COLUMBUS, Ohio Despite a career-best 14 saves from junior goalie Brandon Freeman, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 6 UMBC, 9-8 in overtime, Saturday at UMBC Stadium in Baltimore. It marks the fourth time in the last five meetings the Buckeyes and Retrievers have needed overtime to decide a game.

The Buckeyes, who were down 4-0 after the first quarter, battled back to tie the game in the third when they outscored UMBC, 2-0. Ohio State held a brief lead early in the fourth quarter before the Retrievers went on a three-goal run to go back ahead, 8-6, Ohio State then got goals from James Green and Mario Ventiquattro, both assisted by Joel Dalgarno, to knot the score at 8 with less than three minutes remaining. In overtime, UMBC won the faceoff and controlled the ball until Alex Hopmann scored his fourth of the game, coming on the only shot of OT, to give the Retrievers the win.

Dalgarno had a team-best two assists and three points, with Jeff Ryan and Green each scoring twice. Senior Nick Carr won 10-of-15 faceoffs in the game.

UMBC led 4-0 after the first quarter, with three goals in the first five minutes of the game. Matt Latham scored at 13:56 to open the scoring. Alex Hopmann tallied man-up at 11:27 and Kyle Wimer found the back of the cage one minute later. Hopmann scored his second of the game with 1:07 remaining in the quarter. UMBC controlled the action in the quarter, outshooting the Buckeyes, 11-1.

Ohio State drew within one with the first three goals of the second quarter. Green scored unassisted at 12:27 and Dalgarno followed with a goal at 8:11. Mike Pires cut the UMBC lead to one (4-3) when he scored with 4:41 remaining. Latham put UMBC back up by two with a goal, set up by Wimer, at 1:50. UMBC led, 5-3, at halftime. Each team had nine shots in the quarter.

Ohio State scored the only two goals of the third quarter to tie the game through three stanzas. Jeff Ryan tallied just 58 seconds into the quarter. The teams were scoreless until Buckeye freshman Eddie Bambino scored his third of the year with 1:08 left, tying the game at 5-all. Buckeye goalie Brandon Freeman made six saves in the quarter, as UMBC outshot Ohio State, 10-7.

Ryan put Ohio State ahead for the first time 14 seconds into the fourth quarter after the Buckeyes on the opening faceoff, with Keith Lovett assisting. UMBC responded with three-consecutive goals to go ahead, 8-6. Hopmann scored at 14:10 before Peet Poillon (man-up) and Latham scored 26 seconds apart, at 8:26 and 8:00, respectively. Dalgarno set up James Green for a man-up goal at 6:42, making the score 8-7 and then found Mario Ventiquattro  at 3:13, knotting the score at 8-all. UMBC outshot Ohio State, 9-5, in the quarter, with Freeman making two saves.

In overtime, UMBC won the opening faceoff and controlled the ball. Hopmann was able to convert the only shot of overtime at 2:44, lifting the Retrievers to the win.

UMBC outshot Ohio State in the game, 40-22. Freeman played 61:16 and had 14 saves for the Buckeyes. Jeremy Blevins saw 61:16 for the Retrievers in the cage and had six saves.

Ohio State converted 1-of-3 extra-man chances in the game, with UMBC 2-for-5.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State continues its spring break trip when it heads north to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Buckeyes will return home to host Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Dalgarno now leads the Buckeyes with 14 assists and 30 points. He is second for the Buckeyes in career goals (109) and points (196) and third in assists (87).

Ryan has a team-best 18 goals and has 70 goals, 32 assists and 102 points in his career, tying for 24th in program history in career points.

Freeman has double-digit saves in five of seven starts this year and topped his previous high of 12, set against Navy earlier this year.

Lovett’s assist was his first point as a Buckeye.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         2009 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
              Ohio State vs UMBC (Mar 21, 2009 at Baltimore, Md.)

                        Ohio State (4-3) vs. UMBC (5-2)
Date: Mar 21, 2009  Location: Baltimore, Md.        Stadium: UMBC Stadium       
Attendance:1448   Start time:1:05 pm   End time:2:58 pm   Total time:1:53   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4 OT  Tot
Ohio State……….  0  3  2  3  0 –  8
UMBC…………….  4  1  0  3  1 –  9

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: James Green 2; Jeff Ryan 2; Joel Dalgarno
1; Mario Ventiquattro 1; Mike Pires 1; Eddie Bambino 1.
ASSISTS: Joel Dalgarno 2; Keith Lovett 1.

UMBC SCORING: GOALS: Hopmann, Alex 4; Latham, Matt 3; Wimer, Kyle 1;
Poillon, Peet 1.
ASSISTS: Jones, Chris 2; Wimer, Kyle 2; Settembrino, Steve 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Nick Carr 6; Brandon Freeman 2; Keith Lovett
2; Keenan Ochwat 2; Joe Bonanni 1; James Green 1; Matt Kawamoto 1;
Brian Lalley 1; Scott Matthews 1; Andrew Reinhardt 1; Doug Ruhnke 1;
Andrew Stimmel 1; Stephen Tepsick 1; Bryce Woodson 1.

UMBC GROUND BALLS: Latham, Matt 5; Camardo, Mike 4; Poillon, Peet 3;
Schneider, Brian 3; Blevins, Jeremy 2; Grimm, Rob 2; Hopmann, Alex 2;
Radebaugh, Justin 2; Settembrino, Steve 2; Smith, Ryan 2; Wimer, Kyle
2; Curtin, Matt 1; Goedeke, Kevin 1; Jones, Chris 1; Kresse, Matt 1;
May, Rich 1; Pierce, Jordan 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Conor David 1; Scott Matthews 1; Keenan
Ochwat 1.
UMBC TURNOVERS CAUSED: Camardo, Mike 2; Pierce, Jordan 1; Schneider,
Brian 1; Wimer, Kyle 1.

SHOTS – Ohio State 22; UMBC 40.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 14; UMBC 23.

Penalties – Ohio State 5/3:30; UMBC 3/2:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 1-3; UMBC 2-5.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 16; UMBC 14.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 12-21; UMBC 9-21.

CLEARS – Ohio State 15-17; UMBC 11-14.

GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman 4-3 (61:16 minutes, 23 shots-14 saves,
9 GA); UMBC: Blevins, Jeremy 5-2 (61:16, 14-6, 8).

Start time: 1:05 pm   Finish time: 2:58 pm   Length of game: 1:53
Officials: Richard Tamberrino; Craig Rogers; Scott Miller.

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