Feb. 17, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field, the No. 19/20-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated host Jacksonville, 9-6, Sunday afternoon to improve to 2-0 on the year. The Buckeyes, who were ahead by one goal at halftime and after the third quarter, outscored the Dolphins, 3-1, in the fourth quarter for the victory.

“We have to continue to grow up on the offensive end of the field,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We got a little out of sorts; it’s going to take some time to develop chemistry. We have some young guys we’re mixing in. I’m proud of the way the defense hung in there and hunkered down. We gave up some early goals and then really played well in the second half. That’s something we can build off of for sure.”

Individually, seniors Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander and sophomore Jesse King each scored twice, while junior Adam Trombley and sophomore David Planning each had two points on a goal and an assist. Schus added an assist for a three-point day. Junior goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes. The defense, led by starters freshman Robby Haus and juniors Joe Meurer and Dominic Imbordino, limited the Dolphins to six goals and 24 shots, with just two goals allowed and six shots against in the second half.

“It’s good to be able to learn from a win,” Myers said. We come away from today knowing there’s a lot we have to get better at. It’s a W. As we move into this next week we’ll go home and study a lot of film and work on the fundamentals. It was good for our team to get into an environment that’s uncomfortable, on a big stage. To come away with a win is something you can build off.”

The Buckeyes led 4-2 after the first quarter. King put the Buckeyes on the board at 11:51, assisted by Planning, but Jacksonville took the lead, 2-1, with two goals in a 1:06 span, as Rob Wertz scored at 7:39 and Ari Waffle converted man-up at 6:33. The Buckeyes ended the quarter on a three-goal run to regain the lead. At 4:06 Alexander tied the game at 2-all, followed by a Schuss tally at 2:42 for an Ohio State lead. With just two seconds left Planning scored to give Ohio State a two-goal lead. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Dolphins in the quarter and each goalie made three saves.

Jacksonville tied the game at 4 after scoring the first two goals of the second quarter. Cameron Mann tallied at 12:12 and TJ Kenary deadlocked the game at 7:40. Just 26 seconds later Trombley set up Schuss for a goal to put Ohio State in the lead (5-4), an advantage it would not relinquish the rest of the game. Jacksonville outshot the Buckeyes, 9-7, in the quarter, with Dutton making four stops.

Each team scored once in the third quarter. Trombley scored unassisted at 11:50, answered by Jacksonville’s Conor Igoe just 40 seconds later, making it a one-goal game (6-5) entering the final quarter. The Buckeyes took 10 shots, holding the Dolphins to two, in the stanza.

Ohio State took control in the fourth quarter. Alexander put Ohio State ahead by two at 13:07 and freshman Carter Brown assisted on a man-up goal by King at 11:39 for the Buckeyes’ first three-goal lead of the game. After a man-up goal from JU’s David Goldman at 8:51 made it a two-goal game, Ohio State senior Dan Wertztallied unassisted at 3:38 for a three-goal cushion. Each goalie made two saves in the stanza, with Ohio State outshooting Jacksonville, 6-5.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Jacksonville, 31-24. Dutton had nine saves in the Buckeye cage and Pete DeLuca had nine saves for the Dolphins.

Ohio State was a perfect 19-for-19 on clears and won the groundball battle, 24-21, while winning 9-of-19 faceoffs. Juniors Meurer and Darius Bowling and seniors Schuss, Kevin Mack and Trey Wilkesled the squad with three groundballs each. Wilkes had an Ohio State-high seven faceoff wins.

Postgame Notes
• Ohio State will return to Columbus to host Marquette at 1 p.m. Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Tickets to the game are SOLD OUT.
• Schuss leads the Buckeyes with nine goals and 14 points. He is third in Ohio State history with 111 goals and third with 178 points. He extended his point streak to 47 games (each game of his college career).
• King has five goals on the year (coming on 10 shots).
• The game was the first between Ohio State and Jacksonville.
• Wertz’s goal was his first of the year. Trombley had his first goal and multiple-point game of 2013.
• Brown is first on the team with five assists and second with seven points.
• Wilkes has won 24-of-42 faceoffs (.571) this season and is second with nine groundballs, one behind leader Mack.
• Planning had his third career two-point game and first since May 2, 2012 vs. Fairfield.
• Dutton has a 7.00 goals-against average and .562 save percentage this season.
• Freshman Kacy Kapinos won the first two faceoffs of his college career.
• Ohio State has outscored opponents 12-4 in the second half this year (6-2 in both the third and fourth quarters). The team has outshot opponents, 24-10, in the second half, with five shots allowed in each quarter.