Ohio State vs. Brown
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Buckeye senior Andrew Bender set up classmate Josh Wittenberg, breaking a 7-all fourth-quarter tie and leading the Ohio State men's lacrosse team to a 9-7 victory over Brown Saturday night in front of 809 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win, the Buckeyes' third in a row, moves Ohio State' record to 3-4 on the year (1-0 GWLL), while the Bears fall to 2-4 (0-0 Ivy).

The game was back and forth, with the teams trading the lead eight times and the score tied six times. Ohio State had the only two-goal leads of the game, with a 3-1 edge in the first quarter and then a 9-7 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State entered the final stanza down by one, 6-5, but scored twice to open the fourth quarter, tying the game and then taking the lead (7-6) with 6:42 remaining in regulation. Brown's Kyle Wailes then tied the score at 7 with a goal with 4:58 left. Less than a minute later, however, Bender (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) set up Wittenberg (Sr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) for the eventual gamewinner at 4:17, putting the Buckeyes ahead for good. The one-goal lead stood until sophomore Kevin Buchanan (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) sealed the Buckeye win with a goal with 1:41 remaining. In the cage, freshman John Bolen (Potomac, Md./Landon) stopped 7-of-8 Brown shots in the fourth quarter.

Bender led the Buckeyes with three goals, two assists and five points in the game, tying his season and career high point total. Freshman Joel Dalgarno (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio) had three points on two goals and an assist, while Wittenberg scored twice and Buchanan had a goal and a helper.

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Brown took the lead just over four minutes into the game when Alex Buckley tallied at 10:52. Dalgarno responded quickly with a goal, assisted by Bender, at 10:04. Bender put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time with an unassisted goal at 8:03 of the quarter, followed by Wittenberg's goal, set up by Dalgarno, at 8:03 to extend the Buckeye lead to 3-1. Brown's Nic Bell closed out the first quarter with a goal at 2:12, cutting the Buckeye lead to one (3-2).

Brown scored the first two goals of the second quarter to tie the game and take the lead. David Madeira knotted the score at 3 at 10:48 and Wailes scored his first of two goals on the day at 4:45, putting Brown ahead, 4-3. Dalgarno scored his second of the game with 3:22 remaining to send the teams into halftime tied at 4.

Brown outscored the Buckeyes, 2-1, in the third quarter to lead 6-5 entering the fourth. Will McGettigan tallied for Brown at 8:23, followed by Bender's man-up goal, assisted by Buchanan, at 4:37. Madiera then scored for the Bears at 1:59.

Bender opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a goal at 11:45 to tie the game at 6 and Peter Schell (So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) put the Buckeyes ahead, 7-6, at 6:42. The lead was OSU's first since the first quarter. Wailes scored for Brown less than two minutes later (4:58) to tie the game at 7. Wittenberg's gamewinner came at 4:17, with Bender assisting, followed by Buchanan's score at 1:41.

In net, freshman John Bolen made a career-high 13 for the Buckeyes. Brown's Nick Gentilesco made 11 stops.

The Buckeyes held the Bears scoreless on six extra-man opportunities and converted one of their two chances.

Game Notes
Ohio State will host Duke at noon Saturday (April 1) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Bender is on six-game goal and point streaks. He leads the Buckeyes with nine assists this season and is tied for second in points with 18. His three goals vs. the Bears tied his career best, first set vs. Duke in 2004. The game vs. the Bears was his second five-point performance this season, as he also had five points vs. Penn State March 11.

Dalgarno had his sixth-consecutive multiple-goal game. After scoring once vs. North Carolina in the season opener, he scored two goals in three-consecutive games before hat tricks vs. both Marist Monday and Quinnipiac and then the two goals vs. Brown. He leads the Buckeyes with 15 goals and 19 points this season.

Buchanan has at least one point in every game this season and is on a five-game goal-scoring streak. He is tied for second on the squad with 18 points and has career highs in goals (13), assists (5) and points.

Wittenberg is on a four-game scoring streak (3-4-7) and has a career-best four assists and seven points this season.