Ohio State vs. Albany
March 13, 2010
|Jeff Tundo||(3, 0)|
|Keenan Ochwat||(1, 1)|
|Mike Pires||(1, 1)|
|Logan Schuss||(2, 0)|
|Eddie Bambino||(1, 0)|
|Zach Rogers||(0, 1)|
|Dan Wertz||(1, 0)|
|Mike Smail||(1, 0)|
|James Green||(1, 0)|
|Brandon Freeman||12 (0.667)|
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|Brian Caufield||(0, 3)|
|Joe Resetarits||(3, 0)|
|Derek Kreuzer||(1, 0)|
|Rocky Bonitatibus||(0, 1)|
|Kyle Brunk||(1, 0)|
|Dave Brock||(1, 0)|
|Dean Steinmann||(0, 1)|
|John Carroll||10 (0.476)|
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|The Game Story:|
|COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team, led by 12 saves from senior goalie Brandon Freeman, improved to 4-0 at home, downing Albany (0-5), 11-6, Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Freshman Jeff Tundo led the Buckeye attack with a hat trick, with classmate Logan Schuss scoring twice. Sophomore Keenan Ochwat had a goal and an assist (the first tally of his career), with junior Mike Pires also contributing a goal and an assist.|
Ohio State (4-2) never trailed in the game and the score was tied (1-1) just once early in the first quarter. The Buckeyes held a 2-1 lead after the first and doubled the advantage to 4-2 at halftime. A five-goal third quarter extended Ohio State's lead to 9-4 entering the final stanza.
"I'm proud of the way the men responded today," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "It was a great team effort. Brandon's play in goal really sparked our whole team."
In the second quarter Ohio State again outscored Albany, 2-1, to lead 4-2 at halftime. After the faceoff to open the second quarter, sophomore Keenan Ochwat passed out from behind the cage to Tundo on top of the crease for a score and a 3-1 Buckeye lead. There was no scoring until freshman Dan Wertz tallied for Ohio State at the 2:56 mark, picking up a rebound and scoring. Albany scored the final goal of the quarter with just two seconds remaining when Kyle Brunk scored off an assist from Dean Steinmann.
Ohio State took a commanding 9-4 lead after putting up five goals in the third quarter. Schuss drove to the net himself for a goal at 13:57, followed by a tally from junior Mike Pires at 9:42. Albany's Joe Resetarits cut the lead to three (6-3) at 6:44 but Ohio State scored twice in the next two minutes for an 8-3 edge. Pires set up Tundo for a score at 5:41 and Ochwat went in alone after a Buckeye faceoff win and tallied his first career goal at 5:13. Buckeye sophomore Mike Smail scored Ohio State's ninth goal with 49 seconds left in the quarter and Albany's Derek Kreuzer ended the Buckeye run with a goal with three seconds left before the buzzer.
Each team scored twice in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Eddie Bambino scored unassisted for the Buckeyes at 11:03 and junior Zach Rodgers set up senior James Green at 5:04. The Great Danes' Resetarits scored two man-up goals in the final 1:10 for the 11-6 final, tallying at 1:10 and with 40 seconds remaining. Freeman made six saves in the quarter.
The Buckeyes outshot the Great Danes, 32-27, in the game. Freeman played all 60 minutes and gave up a season-low five goals, making 12 stops for his fourth game with double-digit saves this season. Albany's John Carroll had 10 saves in all 60 minutes.
The Buckeyes hit the road next week for a game at Notre Dame Saturday.
Green, Pires, Schuss and Tundo each have at least one point in all six games this season.
The Buckeyes won their first three home games inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center before moving outside for the game vs. Albany.
Schuss is first on the team with nine assists and 19 points and second with 10 goals. Tundo has a team-high 11 goals and ranks second with 15 points.
Ochwat's assist was the second of his career and first this season. The two points vs. Albany, including his first career goal, marked a career high.