Ohio State vs. Butler
April 14, 2006
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior Andrew Bender had a career-best six points and freshman goalie John Bolen made 15 saves, leading the Ohio State men's lacrosse team to a 14-10 victory over Great Western Lacrosse League opponent Butler Friday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in front in 888 fans. The victory, Ohio State's fifth in a row, improves the Buckeyes' overall record to 5-4 and they remain undefeated in league play at 2-0. Butler drops to 3-8 on the year and 0-2 in the conference.

Bender had three goals and three assists for a game-high and career-best six points. Freshman Joel Dalgarno had five points on three goals and two assists, while senior Craig Nolan also had a hat trick.

The teams combined for seven goals in the first quarter. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Nolan (Plano, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) opened the scoring at 13:05, taking a long pass from Scott Matthews (Fr., Nottingham, Md./Boys' Latin) and beating Butler goalie Ryan Kaiser. Bender (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) followed with a goal at 12:18. The teams traded goals the rest of the quarter, with OSU ending the stanza ahead, 4-3. Adam Wade scored a man-down goal for the Bulldogs at 10:44, with Nolan responding, assisted by Bender, at 8:11. Butler's Pat Hurto tallied at 7:24 and Cliff Smith scored at 5:39, surrounding a goal by Buckeye Peter Schell (So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) with 6:12 on the clock.

Ohio State outscored Butler, 5-3, in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 9-6 lead. After Buckeye Ben Wolff (Sr., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) put the Buckeyes ahead by two (5-3) with a man-down goal assisted by Josh Funk (So., Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) at 9:46, Butler scored twice in 1:11 to tie the game at 5. Jeremy Sieverts tallied at 8:51, followed by Wade's man-up goal at 7:40. OSU then went on a three-goal run to go ahead, 8-5. Jason Lutz (Jr., Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) scored at 6:37, assisted by Bender, and Nolan scored his third goal of the game, with Wolff assisting, at 5:15. Bender closed out the Buckeye run with a goal at 3:39, taking a pass from Joel Dalgarno (Fr., Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio). Butler ended the Buckeye streak on Pat Hurto's goal at 2:18 and Kevin Buchanan (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) set up Dalarno for a goal with 1:15 left on the clock.

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Each team scored just once in the third quarter. Dalgarno set up Bender for a man-up goal at 7:03. Butler's Smith scored with just 45 seconds remaining in the quarter, as the Buckeyes kept the Bulldogs scoreless for 16:33. In the third quarter, Buckeye goalie Bolen (Fr., Potomac, Md./Landon) made eight saves on nine Butler attempts.

In the fourth quarter, Ohio State outscored the Bulldogs, 4-3. Dalgarno scored twice at 14:36 and 12:11 (assisted by Stephen McKinlay (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio), sandwiched around a Butler goal by Wade. The teams traded goals to close out the game. Bender set up Kevin Buchanan (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) with the Buckeyes on a man-up opportunity at 6:39 and Buchanan scored unassisted at 2:15. For Butler, Doug Mathias tallied at 5:57 and Smith completed his hat trick with 1:13 remaining. With four minutes remaining in regulation, the game was halted because of lightening, prompting a 30-minute delay before the game could be completed.

Bolen had a career-best 15 saves in the game. He played 59:20 in the cage. Drew May (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet Jesuit) came in for 40 seconds in the second quarter after Bolen was assessed a penalty, making one save and keeping the Bulldogs off the board. Kaiser started the game for the Bulldogs, making two saves and allowing eight goals in 26:27. Kyle Harer closed out the game, making nine saves and giving up six goals in 33:33. Ohio State outshot Butler, 42-36.

The Buckeyes converted 2-of-6 man-up chances, while Butler was 1-for-6.

Game Notes
Ohio State closes out its home schedule with two games next weekend. The Buckeyes host Denver at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 21) and Air Force at noon April 23 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Bender had a career-best six points, breaking his previous high of five set twice this season. It was the third six-point game for a Buckeye this year. Bender is on eight-game goal and point streaks and has at least two points in each of the last seven games. He already has a career season-best 13 goals and 27 points on the year and has tied his mark with 14 assists.

Bolen is undefeated in four career starts.

Dalgarno has at least one point in each of his games as a Buckeye. He leads the squad with 18 goals and 28 points this year. He has at least three points in each of his last six games.

Buchanan has at least one point in every game this season and is on a six-game goal-scoring streak. He has a career-best 16 goals, seven assists and 23 points this season.

The Buckeyes' five-game winning streak is the longest since the 2004 squad won 11 consecutive games.

Matthews' assist was the first point of his career.

Wolff, Ohio State's leading scorer last season, played in his first game of the 2006 campaign, posting two points on a goal and an assist.

Schell is on a three-game goal-scoring streak and has scored in five of the last six games.