Ohio State vs. Detroit Mercy
February 27, 2010
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-2 first-quarter lead en route to a 16-7 win over Detroit Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a team-best six points with a hat trick and team-high three assists. Sophomore Mike Smail had a hat trick in the win, with senior Mario Ventiquattro adding two goals and two assists for four points. Junior Mike Pires (2g, 1a) and classmate Zach Rodgers (1g, 2a) each had three points. Senior James Green (2g) and freshman Jeff Tundo (1g, 1a) each had two points.

After Detroit's Tyler Staruch opened the scoring with a man-up goal 1:16 into the game, the Buckeyes went on a six-goal run to go ahead 6-1. Senior James Green split the defense and scored at 12:26 to tie the game and freshman Kevin Mack followed with his first career tally seven seconds later, assisted by Schuss. At 11:13 Pires scored to make the score 3-1. Ohio State got its second man-up goal of the day at 8:32 when Rodgers scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray at 8:32, tallying off a rebound. He then found Schuss for a score at 7:51. Ventiquattro found Schuss just outside the cage for a man-up goal at 4:35 to made the score 6-1. The Titans ended the run when Tim Lehto scored unassisted at 2:54.

The Buckeyes scored the only four goals of the second quarter to take a 10-2 lead into halftime. Freshman Dominique Alexander found his classmate Schuss at 12:35 before Rodgers set up Green on a man-up tally 15 seconds later. Smail scored his first goals of the season in a span of 1:29, off an assist from Tundo at 5:08 and a helper from Schuss at 3:39.

Ohio State outscored Detroit 4-1 in the third quarter for a 14-3 lead through three. Pires tallied unassisted at 11:39. At 8:35 Joel Matthews scored his first of five goals on the day to end Ohio State's five-goal run. The Buckeyes responded with three goals to close out the quarter. Schuss scored on an assist from Ventiquattro at 5:14 and then returned the favor to set up Ventiquattro for a man-up goal at 1:16. Sophomore Eddie Bambino scored his first of the year with 35 seconds left in the quarter.

After Smail completed his hat trick three minutes into the fourth quarter and Ventiquattro scored man-up (OSU's fifth of the day) assisted by Pires 23 seconds later to move the Buckeye lead to 16-3, the Titans' Matthews scored the final four goals of the game for the 16-7 final. His goals came at 10:04, 9:18 (EMO), 8:11 and :54.

Senior Brandon Freeman started the game in the cage for the Buckeyes and played the first 43:25 to pick up the win, stopping five of eight shots. Freshman Ryan Brant saw his first collegiate action, coming in for the final 16:35 and making six saves while allowing four goals.

Ohio State converted 5-of-10 man-up chances, with Detroit 2-for-4.

Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes remain at home to host Penn State next weekend. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Schuss has a team-best six goals, four assists and 10 points on the year. The six points in the game were a career best.

Tundo and Green are second for the Buckeyes with five goals each, with Tundo ranking second with seven points. Ventiquattro is second with three assists.

The hat trick was a first for Smail, who scored one goal last season.

Rogers' points were his first as a Buckeye and Mack's goal was the first of his career.

Pires, Green, Schuss, Alexander and Tundo all have at least one point in all three games this year.