May 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship, the No. 3 Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to Cornell, 16-6, Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Buckeyes end their season 13-4, while Cornell (14-3) advances to the NCAA semifinals. Ohio State's 13 wins are the most for the squad since 1978 and the fourth-most in program history. The squad was making the program's second appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals and the first since 2008.
"The loss is disappointing," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "I'm proud of the way the men in the Buckeye lacrosse family, especially the seniors, have dedicated themselves throughout this season. They stepped up to every challenge put in front of them. We will celebrate what the men were able to accomplish this year. The senior class has raised the bar for the future of this program."
The game was the final career contest for the nine members of the Ohio State senior class - co-captains Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander along with Mark Crawford, Nick Liddil, Kevin Mack, Patrick Toohey, Patrick Riffee, Dan Wertz and Trey Wilkes. The group - all Ohio State Scholar-Athletes - led the squad to the first postseason title in program history, winning the ECAC tournament title May 4, as well as the Creator's Trophy crown, in 2013.
Ohio State trailed 6-1 after the first quarter against Cornell. Steve Mock opened the scoring 32 seconds into the game before Schuss set up sophomore David Planning at 12:29 to tie the game at one. The Big Red then scored the next five goals, including four in a 2:15 span and three from Mock, before the end of the quarter. Shots were 12-2 in favor of Cornell in the quarter.
The teams did not score until the 8:45 mark of the second quarter when sophomore Jesse King found classmate Turner Evans for a goal. Cornell scored twice in 52 seconds before a goal from Schuss, assisted by freshman Carter Brown, at 5:07. Cornell scored three times before the end of the quarter, including tallies from Mock seven seconds apart at 2:11 and 2:04, giving him seven tallies on the day. Ohio State was outshot, 11-7, in the stanza, as the Big Red headed into halftime with an 11-3 lead. Buckeye junior goalie Greg Dutton made four saves in the quarter.
Cornell netted the first two goals of the third quarter before King scored back-to-back at 12:07 and 11:13, with both goals assisted by Alexander. The Big Red had the last three tallies of the stanza, including two from Rob Pannell, who finished the game with six assists and eight points and as the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, and a man-up goal from Connor Buczeck at 3:36. Cornell had 10 shots in the quarter, limiting Ohio State to five.
Buckeye junior Adam Trombley scored the only goal in the fourth quarter. Schuss forced a turnover and fed Trombley for a score with 2:23 remaining. Shots were 6-4 in favor of the Buckeyes in the stanza and Dutton made three saves.
Cornell had the edge in faceoffs (16-10) and groundballs (37-20). Freshman Robby Haus led Ohio State with a career-high five groundballs while junior Joe Meurer had four and caused two turnovers. Junior Darius Bowling also had two caused turnovers in the game.
Cornell outshot Ohio State, 37-20. Dutton made eight saves for the Buckeyes in all 60 minutes. Cornell starter AJ Fiore had 10 saves in 58:31, allowing six goals.
Schuss had a goal and two assists vs. Cornell, wrapping his career with a point in all 62 games for the Scarlet and Gray. He leaves as the program's all-time leading goal scorer (146) and ranks second in team history with 237 points, the most since 1979. He is fourth with 91 career assists. Schuss led the squad in goals, assists and points each of his four years and had a career-high 44 goals, 28 assists and 72 points this season. His 72 points and 44 goals are tied for the sixth-highest total in a single season in program history.
King, on a 23-game point streak, scored two goals for the squad and added an assist for a three-point day. He ends the season with 32 goals, 23 assists and 55 points to rank second on the team in all three categories.
The Buckeyes ended the season with seven wins in their last eight games. The squad allowed double-digit goals for just the fifth time this season and it was the most goals allowed since May 2010.