Ohio State vs. Villanova
February 13, 2010
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Backstopped by 11 saves from senior goalie Brandon Freeman and goals from six players, including seven tallies from freshmen playing in their first collegiate game, the Ohio State men's lacrosse team downed Villanova, 10-8, Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic C enter in front of 934 fans. The game was the season opener for both the Buckeyes (1-0) and Wildcats (0-1).

Rookie Jeff Tundo, from Orchard Park, N.Y., led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and added an assist for four points in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray. Classmate Logan Schuss, a native of Delta, British Columbia, had two goals and an assist for three points. Freshmen Dan Wertz and Dominique Alexander also scored for the Buckeyes in their collegiate debuts. Senior James Green added two goals for Ohio State, with junior Mike Pires also scoring. Freeman had 11 saves in the game, with five in the second quarter.

"We're thrilled to start the year with a win," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "Give credit to a great Villanova team. We've got a lot to learn in a short time. We did some great things and some young guys stepped up for us. We need to continue to grow and play smarter lacrosse. We didn't play smart down the stretch and we let them get back in it. That's something we have to look at and grow from."

Ohio State opened the game on a four-goal run and led 4-1 after the first quarter. The first three goals all came unassisted from freshmen in the first 4:01 of the contest. Schuss found the back of the net at 13:23 and Wertz followed at 11:31. Just 32 seconds later Tundo scored his first of the game at 10:59. Tundo set up junior Pires on a fast break at 8:39. The Wildcats got on the board at 3:13 with a man-up goal from C.J. Small, assisted by Kevin Cunningham.

The teams combined for six goals in the second quarter, with Ohio State entering halftime holding a 6-5 lead. Tundo scored at 11:20 to make the score 5-1, followed by a goal from the Wildcats' Mark Scioscia less than a minute later (10:24). There was no scoring until Villanova outscored the Buckeyes, 3-1, over the final 5:38 of the quarter. Jack Rice tallied at 5:38, answered by Schuss at 4:23. The Wildcats' Paul Webber and Matt Bell scored at 2:52 and 1:33, respectively, to make it a one-goal game for the first time since early in the first quarter.

Ohio State scored twice in the third quarter and held the Wildcats scoreless to extend its lead to three (8-5). Green scored off an assist from Schuss at 10:50 and Alexander recorded his first collegiate goal at 4:49.

Green scored on an underhand shot just 31 seconds into the fourth quarter to give Ohio State a four-goal lead (9-5). Villanova then went on a three-goal run in less than two minutes to cut the lead to 9-8. Troy Higgins scored at 10:05 before Webber scored at 8:39 and Rice followed with a man-up goal just 20 seconds later (8:19). Tundo scored the final goal of the game with 2:40 remaining in regulation to put Ohio State ahead by two.

Shots were 32-25 in favor of Villanova in the game. Senior Brandon Freeman had 11 saves for the Buckeyes. Dan Gutierrez had three stops for the Wildcats.

Ohio State returns to action with a game at Bucknell next Saturday.