COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its first ECAC game of the season, the No. 17/19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell to Loyola, 12-9, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus Saturday. The game opened a two-game homestand for the Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1 ECAC), who will host Hobart at 1 p.m. next Saturday (April 9) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Greyhounds (5-3, 2-2 ECAC) led 3-0 after the first quarter before the Buckeyes tied the game with three-straight goals in the second quarter. A goal from Loyola with 2:37 remaining in the second (ending a 21:15 scoreless streak) regained the lead for the Greyhounds, giving them a 4-3 advantage at halftime. The Greyhounds scored two quick goals to open the second half and outscored the Buckeyes 5-2 in the third quarter to lead 9-5 entering the fourth. Ohio State scored four of the next five goals to cut the lead to one (10-9) with 3:57 left in regulation but Loyola responded 16 seconds later for a two-goal lead and added a late goal for the 12-9 final.
Ohio State had goals from eight players, led by Dominique Alexander with two. Freshman Tyler Frederick led the Buckeyes with three assists and four points.
Loyola scored three times in the first 6:08 of the game for a 3-0 lead. Matt Langan tallied at 11:45, followed by goals from Josh Hawkins at 9:53 and Chris Palmer at 8:52. Loyola goalie Jake Hagelin stopped all three Buckeye shot attempts in the quarter.
Ohio State tallied three in a row (all unassisted) to tie the game at 3 in the second quarter. Alexander put Ohio State on the board at 13:10 of the quarter. Paul Beery scored at 8:07 and Dan Wertz tied the game 47 seconds later. Loyola’s only goal of the quarter came with 2:37 remaining, ending a 21:15 scoreless streak for the Greyhounds. Palmer’s second goal of the game, assisted by Langan, regained the lead for Loyola, 4-3. Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton had the only two saves of the quarter.
A goal by Loyola’s Scott Ratliff off the opening faceoff of the third quarter gave Loyola a two-goal lead at 14:47. Palmer completed his hat trick at 11:30 for a 6-3 Greyhound advantage. Frederick found freshman classmate Michael Italiano for a goal at 10:12 to cut the lead to two (6-4). The Greyhounds responded with the next three tallies. At 8:56 Langan scored unassisted for a 7-4 lead. At 6:02 a Buckeye was assessed a two-minute non-releasable penalty and the Greyhounds took advantage, with a goal from Langan at 5:43 and Patrick Fanshaw at 5:16, giving them a five-goal lead (9-4). The Buckeyes scored the final goal of the quarter when Frederick found junior Mike Smail for a goal with 42 seconds remaining. Loyola held a 9-5 advantage after three quarters.
Ohio State scored four of the first five goals in the fourth quarter to draw within one (9-10). Alexander scored at 13:44 and sophomore Logan Schuss scored man-up, assisted by classmate Jeff Tundo, at 12:39. The score remained 9-7 in favor of the Greyhounds until a goal from Palmer at 5:57. Ohio State responded quickly, with two goals in less than a minute to cut the lead to one for the first time since the second quarter. Frederick found sophomore Nick Liddil at 4:48 before Frederick scored a goal of his own unassisted at 3:57. Just 16 seconds after Frederick’s goal Loyola was able to convert following a faceoff win, with Mike Sawyer finding the back of the net. The game’s last goal was scored by Palmer, his fifth goal of the game, with 48 seconds remaining.
Both goalies played all 60 minutes. Dutton had seven saves for Ohio State, with four in the second half. Hagelin made five saves in the contest. Shots were 32-21 in favor of Loyola.
The Greyhounds won the groundball battle, 38-19, with a 17-8 advantage on faceoffs. Ohio State converted one of two extra-man chances. Loyola was 2-for-5 with both goals coming on the non-releasable chance. Junior Keenan Ochwat had a team-best three groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Postgame Notes • The loss was the first for the Buckeyes in Columbus this year. The squad, playing its first home game since March 8, is 4-1 at home this year. • Alexander has points in his last five games, with seven goals, six assists and 13 points in the five games combined. • Schuss continues to lead the Buckeyes with 20 goals and 30 points and is tied with Frederick for the assist lead with 10 each. Tundo is second with 18 goals and 27 points on the year. All three extended point streaks – Schuss has points in all 24 games of his collegiate career, Tundo has a point in his nine games this season and Frederick has points in his last eight outings. • Frederick’s three assists and four points were one shy of the career-best four helpers and five points he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12. • Smail and Wertz have goals in back-to-back games. • Beery’s goal was his first this season. Liddil’s goal was his first since the season opener.