April 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team claimed the 2013 Creator's Trophy after downing Michigan, 17-8, Saturday in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The annual trophy goes to the team with wins against the other Big Ten Conference schools that sponsor men's lacrosse. Ohio State downed Penn State, 10-9 in overtime, March 2 and then clinched the trophy with the win over the Wolverines. Ohio State improves to 8-3 on the season and is now 3-2 in the ECAC after the league victory over Michigan (0-12, 0-6 ECAC).
"It was a good team win," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We were able to check off one of our team goals, which was to bring the Creator's Trophy home to Columbus. The men realize the next goal is to qualify for the ECAC tournament. That starts with our preparation for a tough game at Air Force next Saturday."
In the victory, senior Logan Schusshad five goals, a career-high five assists and a career-high tying 10 points and became the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State history. Entering the game two goals back of Joel Dalgarno, who scored 126 from 2006-09, Schuss scored twice in the first six minutes of the game to tie the record and then broke the mark with 54 seconds left in the opening stanza. Schuss now has 129 goals as a Buckeye, along with 82 assists and 211 points. He has a team-best 27 goals, 19 assists and 46 points this season and has extended his scoring streak to 56 games.
"I am proud of the way Logan stepped up today," Myers said. "Becoming the Ohio State lacrosse all-time leading goal scorer is a special achievement and one I know he is excited about sharing with his teammates."
In the win, sophomore Turner Evans had a career-best four goals, while classmate Jesse King had two goals and three assists for five points and freshman Carter Brown netted a hat trick. Junior goalie Scott Spencer had 10 saves in the Buckeye cage. The Buckeyes won 22-of-28 faceoffs, led by senior Trey Wilkeswho won 13-of-18 and had a team-high six groundballs.
Ohio State led 4-2 after the first quarter. The Wolverines led 2-1 early, with a goal by Schuss (assisted by co-captain Dominique Alexander) at 11:52 sandwiched by Wolverine tallies at 12:30 and 10:39. Ohio State responded with the last four goals of the quarter, part of an 11-1 OSU goal run, to tie the game and take the lead. Schuss tied the game at 9:09 before King set up Evans for a man-up goal at 8:25 for Ohio State's first lead of the game (3-2). Schuss completed his hat trick with a goal with 54 seconds remaining, netting his record-setting tally for a 4-2 Buckeye lead. The Wolverines outshot Ohio State, 11-10, in the quarter, with Spencer making three saves in the Ohio State cage.
The Buckeyes outscored Michigan, 4-1, in the second quarter to take an 8-3 lead into halftime. King assisted on an Evans tally at 13:24 before Michigan's Mike Hernandez stopped the Ohio State five-goal run with a goal at 10:02. Ohio State then scored twice in just over a minute, with Schuss assisting on a goal by junior Michael Italianoat 7:35 and King scoring unassisted at 6:27. Schuss assisted on a Brown EMO goal with 3:40 left in the quarter. Shots were 8-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the stanza and Spencer had three saves.
Ohio State added six goals in the third quarter, allowing two, to take a 14-5 lead after 45 minutes. Brown and Schuss each scored twice in the first 4:41 of the quarter, with junior Adam Trombley, sophomore David Planningand Wilkes all picking up assists. Each team scored twice in the second half of the quarter, with Schuss assisting on a goal from King at 6:48 and an Evans score with 32 seconds left in the stanza. The Buckeyes had 15 shots in the quarter, holding Michigan to five, and Spencer made two stops.
In the fourth quarter, Ohio State extended the lead to a game-high 10 goals with a man-up tally from Evans, assisted by Schuss, at 9:13 for a 15-5 Ohio State advantage. The Wolverines scored the next three goals before Ohio State closed the game on scores from senior Patrick Riffee (assisted by junior Darius Bowling) and senior Dan Wertz(set up by King). Each team attempted eight shots and each goalie had two saves in the cage.
Ohio State outshot Michigan, 41-30, in the game. Spencer played all 60 minutes and had 10 saves. Michigan's Gerald Logan made 10 stops in all 60 minutes.
The Buckeyes won the groundball battle, 31-21, Wilkes was first with six, with Schuss picking up four and Italiano, freshman Kacy Kapinos, who won 6-of-7 draws, and senior Kevin Mackeach recording three.
Ohio State returns to action with a 2 p.m. ET game at Air Force Saturday in USAFA, Colo. The squad then closes the regular season when it hosts Fairfield at 1 p.m. April 27 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• Schuss has 211 career points, ranking third in program history behind Dalgarno (227) and Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79). It was his second 10-point game of the season and first since Feb. 9 vs. Detroit.
• Spencer had double-digit saves for the second-consecutive game as he made the first back-to-back starts of his Buckeye career.
• King extended his point streak to 17 with a 27-20-47 line in the stretch. He is second on the team with 33 points and 14 assists and tied for second with 19 goals, all career highs. It was the second three-assist game of his career and first since Feb. 23 vs. Marquette.
• Brown is tied for second on the team with 19 goals and ranks third with 13 assists and 32 points. He is on a four-game point streak (9g, 2a, 11p) and has at least one point in all but one game this season, with multiple points in nine outings.
• Ohio State’s 17 goals were one shy of the season-high 18 the team scored vs. Marquette Feb. 23. The squad is 6-0 when scoring 10+ goals this year.
• Evans’ four goals were a career best, topping his three tallies at Penn State March 2. He has a career-high 14 goals and 19 points this year.
• Kapinos has a personal-best six faceoff wins and three groundballs.
• Riffee’s goal was his first of the season.
• Bowling and Wilkes both recorded the first assist of their Buckeye careers.
• Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in seven of 11 games this season. On the year, he has won 111-of-189 (.587).