Ohio State vs. Fairfield
May 1, 2005
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team was defeated by
No. 17 Fairfield, 14-10, Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in
the team's final Great Western Lacrosse League game of the season.
The Buckeye six-member senior class of Chris Brown, John Dauro, Peter
Frantz, Kyle Olson, Tom Randisi and Lance Vitt was honored in a
pregame ceremony, as the game marked the last game for the class in
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.



The Buckeyes close out the regular season against Army at noon
Saturday (May 7) at North Turf Field. Ticket sales will be limited to
1,000 (presale and walk-up combined).



Ohio State falls to 5-8 on the year and ends league play in fourth
place at 2-3. Fairfield improves to 10-4 and remains in the hunt for
the league title and automatic bid into the NCAA tournament with a
3-1 league record. The Stags will take on 4-0 Denver May 7, with the
winner capturing the autobid. The Pioneers have clinched at least a
share of the league title.



Against Fairfield, Vitt had a career-best three goals and four points
in the game, while junior Ben Wolff had a career-high tying four
goals. Brown tied his career best with two points (1-1) in the game.
For Fairfield, Greg Downing had six goals and seven points, Josh
Thornton and Michael Bocklet each had three goals and two assists.



Fairfield took a 2-0 lead in the less than eight minutes into the
game on goals by Chris Manley and Josh Thornton. Ohio State tied it
at 2-all as with two goals by Vitt (Sr., Littleton, Colo./Arapahoe).
Chris Li (So., Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) set up the
first goal at 5:42 on a fast break, while Kyle Olson (Sr., Upper
Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) had the helper on the second goal at
2:47. The Stags regained the lead (3-2) with just four seconds left
in the quarter when Downing scored.



Downing scored just 55 seconds into the second quarter to make the
Stag lead 4-2. Vitt completed his hat trick with a goal at 9:45, but
Fairfield scored the next three goals, including two by Downing. Woff
(Jr., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall), set up by Olson, ended the
Stag run with a goal at 5:51, making the score 7-4, but Fairfield's
Josh Thornton tallied with 25 seconds remaining in the half to send
the teams into the lockerroom with the Stags leading, 8-4.



There was no scoring in the third quarter until OSU scored twice in
47 seconds with under four minutes remaining. Jon DeCanio (So.,
Clifton, Va./Robinson), assisted by Jason Lutz (So., Carlisle,
Pa./Carlisle), scored at 3:49, followed by a Kevin Buchanan (Fr.,
Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) goal (assisted by Vitt) at 3:02, to
cut the Stags' lead to two (8-6). Fairfield's Travis Nelson scored a
man-up goal with 42 seconds left in the third to push the lead to
thee (9-6).


Fairfield outscored OSU in the fourth quarter, 5-4, for the 14-10
final. Wolff scored at 13:22 to cut the Stag lead to two (9-7) before
Fairfield responded with a man-up goal by Downing at 12:49 and
another Thornton goal at 11:06 to gain a four-goal advantage (11-7).
Wolff, with Brown (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) assisting, scored
at 7:26, but Fairfield scored three consecutive goals (with two by
Michael Bocklet) to push its lead to 14-8. Brown scored at 1:59 and
Wolff, with an assist from Eric O'Brien (So., Powell, Ohio/St.
Charles Prep), ended the scoring at 1:33.



Fairfield outshot Ohio State in the game, 46-27, including 28-11 in
the first half. Buckeye goalie Drew May (r-So., St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet
Jesuit), in his first career start, made nine saves in 60:00. For the
Stags, Michael Kruger had 10 saves in 60 minutes.



Ohio State had 33 groundballs in the game, while the Stags had 31.
Jon Rydberg (So., Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) had a
team-high seven groundballs. Rydberg won 10-of-15 faceoffs in the
game and O'Brien won 7-of-12. In the game, OSU won 17-of-27 faceoffs.



Game Notes

Wolff's goals extended his point-scoring streak to 19, dating back to
last season. He is the only Buckeye with at least one point in all 13
games this season and has a goal in all 13 outings.



Lutz ended his goal-scoring streak at four, while extended his point
streak to five.



Andrew Bender's scoring streak was stopped at 10, while his assist
streak ended at seven. Craig Nolan's seven-game goal and point
streaks also were ended.



Li's assist was the first point of his career.



Brown's two-point day was his first of the season and his first since
vs. Navy last season. It was his first helper of the year.



The game was the first time this season OSU reached double-digits in
goals but failed to win, falling to 5-1.