COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team dropped its road opener to No. 11 UMass, 11-9, Saturday night at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. Senior Jarred Bowman led the Buckeyes with a three goals (his first career hat trick) and four points. Sophomore Logan Schuss had two goals and an assist for three points and Jeff Tundo scored twice. Ohio State now is 3-1 on the year, while the Minutemen move to 3-0.
The Buckeyes led 2-0 early but UMass outscored Ohio State 5-1 in the rest of the half to head into the lockerroom with a 5-3 lead. Ohio State again opened a half with two quick goals, tying the game at 5 early in the third quarter. The Minutemen scored three goals in the final 4:11 of the stanza to regain the lead (8-5). UMass scored 1:16 into the fourth quarter to take a four-goal lead for the first time. Back-to-back goals by the Buckeyes drew Ohio State within two (9-7) before Connor Mooney scored two goals 57 seconds apart to give UMass an 11-7 lead. The Buckeyes were able to score twice in the final 2:16 but could not get closer.
Ohio State led 2-0 just over five minutes into the game. Mike Pires scored at 11:36, followed by a Tundo tally at 9:42. The Minutemen responded with a three-goal run to take the lead. Anthony Biscardi scored at 6:40 and Art Kell then scored back-to-back to tie the game and put UMass ahead. His first goal came with 2:23 left in the first and his second came with 9:45 left in the second.
Bowman knotted the score at 3 with a goal at 7:18 of the second. Will Manny and Biscardi tallied at 6:08 and :44 to give the Minutemen a 5-3 lead at halftime. UMass outshot Ohio State, 19-9, in the first half, including 10-2 in the second quarter.
Schuss scored just 49 seconds into the second half to draw the Buckeyes within one and Tundo tied the game at 9:35. UMass went on a three-goal run in the final 4:11 to regain the lead. Colin Fleming scored at 4:11 and 1:00 and Mike Fetterly tallied with 18 seconds remaining for a 9-6 UMass advantage through 45 minutes. The Minutemen outshot the Buckeyes, 9-4, in the quarter.
Bobby Tyler found the back of the net for UMass 1:16 into the fourth quarter to give the squad a 9-5 lead. Ohio State cut the lead to two (9-7) as freshman Tyler Frederick scored less than a minute later (12:54) and Bowman tallied, assisted by Schuss, at 9:55. Two goals by Connor Mooney for UMass in 1:17 (at 4:54 and 3:57) again gave the Minutemen a four-goal lead (11-7). The Buckeyes got goals late from Schuss, assisted by Bowman, at 2:16 and a third Bowman tally with 30 seconds remaining for the 11-9 final. Shots were 9-7 in favor of the Minutemen in the stanza.
For the game, UMass outshot Ohio State, 37-21. Freshman Greg Dutton had eight saves in the Buckeye cage, including three in the first quarter, playing 58:54. Senior Ryan Keneally saw 1:06 after a late penalty to Dutton but did not face a shot.
Ohio State was 0-for-2 on man up chances and held UMass scoreless on one opportunity.
Buckeye freshman Shawn Kaplan won 7-of-15 faceoffs he took on the day to lead Ohio State.
Senior Matt Kawamoto and sophomore Kevin Mack led the Buckeyes with three groundballs each, with Kawamoto recording a team-best three caused turnovers. Massachusetts won the groundball battle, 31-24.
Postgame Notes The Buckeyes will be back in action next week, taking on Penn State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in State College, Pa. The team will host Lehigh in a night game March 8. The game is scheduled to be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game was the first between the teams in program history.
The hat trick and four points both were career highs for Bowman. He has five goals and seven points in the last two games combined. His five goals on the year are a career high, while his seven points have already tied his career best set last year.
Tundo is first on the team with nine goals and 12 points. Schuss, who extended his point streak to 18 games, is second with six tallies and 10 points and tied with Frederick with a team-high four assists each.
Ohio State was held to less than 10 goals for the first time since the season opener. The 11 goals allowed were a season opponent high.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final) Ohio State Lacrosse 2011 #13 Ohio State vs #11 Massachusetts (Feb 26, 2011 at Amherst, Mass.) Ohio State (3-1) vs. Massachusetts (3-0) Date: Feb 26, 2011 Location: Amherst, Mass. Stadium: Garber Field Attendance:1587 Start time:12:04 pm End time: Total time:
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot ————————————- Ohio State………. 2 1 2 4 – 9 Massachusetts……. 2 3 3 3 – 11
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Jarred Bowman 3; Logan Schuss 2; Jeff Tundo 2; Mike Pires 1; Tyler Frederick 1. ASSISTS: Jarred Bowman 1; Logan Schuss 1.
Massachusetts SCORING: GOALS: Art Kell 2; Connor Mooney 2; Colin Fleming 2; Anthony Biscardi 2; Mike Fetterly 1; Will Manny 1; Bobby Tyler 1. ASSISTS: Mike Fetterly 2; Ryan Hantverk 2; Art Kell 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Matt Kawamoto 3; Kevin Mack 3; Joe Bonanni 2; Zach Boyt 2; Scott Lathrop 2; Joe Meurer 2; Logan Schuss 2; Patrick Toohey 2; Conor David 1; Greg Dutton 1; Shawn Kaplan 1; Brock Sorensen 1; Jeff Tundo 1; Bryce Woodson 1.
Massachusetts GROUND BALLS: Greg Rushing 11; Ryan Hantverk 3; Tim McCormack 3; Jake Smith 3; Colin Fleming 2; Will Manny 2; Connor Mooney 2; Ryan Hollenbaugh 1; Art Kell 1; Anthony Toresco 1; Mael Walkowiak 1; Stephen Zorkers 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Matt Kawamoto 3; Keenan Ochwat 2; Scott Lathrop 1; Joe Meurer 1; Patrick Toohey 1. Massachusetts TURNOVERS CAUSED: Jake Smith 4; Greg Anderson 2; Tom Celentani 1; Connor Mooney 1; Casey Rahn 1; Greg Rushing 1; Stephen Zorkers 1.
SHOTS – Ohio State 21; Massachusetts 37. SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 15; Massachusetts 19.
Penalties – Ohio State 3/2:30; Massachusetts 2/1:30. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Ohio State 0-2; Massachusetts 0-1.
TURNOVERS – Ohio State 18; Massachusetts 16.
FACEOFFS – Ohio State 8-23; Massachusetts 15-23.
CLEARS – Ohio State 18-22; Massachusetts 19-19.
GOALIES – OSU: Greg Dutton (58:54 minutes, 19 shots-8 saves, 11 GA) , Ryan Kenally (01:06, 0-0, 0); UMASS: Tim McCormack (60:00, 15-6, 9).
Start time: 12:04 pm Finish time: Length of game: Officials: Sean Murphy; Dave Pinciaro; Jeff Thibodeau.