Ohio State vs. Johns Hopkins
April 6, 2002
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State men's lacrosse team battled back from a seven-goal deficit but could not get the tying goal, as it fell to No. 4 Johns Hopkins, 12-9, Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in front of 1,730 fans. The Buckeyes were led by Anthony Gilardi (So., Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin), who scored three goals, and Mike Norton (Jr., Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall), who had a goal and two assists.

The loss, which ends Ohio State's six-game winning streak, drops Ohio State to 6-3 overall, while the Blue Jays improve to 7-1 on the season.

Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Buckeyes got on the board. The Blue Jays scored four first-period goals, including two by Bobby Benson with 3:52 and :30 on the clock. Kyle Harrison had opened the scoring with an unassisted score at the 12:55 mark and Joe McDermott also scored in the stanza (at 10:21), assisted by Benson.

The second period saw 10 goals scored, with each team tallying five. Benson put the Blue Jays up, 5-0, 24 seconds into the quarter with a man-up goal and Kyle Barrie extended JHU's lead to 7-0 with two goals just over a minute apart, including a man-up score. Ohio State got on the board at the 12:46 mark when Curtis Smith (Jr., Victoria, British Columbia/Oak Bay) scored a man-up goal. Nick Miceli (Jr., Monkton, Md./Loyola) scored the Buckeyes' second goal of the game just over two minutes later. The teams then traded goals to end the first half with Johns Hopkins leading, 9-5. Tom Randisi, Bryan Mulford (Jr., Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall) and Gilardi scored for OSU, with Conor Ford and Benson tallying for JHU.

Peter LeSueur scored at the 13:08 mark of the third quarter to put JHU up, 10-5. The Buckeyes responded with four consecutive goals to get within one, 10-9, less than a minute into the fourth quarter. In the third, Norton led the Buckeye comeback, as he had a hand in all three Buckeye goals. He scored a man-up tally at 8:38 and then assisted on Gilardi's goal at 6:09 and Ryan Laffey's (So., Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) score at 1:45.

Gilardi scored at the 14:01 mark, assisted by Laffey, to draw the Buckeyes within one, 10-9, but that was as close as they would get. The Blue Jays scored the last two goals of the game, with Benson scoring an extra-man goal at 12:37 and Barrie tallying at 11:15, for the 12-9 final.

In goal, Tony Russo (So., Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) made 13 saves for the Buckeyes. For the Blue Jays, Nick Murtha made 11 saves while allowing nine Buckeye goals.

Benson led Johns Hopkins, as he tied his career highs with five goals and seven points. "We spotted them seven goals before we started playing our lacrosse," Joe Breschi, OSU head coach, said. "Once we settled down and started playing our lacrosse, and played the way we are capable of, we outscored them, 9-5. What we'll take out of this game is that we didn't quit and we kept fighting. We'll use it as a building block and learn from it going into conference play."