Ohio State vs. Colgate
February 24, 2008
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five Buckeyes had multiple points, led by Jeff Ryan’s two goals and three assists for five points, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team overcame a two-goal deficit and downed Colgate, 13-6, Sunday at North Turf Field in Columbus. The Buckeyes trailed, 5-3, at halftime after Colgate went on a three-goal run to tie the game and take the lead in the final 2:53 of the second quarter. Coming out of halftime, the Buckeyes outscored the Raider 5-0 in the third quarter and 5-1 in the fourth quarter for the 13-6 final.

Three Buckeyes each had four points on a hat trick and an assist in the game – senior Kevin Buchanan, junior Joel Dalgarno and junior transfer Peet Poillon. In addition, sophomore James Green had a goal and an assist.

Colgate opened the scoring on Kevin Colleluori’s goal 1:55 into the game before Buckeye freshman Mike Pires, set up by Ryan to tie the game 1:01 later (12:04). Ryan scored a goal of his own with 5:55 to go in the quarter to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. Ohio State outshot Colgate in the quarter, 11-8, with Buckeye senior goalie Stefan Schroder making three saves.

Ian Murphy scored for the Raiders with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter to tie the score, but Ryan again put the Buckeyes on top with a goal at 6:05. The score remained with Ohio State ahead by one until Colgate had a three-goal outburst in the final 2:53, including two goals from Brandon Corp in less 48 seconds. Corp tallied at 2:53 to tie the game and put Colgate ahead at 2:05. Colleluori had the final goal of the half, scoring with 36 seconds remaining to put the Raiders ahead, 5-3. Ohio State took 13 shots in the quarter, the Raiders 11, and each team’s goalie made four saves.

The Buckeye offense came together and the defense shut Colgate down in the second half. Sophomore Ryan Lowe set up Poillon for a goal 1:01 into the quarter before Dalgarno tied the game 1:04 later, assisted by Green. Buchanan scored back-to-back goals at 9:23 (assisted by Dalgarno) and at 8:04 (set up by Ryan), putting the Buckeyes back on top. With time winding down, Poillon found Dalgarno, whose shot got past the goalie with .2 on the clock. Ohio State controlled play, outshooting Colgate, 11-4.

Buchanan opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a goal at 11:39. Colgate’s Corp finally stopped the Buckeye run with a goal at 10:31. Ohio State responded with three goals in 2:25, with Dalgarno scoring at 7:57, Green tallying at 6:41 (assisted by Ryan) and Buchanan finding Poillon for a score at 5:32. Poillon scored the final goal of the game unassisted at 2:16. Ohio State again outshot Colgate, 10-7.

Ohio State outshot Colgate, 45-30, in the game. Schroder ended the game with 11 saves for the Buckeyes, while Colgate’s Tim Harrington had nine stops.

Neither team scored on its extra-man chances. Ohio State was 0-for-1 and Colgate was 0-for-2.

Postgame Notes

The Buckeyes will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Bucknell at 1 p.m.

Ryan tied his career best with five points, first set in the 2007 opener vs. Robert Morris. His three assists were a career best. He had two assists in a game four times last season.

Buchanan now has 106 points as a Buckeye to rank 21st in program history with 59 goals and 47 assists. He is on a 31-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 54-42-96 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 14 games. He leads the Buckeyes in goals (6) this year and shares the team point lead with Poillon with seven each.

Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 29 games (58-39-97).

Pires recorded the first goal of his collegiate career.