May 5, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio— The men’s lacrosse team proved it has what it takes to propel Ohio State into the national spotlight in years to come as it beat Cornell, 8-7, this afternoon. The Buckeyes (8-6, 2-3 Great Western Lacrosse League) and the Big Red (7-6, 4-2 Ivy League) played a spirited game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before a season-high, raucous crowd of 1,213.
“This was our best win all season,” said coach Joe Breschi. “We came together as a team and we finally showed heart and desire for 60 minutes. We locked up at times and you will have that with a young group, but they really showed pride in Ohio State and the jersey they were wearing and they came out on top. They fought to the bitter end and won the game. I could not be happier for the kids.”
The game started out in the favor of Cornell as the Big Red jumped up 1-0 less than two minutes in the game when Galen Beers scored his first of three goals. OSU responded quickly as Sandy Boyce (Sr., Butler, Md.)–OSU’s leading scorer–shaked and baked his way through the Cornell defense to tie the score at 1 with 10:04 left in the first. For the next eight minutes both squads played cautious ball control with few scoring chances, but then OSU exploded for three goals. With 1:31 left Greg Bice (Fr., Helotes, Texas) extended himself horizontally into the air near midfield to get a pass off to Curtis Smith (So., Victoria, B.C.). Smith then found John Cummings (So., Baltimore, Md.) who placed the ball neatly into the back of the net giving OSU a 2-1 lead. The Buckeyes then added two goals in the final 20 seconds. Smith fed Mike Norton (So., Timonium, Md.) the ball with 19.6 remaining for Norton’s first of three goals. An emotional Cummings finished off the quarter with a goal at the 2.6 mark. At the end of one OSU lead the No. 17 team in the nation 4-1. The second quarter opened with OSU a man down for three minutes because of an illegal stick, but the Buckeye defense held strong. During the three-minute span the Big Red tallied twice, but Pat Myers (So., Kennebubk, Maine) scored a short-handed goal for OSU and the Buckeyes escaped the penalty with a 5-3 lead. Both teams traded goals to finish the quarter and OSU took a 6-4 advantage into the locker room.
The third quarter began with Boyce scoring his second goal of the game at the 12:52 mark. Over six minutes later Norton was at it again as he poured in his game-high third goal. The Buckeyes were up 8-4 and let the defense take over.
“They have a very potent offense,” Breschi said. “But today our defense played awesome.”
OSU allowed only three goals over the final 19 minutes preserving the 8-7 win.
“I think it does wonders for (the program) and it is a great way to end the season,” Breschi said. “Maybe we did not accomplish all the goals we wanted too, but 8-6 is not bad and we beat a ranked team today–a heck of a team–a team that was in the (NCAA) tournament last year. We are excited and I think this will forge us ahead for good things next year, but I am going to enjoy this one for at least a night.”
Saturday marked the end of three Buckeye’s careers. Senior Sandy Boyce, John DeLucia (Sr., Setauket, N.Y.) and Greg Zytkowski (Sr., North Olmsted, Ohio) all played their final game for the Scarlet and Gray.
“I think John Delucia came in for us and did a super job,” Breschi said. “He was very consistent. Greg Zytkowski coming back from a knee injury last year did wonders for us. He is a great leader and in inspiration to all the kids out there. And Sandy Boyce, what can I say? He comes off a seven point performance last year and leads our team in scoring. He shows a lot of heart and desire and cam up big for us this year.
“I am proud of all three of them and happy they could end their career on a high note and I am just sorry that we could not get into the NCAA tournament for them.”
Unofficial Scoring Summary
Qtr. Team Time Goal (Assist) Score 1 CU 13:19 Beers 1-0 1 OSU 10:04 S. Boyce 1-1 1 OSU 1:31 Cummings (Smith) 1-2 1 OSU :19 Norton (Cummings) 1-3 1 OSU :02 Cummings (Norton) 1-4 2 CU 14:36 Collins (Egan) 2-4 2 OSU 13:37 Myers 2-5 2 CU 12:47 Schalk (Collins) 3-5 2 CU 7:16 Egan (Fort) 4-5 2 OSU :40 Norton (Smith) 4-6 3 OSU 12:52 Boyce (Stephan) 4-7 3 OSU 6:13 Norton 4-8 3 CU 4:20 Beers 5-8 3 CU :44 Egan 6-8 4 CU 9:32 Beers 7-8
Unofficial Goalie Stats Cornell-Cynar-6 saves, 8 GA Ohio State-Russo-14 saves, 7 GA
Unofficial Team Stats
Shots Groundballs Faceoffs EMO Cornell 23 26 13/18 4/5 Ohio State 32 30 5/18 0/4
Ohio State Norton (3-1-4) Cummings (2-1-3) S. Boyce (2-0-2) Smith (0-2-2) Myers (1-0-1) Stephan (0-1-1)
Cornell Beers (3-0-3) Egan (2-1-3) Collins (1-1-2) Schalk (1-0-1) Fort (0-1-1)