Butler vs. Ohio State
April 26, 2003
The Game Story:
INDIANAPOLIS - The Ohio State lacrosse team outscored the Bulldogs 4-1 in the final quarter to claim a 14-10 win on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Butler Bowl. The loss ends Butler's season at 5-8 overall and 1-4 in Great Western Lacrosse League action, as the Bulldogs lost their final four outings. The Buckeyes, ranked 18th in the nation, improve to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the league.

After finding themselves down 9-5 at halftime, the Bulldogs went on a furious scoring spree, rattling off four straight goals to tie the game at 9-9 with 2:31 left in the third quarter. But, Butler's rally was short-lived as Ohio State's Pat Myers scored the final goal of the stanza with nineteen seconds remaining to put the Buckeyes ahead 10-9.

Ohio State continued to cruise from there, scoring three goals within the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to pull ahead 13-9. Curtis Smith tallied his second goal of the afternoon with 5:18 left to play to give the Buckeye's another insurance goal before Butler's Dan Torgersen posted the final tally of the day at 2:40 to give the game it's final score.

The Bulldogs took an early 2-0 first quarter lead before Ohio State knotted the game at 2-2 by scoring a pair of goals within 26 seconds of each other. Butler again led 5-4 in the early minutes of the second quarter, but the Buckeyes dominated the remainder of the period, scoring five straight goals to give themselves a four-goal cushion at halftime.

Fittingly enough, seniors Ryan Ward and Torgersen led Butler's offensive attack on Senior Day. Ward finished with three goals and two assists to give him 61 assists in his four-year career, which ranks second all-time. Ward also ranks in the Top Ten in career goals (68) and points (130). Torgersen finished with a career-high four goals on the day while junior Chris McKay found the back of the net on two occasions.

Smith led Ohio State with two goals and four assists. Myers and Pat Donohue added a pair of goals and an assist for the Buckeyes.