COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13/16 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell at Albany, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y. The Buckeyes (5-2) cut a five-goal third-quarter deficit to two in the fourth stanza, but the comeback attempt fell short and the squad suffered the nonconference loss to the Great Danes (3-1).
The teams were tied at 2 after the first quarter and Ohio State outscored Albany, 3-1, in the first 5:43 of the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead. Albany responded with a five-goal run to tie the game and take an 8-5 lead with 2:51 left in the second quarter. Buckeye Brock Sorensen scored a man-up goal with 2:33 left in the stanza for an 8-6 Albany lead at halftime. The Great Danes won the third quarter, outscoring Ohio State 3-0, to extend the lead to 11-6. The Buckeyes shut out Albany for the final 23:53 of regulation and scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter but were unable to draw even.
For Ohio State, freshman goalie Greg Dutton had a career-high 12 saves in the game. Sophomore Dominique Alexander led the Buckeyes with three assists and four points, while sophomores Logan Schuss and Dan Wertz each scored twice and freshman Tyler Frederick had two assists. Ty Thompson had a team-best three goals for the Great Danes, while Brian Caufield had a team-high three assists and tied Rocky Bonitatibus (2g, 2a) for the team lead with four points each.
Albany opened the scoring 1:52 into the game on a goal from Ty Thompson, assisted by Miles Thompson. Ohio State was outshot, 8-0, to start the game but converted its first shot when senior Mike Pires tallied at 7:44, assisted by Alexander, after a Buckeye timeout. Wertz followed with a goal 43 seconds later to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead. The Great Danes tied the game at 2 when Brian Caufield tallied at 6:21 and neither team was able to score the rest of the quarter, ending the stanza with the teams tied at 2. Shots were 10-6 in the quarter in favor of Albany, with Dutton making four saves for the Buckeyes.
The teams traded goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter. Senior Jarred Bowman scored for Ohio State at 13:29, followed by an Albany goal by Rocky Bonitatibus at 12:49. The Buckeyes then scored back-to-back goals to take a two-goal lead (5-3). Alexander tallied at 11:54, with Tundo finding the back of the net at 9:17. The Great Danes responded with a five-goal run, with five different goal scorers, in a 5:44 span for an 8-5 lead. Ty Thompson drew UAlbany within one at 8:35 and Resetarits tied the game at 5-all at 6:58. Artie Marrapese put the Great Danes back ahead at 5:28, followed by goals from Bonitatibus at 3:42 and Matt Johnson at 2:51. Ohio State ended the run on a Sorensen goal on a two-man advantage at 2:33, assisted by Frederick. The Great Danes outshot the Buckeyes in the quarter, 10-9.
Albany scored the only three goals of the third quarter to extend the lead to five (11-6). Ty Thompson tallied at 11:47, followed by Miles Thomason at 9:41 and Joe Resetarits at 8:53. The Great Danes controlled play much of the stanza and outshot Ohio State, 11-3.
The Buckeyes shut out Albany for the final 23:53 as they attempted to come back and tie the game. Wertz scored at 11:41, ending a 20:52 scoreless streak for the Buckeyes that began in the second quarter and making the score 11-7. The Great Danes maintained the four-goal edge until there were less than three minutes remaining in regulation when Schuss scored twice in 24 seconds, with goals at 2:52 and 2:28 (assisted by Frederick). The Buckeyes had four man-up chances in the quarter (three 30 second advantages), but could not convert. Ohio State attempted 17 shots, with Albany taking four, in the quarter. UAlbany goalie Edmund Cathers had six saves in the stanza.
Each team had 35 shots and 12 saves in the game. Dutton and Cathers each played all 60 minutes.
Albany won more faceoffs, going 15-9 on the day, and won the groundball battle, 42-29. Buckeye freshman Shawn Kaplan won six faceoffs, with sophomore Mark Crawford going 2-2 in the fourth quarter. Sorensen had a team-high five groundballs for the Buckeyes, with Alexander picking up four. The Buckeyes caused 11 turnovers, led by junior Keenan Ochwat with three and Sorensen with two. Keith Olson won all 15 faceoffs for the Great Danes and had a game-high 11 groundballs.
Postgame Notes The Buckeyes will play their next two games on the road against Top 5 opponents, taking on Virginia March 19 and Notre Dame March 23.
Alexander has four goals, three assists and seven points in his last two games combined. The four points vs. Albany were a season high and matched his career best set May 1 vs. Bellarmine. The three helpers also marked a personal high, breaking the mark of two he had vs. Denver April 17, 2010.
The 12 saves were a season best for Dutton, topping the 10 he had Tuesday night vs. Lehigh.
Schuss and Tundo now share the team goal lead with 13 each. Schuss has a team-best nine assists and 22 points. Tundo is second with 19 points and third with six assists. Frederick is second in assists (7) and third in points (13). Bowman is third in goals (7).
Schuss extended his point streak to 21 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has multiple points in all six games this year and has at least two goals in each of his last five outings. Tundo has at least one point in all six games this season. Frederick is on six-game goal and point streaks.
Wertz had his second two-goal game of the year, matching his career best.
The Buckeyes shut out their opponents on extra-man chances for the sixth time this season.