Ohio State vs. Virginia
March 17, 2012
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 1-ranked Virginia (8-0), 11-9, Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium in front of a season-high 2,369 fans.

“I’m proud of the way the men battled for 60 minutes,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “They fought hard against a very good Virginia team. We continue to improve each week and will keep our heads high. Now we turn our focus to the game vs. Notre Dame Wednesday.”

The game vs. Virginia was the fourth in a six-game homestand for the Buckeyes (3-4, 1-0 ECAC), who will host No. 7/8 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Wednesday and return to ECAC Lacrosse League play against Bellarmine at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game vs. the Irish is Pay It Forward Day. Fans who bring a children’s book to donate to the Reach Out and Read program at Nationwide Children's Hospital will receive free admission. Lifeline of Ohio will also be at the stadium, with fans able to register to become organ donors. Ohio State will celebrate Senior Night at the Bellarmine contest.

Against Virginia, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and extended the advantage to 6-1 by the end of the first quarter, with two goals in the final 13 seconds of the stanza. Virginia went on a five-goal run in the second quarter while holding the Buckeyes scoreless, allowing just two shots, to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. Ohio State scored the first two goals of the third quarter to regain the lead but the Cavaliers tied the game at 8-all before the end of the stanza and scored two early goals in the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game. The teams traded goals late for the 11-9 final.

For the Buckeyes, freshman Turner Evans had two goals and an assist for a team-best three points, marking his first collegiate points. Junior Logan Schuss and freshman Jesse King each chipped in two goals and senior Mike Smail and junior Nick Liddil each had a goal and an assist. In the cage, Buckeye sophomore goalie Greg Dutton had 11 saves. Senior Keenan Ochwat led the team with four groundballs and two caused turnovers.

In the first quarter, King scored unassisted at 12:14 to open the scoring. Evans scored on the rebound of a shot by freshman David Planning, catching the ball and shooting for a 2-0 lead at 10:51. Liddil extended the lead to three, driving to the net for a tally at 9:35. The Cavaliers got on the board at 8:44 when Chris Bocklet scored the first of his game-high four goals on the day. Junior Dominique Alexander set up Smail for a goal at 3:40 and the Buckeyes then scored twice in the final 13 seconds of the quarter for a 6-1 lead. On the Buckeyes’ first man-up chance of the day, Liddil found Planning in front of the net for a quick shot with 13 seconds on the clock. After the ensuing faceoff, Smail fought for the groundball and found Schuss for a tally with five seconds left to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead. Ohio State outshot Virginia, 11-7, in the quarter. UVA goalie Rob Fortunato had two saves in the quarter, with Dutton stopping one.

The Cavaliers controlled much of the play in the second quarter, outscoring the Buckeyes, 5-0, while outshooting Ohio State, 11-2. Bocklet scored at 11:23 for a 6-2 Buckeye advantage. Virginia then scored four goals in the final 4:23 to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. Matt White tallied at 4:23, followed by goals from Steele Stanwick and Ryan Tucker at 3:35 and 2:28, respectively, before Bocklet tied the game at 1:47. Dutton made four saves in the Buckeye cage in the quarter.

Ohio State scored the first two goals of the third quarter to regain the lead (8-6). Schuss tallied unassisted at 12:24 before Tyler Frederick set up Evans at 10:58. Virginia then went on run to tie the game and take the lead for the first time. Bockelet scored at 9:48 and Tucker tallied at 5:22 to tie the game at 8-all. Shots were 8-7 Ohio State in the third quarter, with Dutton making four saves and Fortunato making three stops.

Tucker put Virginia ahead for the first time with a goal at 12:29 of the fourth quarter, followed by a goal from Mark Cockerton 35 seconds later (11:54) and Rob Emery extended the advantage to 11-8 with a goal at 5:52. Ohio State drew within two on a goal by King, assisted by Evans, with 4:23 remaining, but the Buckeyes could get no closer. Ohio State outshot Virginia, 14-8, in the stanza. Dutton had two saves, with Fortunato stopping five Buckeye attempts.

The Buckeyes outshot Virginia, 35-33, in the contest. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had 11 saves. Fortunato had 10 saves in all 60 minutes for the Cavaliers.

Each team had 31 groundballs in the game, with Virginia leading in faceoffs, 13-11. Ochwat led the Buckeyes with four groundballs, with Liddil and sophomores Joe Meuer and Shawn Kaplan each picking up three. Kaplan won five faceoffs for the Buckeyes, with sophomore Steve Knezick winning four.

Postgame Notes
• Schuss extended his point streak to 37, with 84 goals and 51 assists in the stretch for 135 career points to rank 13th in program history. He leads the team with 21 goals and 27 points this year.
• Virginia was the first team to score double-digit goals against the Buckeyes this season. The squad is allowing 8.14 goals an outing.
• Dutton had his third game this season with 10 or more saves. He has a 7.67 goals-against average and .548 save percentage.
• With two goals and an assist, Evans recorded the first points of his Buckeye career.
• Liddil’s goal was his first of the season. He shares the team assist lead with seven and recorded his third multiple-point game of the year.
• Smail had his second two-point game this season with a goal and an assist.
• Frederick and King are tied for second on the team with nine points each. Frederick is tied for first with seven assists and has a point in all but one game this year.
• King had his second multiple-goal game with two tallies and his first since the season opener. He has six goals to rank third on the squad.
• The game marked the first time Ohio State hosted the defending national champion. It was the first time a No. 1-ranked team played in Columbus since Virginia defeated the Buckeyes in 2000.
• Ohio State has faced a Top 13-ranked opponent in four of its last five games.
• Senior Brock Sorensen played in the 50th game of his Buckeye career.