COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Penn State in overtime, 11-10, Saturday in a matchup of the only two Big Ten Conference schools to sponsor men’s lacrosse. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss scored the gamewinner in overtime and chipped in a team-high four assists, while senior Mario Ventiquattro had four goals and senior goalie Brandon Freeman made 12 saves as the Buckeyes improved to 3-1 on the year.

“I’m really happy for the effort we gave,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “These men have worked really hard this week. This was a game that meant a lot to our program, to our alumni and certainly to this team.”

The game saw five ties, but the Buckeyes never trailed after tying the game at 1 early in the first quarter. Ohio State led 3-2 after the opening stanza. The Nittany Lions tied it early in the second (3-3) and Ohio State responded to take a 5-3 lead. PSU cut it to 5-4 but a Buckeye goal with 2:33 left before halftime gave Ohio State a two-goal lead (6-4). The Nittany Lions then scored twice in the final 1:02 to send the teams into halftime deadlocked at 6. Ohio State outscored Penn State, 2-1, in the third quarter for an 8-7 lead through three. In the fourth, the Buckeyes scored the first two goals to open up a 10-7 advantage. Penn State went on a three-goal run to close out regulation and send it to overtime tied at 10-all, with two goals in the final 2:03. The Nittany Lions gained the first offensive possession in overtime but Ohio State forced a turnover and scored on the next possession, earning the unofficial title of “Big Ten Champions.”

Penn State opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the game on Nick Dolik’s goal at 14:29. The Buckeyes then went on a three-goal run over the next three minutes to pull ahead, 3-1. Ventiquattro scored twice in less than a minute, set up by Jarred Bowman at 11:34 and Schuss at 10:42. James Green tallied at 8:40, scoring high. Matthew Mackrides cut the Buckeye lead to 3-2 with 1:59 left in the quarter.

The teams ended the first half tied at 6 after the Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes, 4-3, in the second quarter. Billy Gribbin tied the game at 3-all 54 seconds into the second. Jeff Tundo put the Buckeyes back ahead (4-3) at 12:25 and Ventiquattro scored man-up at 5:52 for a 5-3 Buckeye advantage, with Schuss setting up both tallies. Mackrides scored at 3:31 but Paul Beery found the back of the cage less than a minute later (2:33) to put Ohio State ahead, 6-4. Penn State then scored twice in six seconds to tie the game. Dolik tallied at 1:02 and Mackrides scored on a fast break right after a faceoff win by Danny Henneghan.

Ohio State scored twice in the third quarter for an 8-7 advantage after three. Mike Pires scored at 9:14 of the stanza, assisted by Bowman, to put Ohio State ahead but Colton Vosburgh tallied at 7:36 for a 7-all tie. Tundo scored with 40 seconds left in the quarter to regain the Buckeye lead (8-7). Penn State fired 16 shots toward the net, with Freeman making six saves.

Ohio State scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Tundo found Ventiquattro for a man-up score at 14:21 and Schuss set up Green at 8:28, giving the Buckeyes a 10-7 advantage. The Nittany Lions cut it to 10-8 on Gribbin’s goal at 7:22. Mackrides tied the game with two goals in the final 2:03, scoring 14 seconds apart at 2:03 and 1:49 to force overtime. Penn State attempted 21 shots in the quarter, putting six on net.

In overtime, the Nittany Lions had the ball first but Buckeye sophomore Joe Bonanni forced a turnover. Ohio State cleared the ball into the offensive zone and Dominique Alexander found Schuss, who scored from the right wing with 2:50 left in the first overtime.

Penn State outshot the Buckeyes in the game, 55-31, including 37-14 in the second half. Freeman took the win, making 12 saves in 61:10. Dave Baker had eight saves in the cage for the Nittany Lions.

Ohio State converted both of its extra-man chances and stopped Penn State on its one 30-second advantage, which came in the first quarter.

Tundo and Green each scored twice, with Tundo adding an assist for three points. Bowman had two assists for a multiple-point game as well.

The Buckeyes return to action Tuesday with a game at Robert Morris. The squad returns to Columbus next Saturday when it will host Albany at noon.

Postgame Notes
Schuss has a team-best eight assists and 15 points this year. He shares the team goal-scoring lead with Tundo and Green with seven each and Ventiquattro is third with six. Tundo is second with 10 points, followed by Ventiquattro with nine.

Schuss has 11 points in his last two games combined (4g, 7a). He has at least one point in each game this year.

Ventiquattro’s four goals were a career high after four career hat tricks (last Feb. 21, 2009 vs. Bucknell).
Beery’s goal was the first of his career.

Green has two goals in three of four games this year.

Senior Scott Foreman and junior Matt Kawamoto have started the last 37 and 17 games, respectively. Brandon Freeman has started the last 20 games in goal for the Buckeyes.

Freshmen Schuss, Tundo and Alexander have started all three games this season, joined by senior Ventiquattro.

Bowman’s marked his first two-point game.

Freeman had his third game with 10 or more saves this season.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2010
           Penn State vs Ohio State (Mar 06, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

                     Penn State (0-3) vs. Ohio State (3-1)
Date: Mar 06, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Stadium: Woody Hayes Ath Ctr
Attendance:980   Start time:1 p.m.    End time:2:54      Total time:1:54   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4 OT  Tot
Penn State……….  2  4  1  3  0 – 10
Ohio State……….  3  3  2  2  1 – 11

Penn State SCORING: GOALS: Mackrides, Matthew 5; Gribbin, Billy 2;
Dolik, Nick 2; Vosburgh, Colton 1.
ASSISTS: Gribbin, Billy 1; Henneghan, Danny 1; VanThof, Kyle 1.

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Mario Ventiquattro 4; Jeff Tundo 2; James
Green 2; Logan Schuss 1; Paul Beery 1; Mike Pires 1.
ASSISTS: Logan Schuss 4; Jarred Bowman 2; Dominique Alexander 1; Jeff
Tundo 1.

Penn State GROUND BALLS: Henneghan, Danny 5; Mackrides, Matthew 5;
Baker, Dave 4; Shea, Brian 4; Dolik, Nick 3; Shankoff, Matt 3; Davis,
Billy 2; Etter, Kevin 2; VanThof, Kyle 2; Bernier, Matt 1; Britt, Joe
1; Gribbin, Billy 1; Henneghan, Charley 1; Hogan, Chris 1; Lloyd,
Billy 1; Vosburgh, Colton 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Brandon Freeman 7; Trey Wilkes 4; Dominique
Alexander 2; Jarred Bowman 2; Conor David 2; James Green 2; Keenan
Ochwat 2; Jeff Tundo 2; Paul Beery 1; Joe Bonanni 1; Kevin Mack 1; TJ
Powell 1; Andrew Stimmel 1.

Penn State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Bernier, Matt 2; Davis, Billy 1; Etter,
Kevin 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Joe Bonanni 2.

SHOTS – Penn State 55; Ohio State 31.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Penn State 22; Ohio State 19.

Penalties – Penn State 3/2:30; Ohio State 1/0:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Penn State 0-1; Ohio State 2-2.

TURNOVERS – Penn State 9; Ohio State 10.

FACEOFFS – Penn State 17-25; Ohio State 8-25.

CLEARS – Penn State 9-12; Ohio State 16-17.

GOALIES – PSU: Baker, Dave 0-3 (61:10 minutes, 19 shots-8 saves, 11
GA); OSU: Brandon Freeman 2-1 (61:10, 22-12, 10).

Start time: 1 p.m.    Finish time: 2:54      Length of game: 1:54
Officials: Dana Friend; Rob S Quinn; Andre Sanders.

A-980 T-1:54