Quinnipiac vs. Ohio State
March 27, 2010
The Game Story:
HAMDEN, Conn. – Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored four goals and added two assists, but the Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team was defeated by Ohio State, 10-8, Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The Buckeyes (5-4, 1-1 ECAC) scored seven straight goals in the second half to erase a four-goal deficit. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-2 (1-2 ECAC).

Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) added two goals for the Bobcats, while Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) and Garett Kerr (Caledon, Ontario) also scored for Quinnipiac. Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) dished out two assists, while Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added a helper. The nation’s leader in ground balls per game and face-off winning percentage entering the game, Zach Pall (Setauket, N.Y.) won 12-of-19 opportunities at the face-off X and scooped up nine ground balls.

Jeff Tundo led the Buckeyes with three goals, while Logan Schuss and Mario Ventiquattro had two goals apiece. Schuss also added four assists, while Bryce Woodson added two.

Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) made 10 saves and allowed 10 goals to take the loss and fall to 4-2. Brandon Freeman improved to 5-3 with the win, stopping 15 shots while allowing eight goals.

The Bobcats opened the scoring with Oppenheimer’s unassisted tally less than three minutes into the first quarter, before Tundo tied it on a man-up chance at the 6:42 mark of the opening quarter off a Ventiquattro feed.

Oppenheimer then set up a pair of goals, finding Haggerty on the man-up at the 2:48 mark of the first and Kaiser less than two minutes into the second, to put the Bobcats on top, 3-1. Tundo again used the man advantage to cut into the deficit with a goal less than two minutes after Kaiser’s, before Oppenheimer put the Bobcats on top, 4-2, to close the first-half scoring with a goal off a Kelly assist with just less than 10 minutes left in the half.

After Paul Beery opened the second-half scoring with a goal off a Dominique Alexander assist at the 12:02 mark to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 4-3. Quinnipiac responded with three consecutive goals, the last two on man-up opportunities, to take a 7-3 advantage. Kerr turned an Ohio State turnover deep in the Buckeyes’ zone into an easy goal, before Kaiser and Oppenheimer scored on the man-up at the 9:24 and 7:01 marks, respectively. Gast assisted on the first goal and Kelly found Oppenheimer for the second.

But the Buckeyes scored the next seven goals to take their first lead of the game, one that they wouldn’t relinquish. Ventiquattro and Schuss scored twice each in the run, while Schuss and Bryce Woodson dished out two assists apiece.

James Green scored the game-tying goal at the 10:44 mark of the fourth quarter, while Schuss had the go-ahead goal with 6:50 to go in regulation. Alexander’s goal with 4:22 remaining proved to be the game-winner.

For the game, the Bobcats led the Buckeyes in shots (41-37), ground balls (38-25) and face-offs (13-21), while Ohio State scored on 3-of-5 extra-man opportunities to the Bobcats’ 3-for-7 efficiency. The Buckeyes were 12-of-14 on clear attempts to the Bobcats’ 11-for-14. Ohio State committed 12 turnovers to the Bobcats’ 14.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday, April 3, when they travel to West Hartford, Conn., to take on the University of Hartford. Opening face-off from Yousuf Al-Marzook Athletic Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.