Feb. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11/12-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to No. 8/10 UMass, 9-3, Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium. The game opened a six-game homestand for Ohio State, who will host No. 20 Penn State at 1 p.m. next Saturday (March 3) in Ohio Stadium.
In the game, UMass led 3-2 at halftime and extended the lead to 5-3 after the third quarter before a four-goal fourth quarter wrapped up the game and the 9-3 final. The loss was the Buckeyes' first this season, dropping the squad to 3-1 (1-0 ECAC). UMass stays undefeated at 3-0. Buckeye junior Logan Schuss had two of Ohio State's goals, extending his point streak to 34 games. He leads the squad with 12 goals and 17 points this year.
Ohio State scored the first two goals of the game. Just 1:09 into the contest, junior Dominique Alexander tallied unassisted to open the scoring and Schuss put Ohio State up 2-0 with a goal at 7:49. UMass scored the last three goals of the quarter to tie the game and take the lead. Colin Fleming scored twice on a non-releasable penalty, with goals 31 seconds apart at 7:49 and 7:18 to tie the game at 2. Will Manny scored the final goal of the quarter with seven seconds left in the stanza, giving UMass a 3-2 lead. Shots were 11-6 in favor of the Minutemen in the quarter, with Greg Dutton and Tim McCormack making two saves in the Ohio State and UMass cages, respectively.
Neither team scored in the second quarter, with Ohio State outshooting UMass, 8-4. Dutton had four saves for Ohio State and McCormack had three stops for UMass. The Minutemen carried a 3-2 lead into the intermission.
In the third period, the teams were scoreless until Kyle Smith scored for UMass at 8:48 to extend the lead to 4-2. Schuss scored on a low shot, assisted by freshman Reegan Comeault at 3:16 to draw the Buckeyes within one (4-3) but Fleming completed his hat trick with 22 seconds left in the quarter to regain the two-goal advantage for UMass. Shots were 7-5 in favor of the Minutemen in the stanza. Dutton had one save for Ohio State and sophomore Scott Spencer made one save after coming in for 1:24 while Dutton was serving a penalty.
UMass outscored the Buckeyes 4-0 in the fourth quarter for a 9-3 final. Anthony Biscardi tallied at 13:18 and Smith scored back-to-back man-up goals at 8:16 and 3:29. The final tally was scored by Manny with 1:58 remaining. UMass outshot Ohio State, 10-7, in the quarter. Dutton made three saves and McCormack had four stops.
Ohio State was outshot in the game, 32-26, and each team had 11 saves. Dutton played 58:36 and had 10 saves, with Spencer making one save in 1:24. McCormack had all 11 saves for the Minutemen.
Each team won eight faceoffs, with sophomore Shawn Kaplan winning seven for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had 31 groundballs and UMass picked up 27. Senior Joe Bonanni led the Buckeyes with five groundballs, with Dutton and Alexander each scooping four. Sophomore Joe Meurer had three of the Buckeyes' seven caused turnovers in the game.