March 3, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16/17-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 13/13 Penn State, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium. The Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0 CAA) win the inaugural Creator’s Trophy after Penn State defeated both Michigan and Ohio State in 2012.

The game was the second of a six-game homestand for the Buckeyes (3-2, 1-0 ECAC). The team will host Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Friday (March 9) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, followed by matchups with No. 1 Virginia March 17, No. 9/10 Notre Dame March 21 and ECAC foe Bellarmine March 24.

Penn State led 1-0 after the first quarter and 2-1 at the end of the second. The Nittany Lions shut out the Buckeyes in the third quarter, scoring once, for a 4-1 lead and each team had one tally in the fourth stanza for the 5-2 final. Both goalies were outstanding, with sophomore Greg Dutton making 12 saves in the Buckeye cage and Austin Kaut stopping 14 Ohio State attempts. Ohio State’s defense caused nine turnovers, with Dominic Imbordino and Keenan Ochwat each recording four and Joe Bonanni forcing one turnover.

Penn State scored 37 seconds into the game when Tom LaCrosse tallied unassisted. Neither team scored the rest of the quarter, with Ohio State outshooting Penn State, 8-6. Kaut had two saves in the PSU net, with Dutton stopping one shot for the Buckeyes.

Each team scored once in the second quarter for a 2-1 Penn State lead at halftime. The Nittany Lions’ Gavin Ahern converted the team’s only man-up chance of the day at 11:46 to extend the lead to 2-0. Ohio State got on the board when Schuss found sophomore Tyler Frederick outside the crease who was able to draw the Buckeyes within one. Shots were 8-7 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter, with each goalie making four saves.

Penn State scored the first three goals of the second half to extend the lead to 5-1. After the teams were scoreless for the first 9:48 of the stanza, Matthew Mackrides tallied twice in a 1:14 span, scoring at 5:12 and 3:58, for a 4-1 PSU advantage after the third quarter. The teams combined for just nine shots in the stanza (OSU/5, PSU/4), and each goalie had two stops.

At 12:09 of the fourth Shane Sturgis tallied for the Nittany Lions, making it a 5-1 game. Schuss scored on the run at 6:06 to end the Buckeyes’ scoreless drought, but the squad could get no closer. Each team had 11 shots in the quarter, with the goalies combining for 11 saves. Kaut had six stops for Penn State, with Dutton making five saves in the Ohio State cage.

Ohio State outshot Penn State, 32-28, in the game. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had a season-best 12 saves, two shy of the career-best 14 he had last season. Kaut had 14 saves for the Nittany Lions in 60 minutes.

The Nittany Lions edged the Buckeyes in groundballs, 30-28. Dutton and Schuss shared the Buckeye lead with four each, with Ochwat picking up three.

Ohio State won 5-of-11 faceoffs in the game, with sophomore Steve Knezick going 4-for-7 on the day.

Penn State converted the only man-up chance in the game.

Postgame Notes
• The Creator’s Trophy is a traveling award established this year by the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse – Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. The trophy is awarded to a program that posts a 2-0 record in the competition each season.
• The five goals scored by Penn State were a Buckeye opponent season low.
• With a goal and an assist, Schuss extended his point streak to 35. He leads the squad with 13 goals, six assists and 19 points this season.
• Imbordino set a career high with four caused turnovers, while Ochwat matched his personal best, first set April 23, 2011 vs. Fairfield.
• Frederick has a point in four of five games this season. He is tied for second on the team with seven points, ranking second with five assists.