May 1, 1999
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team raced out to a 5-2 lead and never looked back in defeating the Gannon Knights 13-9 this afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
By defeating a high-scoring Gannon squad, the Buckeyes made a strong case to the NCAA tournament selection committee in keeping their hopes alive for their first-ever postseason tournament bid.
Buddy Lange (Jr., Annandale, N.J.)led the way for the Great Western Lacrosse League champions on the afternoon with 4 goals. He opened the scoring at the 12:24 mark, to get the Buckeyes going. Tim Houston (Jr., Garden City, N.J.) followed Langes lead netting all three of his goals in the first half.
Holding a 7-3 lead at halftime, the Knights were determined to stay in the ball game. Paul Sallie and Ben Cimini scored goals just 10 and 21 seconds, respectively, to open the second half. Ohio State responded at the end of the quarter with goals by Lange and Sandy Boyce (So., Baltimore, Md.) to stake a 9-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes were able to find the net four times in the fourth quarter as they rose to a stiff challenge from the Gannon defense. Playing in his final home game in an illustrious career, senior Kevin Johnson (Sr., Penfield, N.Y.) scored a goal with 0:40 left and he assisted on three others on the afternoon.
The Knights Gavin Prout came into the game averaging 6 points per game and the Buckeyes successfully stifled him, limiting him to only 1 goal and 1 assist. Mike Sero led the Knights with a hat-trick.
The Buckeyes now await the decision of the NCAA committee with a strong case to make. The Buckeyes finished 10-3 on the year, had their first season of 10 win season since 1988, and won their first ever GWLL championship.
Score By Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total Gannon 1 2 3 3 9 Ohio State 3 4 2 4 13
Gannon- Sero 3, Sallie 2, Atiken, Cimini, Prout, Harris
Ohio State- Lange 4, Houston 3, Stephan 2, Boyce 2, Johnson, OConnor
Gannon- Sallie 2, Cimini, Schunke, Suddons, Prout
Ohio State- Johnson 3, Engel 2, O’Connor 2, Zytkowski 2, Egan, Stephan
Gannon- Kravetz 60 min., 16 saves, 13 GA
Ohio State- Abeles 58:46, 15 saves, 8 GA Kochalski 1:14, 1 save, 1 GA
GB Shots FO EMO Gannon 21 32 13/25 1/3 Ohio State 36 29 12/25 1/5
Ohio State 10-3, 3-1