game scoring streak (6-3-9). The three points vs. Denver were a season best and he has five points in his last two games combined.

Pires’ two assists marked a career best and he tied his career high with five points, matching the total he had in the season opener vs. Detroit.

Green’s four goals and five points were a career best. He has five career hat tricks and three four-point games as a Buckeye.

Freeman had 29 saves in the two games this weekend, after a season-best 15 Saturday vs. Air Force.

Ryan now is second on the team with a career-best 40 points, including a personal-high 15 assists. His previous best was 38 points, set a season ago. It was his second five-point game this season and the fourth of his career.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         2009 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
                Ohio State vs Denver (04/19/09 at Denver, Colo.)

             Ohio State (7-6, 3-1 GWLL) vs. Denver (7-7, 1-3 GWLL)
Date: 04/19/09      Location: Denver, Colo.         Stadium: Peter Barton LS    
Attendance:1516   Start time:1:30 p.m  End time:3:30 p.m  Total time:2:00   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Ohio State……….  5  4  3  4 – 16
Denver…………..  3  2  3  2 – 10

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: James Green 4; Jeff Ryan 3; Mike Pires 3;
Doug Ruhnke 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2; Joel Dalgarno 1; Brian Lalley 1.
ASSISTS: Joel Dalgarno 4; Mike Pires 2; Jeff Ryan 2; James Green 1;
Justin Hayes 1; Doug Ruhnke 1.

Denver SCORING: GOALS: Matthews, Mark 2; Lay, Andrew 2; Dickenson,
Charley 1; Demopoulos, Alex 1; Dickenson, John 1; Murray, Joey 1;
Wahler, Ben 1; Widerstedt, Kyle 1.
ASSISTS: Dickenson, Charley 2; Demopoulos, Alex 1; Dickenson, John 1;
Roy, Dillon 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: TEAM 5; Dan Bain 3; Scott Foreman 3; Keith
Lovett 3; Brandon Freeman 2; Scott Lathrop 2; Mike Pires 2; Doug
Ruhnke 2; Brock Sorensen 2; Bryce Woodson 2; Connor Anderson 1; James
Green 1; Justin Hayes 1; Scott Matthews 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Andrew
Stimmel 1.

Denver GROUND BALLS: Wahler, Ben 9; Deblois, Brendan 5; Konkel, Austin
4; Baxter, Todd 3; Demopoulos, Alex 3; Murray, Joey 3; TEAM 3;
Widerstedt, Kyle 3; Eichler, Emerson 2; MacDonald, Jamie 2; Matthews,
Mark 2; Roy, Dillon 2; Dickenson, Charley 1; Gajic, Alex 1; Lowell,
Peter 1; Sanders, Payton 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Scott Foreman 2; Keith Lovett 2; Scott
Matthews 2; Corey Bentine 1; Joel Dalgarno 1; James Green 1; Keenan
Ochwat 1; Mike Pires 1; Andrew Stimmel 1.
Denver TURNOVERS CAUSED: Demopoulos, Alex 2; Roy, Dillon 2; Murray,
Joey 1; Widerstedt, Kyle 1.

SHOTS – Ohio State 40; Denver 38.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 26; Denver 24.

Penalties – Ohio State 3/2:00; Denver 4/3:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 2-4; Denver 3-3.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 20; Denver 23.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 10-29; Denver 19-29.

CLEARS – Ohio State 20-27; Denver 13-17.

GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman (60:00 minutes, 24 shots-14 saves, 10
GA); DEN: Lowell, Peter 5-5 (60:00, 26-10, 16).

Start time: 1:30 p.m  Finish time: 3:30 p.m  Length of game: 2:00
Officials: Brian Mauney; David Ellsworth; Eric Armtsberg. Scorer:
Nicole Dupes.

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