COLUMBUS, Ohio Seniors Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno had eight and seven points, respectively, as the duo led the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 19-13 victory over Robert Morris Friday night in front of 993 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ryan, Dalgarno and sophomore Mike Pires each had four goals in the contest, with Ryan adding a team-best four assists for a career-high eight points. Ohio State now is 4-2, while Robert Morris ends its winning streak at six and drops to 6-2 on the year.

The teams combined for nine goals in the first quarter, with Ohio State holding a 5-4 edge at the end of 1. Robert Morris scored the first three goals of the game. Keith Lee opened the scoring just 45 seconds in, followed by a Kyle Buchanan goal at 12:27 and Taylor Caparosa’s tally at 9:32. The Buckeyes responded with a three-goal run in 1:38 to tie the game. Junior James Green set up Pires at 9:00 before Ryan scored unassisted at 7:56. Freshman Brock Sorensen added a goal just 34 seconds later, assisted by Bryce Woodson. Robert Morris regained the lead quickly on Trevor Moore’s goal at 6:40, before the Buckeyes scored four-consecutive, including two to close out the first. At 5:22 Buckeye senior defenseman Scott Matthews scored his second career goal. On a clearing attempt, Buckeye junior goalie Brandon Freeman passed to Matthews and he flung the ball from the corner of the Buckeyes’ defensive box and it sailed two-thirds of the field into the back of the net while the RMU goalie was out of the net playing defense. Ryan found Pires for a man-up goal at 3:49 to put Ohio State ahead (5-4).

Ohio State outscored Robert Morris, 4-1, in the second. Pires scored a second-consecutive EMO goal at the 12:28 mark of the second, assisted by Dalgarno and then Ryan found Dalgarno for the Buckeyes’ third man-up goal in a row, scored at 11:57. The Colonials’ Kiel Matisz scored at 7:28 to end the Buckeye run. Ryan and Dalgarno combined for another score at 5:31, with Dalgarno finding the back of the net. Freshman Eddie Bambino scored unassisted with six seconds remaining in the half to send the Buckeyes into the locker room ahead, 9-5.

The Buckeyes pulled further ahead in the third, outscoring Robert Morris 5-2 to lead 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Ryan scored at 13:43, assisted by Dalgarno, and Green set up Ryan for an EMO goal 56 seconds later (12:47). Robert Morris’ Patrick Smith converted a man-up chance at 10:55. Dalgarno (7:37) and Dan Kerch (3:46) traded unassisted goals. Green scored at 2:18 and Pires tallied with seven seconds left in the quarter.

Robert Morris scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter, scoring over a 2:03 span. Moore tallied EMO at 12:49, Matisz added a goal at 11:56 and Kerch followed with a score at 10:46. Ohio State had two goals in 1:33, with Ryan scoring his fourth of the game at 10:00 and Woodson setting up junior Mario Ventiquattro at 8:27. Each team had three goals to close out the game. Robert MOrris scored back-to-back at 6:40 (EMO by Matisz) and 4:36 (Smith). The Buckeyes then scored three in a row, as Ryan found classmate Doug Ruhnke at 3:13, Dalgarno found Ventiquattro at 2:31 and junior Andrew Stimmel set up Dalgarno for his fourth of the game at 1:47. Smith ended the game with an unassisted tally with 1:00 remaining.

Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 35-34, in the game. Freeman had seven saves in all 60 minutes in the Buckeye cage. RMU’s Sal Barcia had 11 saves and allowed 18 goals in 59:50. Dillion Pope played 10 seconds while Barcia was serving a penalty and allowed one EMO goal.

The Buckeyes won 17-of-31 faceoffs in the game. Senior Nick Carr led the way, going 17-9 on the day. Carr matched his career best with a team-high nine saves.

Ohio State was 4-for-4 on man-up chances, with Robert Morris 3-for-6.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State returns to action with a game at UMBC at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Baltimore.

Ryan’s eight points were a career high. He had three five-point games, including against Detroit Feb. 7 in the season opener. It was his second-career four-goal game, first set vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007. Ryan has a team-high 16 goals this year and is second with 25 points.

Matthews’ goal was his first since March 29, 2008 at Quinnipiac. He has two shots, and two goals, in his career.

Dalgarno’s seven points were a season best and marked his fourth career game with seven or more points. He has two four-goal games this year. He is first on the squad with 12 assists and 27 points this year and second with 15 goals.

Woodson matched his career total with two assists. He had single assists vs. both Detroit and Fairfield earlier this year.

Pires was one shy of the career-best five goals he had against Detroit to open the season. He is tied for third on the team with 10 goals.

Ruhnke’s goal was his first of the season. Stimmel’s assist was his first of the year and second of his career (March 2, 2008 vs. Denver).

Ventiquattro has two or more goals in 4-of-6 games this season and is tied third on the team with10 goals.


                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         2009 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
          Robert Morris vs Ohio State (Mar 11, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

                    Robert Morris (6-2) vs. Ohio State (4-2)
Date: Mar 11, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Stadium: JOMS               
Attendance:993   Start time:7:00 pm   End time:8:49 pm   Total time:1:49   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
Robert Morris…….  4  1  2  6 – 13
Ohio State……….  5  4  5  5 – 19

Robert Morris SCORING: GOALS: Smith, Patrick 3; Matisz, Kiel 3; Kerch,
Dan 2; Moore, Trevor 2; Caparosa, Taylor 1; Lee, Keith 1; Buchanan,
Kyle 1.
ASSISTS: TaoBrambleby, Corbyn 2; Johnson, Brandon 1; Kerch, Dan 1;
Moore, Trevor 1; Morton, Dave 1.

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Jeff Ryan 4; Joel Dalgarno 4; Mike Pires 4;
Mario Ventiquattro 2; James Green 1; Eddie Bambino 1; Scott Matthews
1; Doug Ruhnke 1; Brock Sorensen 1.
ASSISTS: Jeff Ryan 4; Joel Dalgarno 3; James Green 2; Bryce Woodson 2;
Brandon Freeman 1; Andrew Stimmel 1.

Robert Morris GROUND BALLS: Barcia, Sal 6; Lee, Keith 5; Kerch, Dan 3;
Sarnese, T.J. 3; Laughner, Rob 2; Smith, Dane 2; Abbott, Casey 1;
Buchanan, Kyle 1; Marasti, Rob 1; Mulford, Dan 1; Sewell, Joe 1;
Smith, Patrick 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Nick Carr 9; Brandon Freeman 4; Keenan Ochwat
3; Mario Ventiquattro 3; Scott Lathrop 2; Scott Matthews 2; Jeff Ryan
2; Andrew Stimmel 2; Connor Anderson 1; Zach Boyt 1; Conor David 1;
Scott Foreman 1; James Green 1; Matt Kawamoto 1; Doug Ruhnke 1; Bryce
Woodson 1.

Robert Morris TURNOVERS CAUSED: Laughner, Rob 1; Rowse, Mike 1;
Sealock, Jordon 1; Smith, Dane 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Matt Kawamoto 3; Andrew Stimmel 2; Connor
Anderson 1; Jeff Ryan 1; TEAM 1.

SHOTS – Robert Morris 34; Ohio State 35.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Robert Morris 20; Ohio State 30.

Penalties – Robert Morris 4/3:30; Ohio State 6/4:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Robert Morris 3-6; Ohio State 4-4.

TURNOVERS – Robert Morris 20; Ohio State 20.

FACEOFFS – Robert Morris 14-31; Ohio State 17-31.

CLEARS – Robert Morris 11-12; Ohio State 12-12.

GOALIES – RMU: Barcia, Sal (59:50 minutes, 29 shots-11 saves, 18 GA) ,
Pope, Dillion (00:10, 1-0, 1); OSU: Brandon Freeman (60:00, 20-7, 13).

Start time: 7:00 pm   Finish time: 8:49 pm   Length of game: 1:49
Officials: John Gibbons; Andre Sanders; Dana Friend. Scorer: Courtney

A-993 T-1:49