Champions! Ohio State Wins ECAC Championship with 11-10 Victory vs. Denver
Ohio State won its first ECAC championship with wins over the Top 2 seeds.
May 4, 2013
GENEVA, N.Y. - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team won the 2013 ECAC Championship, defeating top seed and No. 4-ranked Denver, 11-10, Saturday at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. The Buckeyes' victory earned the squad its first ECAC tournament title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. No. 10 ranked Ohio State, the tournament's No. 3 seed, defeated No. 2 seed and No. 4-ranked Loyola in the semifinals, 18-11. The Buckeyes, on a six-game winning streak, are now 12-3 this season.
The 16-team 2013 NCAA Championship bracket will be announced at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU. Games will be played at eight campus sites Saturday and Sunday.
"I am very proud of the men," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We came to Geneva with the intention of bringing an ECAC championship home to Columbus. We are excited to have achieved our goal and look forward to the NCAA tournament and the new challenge that lies ahead."
In the championship game against Denver (12-4), Ohio State led 4-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 6-3 in the second quarter before the Pioneers closed the first half on a three-goal run to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. The teams were tied three times in the third quarter, with Ohio State leading twice (7-6, 9-8) and Denver leading at 8-7. Entering the fourth quarter, the teams were tied at 9 after a DU goal with 1:45 remaining in the third stanza. In the fourth quarter, Buckeye senior co-captain Logan Schuss put the Buckeyes ahead 10-9 at 4:12 before the Pioneers tied it with 2:52 remaining. Sophomore Turner Evans netted the gamewinner with 24 seconds left, scoring off an assist from classmate Jesse King.
Schuss was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points in the tourney. He had two goals and an assist in the championship game. King had 11 points, with six goals and five assists, in the two games combined, including two goals and a career-high four assists for a career-high tying six points in the final. Evans had seven goals in the tournament, with a career-high tying four Saturday. Senior Trey Wilkes won 12 faceoffs against Denver and picked up a team-best seven groundballs. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves vs. the Pioneers.
Attackmen Schuss and Evans, midfielders King and senior Dominique Alexander, freshman defenseman Robby Haus and goalie Dutton were all named to the 2013 ECAC All-Tournament Team.
The Buckeyes led 4-2 after the opening 15 minutes. The teams were scoreless through the first 9:05 before King set up Evans for a 1-0 Buckeye lead. Just 49 seconds later freshman Charlie Schnider assisted on a goal from senior Dan Wertz. Denver's Chase Carraro scored seven seconds after that off the faceoff but King scored unassisted 42 seconds later for a 3-1 Ohio State lead. Wesley Berg drew within one (3-2) at 2:21. With time winding down and the timer on, Buckeye senior Dominique Alexanderfound King for a tally and a 4-2 Buckeye advantage.
In the second, Denver's Taylor Young scored at 12:42, but Ohio State answered at 11:30 when Schuss set up freshman Carter Brownat 11:30 and King found Evans at 10:59 with Ohio State man-up, putting the Buckeyes ahead, 6-3. Denver scored the final three goals of the quarter to send the teams into the lockerroom tied at 6. Jeremy Noble tallied at 10:04 and Law and Berg scored back-to-back at 3:43 and 3:02. Dutton made four saves in the quarter.
Buckeye junior Darius Bowling assisted on a Schuss goal in transition at 14:28 to open the third quarter scoring, putting Ohio State ahead 8-6. The Pioneers then scored the next two goals, from Eric Adamson at 12:21 and Carraro at 6:43 with the timer on, to take their first lead of the game (8-7). Off a failed clear, junior Adam Trombleywas able to get to the groundball and score to tie the game at 8. Evans tallied, assisted by King, at 2:26 but Cameron Flint responded for the Pioneers at 1:45 to make it a 9-all game after the third quarter.
The teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter until Brown found Schuss for a tally with 4:12 remaining, putting Ohio State ahead, 10-9. The goal came after Ohio State held Denver scoreless with the timer on. Law tied the game at 10 with 2:52 remaining. Ohio State won the next faceoff and called timeout after getting in the DU zone. Play continued and with the timer on, King found Evans for the go-ahead goal (11-10) with 24 seconds remaining. Denver won the final faceoff and after a DU timeout with 14 seconds remaining, Dutton made a save as time expired to preserve the Ohio State victory.
Ohio State was outshot, 36-27, in the game. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had nine saves. For Denver, Ryan LaPlante had seven saves, allowing six goals, in the first half. Jamie Faus played the second half and had three saves on eight shots.
The Buckeyes won 12-of-25 faceoffs and Denver had the edge in groundballs, 30-24. Wilkes won 12-of-23 faceoffs and had a team-best seven groundballs for the Buckeyes. Bowling had five groundballs in the victory. Each team had just five turnovers.
Tewaaraton nominee and 2013 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Schuss, who extended his point streak to 60 games (each game of his Buckeye career), moved into second place in Ohio State history with 228 career points, passing Joel Dalgarno who had 227 from 2006-09. Schuss leads Ohio State with a career-high 40 goals and 63 points, along with 23 assists.