April 23, 2006

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye sophomore Kevin Buchanan had four goals and four assists for a career-high eight points, leading the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory over Air Force Sunday in a Great Western Lacrosse League game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win improves the Buckeyes’ record to 6-5 on the year and 3-1 in the GWLL. The Falcons fall to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

The game closed out the Buckeyes’ 2006 home schedule. The 10 members of the Buckeye senior class – Andrew Bender, Gary Bining, Jason Bloom, Justin Doran, Drew May, Craig Nolan, Stephen Tittl, Josh Wittenberg, Ben Wolff and Brian Yontz – were honored in a pregame ceremony.

Buchanan’s (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) eight points were a career best, topping the six-point outing he had vs. Hobart earlier this season. The four assists also were a career best. Freshman Joel Dalgarno (Fr., Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio), Ohio State’s leading scorer, had four points in the game, on two goals and two assists.

Ohio State led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. Buchanan put the Buckeyes on the board with a goal with 7:23 remaining in the quarter. Air Force’s Will Meister scored his first of two goals on the day with 4:07 remaining. The Buckeyes then scored twice in a minute, with Buchanan tallying man-up at 3:39 and setting up Dalgarno at 2:39. The Falcons outscored the Buckeyes, 2-1, in the second quarter to cut the Buckeye lead to one (4-3) at halftime. Griffin Nevitt scored for the Falcons at 6:23. Dalgarno found Bender for a man-up goal with 2:43 left in the half, but Meister scored with 1:26 remaining to cut the Buckeye lead to one.

The Buckeyes took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring the first five goals and allowing just one. Buchanan found Jason Bloom (r-Sr., Coquitlam, British Columbia/Centennial) for a score at 11:53 before Dalgarno set up Buchanan for his third goal of the game at 8:13. Buchanan set up Jason Lutz (Jr., Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) for a goal at 8:13. Mat Ballay (So., The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands), assisted by Justin Doran (Sr. Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East), made the score 8-3 at 1:53. Craig Nolan (Sr., Plano, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) ended the Buckeye run with a goal 30 seconds later (1:23), when he picked off a clearing attempt by the Air Force goalie and scored into the empty net. Nevitt scored with 21 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Nevitt added a goal and completed his hat trick 45 seconds into the fourth quarter. Buckeye Buchanan set up Dalgarno with 8:59 remaining in the game, followed by Michael Weber’s tally for the Falcons at 6:33. Buchanan closed out the Buckeye scoring with 2:15 left and Justin Kuchta scored a man-up goal for Air Force with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Buckeyes were outshot, 41-36, in the game. Buckeye goalie John Bolen (Fr., Potomac, Md./Landon) played the first 59 minutes, making eight saves and allowing six goals. Drew May (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet Jesuit) played the final minute, allowing one man-up tally.

Ohio State converted 2-of-4 man-up chances, while Air Force was 1-for-6.

The Buckeyes won 14-of-21 faceoffs in the game. Junior Eric O’Brien (Powell, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) led the way, wining 12 of 17 draws.

Game Notes
Ohio State closes out GWLL play when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame at 3 p.m. Saturday (April 29).

Buchanan has at least one point in every game this season and is on a eight-game goal-scoring streak. His eight points topped his previous best of six, with five goals and an assist, vs. Hobart March 4. His eight points are the most since Curtis Smith had nine against Quinnipiac March 8, 2003. He is second for the Buckeyes in goals (21) and points (33) this season. His previous high for assists in a game was two, recorded against Quinnipiac March 18.

Dalgarno has at least one point in each of his games as a Buckeye. He leads the squad with 22 goals and 35 points this year. He has at least three points in each of his last eight games.

Lutz is on four-game point and three-game goal scoring streaks. He has 3-4-7 totals in his last four games.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final) 2006 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Air Force vs Ohio State (Apr 23, 2006 at Columbus, Ohio)

Air Force (7-8, 2-2 GWLL) vs. Ohio State (6-5, 3-1 GWLL) Date: Apr 23, 2006 Location: Columbus, Ohio Stadium: Jesse Owens Memorial Attendance:875 Start time:Noon End time:1:38 pm Total time:1:38

SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot ————————————- Air Force……….. 1 2 1 3 – 7 Ohio State………. 3 1 5 2 – 11

Air Force SCORING: GOALS: Nevitt, Griffin 3; Meister, Will 2; Kuchta, Justin 1; Weber, Michael 1. ASSISTS: Crumrine, Kevin 1; Meister, Will 1.

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Buchanan, Kevin 4; Dalgarno, Joel 2; Nolan, Craig 1; Bender, Andrew 1; Ballay, Mat 1; Lutz, Jason 1; Bloom, Jason 1. ASSISTS: Buchanan, Kevin 4; Dalgarno, Joel 2; Doran, Justin 1.

Air Force GROUND BALLS: Gnazzo, Dan 6; Kuchta, Justin 4; O’Neill, Kyle 4; Bellissimo, Daniel 2; Krasco, Peter 2; Nevitt, Griffin 2; Breiding, Daniel 1; Lochocki, Conrad 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: O’Brien, Eric 8; Bolen, John 5; Bender, Andrew 2; Buchanan, Kevin 2; Matthews, Scott 2; Schneider, Jeff 2; Dalgarno, Joel 1; Doran, Justin 1; Friel, Chris 1; Funk, Josh 1; Nolan, Craig 1; Pages, Ricky 1; Pataki, Tim 1; Yontz, Brian 1.

SHOTS – Air Force 41; Ohio State 36. SHOTS ON GOAL – Air Force 15; Ohio State 20.

PENALTIES – Air Force 4/2:30; Ohio State 6/4:00. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Air Force 1-6; Ohio State 2-4.

FACEOFFS – Air Force 7-21; Ohio State 14-21.

CLEARS – Air Force 10-16; Ohio State 13-17.

GOALIES – AF: Bellissimo, Daniel 1-1 (60:00 minutes, 20 shots-9 saves, 11 GA); OSU: Bolen, John 5-2 (59:00, 14-8, 6) , May, Drew (01:00, 1-0, 1).

Start time: Noon Finish time: 1:38 pm Length of game: 1:38 Officials: Jim Beery; Dana Friend; Ray Tucker.

A-875 T-1:38 ID-384973