Ohio State vs. Butler
April 9, 2004
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Ohio State men's lacrosse team improved to 8-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Great Western Lacrosse League as it downed Butler, 12-5, Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. With the loss, Butler fell 5-5 on the season and 0-2 in league play. Nine Buckeyes tallied goals to mark OSU's seventh consecutive victory.

A back-and-forth first quarter ended in favor of the Bulldogs, 3-2. Butler's Lawrence O'Toole scored the first goal of the game at 8:05. Ohio State's Kyle Olson (Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored his first of four goals at the 4:34 mark. Eleven seconds later, senior Greg Bice (Sr., Helotes, Texas/St. Mary's Hall) took the lead for the Buckeyes with his only goal of the evening. Butler answered with two goals, in what would be its only lead of the game, to close out the first quarter.

Ohio State did not waste any time as Olson scored back-to-back goals to begin the second quarter. His first goal came with just seven seconds elapsed on the clock, while the second was posted at 10:00. Sophomore Andrew Bender (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) tallied his first goal of the game at 8:36 to give OSU a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs and Buckeyes traded a pair of goals to finalize the second. The OSU goals were by Ryan Laffey (Sr., Huntington, Ky./Huntington) and Jason Bloom (Jr., Coquitlam, British Columbia/Centennial) at 5:23 and 2:27, respectively. Butler's fifth goal would be its last of the game as Ohio State went into halftime with a 7-5 lead.

The Buckeyes came out of the break and dominated the second half, holding the Bulldogs scoreless throughout the third and fourth quarters. Senior Mike McKenna (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola) scored the first goal of the third at 13:32. Senior Shaun Lyons (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and junior Tom Randisi (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) scored within 1:28 of each other to continue OSU's second-half domination. Olson posted his fourth goal of the game on the only man-up goal of the game at 13:42 in the fourth quarter. Freshman Jason Lutz (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) closed out the game with a Buckeye goal at 9:09.

In net for the Buckeyes, senior goalie Tony Russo (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) had six saves and played 57:31. Senior Jon Miller (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) saw the last 2:29 of action. For the Bulldogs, Sam Ashley started the game in net and played 45:00. He made 13 saves and allowed 11 goals. Fellow Bulldog, Ryan Kaiser recorded 15:00 in net and had two saves.

Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road to face Hobart at 1 p.m. April 17 in Geneva, N.Y., before returning home for their final two-game homestand April 23-25.

Game Notes This marks the second week of GWLL action. Ohio State is now 2-0 in league play, defeating both Notre Dame and Butler.

With six saves against Butler, Russo is in second place all-time in OSU history for career saves with 579. He passed Russell Salk (1991-94), who had 567. Russo is 31 saves shy of the all-time mark of 610 set by Jim Hartnett from 1979-81.

Buckeye head coach Joe Breschi is two wins shy of tying the Buckeyes' program record for career coaching wins. Breschi is 55-36 at the helm of the squad. Paul Hartman (1961-66) is the all-time leader with 57 coaching victories.

This was the fourth game of the season where a Buckeye scored four goals, including Shaun Lyon's four vs. Navy and Tom Randisi's vs. Notre Dame. Olson's four goals are a career high as a Buckeye.

The Buckeyes' seven-game winning streak is their longest since they won 13 in a row during the 1978 season.