MLAX: No. 15 Buckeyes Top Hobart, 10-6, in ECAC Matchup
Joe Muerer had four caused tunovers and three groundballs vs. Hobart.

April 6, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, behind five points from senior Logan Schuss, a hat trick from freshman Carter Brown and 12 saves from junior goalie Scott Spencer, defeated Hobart, 10-6, Saturday on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a game televised by BTN. The Buckeyes improve to 7-3 on the year and 2-2 in the ECAC.

Schuss had a goal and career-high tying four assists, notching the 200th point of his Ohio State career. He is the third Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79) and Joel Dalgarno (227/2006-09). Schuss now has 124 goals (two behind the all-time leader Dalgarno), 77 assists and 201 points as a Buckeye, with at least one point in all 55 career games.

“This week was about getting back to basics,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We understood the urgency there is. This is April and kind of the fourth quarter of our season. We knew we were staring down four really big conference games. There were a number of contributors to the effort today but I credit the seniors. They set the tone Monday.”

Ohio State and Hobart were scoreless after the first quarter. The Statesemen opened the scoring early in the second quarter but the Buckeyes responded with a six-goal run, including three goals in the final 5:56 of the second quarter for a 3-1 halftime lead. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the third quarter, part of a 5-1 third stanza, to lead 8-2 after 45 minutes. Hobart outscored the Buckeyes, 4-2, in the fourth quarter for the 10-6 final.

For the Buckeyes, Brown had a hat trick and assist for four points. Sophomores Jesse King and Turner Evans each scored twice, with King adding an assist for a three-point day. Junior defenseman Joe Meurer had four of the Buckeyes’ 10 caused turnovers, with freshman Robby Haus adding two. Senior Trey Wilkes won 10 faceoffs and had a team-high seven groundballs.

Ohio State will hit the road for its next two games, playing at Michigan Saturday (April 13) at 3:30 p.m. and at Air Force April 20 at 2 p.m. ET. The squad will close the regular season against Fairfield April 27 when it celebrates Senior Day in Columbus.

Saturday, the teams were scoreless after the first quarter, with the goalies combining for nine saves and each team taking eight shots. Spencer made four saves in the Buckeye cage and Peter Zonino had five stops. Hobart had a goal overturned at the end of the quarter after it was ruled time had expired before it crossed the line.

Hobart opened the scoring at 11:25 of the second quarter on a goal by Jake Silberlicht but the Buckeyes scored three times in the final 5:56 of the stanza to take a 3-1 lead into halftime. King set up Brown for a man-up goal at 5:56 to tie the game before Schuss tallied, assisted by senior Dominique Alexander, at 4:30 for the Buckeyes’ first lead. Schuss had an assist on a goal from King with 2:06 left. Ohio State outshot Hobart, 20-5, in the quarter and Zonino had six saves in the stanza.

Ohio State outscored Hobart, 5-1, in the third quarter for an 8-3 lead. The Buckeyes scored the first three goals of the quarter, with a man-up goal from Evans at 10:35, a Brown goal (assisted by Schuss) at 9:56 and King’s unassisted goal in transition at 8:30. The Statesmen ended Ohio State’s run with a goal at 5:21 but the Buckeyes responded with two goals before the end of the quarter. On a fast break, Schuss assisted on a goal from senior Kevin Mack at 1:54 and Brown found Evans for a goal with 50 seconds left in the quarter. Ohio State oushot Hobart, 10-9, in the quarter. Spencer made three saves and Zonino had two stops.

The Statesmen scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to cut the Buckeye lead to 8-4. Zach Reed scored man-up at 10:26, followed by a goal from Taylor Vanderbeek 1:02 later. Buckeye senior Nick Liddil found classmate Dan Wertz for a scored at 8:22 and Schuss and Brown connected on a tally with 7:44 remaining to put Ohio State on top, 10-6. The Statesmen scored the game’s final two goals for the 10-6 final. Hobart had 12 shots in the quarter, with Spencer making five saves, while Ohio State had four shots and Zonino made two stops.

In the game, Ohio State outshot Hobart, 42-23. Spencer had a career-high 12 saves in all 60 minutes and Zonino ended the game with 15 saves for the Statesmen.

Ohio State won the groundball battle, 41-35, while each team won 10 faceoffs. Wilkes took all 20 faceoffs for the Buckeyes and was 10-for-13 in the first three quarters combined. Wilkes led the Buckeyes with seven groundballs, while Evans had five and Spencer, Alexander and junior Michael Italiano each had four.

Postgame Notes
• Schuss extended his point streak to 55 games (each game of his collegiate career) with 124 goals, 77 assists and 201 points in his career. He is two goals behind all-time leader Dalgarno (126) and his assists are sixth all-time.
• Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 22 goals, 14 assists and 36 points this season. It was his second five-point game of the season and the four assists tied his career high, set twice before (last March 27, 2010 at Quinnipiac).
• Evans has a point in seven of eight games this season and three multiple-goal games. He has 15 points, with 10 goals, this season.
• Brown is second on the team with 13 assists and 29 points and third with 16 goals. It was his fifth career multiple-goal game and his third game with four or more points.
• King extended his point streak to 16 games with his eighth multiple-point game of the year. He is second on the team with 18 goals and ranks third with 11 assists and 28 points.
• Mack’s goal was his first of the season and first since April 14, 2012 at Michigan.
• Spencer topped his previous high of five saves, set in his only other start (Feb. 19, 2012 vs. Denver).
• Ohio State held Hobart’s Alex Love, who came into the game first in the NCAA in goals per game (3.56), scoreless.
• Wilkes has won 98-of-171 (.573) faceoffs this season and leads the team with 39 groundballs. He has had double-digit faceoff wins six times this season.
• Meurer’s four caused turnovers were a career best after two games with three caused turnovers. He leads the team with 14 this season.