COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior captain Joel Dalgarno scored in overtime to lift the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory over Bucknell in a back-and-forth game Saturday in Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Bucknell had rallied to tie the game with 40 seconds remaining but Dalgarno’s third goal of the game gave the Buckeyes the win.
The victory, Ohio State’s first in five tries vs. Bucknell, moves the Buckeyes to 2-1 this year. The Bison fall to 0-2. Dalgarno, who moves into second place alone in the Ohio State record books with 180 career points, and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro each had a hat trick and two assists for five points vs. Bucknell, with senior Jeff Ryan chipping in three goals and a helper. Buckeye sophomore goalie Brandon Freeman had 10 saves in the game, including three in the fourth quarter.
In the overtime, freshman Stephen Tepsick won the opening faceoff to give the Buckeyes possession. After a Buckeye shot was blocked Bucknell got to the ball but an interference call gave the Buckeyes the ball back. After a timeout Ohio State controlled play and junior James Green found Dalgarno at the side of the net and he converted from a sharp angle for the win.
Bucknell jumped out early to start the game, scoring twice in seven seconds at 12:11 and 12:04 of the first quarter, with Charlie Streep and Austin Winter providing the goals. The Buckeyes then went on a six-goal run, including five goals in the first quarter, to take a 6-2 lead. Ryan scored back-to-back 17 seconds apart at 7:40 and 7:23 to tie the game at two. Ventiquattro assisted on the first goal, with freshman Keenan Ochwat picking up his first career point with the assist on the fast-break goal by Ryan. Freshman Brock Sorensen found Ventiquattro for a man-up goal at 5:39 to put Ohio State ahead for the first time. Dalgarno and Ventiquattro scored back-to-back unassisted goals 1:01 apart at 3:21 and 2:10, respectively, to give Ohio State a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Dalgarno scored off an assist from Ventiquattro at the 13:16 mark of the second quarter, marking the lone Buckeyes goal of the stanza. The Bison scored three times in the final 5:03 of the half to cut the Buckeye lead to one going into halftime. Ohio State kept the Bison off the board for 22:01 until Streep scored his second goal of the game at 5:03. Ryan Klipstein followed with a goal at 3:30 and Winter scored off an assist from Joe Mele at 1:50.
The Bison tied the game at 11:16 of the third quarter on Tim Brandau’s goal. The teams traded goals twice before the quarter was out to enter the fourth tied at 8. Ryan set up Ventiquattro for a goal at 8:42 to put Ohio State ahead but Klipstein tied it at 6:05. Senior Brian Lalley scored on a Dalgarno assist at 5:23, putting Ohio State on top, 8-7. Brandau scored with just 41 seconds remaining in the quarter to tie the game for the third time.
There was no scoring in the fourth until Ryan converted from in close off a Dalgarno pass at 6:58. With time winding down the Ohio State defense was able to get a stop and cleared the ball up field. A Buckeye turnover gave the ball back to the Bison and Bucknell was able to convert coming out of a timeout, as Streep scored his third of the game with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Bucknell outshot the Buckeyes in the quarter, 12-5.
In overtime, Tepsick won the opening draw. Ohio State had three shots, with one blocked and one wide, before Dalgarno’s winner. Bucknell was unable to get a shot off in overtime.
For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 38-31. Freeman had 10 saves while playing 62:38 in the Buckeye net. Bucknell starter Nick Sciubba played the first 12:40 and gave up five goals on six shots. Matt Antonelli took the loss, allowing five goals and making six stops.
Ohio State was 1-for-6 on man-up chances in the game. Bucknell was 0-for-3, including a Buckeye stop down two men late in the third quarter.
Freeman had a team-high five groundballs in the game. Senior defenseman Scott Matthews was second with four and Tepsick, who won 4-of-9 faceoffs, had three.
The Buckeyes continue their homestand when they host Fairfield Saturday at noon. The game is scheduled to be played outdoors at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium but could be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather. If the game is moved inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center seating is limited and fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to secure a spot.
Dalgarno took over second in the Buckeye record book with 180 career points. He is tied for third in goals with 103 and fifth in assists with 77. He has a team-best 10 goals and 14 points this year.
Ventiquattro had his fourth career hat trick and first since April 12, 2008 vs. North Carolina. The five points were a career high after three career four-point outings. He has five goals, three assists and eight points this year.
Freeman has back-to-back games with double-digit saves and has 27 saves this year.
Ryan has three or more points in each game this year, with two hat tricks. He is second on the team with seven goals and 12 points.
Sophomore Jarred Bowman made his first career start.
Ohio State’s defense held the Bison off the board from the 12:04 mark of the first quarter until the 5:03 mark of the second quarter, a stretch of 22:01
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2009 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
Bucknell vs Ohio State (Feb 21, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)
Bucknell (0-2) vs. Ohio State (2-1)
Date: Feb 21, 2009 Location: Columbus, Ohio Stadium: Woody Hayes Ath Ctr
Attendance:900 Start time:12:00 pm End time:2:07 pm Total time:2:07
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Bucknell………… 2 3 3 1 0 – 9
Ohio State………. 5 1 2 1 1 – 10
Bucknell SCORING: GOALS: Streep, Charlie 3; Winter, Austin 2; Brandau,
Tim 2; Klipstein, Ryan 2.
ASSISTS: Clarke, Jake 1; Izard, Tom 1; Mele, Joe 1; Winter, Austin 1.
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Joel Dalgarno 3; Mario Ventiquattro 3; Jeff
Ryan 3; Brian Lalley 1.
ASSISTS: Joel Dalgarno 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2; James Green 1; Keenan
Ochwat 1; Jeff Ryan 1; Brock Sorensen 1.
Bucknell GROUND BALLS: Clarke, Jake 8; Antonelli, Matt 3; Palmer,
Chris 3; Cooke, Michael 2; Streep, Charlie 2; Togneri, John 2;
Buckley, Doug 1; Collett, John 1; Gantsoudes, Nick 1; Haire, Billy 1;
Izard, Tom 1; Mele, Joe 1; Winter, Austin 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon Freeman 5; Scott Matthews 4; Joel
Dalgarno 3; Stephen Tepsick 3; Nick Carr 2; Jeff Ryan 2; Connor
Anderson 1; Jarred Bowman 1; Scott Foreman 1; Bryce Woodson 1.
Bucknell TURNOVERS CAUSED: Buckley, Doug 1; Haire, Billy 1; Mele, Joe
1; Monfort, Scott 1; Palmer, Chris 1; Togneri, John 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Scott Matthews 2; Keenan Ochwat 1; Dillon
Sheehy 1; Andrew Stimmel 1.
SHOTS – Bucknell 38; Ohio State 31.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Bucknell 19; Ohio State 17.
Penalties – Bucknell 6/4:30; Ohio State 3/2:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Bucknell 0-3; Ohio State 1-6.
TURNOVERS – Bucknell 13; Ohio State 14.
FACEOFFS – Bucknell 13-23; Ohio State 10-23.
CLEARS – Bucknell 13-17; Ohio State 13-18.
GOALIES – BUCKNELL: Antonelli, Matt 0-1 (49:58 minutes, 11 shots-6
saves, 5 GA) , Sciubba, Nick (12:40, 6-1, 5); OSU: Brandon Freeman 2-1
(62:38, 19-10, 9).
Start time: 12:00 pm Finish time: 2:07 pm Length of game: 2:07
Officials: John Gibbons; Jim Beery; Dana Friend.