Ohio State vs. Navy
February 22, 2003
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 19 Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost its season opener to No. 14 Navy, 13-10, Saturday at the North Turf Field. The Buckeyes led 7-5 at halftime but were outscored in the second half, 8-3, to give Navy the win.

The Buckeyes fall to 0-1 on the season, while the Midshipmen improve to 2-0. The Buckeyes return to action Saturday (March 1) with a game at UMBC in Baltimore at 1 p.m.

In the first quarter, Navy jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Joe Bossi, Greg Conklin and Graham Gill. The Buckeyes cut the lead to one by the end of the quarter with goals by Tom Randisi (So., Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) at 6:05 and Ryan Laffey (Jr., Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) at 2:43.

The Midshipmen scored the first two goals of the second quarter before OSU tallied five consecutive times to go into halftime with a 7-5 lead. Pat Myers (Sr., Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) got OSU rolling with back-to-back goals, including a man-up score. Anthony Gilardi (Jr., Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) then scored to tie the game at five, followed by back-to-back goals by Curtis Smith (Sr., Victoria, British Columbia/Oak Bay).

Myers started the third quarter off with an unassisted goal just over two minutes in. Navy and OSU traded goals, by Eddy Holton and Mike Norton (Sr., Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall), respectively, before the Midshipmen rattled off six consecutive goals, including three by Gill, to retake the lead they would not relinquish. Myers ended the scoring for OSU with his fourth goal of the game. Gill closed out the game with a goal for Navy with 32 seconds left in regulation.

OSU junior goalie Tony Russo (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) made seven saves in the game. Seth DiNola had 10 saves. OSU outshot the Midshipmen in the game, 34-30.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on man-up situations and held Navy scoreless on two chances.

Myers led Ohio State with four goals, while Gilardi had a goal and a team-high three assists. Smith ended the game with three points, on two goals and an assist. Norton, with a goal and an assist, had two points. Navy's Gill had a game-high five goals and six points.