COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite seven goals and eight points from leading scorer freshman Logan Schuss, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team dropped a 19-13 game to No. 4 North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., to close out the regular season.
Schuss’ seven goals, with four in the first quarter, are tied for the seventh-most in a single game in Buckeye history and are the most since Joel Dalgarno scored nine vs. Denver April 19, 2008. Schuss ends the year as the team’s leading scorer with 56 points, the most points for a freshman in Buckeye history. The eight points, a season high for Schuss, are the most for a Buckeye since Dalgarno had 12 against the Pioneers in 2008.
The Buckeyes (7-8) led by as many as four (8-4) in the first half before the Tar Heels tied the game at 10-all before halftime. UNC (12-2) scored 15 of the final 20 goals for the win.
The Tar Heels scored just eight seconds into the game when Billy Bitter tallied. Schuss tied the game at 1-all at 9:31 off a failed clear before Jeff Muscatello scored on a low quick shot two minutes later to regain the Tar Heels’ lead (2-1). At 5:17 Gavin Petracca extended the advantage to two. The Buckeyes then took control, scoring four goals in the final 3:08 of the quarter to hold a 6-3 lead after one. Zach Boyt set up Paul Beery at 3:08 and Mike Pires found Schuss at 2:19 to tie the game at 3-all. Off the ensuing faceoff Schuss was able to scoop it up and score at 2:08 while drawing a penalty to put Ohio State ahead for the first time. The Buckeyes converted the man-up chance when Pires found Schuss at 1:25 for a two-goal lead, 5-3, after one quarter.
The Buckeyes extended the lead to as much as four (8-4), but the Tar Heels hung in and were able to tie the game at 10 before halftime. A penalty assessed at the end of the first quarter gave Ohio State a man-up chance to start the second and Ohio State took advantage, with Schuss finding Mario Ventiquattro in close at 14:38 for a three-goal Buckeye advantage and Ventiquattro scored unassisted at 14:05 to make the score 7-4. UNC’s Thomas Wood ended the Buckeyes’ six-goal run with a tally at 13:24. At 9:58 Ohio State’s Jarred Bowman scored on a long shot, making the score 8-4. The Tar Heels scored back-to-back goals 17 seconds apart by Marcus Holman (8:47) and Milton Lyles (8:30) to draw within two. Mike Smail tallied falling down at 7:17 for a 9-6 Buckeye edge before UNC responded with goals from Sean DeLaney (man-up) and Petracca in 27 seconds (5:39 and 5:12) to draw within one. Schuss was credited with his fifth goal of the game at 3:04 when the Tar Heel goalie made the save but the ball was knocked over the line by UNC. The Tar Heels scored the final two goals of the quarter to tie the game at 10-all. Petracca’s shot rolled over the line at 2:08 and Wood tallied man-up with 1:25 remaining. The Tar Heel goalies combined for six saves in the quarter. Starter Chris Madalon was replaced with 5:12 remaining after allowing nine goals and making five saves. His replacement, Steven Rastivo, had four saves on five shots in the final 5:12.
UNC scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter, making it a five-goal run and taking a 14-10 lead. Michael Burns scored 33 seconds into the second half to put North Carolina ahead (11-10) for the first time since early in the first quarter, with Wood scoring at 12:25, Matt Davis tallying at 9:12 and Zander Walters ending the stretch at 5:17. Schuss scored twice (4:17 from Smail and 1:42), sandwiched around a tally from Wood (2:41) to give the Tar Heels a 15-12 lead through three.
Beery set up Pires for a long shot at 10:20 of the fourth quarter to draw the Buckeyes within two (15-13). The Tar Heels scored the final four goals of the game for the 19-13 final, with DeLaney (7:18), Chris Layne (5:35), Wood (4:55) and Holman (2:25) scoring.
North Carolina outshot Ohio State, 56-32, in the game. Buckeye starter Brandon Freeman played the first 32:35 and had seven saves, allowing 12 goals. Freshman Ryan Brant came in for the final 12:25 of the third and had four stops before Freeman went back in for the final quarter. Freeman played 47:35 total and allowed 16 goals with 15 saves, including eight stops in the fourth quarter. For the Tar Heels Madalon had five saves on 14 shots in 24:48 and Restivo had eight stops with four goals in 35:12 to pick up the win.
The Tar Heels won 22-of-35 faceoffs and topped the Buckeyes in groundballs, 46-33.
The teams were productive on man-up chances, with Ohio State 2-for-2 and the Tar Heels 3-for-4.
Schuss, who entered the weekend first in the ECAC in points per game, closes out the year first on the team with 31 goals, 25 assists and 56 points. He had at least one point in every game on the year. His 56 points rank 14th in Buckeye history for a single season.
Smail and Beery both ended the game with two points on a goal and an assist. Smail’s assist was his first of the season and it was his second multiple-point game. Beery marked his first multiple-point game as a Buckeye.
Pires had a goal and two helpers for three points to match his season high for points and tie his personal-best in assists, first set April 19, 2009 vs. Denver.
Boyt’s assist was the first of his career and marked his first point since April 4, 2009 vs. Bellarmine.
Tundo’s assist gave him 35 points on the year, ranking him second on the squad in points and assists (15). He closes out the year on a seven-game point streak.
Freeman had double-digit saves for the 11th time this year, with the 15 stops matching a career best.
The Tar Heels entered the game second nationally in team defense, allowing just over seven goals a game.
Senior defenseman Scott Foreman ended his career starting his final 49 games. He had two caused turnovers in the game.
Ventiquattro closes his career with 98 points, including 73 goals and 25 assists.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State Lacrosse 2010
Ohio State vs #4 North Carolina (May 08, 2010 at Chapel Hill, NC)
Ohio State (7-8) vs. North Carolina (12-2)
Date: May 08, 2010 Location: Chapel Hill, NC Stadium: Fetzer Field
Attendance:1572 Start time:12:04 pm End time:1:54 pm Total time:1:50
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Ohio State………. 5 5 2 1 – 13
North Carolina…… 3 7 5 4 – 19
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Logan Schuss 7; Mario Ventiquattro 2; Mike
Pires 1; Mike Smail 1; Paul Beery 1; Jarred Bowman 1.
ASSISTS: Mike Pires 2; Paul Beery 1; Zach Boyt 1; Logan Schuss 1; Mike
Smail 1; Jeff Tundo 1.
North Carolina SCORING: GOALS: Thomas Wood 5; Gavin Petracca 3; Sean
DeLaney 2; Marcus Holman 2; Jeff Muscatello 1; Zander Walters 1; Chris
Layne 1; Billy Bitter 1; Michael Burns 1; Milton Lyles 1; Matt Davie
ASSISTS: Gavin Petracca 3; Sean DeLaney 2; Jeff Muscatello 2; Jimmy
Dunster 1; Marcus Holman 1; Chris Layne 1; Greg McBride 1; Zander
Walters 1; Thomas Wood 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon McLean 4; Joe Bonanni 3; Logan Schuss
3; Mario Ventiquattro 3; Trey Wilkes 3; Bryce Woodson 3; Zach Boyt 2;
Keenan Ochwat 2; Mike Smail 2; Brock Sorensen 2; Jarred Bowman 1;
Conor David 1; Nick DePhillips 1; Scott Foreman 1; Brandon Freeman 1;
Jeff Tundo 1.
North Carolina GROUND BALLS: Michael Burns 6; Mark Staines 6; Billy
Bitter 4; Steven Rastivo 4; Ryan Flanagan 3; Marcus Holman 3; Milton
Lyles 3; Chris Madalon 3; Gavin Petracca 3; Tyler Morton 2; Sean
DeLaney 1; Jimmy Dunster 1; Michael Jarvis 1; Chris Layne 1; Jeff
Muscatello 1; Kevin Piegare 1; Ed Prevost 1; Zander Walters 1; Cam
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Scott Foreman 2; Joe Bonanni 1; Kevin
Mack 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Logan Schuss 1; Brock Sorensen 1.
North Carolina TURNOVERS CAUSED: Michael Burns 1; Logan Corey 1; Ryan
Flanagan 1; Michael Jarvis 1; Milton Lyles 1; Gavin Petracca 1; Kevin
Piegare 1; Cam Wood 1.
SHOTS – Ohio State 32; North Carolina 56.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 26; North Carolina 38.
Penalties – Ohio State 5/4:30; North Carolina 2/2:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 2-2; North Carolina 3-4.
TURNOVERS – Ohio State 18; North Carolina 14.
FACEOFFS – Ohio State 13-35; North Carolina 22-35.
CLEARS – Ohio State 14-22; North Carolina 19-23.
GOALIES – OSU: Ryan Brant (12:25 minutes, 7 shots-4 saves, 3 GA) ,
Brandon Freeman 7-7 (47:35, 31-15, 16); NC: Chris Madalon (24:48,
14-5, 9) , Steven Rastivo 1-0 (35:12, 12-8, 4).
Start time: 12:04 pm Finish time: 1:54 pm Length of game: 1:50
Officials: Mark Goldsmith; Keith Runk; Brendan Lahane. Scorer: Bill