COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team came back from a four-goal third-quarter deficit to down Quinnipiac, 10-8, in an ECAC game Saturday in Hamden, Conn. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss led the squad, posting six points (2g, 4a), including two goals and three assists on five-consecutive tallies in the third and fourth quarters as Ohio State fought back to tie the game and take the lead.
“Anytime you are down four goals in the third quarter on the road it is a gutcheck,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was great to see the men respond and score seven unanswered to ultimately earn the W.”
Ohio State, now 5-4 on the year and 1-1 in the ECAC, trailed 2-1 after the first quarter and 4-2 at halftime. After Ohio State drew within one (4-3) early in the third quarter, Quinnipiac (4-2, 1-2 ECAC) went on a three-goal run in just over three minutes to take a 7-3 lead with 7:01 left in the third quarter. The Buckeyes then scored seven-consecutive goals to tie the game at 7-all with 10:44 left in the fourth quarter and take the lead for the first time with 6:50 remaining in regulation.
Freshman Jeff Tundo had a hat trick in the game, with senior Mario Ventiquattro scoring twice and adding an assist. Junior Bryce Woodson had two helpers, while senior goalie Brandon Freeman made 15 saves, including six in the fourth quarter.
Quinnipiac led 2-1 after the first quarter. Jack Oppenheimer opened the scoring at 12:19 of the first before Tundo scored man-up, assisted by Ventiquattro, at 6:42 to tie the game. Christian Haggerty responded with a man-up goal at 2:48 to put the Bobcats ahead again.
The Bobcats’ Todd Kaiser scored 1:49 into the second quarter to give QU a 3-1 lead. Schuss found Tundo for his second man-up goal of the game at 11:23, drawing the Buckeyes within one (3-2). Oppenheimer then scored less than two minutes later (9:53) to extend the lead to 4-2. Neither team was able to score the rest of the quarter, sending the squads into halftime with the Bobcats holding a two-goal advantage.
In the third quarter Alexander found junior Paul Beery for a goal at 12:02 to make it a one-goal game (4-3) before the Bobcats went on a three-goal run to take a 7-3 lead. Garett Kerr scored at 10:09 and Kaiser followed man-up 43 seconds later, with Oppenheimer continuing the run with a tally at 7:01.
The Buckeyes, down four, then scored the next seven goals to take the lead. In the third quarter Schuss set up Ventiquattro at 3:48 before scoring unassisted at 2:41, making it a 7-5 game. Schuss had a hand in the first three goals of the fourth quarter, assisting on a Ventiquattro man-up tally at 11:25 and a goal from senior James Green at 10:44 that tied the game at 7-all before scoring a goal of his own, assisted by Woodson, at 6:50 to put the Buckeyes in the lead for the first time (8-7). At 4:22 Alexander tallied for a two-goal Buckeye edge and Tundo completed his hat trick, off an assist from Woodson, with 3:04 to play. The final goal of the game came from Oppenheimer at 1:30 to end the Buckeye run and make the final 10-8 in favor of Ohio State.
Freeman had 15 saves in the game while playing all 60 minutes, with six in the fourth quarter as the Buckeyes rallied to win. Quinnipiac’s Kevin Benzing had 10 stops in the loss.
There were 12 penalties called in the game and each team scored three man-up goals – Ohio State was 3-for-5 and Quinnipiac was 3-for-7.
The game was the Buckeyes’ third-consecutive road contest and is in the middle of a stretch of five-consecutive games away from Columbus. The squad will take on Loyola at 2 p.m. Saturday in Baltimore. The game will be televised as part of the ECAC’s Game of the Week package, with carriers including DirecTV, DISH and AT&T and the Ohio News Network. For a complete list, check ECACLacrosse.com.
Schuss and Green are tied for the team goal lead with 15 each. Schuss is first on the squad with 15 assists and 30 points. Tundo is third with 14 goals, followed by Ventiquattro with 13.
Schuss and Green both have at least one point in all nine games this year.
The six points scored by Schuss matched his career high first set against Detroit Feb. 27. The four assists tied his second best recorded against Penn State March 6.
Tundo had the third three-goal game of his career, matching the marks set vs. Albany March 13 and Villanova Feb. 13.
Ventiquattro has double-digit points in six of his last seven games.
Alexander has a point in all but one game this season and had his second-consecutive two-point outing.
Freeman had double-digit saves for the seventh time this season, with the 15 stops a season high.
Woodson’s two assists and points matched his career high, first set March 11, 2009 vs. Robert Morris. They were his first points of the season.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State Lacrosse 2010
Ohio State vs Quinnipiac (Mar 27, 2010 at Hamden, Conn.)
Ohio State (5-4, 1-1 ECAC) vs. Quinnipiac (4-2, 1-2 ECAC)
Date: Mar 27, 2010 Location: Hamden, Conn. Stadium: QU Lacrosse Turf Fld
Attendance:1242 Start time:12 p.m. End time:1:47 Total time:1:47
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Ohio State………. 1 1 3 5 – 10
Quinnipiac………. 2 2 3 1 – 8
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Jeff Tundo 3; Logan Schuss 2; Mario
Ventiquattro 2; Dominique Alexander 1; James Green 1; Paul Beery 1.
ASSISTS: Logan Schuss 4; Bryce Woodson 2; Dominique Alexander 1; Mario
Quinnipiac SCORING: GOALS: Jack Oppenheimer 4; Todd Kaiser 2;
Christian Haggerty 1; Garett Kerr 1.
ASSISTS: Kevin Kelly 2; Jack Oppenheimer 2; Mike Gast 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon Freeman 3; Keenan Ochwat 3; Mario
Ventiquattro 3; Joe Bonanni 2; Conor David 2; Scott Foreman 2; Scott
Lathrop 2; Jarred Bowman 1; James Green 1; Kevin Mack 1; Zach Rodgers
1; Logan Schuss 1; Brock Sorensen 1; Trey Wilkes 1; Bryce Woodson 1.
Quinnipiac GROUND BALLS: Zach Pall 9; Christian Haggerty 5; Kevin
Kelly 4; Billy Alessi 3; Kevin Benzing 3; Jake Glebocki 3; Alex
Marotto 3; Alex DeAlmeida 2; Matt Baker 1; Jimmy Gianfelice 1; Garett
Kerr 1; Basil Kostaras 1; Crandon Leahy 1; Jack Oppenheimer 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Joe Bonanni 2; Jarred Bowman 1; Conor
David 1; Scott Lathrop 1; Logan Schuss 1; Brock Sorensen 1; Bryce
Quinnipiac TURNOVERS CAUSED: Jake Glebocki 2; Kevin Kelly 2; Alex
Marotto 2; Billy Alessi 1; Jimmy Gianfelice 1.
SHOTS – Ohio State 37; Quinnipiac 41.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 20; Quinnipiac 23.
Penalties – Ohio State 7/5:00; Quinnipiac 5/4:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 3-5; Quinnipiac 3-7.
TURNOVERS – Ohio State 12; Quinnipiac 14.
FACEOFFS – Ohio State 8-21; Quinnipiac 13-21.
CLEARS – Ohio State 12-14; Quinnipiac 11-14.
GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman 5-3 (60:00 minutes, 23 shots-15 saves,
8 GA); QU: Kevin Benzing 4-2 (60:00, 20-10, 10).
Start time: 12 p.m. Finish time: 1:47 Length of game: 1:47
Officials: John Hill; Matt Croteau; Ted Murphy. Scorer: Greg Ott.