March 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With four goals and five points from senior Logan Schuss and 13 saves from junior goalie Greg Dutton, the No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team posted a 9-7 road win at Bellarmine in an ECAC Lacrosse League game Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes are now 6-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference while Bellarmine drops to 6-2 this season and 2-2 in the ECAC.
Ohio State, wrapping up a stretch of three-consecutive road games in a week, will now host back-to-back ECAC Lacrosse League contests. The squad will host defending NCAA and league champion Loyola at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Hobart at noon April 6. Both games are scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State led 3-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 4-2 early in the second quarter. Back-to-back goals from Bellarmine tied the game at 4-all with 5:09 left in the first half but sophomore Turner Evans scored with just one second left before halftime to push Ohio State back ahead (5-4). The Knights scored the first goal of the second half to tie the game for the third time, but the Buckeyes went on a three-goal run to regain the lead and did not relinquish it the rest of the way. Bellarmine scored twice in the final 6:30 to draw within one, but a goal from Schuss with 2:20 left in regulation helped seal the victory.
Schuss had four goals and an assist for five points in the victory, while freshman Carter Brown scored twice and added an assist for a three-point game. Sophomore Jesse King had two assists in the victory. Ohio State won 12-of-19 faceoffs, led by senior Trey Wilkes with 10.
“The men showed guts to get the win in our third road game in seven days,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “They showed their resiliency and toughed it out with a solid team effort.”
The teams traded goals twice in the first quarter. Schuss put the Buckeyes on the board at 10:49 before Bellarmine answered at 7:40, the first of four goals in a 48 second span between the teams. Schuss scored just 12 seconds later to regain the lead, but a from the Knights 28 seconds after tied the game at 2. King found Brown for a score just eight seconds after that (6:52) to put Ohio State on top, 3-2, at the end of the opening stanza. Bellarmine outshot Ohio State, 12-6, in the quarter, with Dutton making seven saves.
Brown gave the Buckeyes a two-goal lead with a tally at 12:26 of the second quarter but the Knights scored the next two for a 4-all deadlock. The Buckeyes regained their advantage when Brown and Evans connected for a score with just one seconds left in the half. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Buckeyes. Dutton made two stops in the stanza.
Bellarmine scored at 12:14 of the third quarter to tie the game at five. The score remained tied until Reegan Comeault tallied, assisted by Schuss, at 4:33 and Schuss then tallied unassisted to give Ohio State a two-goal lead at 2:59. Ohio State took nine shots in the quarter, with Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward making six saves.
In the fourth quarter, King set up junior Adam Trombley for a tally at 11:02 for the Buckeyes’ first three-goal lead of the night. Bellarmine then scored back-to-back at 6:30 and 4:57 to draw within one, but Schuss helped seal the victory with a goal at 2:20, regaining the two-goal edge for the Buckeyes. The Knights outshot Ohio State, 7-6, in the stanza and Dutton had one save.
Ohio State was outshot, 33-28, in the game. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had 13 saves, while Ward had 12 saves for the Knights.
Ohio State had the edge in groundballs, 12-7, with Wilkes winning 10 and freshman Kacy Kapinos winning both faceoffs he took. Ohio State won the groundball battle, 25-15, led by four from Wilkes and freshman Robby Haus. Ohio State had seven caused turnovers, with junior Joe Meuer and senior Dominique Alexander each forcing two.
• Schuss extended his point streak to 53 games, with a 122-73-195 line in the stretch. He is first on the team with 20 goal and 30 points this season and second with 10 assists. He has multiple points in each of his last 29 games. He is third in program history in career goals, one behind second-place Terry Gilmore (123, 1976-79) and four back of all-time leader Joel Dalgarno (126, 2006-09). Schuss is third in career points with 195 and eighth with 73 assists.
• Dutton’s 13 saves were a season high and one shy of the career-best 14 he had vs. Hobart April 9, 2011. He has an 8.23 goals-against average this season.
• Brown has a point in seven of eight games as a Buckeye and multiple points in six outings. He is first on the team with 12 assists and tied for second with 24 points.
• King moved his point streak to 14 games (23-15-38) but had his nine-game goal-scoring streak ended.
• Wilkes has won 82-of-140 (.586) faceoffs this season and is first on the team with 29 groundballs.
• Meurer is tied with Darius Bowling for first on the team with 10 caused turnovers each.
• Evans has at least one point in all six games he has played this season (with multiple points in five), with eight goals, five assists and 13 points.