Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 20 Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to No. 10 Notre Dame, 12-6, Saturday in front of 2,470 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a Great Western Lacrosse League matchup. The attendance was a stadium record for a men's lacrosse game, breaking the mark of 2,112 set vs. Notre Dame in 2005.

Ohio State now is 8-5 on the year and ends GWLL play 4-1. The win gives the Irish the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament and at least a share of the conference title, Notre Dame now is 10-3 and 4-0 in the GWLL. The Irish will play at Quinnipiac Saturday to end the regular season.

Ohio State trailed, 7-5, at halftime but scored at the 11:46 mark of the third to cut the Irish lead to one (7-6). The Buckeyes remained within one, holding the Irish scoreless for a 9:54 stretch, but could not get the tying marker. Notre Dame then closed out the game with five-consecutive goals, beginning with a tally with 1:52 left in the third quarter and adding four goals in the fourth.

Notre Dame scored the first three goals of the game, as Will Yeatman opened the scoring at 12:45. Lucius Polk followed with back-to-back goals in 32 seconds, scoring a man-up goal at 10:27 and an even-strength tally at 9:55. Ben Drake (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) got the Buckeyes on the board at 8:23 of the first, assisted by Jeff Ryan (So., Syracuse, N.Y./Hobart/West Genesee). Notre Dame led, 3-1, after one quarter.

The teams combined for eight goals in the second quarter. ND's Duncan Swezey scored 55 seconds into the stanza, followed by a Ryan Hoff goal at 11:05. Buckeye senior Joe Benson (Sr., Baltimore, Md./Johns Hopkins/McDonogh) then scored back-to-back goals in under two minutes, assisted by Kevin Buchanan (Jr., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) at 10:25 and Ryan at 8:56. Hoff added his second goal of the day for the Irish at 6:40 before Mario Ventiquattro (Fr., Carthage, N.Y./Carthage Central) found Buchanan for a Buckeye score at 5:20. Polk and Benson traded goals in the final 1:47, with Benson scoring off an assist from Buchanan with 1:08 on the clock. Notre Dame led at halftime, 7-5.

Joel Dalgarno (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio) scored unassisted for the Buckeyes at the 11:46 mark of the third quarter to cut the Irish lead to one (7-6). There was no scoring until Notre Dame's Ryan Cunn tallied with 1:52 left on the clock in the third quarter to push the ND lead to two (8-6).

The Buckeyes were unable to score in the fourth quarter. Polk scored a man-up goal 50 seconds into the quarter to give the Irish a three-goal edge (9-6). OSU held the Irish off the scoreboard until Swezey tallied at 4:35, followed by a Yeatman score 20 seconds later. Michael Podgajny ended the scoring with a goal with 1:18 left for the 12-6 final.

Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 41-30, in the game. Buckeye goalie Stefan Schroder (Jr., Kirkville, N.Y./Onodaga C.C./East Syracuse Minoa) had 15 saves. ND's Joey Kemp made 13 stops.

The Irish, who came into the game second in the nation in man-up offense, converted 2-of-3 chances against the Buckeyes' top-ranked man-down defense. OSU was 0-for-1.

Game Notes
The Buckeyes will close out the regular season against Army at noon May 6 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Benson, a transfer from Johns Hopkins, had a team-high three goals in the game, marking a career high as a Buckeye. It was the third hat trick of his collegiate career. He also has three two-goal games this season.

Buchanan is on a 28-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 47-38-85 totals during the stretch. Buchanan leads the Buckeyes with a career-high 24 assists this season and is tied for the team scoring lead with a career-best 44 points. He has multiple points in all but one game this year, including the last 11. He now has 95 points in his OSU career, with 52 goals and 43 assists.

Dalgarno had a goal to extend his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 26 games (48-37-85). He is tied for first on the team with a career-best 44 points.

Ryan is on a 13-game point streak that began in the season opener. He is first on the team with 26 goals and third on the squad with 36 points. He was held without a goal against Notre Dame, ending his goal-scoring streak at six.

Drake is on three-game goal-scoring and four-game point streaks. He has 3-6-9 totals over the last four games.

Ventiquattro, who has played in the last six games for the Buckeyes, is on a five-game scoring streak and has 7-3-10 totals over the stretch.