COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team suffered a tough 8-7 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame Wednesday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes (5-4) scored three goals in a 3:34 span late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-all but a Notre Dame (5-0) goal with 33 seconds remaining gave the Irish the win.
Ohio State opened the scoring and held a 2-1 lead in the first quarter but the Irish went on a four-goal run to take a 5-2 lead at halftime after shutting out the Buckeyes in the second stanza. Ohio State outscored the Irish, 2-1 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 6-4. After Notre Dame scored with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter to regain a three-goal lead (7-4), the Buckeyes scored three times in the final 4:35 to deadlock the score at 7. The winner came from Sean Rogers 28 seconds after Ohio State had evened the score.
Sophomores Jeff Tundo (two goals, one assist) and Dominique Alexander (one goal, two assists) each had three points in the game, with classmate Logan Schuss scoring twice. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had 12 saves for the Buckeyes to match his career high.
The Buckeyes trailed 3-2 after the first quarter. Ohio State took a one-goal lead twice, but the Irish responded each time and scored the quarter’s final goal to take their first lead of the game. Tundo opened the scoring unassisted at 7:26 before Sean Rogers answered just nine seconds later after the Irish won the ensuing faceoff. Dan Wertz, assisted by Alexander, put Ohio State ahead 2-1 at 5:42. Westy Hopkins again tied the game 21 seconds later. Rogers put the Irish in the lead with a goal with 1:12 left in the quarter. Shots were 8-5 in favor of the Irish in the quarter, with Dutton making five saves in the stanza.
The Irish added two goals in the second quarter for a 5-2 halftime lead. Edison Parzanese tallied man-up at 5:42, followed by a goal from Eric Keppeler at 3:07. Notre Dame held the Buckeyes to just three shots on goal in the quarter, taking nine shots. Dutton had two stops in the period.
Ohio State outscored Notre Dame, 2-1, in the third quarter to draw within two (6-4). Alexander found junior Mike Smail for a goal at 11:28 and ND’s Pat Cotter followed with a goal exactly two minutes later. Schuss drove the net and scored with 1:03 left to cut the lead to two. The Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 7-4, in the quarter.
After the Irish extended the lead to three (7-4) with 7:22 left in regulation on a goal from Zach Brenneman, Ohio State went on a three-goal run in a 3:34 span to tie the game at 7-all. Schuss scored at 4:35 to make it a 7-5 game. Tundo found Alexander for a tally at 2:39 and then scored a goal of his own at 1:01 to tie the game at 7-all, the game’s first tie since the first quarter. The Irish gained the groundball after the faceoff and Rogers was able to score the gamewinner from in close with 33 seconds left. The Buckeyes were able to win the next faceoff and put a shot on the cage, but ND goalie John Kemp made the save to preserve the win. Shots were 10-8 in favor of Notre Dame in the period, with Dutton stopping three.
Notre Dame outshot the Buckeyes, 34-20, in the game. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had 12 stops. Kemp had five save in the Irish cage.
Faceoffs were 16-3 in favor of the Irish, with Notre Dame winning the groundball battle, 22-17. Smail had a team-best three groundballs for Ohio State, with Alexander and Keenan Ochwat, who had two caused turnovers, recording two. Ohio State was successful on all 18 clears, with Notre Dame 12-for-13.
Ohio State was scoreless on two extra-man chances and held Notre Dame to one goal on four opportunities.
Postgame Notes Ohio State will have this weekend off before opening ECAC play with back-to-back home games. The Buckeyes will host Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9, with both games scheduled for 1 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Dutton’s 12 saves matched his career high set March 12 at Albany.
Tundo has at least one goal and point in all eight games this season, with multiple points in seven.
Schuss extended his scoring streak to 23 games, in the Top 14 nationally. He has multiple points in each game this year and has at least two goals in each of his last seven outings. He is first on the team with 20 goals and 29 points and shares the assist lead with Tundo with nine each. His first goal vs. the Irish was the 50th of his Buckeye career.
Alexander is on a four-game scoring streak and has 5-6-11 totals over the stretch.
Smail’s goal was his second this season and first since the season opener vs. Detroit Feb. 10.
The game at Notre Dame was the Buckeyes’ fifth road game in the last six contests.
Ohio State was playing a team ranked in the Top 3 for the second-consecutive game and third time this season. The squad defeated then-No. 3 North Carolina Feb. 19 and lost at No. 2 Virginia last Saturday.