COLUMBUS, Ohio — A team game that saw 14 Buckeyes post a point and a strong effort on defense helped the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 14-6 win over Hobart (2-7, 0-4 ECAC) Saturday afternoon in an ECAC Lacrosse League game in Geneva, N.Y. Leading the way offensively for the Buckeyes (6-5, 2-2 ECAC) was freshman Jeff Tundo with a team season-high five assists, while seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green each had a hat trick and freshman leading scorer Logan Schuss had two goals and an assist.
“We’re pleased with the overall team effort on the road vs. a tough league opponent,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “The communication on defense was there all game and really sparked our offense.”
The Buckeyes led 3-1 after the first quarter. Sophomore Keenan Ochwat opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the game after a failed clear by Hobart. With 5:55 left sophomore Brock Sorensen extended the lead to 2-0 with his first tally of the year, scoring off a turnover. Hobart got on the board when Sam Miller scored with 53 seconds left but Tundo set up classmate Dominique Alexander with just seven seconds remaining in the first.
The teams combined for nine goals in the second quarter, with Ohio State getting six through to lead 9-4 at halftime. Green scored unassisted at 13:51 for a 4-1 Buckeye advantage. Tundo set up sophomore Mike Smail at 11:37 but Reid Rosello responded just 19 seconds later, making the score 5-2. The teams again traded goals, with Buckeye junior Paul Beery assisting on a Ventiquattro goal at 6:40 and Kurtis Gibbs scoring for the Statesmen just five seconds later. Green scored at 5:13, assisted by Alexander, and Hobart again answered, as Tyler Cassell scored man-up at 3:26. The Buckeyes closed out the quarter with back-to-back goals, from Green, assisted by Schuss, with 35 seconds remaining and freshman Joe Bonanni’s first career goal, off an assist from Tundo, with three seconds on the clock.
Hobart scored the first two goals of the second half to draw within three (9-6), as Jake Silberlicht tallied at 9:21 and Alex Caton followed 29 seconds later. Tundo found Schuss at 7:21 for a 10-6 Buckeye advantage.
The Buckeyes scored the only four goals of the final quarter to end the game with five unanswered tallies. Ventiquattro scored back-to-back man-up goals at 12:47 (assisted by junior Zach Rodgers) and 9:56 (set up by Tundo). At 5:29 Schuss scored off an assist from classmate Dan Wertz. The final goal came from sophomore Scott Morell, marking his first career tally, with 1:35 remaining, assisted by junior Tyler Dolphin.
In the cage, senior Brandon Freeman played the first 58:44 and had nine saves, allowing six goals. Junior Ryan Keneally played the final 1:16, making one save in his first appearance of the year. Hobart goalie Max Silberlicht played all 60 minutes and had 15 saves. Ohio State outshot the Statesmen, 40-29.
Ohio State forced 11 turnovers in the game, led by Bonanni with three. Senior Andrew Stimmel had a team-high five groundballs. Ohio State limited Hobart to 14-of-21 on clear attempts in the game.
The game was the final contest of five-straight road games for the Buckeyes. The team returns home to host Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 17) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Showdown in the Shoe game vs. Air Force follows April 24 and the three-game homestand wraps up against Bellarmine May 1 in Ohio Stadium.
Tundo’s five-assist game ties for the sixth-best single-game performance for the Buckeyes in program history, last set by Kevin Buchanan April 6, 2008 vs. Air Force. Tundo is second on the team with 18 goals, seven assists and 27 points. The game vs. Hobart was Tundo’s first multiple-assist game of the season and marked a career high in points after two four-point outings.
Schuss continues to lead the Buckeyes in scoring and now has a team-best 18 assists and 35 points. He has at least one point in all 11 games, with multiple points in nine. He is tied for third with 17 goals,
Green has a team-best 20 goals and is fourth with 22 points. He has at least one goal in all 11 games on the year and marked his second hat trick of the season vs. Hobart.
Ventiquattro is tied for third with 17 goals and ranks third alone with 23 points. It was his second hat trick of the year and he also has a four-goal game.
Bonanni and Morell both scored their first career goals, while Beery had his first assist as a Buckeye.
Dolphin had his first assist and point of the year and his first point since Feb. 7, 2009 vs. Detroit. Sorensen’s goal was his first of the season and the fifth of his career.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State Lacrosse 2010
Ohio State vs Hobart (Apr 10, 2010 at Geneva, N.Y.)
Ohio State (6-5, 2-2 ECAC) vs. Hobart (2-7, 0-4 ECAC)
Date: Apr 10, 2010 Location: Geneva, N.Y. Stadium: McCooey Field
Attendance:1100 Start time:Noon End time:1:57 pm Total time:1:57
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Ohio State………. 3 6 1 4 – 14
Hobart………….. 1 3 2 0 – 6
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: James Green 3; Mario Ventiquattro 3; Logan
Schuss 2; Dominique Alexander 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Brock Sorensen 1;
Joe Bonanni 1; Mike Smail 1; Scott Morell 1.
ASSISTS: Jeff Tundo 5; Dominique Alexander 1; Paul Beery 1; Tyler
Dolphin 1; Zach Rodgers 1; Logan Schuss 1; Dan Wertz 1.
Hobart SCORING: GOALS: Sam Miller 1; Kurtis Gibbs 1; Tyler Cassell 1;
Alex Caton 1; Reid Rosello 1; Jake Silberlicht 1.
ASSISTS: Tim Bigelow 1; Bobby Dattilo 1; Mike Lazore 1; Chris Pedersen
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Andrew Stimmel 5; Keenan Ochwat 4; Brock
Sorensen 4; Scott Lathrop 3; Joe Bonanni 2; Logan Schuss 2; Paul Beery
1; Jarred Bowman 1; Scott Foreman 1; Brandon Freeman 1; Brandon McLean
1; Zach Rodgers 1; Jeff Tundo 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1.
Hobart GROUND BALLS: Alex Caton 6; Bobby Dattilo 6; Reid Rosello 3;
Stephen Dodian 2; Chris Pedersen 2; Tyler Simmons 2; John Baumann 1;
Nunzio Doldo 1; Kurtis Gibbs 1; Daniel Keegan 1; Jesse Mancuso 1; Sam
Miller 1; Danny Mullin 1; Mike O’Brien 1; Sean Regan 1; Doug Shiver 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Joe Bonanni 3; Conor David 1; Brandon
Freeman 1; Chris Lowery 1; Keenan Ochwat 1; Zach Rodgers 1; Andrew
Stimmel 1; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Bryce Woodson 1.
Hobart TURNOVERS CAUSED: Stephen Dodian 2; Danny Mullin 2; Alex Caton
SHOTS – Ohio State 40; Hobart 29.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 29; Hobart 16.
Penalties – Ohio State 3/2:00; Hobart 4/3:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 2-2; Hobart 1-3.
TURNOVERS – Ohio State 14; Hobart 25.
FACEOFFS – Ohio State 7-23; Hobart 16-23.
CLEARS – Ohio State 17-19; Hobart 14-21.
GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman 6-4 (58:44 minutes, 15 shots-9 saves, 6
GA) , Ryan Keneally (01:16, 1-1, 0); HOB: Max Silberlicht 2-7 (60:00,
Start time: Noon Finish time: 1:57 pm Length of game: 1:57
Officials: Tom Abbott; Joe Jstrzemski; Robert Gross. Scorer: Ken