Ohio State vs. Robert Morris
March 13, 2009
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno had eight and seven points, respectively, as the duo led the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 19-13 victory over Robert Morris Friday night in front of 993 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ryan, Dalgarno and sophomore Mike Pires each had four goals in the contest, with Ryan adding a team-best four assists for a career-high eight points. Ohio State now is 4-2, while Robert Morris ends its winning streak at six and drops to 6-2 on the year.

The teams combined for nine goals in the first quarter, with Ohio State holding a 5-4 edge at the end of 1. Robert Morris scored the first three goals of the game. Keith Lee opened the scoring just 45 seconds in, followed by a Kyle Buchanan goal at 12:27 and Taylor Caparosa’s tally at 9:32. The Buckeyes responded with a three-goal run in 1:38 to tie the game. Junior James Green set up Pires at 9:00 before Ryan scored unassisted at 7:56. Freshman Brock Sorensen added a goal just 34 seconds later, assisted by Bryce Woodson. Robert Morris regained the lead quickly on Trevor Moore’s goal at 6:40, before the Buckeyes scored four-consecutive, including two to close out the first. At 5:22 Buckeye senior defenseman Scott Matthews scored his second career goal. On a clearing attempt, Buckeye junior goalie Brandon Freeman passed to Matthews and he flung the ball from the corner of the Buckeyes’ defensive box and it sailed two-thirds of the field into the back of the net while the RMU goalie was out of the net playing defense. Ryan found Pires for a man-up goal at 3:49 to put Ohio State ahead (5-4).

Ohio State outscored Robert Morris, 4-1, in the second. Pires scored a second-consecutive EMO goal at the 12:28 mark of the second, assisted by Dalgarno and then Ryan found Dalgarno for the Buckeyes’ third man-up goal in a row, scored at 11:57. The Colonials’ Kiel Matisz scored at 7:28 to end the Buckeye run. Ryan and Dalgarno combined for another score at 5:31, with Dalgarno finding the back of the net. Freshman Eddie Bambino scored unassisted with six seconds remaining in the half to send the Buckeyes into the locker room ahead, 9-5.

The Buckeyes pulled further ahead in the third, outscoring Robert Morris 5-2 to lead 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Ryan scored at 13:43, assisted by Dalgarno, and Green set up Ryan for an EMO goal 56 seconds later (12:47). Robert Morris’ Patrick Smith converted a man-up chance at 10:55. Dalgarno (7:37) and Dan Kerch (3:46) traded unassisted goals. Green scored at 2:18 and Pires tallied with seven seconds left in the quarter.

Robert Morris scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter, scoring over a 2:03 span. Moore tallied EMO at 12:49, Matisz added a goal at 11:56 and Kerch followed with a score at 10:46. Ohio State had two goals in 1:33, with Ryan scoring his fourth of the game at 10:00 and Woodson setting up junior Mario Ventiquattro at 8:27. Each team had three goals to close out the game. Robert MOrris scored back-to-back at 6:40 (EMO by Matisz) and 4:36 (Smith). The Buckeyes then scored three in a row, as Ryan found classmate Doug Ruhnke at 3:13, Dalgarno found Ventiquattro at 2:31 and junior Andrew Stimmel set up Dalgarno for his fourth of the game at 1:47. Smith ended the game with an unassisted tally with 1:00 remaining.

Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 35-34, in the game. Freeman had seven saves in all 60 minutes in the Buckeye cage. RMU’s Sal Barcia had 11 saves and allowed 18 goals in 59:50. Dillion Pope played 10 seconds while Barcia was serving a penalty and allowed one EMO goal.

The Buckeyes won 17-of-31 faceoffs in the game. Senior Nick Carr led the way, going 17-9 on the day. Carr matched his career best with a team-high nine saves.

Ohio State was 4-for-4 on man-up chances, with Robert Morris 3-for-6.