May 1, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6/7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse beat Fairfield, 10-7, Saturday in Fairfield, Conn., to end Great Western Lacrosse League play 5-0 and clinch the outright league championship. The Buckeyes, who shared the title with Notre Dame and Denver last season, are the first outright champions since the Irish won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.
The win extended the Buckeyes’ nation-high winning streak to 11. OSU improves to 12-2 on the year. Fairfield drops to 5-9 and ends league play 1-4.
Against the Stags, Buckeye senior goalie Tony Russo (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) made 12 saves to break the OSU record for career saves. Russo’s total now stands at 620, breaking the previous mark of 610 set by Jim Hartnett from 1979-81.
Ohio State scored the first two goals of the game. Kyle Olson (Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored just 1:09 into the contest, converting a man-up opportunity with an assist from Tom Randisi (Jr., Towson, Md./Calvert Hall). Anthony Gilardi (Sr., Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) made the score 2-0 when he scored off a Ben Wolff (So., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) assist with 8:38 left in the first quarter.
Fairfield then scored the next three goals to take a 3-2 lead. Greg Dowing scored back-to-back goals at 4:29 of the first (man-up) and with 12:32 remaining in the second quarter. Brian Gorman gave the Stags the lead with a tally with 10:21 left in the second. Wolff and Gilardi regained the lead for OSU with goals at 4:56 and 3:46, respectively, before Fairfield’s Kyle Herman and Garrett Bamann scored just six seconds apart, with 17 and 11 seconds left in the half, to send the Stags into the lockerroom with a 5-4 lead.
The Buckeyes outscored the Stags in the second half, 6-2, including 2-0 in the fourth quarter, for the win. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the third quarter to tie the game and take the lead. Gilardi, assisted by Wolff, tied the game at five at 12:54, followed by a Randisi score at 7:28 to put OSU ahead. Gary Bining (So., Delta, British Columbia/Delta Secondary) scored a man-up goal with 5:44 left in the third to make the score 7-5. Fairfield’s Mike Bocklet scored with 2:40 left in the half with the Stags playing a man down, but Olson responded with a goal 29 seconds later. Rory McCarthy tallied a man-up goal with 39 seconds left in the quarter to again cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one (8-7).
Ohio State maintained its one-goal edge until Shaun Lyons (Sr., Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) put the Buckeyes up by two with an unassisted goal with 3:36 left. Olson ended the scoring with a goal with 42 seconds left in regulation. Russo made three saves in the quarter to help keep the Stags off the scoreboard.
Gilardi led the Buckeyes with five points, including three goals and two assists. Olson had three goals, while Wolff had a goal and two assists for three points. Senior defenseman Greg Bice (Helotes, Texas/St. Mary’s Hall) had a team-best six groundballs in the game, while John Dauro (r-Jr., Rockville Center, N.Y./South Side) had five.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season at noon Saturday, May 8 when they travel to face North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ohio State shared the GWLL title with Notre Dame and Denver last season. This is the third time the squad has won the conference under seventh-year head coach Joe Breschi (1999, 2003, 2004), but the first time the team has won the title outright under Breschi.
The Buckeyes’ 11-game winning streak is their longest since they won 13 in a row during the 1978 season. Ohio State has not lost since falling in double overtime at UMBC March 7.
Ohio State’s 12 wins on the year are the most since the 1988 squad posted 12 victories. It is a career best for Breschi, whose 1999 team won 10 games.
Breschi is one win shy of tying the Buckeyes’ program record for career coaching wins and is 59-36 at the helm of the squad. Paul Hartman (1961-66) is the all-time leader with 60 coaching victories.
With two assists, Gilardi moved within one of tying Todd Walker (1976-79) for eighth place in OSU history for career assists. With 130 points in his career, Gilardi now is tied for 13th in program history with Brian Driscoll (1966-68). Gilardi is the only Buckeye with at least one point in every game this season.
This marked the 13th time in 14 games this season Ohio State has held its opponents to under 10 goals. The squad entered the weekend first in the nation in team defense.
Lyons extended his goal-scoring streak to eight with his tally against Fairfield. He has a goal in all but two games this season. Olson moved his scoring streak to six.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final) Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2004 Ohio State vs Fairfield University (May 01, 2004 at Fairfield, Conn.)
Ohio State (12-2, 5-0) vs. Fairfield University (5-9, 1-4) Date: May 01, 2004 Location: Fairfield, Conn. Stadium: Lessing Field Attendance:1242 Start time:12:00 End time:1:52 Total time:1:52
Score by period 1 2 3 4 Tot ————————————- Ohio State………. 2 2 4 2 – 10 Fairfield University 1 4 2 0 – 7
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Anthony Gilardi 3; Kyle Olson 3; Ben Wolff 1; Tom Randisi 1; Gary Bining 1; Shaun Lyons 1. ASSISTS: Anthony Gilardi 2; Ben Wolff 2; Ryan Laffey 1; Craig Nolan 1; Tom Randisi 1.
Fairfield University SCORING: GOALS: DOWNING, Greg 2; BOCKLET, Mike 1; GORMAN, Brian 1; McCARTHY, Rory 1; BAMANN, Garrett 1; HERMAN, Kyle 1. ASSISTS: BAMANN, Troy 2; BOCKLET, Mike 2; VLAHAKIS, Peter 1; WERNEY, Tom 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Greg Bice 6; John Dauro 5; Anthony Gilardi 4; Andrew Bender 3; Matt Cafarelli 3; Craig Nolan 3; Peter Frantz 2; Ryan Laffey 2; Kyle Olson 2; Tony Russo 2; Jason Bloom 1; Chris Li 1; Tom Randisi 1; Ben Wolff 1.
Fairfield University GROUND BALLS: BAUERS, Nate 10; VLAHAKIS, Peter 4; DOWNING, Greg 3; SHANNON, Devin 3; BAGLIO, Matt 2; FINNERTY, Kevin 2; FLYNN, Sean 2; GRIFFIN, Keith 2; HERMAN, Kyle 2; KRUGER, Michael 2; McCARTHY, Rory 2; BAMANN, Garrett 1; BAMANN, Troy 1; BOCKLET, Mike 1; LANGE, Brian 1; STEBBINS, John 1; WERNEY, Tom 1.
SHOTS – OSU 41; FFD 36. SHOTS ON GOAL – OSU 28; FFD 19.
PENALTIES – OSU 5/5:30; FFD 8/6:30. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – OSU 2-8; FFD 2-5.
FACEOFFS – OSU 7-19; FFD 12-19.
GOALIES – OSU: Tony Russo (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-12 saves, 7 GA); FFD: KRUGER, Michael (60:00, 28-18, 10).
Start time: 12:00 Finish time: 1:52 Length of game: 1:52 Officials:.