Ohio State vs. Detroit Mercy
February 7, 2009
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ė Behind five points from seniors Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno and sophomore Mike Pires, the Ohio State menís lacrosse team opened the 2009 campaign with a 21-1 victory over Detroit Mercy Saturday indoors in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game marked the first at the helm for Buckeye head coach Nick Myers, as his squad opens the campaign 1-0.

In all, the Buckeyes got points from 18 players as 41 total Ohio State players saw action vs. the Titans (0-1), who were playing the first game in program history. Pires had a career-best five goals in the contest, including three man-up tallies. Dalgarno had a hat trick and two assists and Ryan had a career-high tying four goals, along with an assist.

Junior transfer Justin Hayes had two goals and three points in his first game as a Buckeye. Senior Brian Lalley and junior James Green each had three points with a goal and two assists. Freshman Mike Smail and sophomore Tyler Dolphin each had a goal and an assist for their first career points.

Ohio State led 5-0 at the end of the first quarter. The teams were scoreless until Pires scored man-up, assisted by Dalgarno, at 9:25. Freshman Eddie Bambino scored his first collegiate goal unassisted at 6:03 and Dalgarno followed with a goal at 5:21, off a sophomore Bryce Woodson pass. It was the first point for Woodson as a Buckeye. Senior Doug Ruhnke found Ryan for a scored at 4:34 and Dalgarno had the final goal of the quarter at 3:59 unassisted. Each team had 12 shots in the quarter. Brandon Freeman started the game for the Buckeyes in the cage and had three saves in the opening stanza.

Ohio State extended the lead to 12-0 at halftime. Green set up Ryan for a score just 51 seconds in to the second quarter. Pires scored unassisted at 12:45. Stephen Tepsick won the ensuing faceoff and set up Hayes for a goal just seven seconds later. Hayes had his first assists at 10:10 when he got the ball to Ryan. Sophomore Conor David assisted on a Dalgarno tally at 7:05, marking Davidís first point in the Scarlet and Gray. Smail scored at 6:26 to mark his first collegiate point, assisted by junior Mario Ventiquattro. The scoring in the half ended when Green scored man-up, assisted by Ryan. Ohio State controlled play throughout the quarter, outshooting Detroit, 17-5. Freeman had two saves for the Buckeyes.

In the third quarter, Ohio State recorded six goals while continuing to shut out the Titans. Pires scored at 14:17 (assisted by Green) and 8:38, sandwiched around a Dalgarno tally off a Lalley assist at 11:16. Dolphin had his first collegiate tally and point at 6:09, with an assist from Smail. Lalley found senior classmate Corey Bentine at the 2:51 mark, as the lead extended to 17-0. Junior transfer Andrew Reinhardt scored with 1:17 remaining in the quarter, assisted by freshman Scott Morell, as each had their first point for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State outshot Detroit, 12-6, in the quarter. Buckeye goalie and senior transfer Peter Coluccini had two saves in his first game action wearing the Scarlet and Gray.

In the final quarter, Ohio State outscored Detroit Mercy, 3-1, but was outshot, 15-6. Sophomore goalie Ryan Keneally, who did not see game action last year, had seven saves in the quarter and allowed just one goal at 1:52, scored by Scott Harris off an assist from Michael Schumacher. Pires scored man-up 26 seconds into the quarter assisted by Ryan. Lalley added a goal of his own at 9:10, as freshman Brock Sorensen picked up his first point with an assist. Dolphin found Hayes at 4:33 for the final Buckeye goal.

In the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Titans, 47-38. Freeman picked up the win for the Buckeyes, making five saves in 30 minutes. Coluccini played 15 minutes and had two stops. Keneally played the final 15 minutes and made seven saves, allowing one goal. For the Titans, Vince Diana started the game and also came in for the fourth quarter, making five saves and allowing 12 goals in 37:30. Michael Lioi had three saves on 12 shots in 22:30.

The Buckeyes converted 4-of-6 extra-man chances. On defense, Ohio State held the Titans scoreless on six man-up opportunities.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State returns to action next Saturday, as it travels to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy at noon.

Dalgarno now has 171 career points, four behind second-place Kevin Buchanan in the Buckeye record book. He is 10th all-time in goals with 96 and tied for fifth in assists with 75.

Ryan last had four goals in a game Feb. 25, 2007 vs. Harvard. It was his third career five-point game, last set vs. Colgate Feb. 24, 2008.

Pires, who had five goals vs. the Titans, scored four goals in all nine games he played in last season and added an assist for five points as a freshman.

Lalley entered the game with five career points in 30 games, including two points a year ago. It was his first career three-point game.

The 21 goals scored by the Buckeyes were the most since beating Northwood, 22-6, in 1996. The squad reached the 20-goal mark against Bellarmine last season in a 20-13 victory. The 20-goal win ties for the fifth-largest margin of victory in program history and is the biggest since downing Wittenberg by 26, 29-3, in 1989.

Thirteen Buckeyes played in their first games for the Scarlet and Gray: senior Coluccini, juniors Hayes and Reinhardt, sophomores Ryan Keneally and Dillon Sheehy and freshmen Smail, Joe Bonanni, Tepsick, Morell, Eric Smith, Sorensen, Bambino and Keenan Ochwat.

Woodson, Smail, Reinhardt, Hayes, Tepsick, Morell, Sorensen, Dolphin, Bambino and David all had their first points for the Scarlet and Gray.

Sophomore Matt Kawamoto made his first career start.