March 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a career-high tying 14 saves from junior goalie Greg Dutton, the No. 12/13-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Loyola, 9-4, Saturday in front of 1,877 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 6-3 on the year (1-2 ECAC), while the Greyhounds improve to 8-2 (4-0 ECAC).
“Loyola is an excellent team and did an outstanding job,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “Defensively, we played our scheme and Greg did a great job in goal for us. Offensively, we have to find our identity. It was a 3-3 game and I thought we were doing some positive things, then we threw the ball away several times before the half and gave them some a couple goals that way. We have to find the balance between generating quality shots and not being so reckless with the ball.”
Ohio State returns to action at noon Saturday when it hosts Hobart in an ECAC game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium televised by BTN.
Senior Logan Schuss put the Buckeyes on the board just 55 seconds into the game, extending his point streak to 54 contests. He now has 123 career goals to tie Terry Gilmore (1976-79) for second in program history, three back of all-time leader Joel Dalgarno (126/2006-09), and moved his career point total to 196. Davis Butts responded for Loyola at 10:27 to tie the game at 1 and Nikko Pontrello gave the Greyhounds their first least at 4:36. Dutton made four saves in the quarter, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 11-8.
With the timer on early in the second quarter, Buckeye freshman Carter Brown tied the game at 2-all with a tally, assisted by sophomore Jesse King, at 13:39. The helper extended King’s point streak to 15 games (23g, 16a, 39p). Mike Sawyer again gave Loyola the lead at 6:11 but a goal from sophomore David Planning for the Buckeyes at 3:03 deadlocked the game at 3. The Greyhounds then took control, scoring three times in the final 1:54 of the second quarter, including goals with 44 seconds and 13 seconds remaining, for a 6-3 halftime lead. Shots were 13-5 in favor of the Greyhounds in the quarter, with Dutton stopping three shots.
The Greyhounds scored the only goals of the third quarter, as Pontrello completed his hat trick at 8:31 and Scott Ratliff tallied with just four seconds left in the quarter to put Loyola ahead 8-3 after 45 minutes. Loyola had seven shots in the quarter, while the Buckeyes had six, and Dutton added two saves.
Josh Hankins tallied 13 seconds into the fourth quarter to extend the Greyhound lead to 9-3. With nine seconds left in regulation Ohio State netted its fourth goal, ending a scoreless streak of 32:54, as senior Nick Liddil scored off a pass from Planning. Planning now has five two-point games this year. Dutton had five saves, as Loyola outshot Ohio State, 7-4, in the quarter.
Ohio State was outshot, 41-23, in the contest. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had 14 saves, matching his total first set April 9, 2011 at Hobart. He has an 8.32 goals-against average this season and 10 or more saves in each of his last three games, with a .676 save percentage in the three games combined. Loyola goalie Jack Runkel made nine saves in the contest.
The Greyhounds won the groundball battle, 29-20. Dutton led the Buckeyes with a career-high seven, passing the four he had in seven contests. Ohio State had six caused turnovers, with freshman defenseman Robby Haus and sophomore attack Turner Evans each causing two.
Ohio State was 9-for-16 on faceoffs, with senior Trey Wilkes 6-for-11 for Ohio State, with junior Darius Bowling 3-for-4. Wilkes has won 88-of-151 faceoffs this season, leading the Buckeyes with a 58.3 winning percentage.