Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
April 6, 2003
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 20 Ohio State men's lacrosse team outscored No. 12/15 Notre Dame, 6-1, in the second half to post an 11-5 victory over the Fighting Irish in a Great Western Lacrosse League game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in front of 863 fans. OSU improves to 5-2 on the year and starts its GWLL season 1-0. Notre Dame falls to 5-4 and 1-1 in league play. The OSU win stops a three-game losing streak against the Irish.

The Buckeyes' trio of Curtis Smith (Sr., Victoria, British Columbia/Oak Bay), Anthony Gilardi (Jr., Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) and Tom Randisi (So., Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) each contributed three goals and Mike Norton (Sr., Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) posted three assists in the win. Smith added an assist for a four-point game, while Ryan Laffey (Jr., Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) had a goal and an assist. Goalie Tony Russo (Jr., Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) had 11 saves.

Gilardi got the Buckeyes on the board with a goal, assisted by Shaun Lyons (Jr., Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), at the 10:27 mark of the first quarter. The Irish then posted three consecutive goals, with two by Dan Berger and one by Brian Hubschmann, to end the first stanza leading, 3-1.

Curtis Smith then scored back-to-back goals just 11 seconds apart (at 11:52 and 11:41) early in the second quarter to tie the game at three. UND's Patrick Walsh put the Irish ahead with an unassisted goal at 10:04, but Randisi scored twice on long-range shots, at 7:55 and 5:25, to send the Buckeyes into the locker room at halftime with a 5-4 lead.

ND's Brian Giordano tied the game for the last time with a goal at 12:19 of the third period. The Buckeyes then scored six unanswered goals, with two in the third and four in the second, for the win. Curtis Smith put OSU ahead at 6:37 of the third (assisted by Norton), followed by a Randisi score at 5:06. OSU controlled the play in the third quarter, outshooting the Irish, 16-3.

Gilardi scored at 11:02 of the fourth quarter, assisted by Laffey. Laffey scored a goal of his own at 10:10, followed by a Pat Donohue (Sr., West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) score at 9:09. The Buckeyes held their 10-5 lead until Gilardi closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:23 to play.

The Buckeyes outshot the Irish in the game, 43-20. Stewart Crosland made 18 saves in the losing effort for the Irish. The Buckeyes dominated the faceoffs, winning 16-of-19.

Ohio State ends its four-game homestand with a game against Fairfield at noon Sunday, April 13. The Buckeyes will look to extend their four-game winning streak.