Ohio State vs. Army
May 7, 2005
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team scored four goals in the final quarter to come back from two goals down and beat No. 10/11 Army, 8-7, Saturday at North Turf Field in front of 845 fans. OSU trailed 5-3 at halftime and 6-4 early in the fourth quarter before going on a four-goal run, including two goals from Ben Wolff 34 seconds apart, for the win. The game was the regular-season finale for both squads, as Ohio State ends the season 6-8, and Army's record moves to 11-5.

The Buckeyes held Army scoreless for a 30:36 stretch in the game. After Army scored twice in 34 seconds early in the second quarter (at 13:54 and 13:20) to take a 5-3 lead, OSU held the Black Knights off the board until 2:16 into the fourth quarter. Buckeye goalie Mike Rimmer was outstanding in the third quarter, stopping all nine Army shots on goal.

Ohio State opened the scoring on Andrew Bender's (Jr., Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) goal at 13:14. Army tied the game on a John Walker goal at 7:25 and took its first lead of the game when Mike Obringer scored 1:05 later (6:20). OSU scored two quick goals to tie the game and regain the lead (3-2) before the Black Knights went on a three-goal run to close out the first half. OSU's Kevin Buchanan (Fr., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) scored at 1:48 of the first, followed by Jason Lutz's (So., Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) goal 29 seconds later (1:19). Jim Wagner closed out scoring in the first quarter with a goal with 53 seconds left on the clock.

In the second quarter, Army scored the only two goals, as Chris Larsen tallied at 13:54 and Walker followed with a goal at 13:20. Black Knight goalie Adam Fullerton kept OSU off the board, making eight saves in the quarter.


Ohio State's Ben Drake (So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored the only goal of the third quarter, assisted by Josh Wittenberg (Jr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson), tallying with 4:40 left on the clock to cut the Army lead to one (5-4). Drake's goal ended OSU's scoreless streak at 26:39. It was the first goal in the game since Army's goal with 13:20 left in the second quarter, a stretch of 23:40.

Army's Jon Burton scored the first goal of the fourth quarter with 12:44 on the clock, making the Army lead 6-4. OSU's Jon DeCanio (So., Clifton, Va./Robinson) scored at 9:48, to cut the Army lead to one (6-5). Wolff (Jr., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) tied the game at 7:57, assisted by Tom Randisi (Sr., Towson, Md./Calvert Hall), and put OSU in the lead (7-6) with a goal, set up by Kyle Olson (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), at 7:23. Army had a 30-second man-up chance with 4:20 left in the game, but the Buckeye defense held strong to preserve the one-goal lead. Andrew Bender gave OSU a two-goal cushion with his score with 1:47 left on the clock. Army's Justin Bokmeyer scored with six seconds remaining for the 8-7 final.

Ohio State outshot Army, 47-38. Rimmer (r-Fr., Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) made 13 saves in the game for the Buckeyes. Fullerton ended the game with 14 stops.

The Buckeye defense held the Black Knights scoreless on three man-up chances in the game. OSU was unable to score on its one opportunity late in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes had 32 groundballs to Army's 26. The Buckeyes were successful on 19-of-23 clear attempts; Army converted just 13-of-24 chances in the game.

Bender and Wolff led the Buckeyes with two goals and points each. For Army, Walker had a team-best two goals and four points. Walker and Wagner tied for the team lead with two assists each, and Obringer chipped in two points on a goal and an assist.

Game Notes
The game marked the last game for the six members of the Buckeye senior class - Chris Brown, John Dauro, Peter Frantz, Kyle Olson, Tom Randisi and Lance Vitt.

Wolff's goals extended his point-scoring streak to 20, dating back to last season. He is the only Buckeye with at least one point in all 14 games this season and had a goal in all 14 outings.

Wolff ends the season as OSU's leading goal scorer with a career-best 24 goals and as the team's leading scorer with 27 points, tying his career best. Wolff entered the year with 20 goals in his first 26 games as a Buckeye.

Lutz extended his point streak to six and had a goal in five of the last six games. DeCanio ended the season on a three-game goal-scoring streak.

Drake's goal was the first of his career.

The win was OSU's first over a ranked opponent this season.