COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13/16 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Lehigh, 11-7, Tuesday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes broke open a one-goal game in the third quarter, outscoring the Mountain Hawks, 4-1, in the stanza en route to victory. Ohio State is now 5-1 this season, while Lehigh falls to 3-2.
Buckeye sophomores Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander each scored three goals, with Schuss adding three assists for a six-point game. Sophomore Jeff Tundo had four points, with two goals and two assists. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton made a career-best 10 saves in the game for the Buckeyes, with five second-half stops.
Ohio State took a 2-0 lead 3:26 into the game. Alexander opened the scoring just 33 seconds into the contest and senior Paul Beery found Schuss for a tally at 11:34. Cameron La-Gosney scored twice for Lehigh, sandwiched around a fast-break goal from Buckeye senior Jarred Bowman (off an assist from Schuss), to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 edge after the opening quarter.
Each team scored twice in the second quarter to put Ohio State ahead, 5-4, at halftime. Adam Johnston tied the game at 3-all at 13:40, answered by Alexander at 13:23 to regain Ohio State’s lead. Lehigh again tied the game (4-4) when Dante Fantoni tallied man-up with 7:20 on the clock. With time winding down the Buckeyes blocked a shot and gained possession. The Buckeyes cleared the ball and took a timeout at 1:32. Coming out of the timeout, Tundo found the back of the net to put the Buckeyes ahead. Dutton had four saves in the quarter, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 12-4.
The Buckeyes scored the first two goals of the third quarter to take a three-goal lead (7-4). At 12:57 Schuss set up Alexander and just over a minute later Tyler Frederick set up Patrick Toohey on a fast break for a goal at 11:39. Jonathan Stumpf ended the Buckeyes’ three-goal run with a tally at 10:34, but the Buckeyes (with a goal and assist each by Schuss and Tundo) scored twice in the last 5:45 of the quarter for a 9-5 advantage. Schuss assisted on a man-up goal by Tundo, before Tundo set up Schuss for a goal at 2:26. Dutton made four saves, allowing just one goal, in the stanza.
The teams traded goals twice in the fourth quarter for the 11-7 final. Roman Lao-Gosney scored for Lehigh at 11:02, before a Tundo goal at 6:49, assisted by Schuss, at 6:49. Fantoni scored for the Mountain Hawks at 3:20. The final goal was scored by Frederick with 2:14 remaining, with the goalie out of position.
Lehigh outshot Ohio State, 35-29, in the game. Dutton had a career-high 10 saves, playing 58:50. Senior Ryan Keneally played the final 1:10 and had two stops. Dan Carr made five saves for the Mountain Hawks.
Each team won 11 faceoffs, with freshman Shawn Kaplan winning all 11 for the Buckeyes. Lehigh won the groundball battle, 28-23. Kaplan had a team-high five groundballs for the Buckeyes, with freshman Joe Meurer scooping four.
Lehigh converted its one man-up chance. Ohio State was 1-for-2.
Postgame Notes • The Buckeyes will be back in action Saturday when they face off with the Albany Great Danes at noon in Albany, N.Y. It is the first of three-consecutive road games for the Buckeyes (March 19 at Virginia, March 23 at Notre Dame). • Schuss has a team-best nine assists and 20 points, ranking second with 11 goals. He extended his point streak to 20 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has 42 goals, 34 assists and 76 points as a Buckeye. The three assists and six points were a season high, with the hat trick matching the three goals he had vs. North Carolina Feb. 19. • Tundo has a team-high 12 goals and is second with six assists and 18 points. It was his third multiple-goal game of the year and he has multiple points in all five games on the season. • Alexander’s hat trick marked his first goals of the season. • Bowman now has a career-high eight points this season, with six goals and two assists. • Frederick has a goal in each of his last five games and multiple points in three outings this season. • Toohey’s goal was the first of his career. • Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 33-13, in the second half this season. • Lehigh’s man-up goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes this season, ending a streak of 11-consecutive EMO chances stopped.