Towson vs. Ohio State
March 20, 2007
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - Towson jumped out to a 6-1 lead but then had to turn back a furious Ohio State rally as the Tigers held on for a 10-8 win over the Buckeyes in the first meeting between the two schools in 40 years.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the 17th-ranked Tigers who improved to 3-2 on the season. The Buckeyes dropped to 4-3. It was the fifth meeting between the two schools in a series that began in 1962 when Towson prevailed 6-3. The Buckeyes won the ensuing three games. Ohio State's last victory against the Tigers was 8-6 in 1966.

Scoring was at a premium in the opening quarter. The Tigers struck first when junior attackman Jonathan Engelke, who finished with a game high five goals, tallied unassisted at the 5:00 mark. The Buckeyes tied it on Jon DeCanio's unassisted marker with 1:52 left. On the next possession Towson's Bobby Griebe caught the Buckeye netminder out of position and scored after gaining the ground ball from a scrum behind the goal as the quarter ended with the Tigers on top 2-1.

Towson upped its lead to 3-1 midway in the second quarter when Engelke got loose and tallied unassisted on the run.

Towson pushed its lead to 4-1 when junior attackman Kyle Batton took a feed from Engelke with 3:29 left.

As mellow as the contest began the third quarter was a shootout with the two teams combining for 11 of the 18 goals scored in the game.

The Tigers continued their run at the start of the third period when they foiled a Buckeyes' extra man attempt that led to an Engelke goal off a Griebe feed just 1:21 into the session.

Freshman midfielder Cryder DiPietro then scored his first college career goal for a 6-1 Towson lead. But from that point Towson's comfortable advantage began to shrink as the Buckeyes came alive.

Junior Kevin Buchanan, a midfielder from nearby Cockeysville, Md. and Calvert Hall High School, started the Buckeyes on their comeback with Ohio State's second goal of the game.

Towson's Nick Williams got the goal back but then the Buckeyes outscored the Tigers 6-2 to climb to within one, 9-8 on Buchanan's unassisted goal midway in the fourth quarter. That was the fifth goal in a 5-0 Buckeye run. Attackmen Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno each scored twice during the run.

Meanwhile the Tigers went cold on offense. After Engelke's fifth goal of the game with 4:46 left in the third period gave Towson a 9-3 lead, the Tigers went scoreless for the next 19:21 until Brian Vetter netted an insurance goal with 25 seconds remaining in the game.

The Buckeyes' Eric O'Brien won the ensuing face-off but Ohio State ran out of clock as the Tigers' defense stiffened to preserve the 10-8 victory.

Ohio State goalkeeper Stefan Schroder came up with 10 saves while Towson's netminder, Matt Antol, recorded four saves.

Towson is back in action again Saturday night when the Tigers travel to Villanova where they'll open play in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Buckeyes are at UMBC on Sunday