COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, despite five goals from sophomore Logan Schuss, lost at No. 2-ranked Virginia, 14-11, Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Buckeyes are now 5-3 on the year, while the Cavaliers improve to 7-1.
Schuss, Ohio State’s leading scorer with 27 points, led the Buckeyes with a season-high five goals against UVA. Classmate Jeff Tundo had three points on two goals and an assist, while freshman Michael Italiano also scored twice.
In the game, the Buckeyes led 2-0 early before Virginia scored twice, including a goal with seven seconds left in the opening stanza, for a 2-2 game after the first quarter. The teams traded goals through the first 6:46 of the second quarter before a three-goal UVA run gave the Cavaliers a 7-4 lead with 4:56 left in the half. Each team scored twice before the whistle for an 8-5 Virginia lead after the first 30 minutes. The Cavaliers scored the first four goals of the second half, part of a five-goal run, to take a commanding 12-5 lead with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Three straight Buckeye goals – including two from Schuss – in the final 2:57 of the stanza made the score 12-8 after three quarters. Ohio State outscored UVA, 3-2, in the fourth quarter for the 14-11 final.
The Buckeyes scored the first two goals of the game, with Italiano tallying at 10:28 and Keenan Ochwat scoring his first goal of the year at 7:29, assisted by Kevin Mack to mark his first point of the year. The Cavaliers responded with a three-goal run to tie the game before the end of the first quarter and take the lead, 3-2, early in the second. Rhamel Bratton scored at 4:48 and Steele Stanwick tied the game with just seven seconds left in the first.
Stanwick scored 49 seconds into the second quarter to put UVA in the lead for the first time. Schuss tied the game at 3, assisted by Tundo, at 9:27. Bratton scored his second of the day 1:06 later for a 4-3 Cavalier lead but Frederick responded just eight seconds later, assisted by senior Scott Lathrop after a Shawn Kaplan faceoff win, at 8:14, for a 4-4 game. Virginia scored the next three goals, in a span of 2:02, for a 7-4 advantage. Chris Bocklet started the run at 6:58 with a man-up goal, with Colin Briggs tallying at 5:13 and Stanwick scoring man-up at 4:56. Tundo ended the run with a goal at 2:17 but Bocklet answered 27 seconds later for an 8-5 UVA lead at halftime.
Virginia scored the first four goals of the third quarter for a 12-5 lead. Matt White scored at 13:14 with Stanwick tallying less than a minute later. Rhamel Bratton found the back of the net at 6:06, followed by Shamel Bratton 36 seconds later. The Buckeyes then scored three goals in the final 3:57 of the quarter to cut the lead to four (12-8) after 45 minutes. Tundo opened the run before Schuss scored back to back at 2:38 and 1:58 (assisted by Dominique Alexander). UVA goalie Adam Ghitelman had six saves in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Bocklet extended the lead to six (13-8) with a goal at 8:42. Schuss answered at 6:18 for a 13-9 game. The teams scored three times in the final 1:32, starting with a Rhamel Bratton empty-net tally. The Buckeyes ended the game with goals by Italiano (on an assist from Tundo) and Schuss 18 seconds apart at 1:20 and 1:02 for the 11-14 final.
Ohio State outshot Virginia in the game, 39-35. Freshman Greg Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes, with Ghitelman ended the day with 13.
UVA won the groundball battle, 40-31, led by Chris LaPierre with seven. Dutton and Frederick were first for Ohio State with four apiece. Clears were 16-of-17 for Ohio State, with Virginia successful on all 18 attempts.
At the faceoff X the Buckeyes won 12-of-29 draws, with freshman Shawn Kaplan going 7-8.
The Cavaliers, who entered the game first in the country in man-up offense, were 2-for-5 on the day. Ohio State was 0-for-4. The squads started the game tied for first nationally in man-down defense.
Stanwick led UVA with five points, including four goals. Rhamel Bratton also had four tallies, with Shamel Bratton posting four points on a goal and three assists.
Postgame Notes The Buckeyes will close out their stretch of three-consecutive road games with a matchup at No. 3 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The squad will then have a weekend off before back-to-back home games against Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9 to begin ECAC play.
Schuss extended his point streak to 22 games (each game of his collegiate career), ranking among the Top 14 current point streaks nationally. He has multiple points in each game this year and has at least two goals in each of his last six outings. Tundo has at least one goal point in all seven games this season. Frederick is on an eight-game point streaks.
Schuss is first on the squad with 18 goals, nine assists and 27 points. Tundo is second in goals (15) and points (23).
Ochwat’s goal was his first since April 10, 2010 at Hobart. The long-stick defenseman has three career goals.
Italiano had the first two-goal game of his Buckeye career.