Ohio State vs. Penn State
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind six points from senior Kevin Buchanan and four-point games by sophomore Mario Ventiquattro and junior Joel Dalgarno, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Penn State, 17-6, Saturday on the turf field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Junior Peet Poillon also contributed three goals in the win, the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive over the Nittany Lions. Ohio State moves to 2-2 this year, while Penn State falls to 1-3.

Oho State jumped out to a 3-0 lead 5:40 into the game on goals by Dalgarno (12:15), Buchanan (10:38) and Jeff Ryan (9:20). The Nittany Lions responded with three-consecutive goals to tie the game at 3-all. Andrew Mackrides scored at 6:59 before Anthony Basciano and Brian Shea scored 38 seconds apart at 2:38 and 2:01, respectively.

The Buckeyes then went on a three-goal run to regain the lead they would not again relinquish. Junior Doug Ruhnke put the Buckeyes ahead with just four seconds left in the first quarter with his first of two goals on the day. Buchanan scored back-to-back goals early in the second, assisted by Ventiquattro at 14:14 and an unassisted tally at 12:19. Penn State’s Ryan McAleenan ended the Buckeye run at 11:17, making the score 6-4. Poillon and Buchanan scored 29 seconds apart, at 9:39 and 9:10, and Ventiquattro found Poillon for a man-up goal at 3:08 to close out the scoring in the half. The Buckeyes carried a 9-4 lead into halftime.

Ohio State carried the momentum into the second half. Poillon scored his second man-up goal of the game at 12:44, assisted by James Green. Dalgarno then set up Ventiquattro for a man-up tally at 9:30, followed by a goal of his own at 4:37. Penn State’s Andrew Mackrides scored with seven seconds remaining in the third quarter to end the Buckeyes’ six-goal run. The Buckeyes held a 12-5 advantage through the third.

Buckeye senior Josh Funk opened the scoring with a goal 39 seconds into the fourth quarter, followed by a Green goal, assisted by Buchanan, at 10:24. Mackrides scored a man-up goal at 8:53 to make the score 14-6. Ohio State scored the final three goals of the game for the 17-6 final. Ruhnke, assisted by Buchanan, tallied at 5:51, followed by Ventiquattro’s goal, set up by Ryan, at 3:47. Dalgarno scord the game’s final goal at 1:52.

The Buckeyes outshot the Nittany Lions in the game, 34-28. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder played 57:14 for the Buckeyes, allowing six goals and making 10 saves. Sophomore Brandon Freeman saw 2:46 of action, making two saves in the fourth quarter. In the Penn State net, Drew Adams had 12 saves and allowed 16 goals in 56:13. Greg Boyle allowed one goal in 3:47 and did not make a stop.

The Buckeyes were a season-best 3-for-4 on man-up chances in the game. Penn State was 1-for-4 on extra-man opportunities.

Game Notes
The Buckeyes will be back in action at Robert Morris Saturday (March 15) in Moon Township, Pa., followed by a game at Villanova March 18 in Villanova, Pa.

Ohio State has held each of its opponents to eight goals or less this year.

The 17 goals scored by the Buckeyes were the most since the season final last year vs. Army (W 17-7).

Buchanan now has 114 points as a Buckeye to move into a tie for 19th in program history with Mike Norton (2000-03). Buchanan is on a 33-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 60-44-104 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 16 games. He leads the Buckeyes in goals (12) and points (15) this year and has multiple goals in each of the first four games.
His six points were a season best and the most since a seven-point game vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007. It ties for the third-highest single game performance in his career.

Dalgarno now has 104 points as a Buckeye, with 62 goals and 42 assists, to rank 21st in program history in career points. Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 31 games.

Ventiquattro’s four points matched his career best, set last season at Denver. His two assists were a career high.

Ruhnke tied his career best with two goals, set twice last season.

Freshmen Zach Boyt, Dan Bain and Conor David all saw their first action as Buckeye. Ryan Lowe made his first start of the season. Freeman played in his first game of the season.

Green has two points in all four games this season, with a goal and an assist in each of the last three outings.

Poillon has his second hat trick of the season.