BIRMINGHAM, Mich. The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 2-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame, 16-7, in the Great Western Lacrosse League Tournament championship game at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich., Sunday. The No. 1-seed Irish improve to 15-0 on the year and receive the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. No. 3 seed Ohio State, which downed Air Force in the semifinals, drops to 8-8 on the year.

The Buckeyes trailed by two, 4-2, at the end of the first quarter before the Irish broke the game open in the second as they outscored the Buckeyes, 5-0, to lead 9-2 at halftime. The Buckeyes were outscored, 4-3, in the third quarter and 3-2 in the final quarter for the 16-7 final.

Junior goalie Brandon Freeman had 16 saves for the Buckeyes, along with a career-high eight groundballs, while senior Joel Dalgarno had a team-best four points with two goals and two assists. Junior Mario Ventiquattro added two goals, with senior Jeff Ryan and sophomore Mike Pires each recording a goal and an assist. Senior Scott Matthews had four caused turnovers and four groundballs in the game.

In the first quarter, the Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 15-6, as Freeman made eight saves. Notre Dame led, 4-2, at the end of the quarter. The Irish opened the scoring 1:50 into the game on Peter Christman’s unassisted score. Ohio State tied the game when Pires drove to the net for a goal at 9:54. The Irish responded with two goals in the next 55 seconds, as Neal Hicks scored just 10 seconds later and Ryan Hoff scored his first of six goals on the day at 8:50. Ventiquattro brought the Buckeyes within one (3-2) with a goal, assisted by Pires, at 2:05. Hoff scored with 1:19 remaining in the quarter to give Notre Dame a two-goal cushion.

Notre Dame extended its lead to 9-2 at halftime, outscoring the Buckeyes, 5-0, in the second quarter. Nicholas Beattie scored at 13:04, Hoff tallied at 10:56 and David Earl got on the board at 7:21. The Irish scored twice in 10 seconds, as Hoff scored man-up at 1:36 and Christman scored following a faceoff win at 1:26. Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 12-5, in the quarter.

The teams traded goals for much of the third quarter, with the Irish taking a 13-5 lead through three. Dalgarno set up Ryan at 9:19 of the quarter to end the Buckeyes’ scoreless streak. Grant Krebs tallied for the Irish at 8:36 but the Buckeyes found the back of the net just seven seconds later when Dalgarno found Ventiquattro in front of the net after forcing a turnover. Earl scored for Notre Dame at 5:59 before Ryan set up Brian Lalley at 4:30. Notre Dame scored twice to close out the quarter, with goals from Hoff at 2:13 and Christman (EMO) at 1:38. Shots were 10-7 in favor of Notre Dame in the stanza.

The Irish tallied the first three goals of the fourth quarter. Hoff scored 10 seconds in, Kelly McKenna tallied unassisted at 11:43 and Matt Ciambella scored the final Irish goal at 5:45. Dalgarno scored Ohio State’s last two goals, scoring man-up unassisted at 4:21 and tallying off a pass from sophomore Scott Lathrop with seven seconds remaining. The Buckeyes outshot the Irish, 9-8, in the quarter.

For the game, Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 45-27. Freeman ended the game with 16 saves while playing all 60 minutes. Scott Rodgers had 10 stops on 15 shots in 50:39, with Colt Power making four saves on six shots in the final 9:21.

Each team had three man-up changes. Ohio State was 1-for-3 and Notre Dame was 2-for-3.

Postgame Notes
Dalgarno has a team-best 33 goals, 28 assists and 61 points this season. His assists are tied for the 10th-best in a single season, while his points rank 11th (tied) in a single campaign. Dalgarno has 126 career goals as Ohio State’s all-time leader. He is second in the Ohio State record book in assists (101) and points (227), both behind Terry Gilmore, who set the standards with 127 assists and 250 points from 1976-79. Dalgarno has at least one point in each of his last 22 games (52-39-91).

Ryan is second on the team with a career-best 49 points, including a personal-high 32 goals and 17 assists. He has an 84-40-124 line in his three-year Buckeye career to rank 18th (tied) in program history in career points.

Freeman has double-digit saves in each of his last five games.

Ventiquattro had two goals in each of his last four games and has a career-high 24 goals, eight assists and 32 points this season.

Pires is on a four-game scoring streak (6-5-10).

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         2009 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
         Ohio State vs #2 Notre Dame (May 3, 2009 at Birmingham, Mich.)

                     Ohio State (8-8) vs. Notre Dame (15-0)
Date: May 3, 2009   Location: Birmingham, Mich.     Stadium: Seaholm High School
Attendance:2000   Start time:12:00 pm  End time:1:44 pm   Total time:1:44   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
Ohio State……….  2  0  3  2 –  7
Notre Dame……….  4  5  4  3 – 16

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Joel Dalgarno 2; Mario Ventiquattro 2; Mike
Pires 1; Jeff Ryan 1; Brian Lalley 1.
ASSISTS: Joel Dalgarno 2; Scott Lathrop 1; Mike Pires 1; Jeff Ryan 1.

Notre Dame SCORING: GOALS: Hoff, Ryan 6; Christman, Peter 3; Earl,
David 2; Hicks, Neal 1; Krebs, Grant 1; Beattie, Nicholas 1; McKenna,
Kelly 1; Ciambella, Matt 1.
ASSISTS: Hicks, Neal 4; Christman, Peter 1; Felicetti, Adam 1; Krebs,
Grant 1; Sipperly, Trever 1; Swezey, Duncan 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon Freeman 8; Joel Dalgarno 4; Scott
Matthews 4; Andrew Stimmel 3; Brian Lalley 2; Scott Lathrop 2; Keith
Lovett 2; Brandon McLean 2; Nick Carr 1; Conor David 1; Matt Kawamoto
1; Mike Pires 1; Bryce Woodson 1.

Notre Dame GROUND BALLS: Sipperly, Trever 6; Rodgers, Scott 5;
Ridgway, Kevin 4; Earl, David 3; Irving, Andrew 3; Krebs, Grant 3;
Marmul, Jake 3; Barnes, Sam 2; Hoff, Ryan 2; Brems, Jake 1; Brenneman,
Zach 1; Christman, Peter 1; Creighton, Mike 1; Cullinane, Kevin 1;
Gibson, Dan 1; Hicks, Neal 1; McDermott, Regis 1; Melera, Davey 1;
Randall, Kevin 1; Smith, Bobby 1; Swezey, Duncan 1; Tripucka, Taylor

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Scott Matthews 4; Andrew Stimmel 2; Joel
Dalgarno 1; Brandon Freeman 1; Mike Pires 1.
Notre Dame TURNOVERS CAUSED: Irving, Andrew 2; Creighton, Mike 1;
Hoff, Ryan 1; Krebs, Grant 1.

SHOTS – Ohio State 27; Notre Dame 45.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 21; Notre Dame 32.

Penalties – Ohio State 3/3:00; Notre Dame 3/3:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 1-3; Notre Dame 2-3.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 19; Notre Dame 20.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 7-26; Notre Dame 19-26.

CLEARS – Ohio State 23-28; Notre Dame 20-27.

GOALIES – OSU: Brandon Freeman 8-8 (60:00 minutes, 32 shots-16 saves,
16 GA); ND: Power, Colt (09:21, 6-4, 2) , Rodgers, Scott 15-0 (50:39,
15-10, 5).

Start time: 12:00 pm  Finish time: 1:44 pm   Length of game: 1:44
Officials: Brian Abbott; Jim Beery; Andre Saunders.

A-2000 T-1:44