Robert Morris vs. Ohio State
April 8, 2006
The Game Story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Buckeye senior Craig Nolan had a career-high six goals as the Ohio State men's lacrosse team downed Robert Morris, 11-3, Saturday in Moon Township, Pa. Buckeye freshman Joel Dalgarno chipped in a team and career-best four assists, while senior Andrew Bender had a goal and two assists for three points. The Buckeyes, who posted their fourth-consecutive win, improve to 4-4 on the year (1-0 Great Western Lacrosse League), while the Colonials drop to 1-9.

Nolan's six goals were the most for a Buckeye since Curtis Smith scored seven March 8, 2003 vs. Quinnipiac. Nolan tied Kevin Buchanan's team season-high of six points. Before Buchanan, the last time a Buckeye had six points was current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi April 23, 2004 vs. Air Force.

Ohio State led 2-0 after the first quarter. Nolan (Plano, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) opened the scoring with a goal, assisted by Jason Bloom (Sr., Coquitlam, British Columbia/Centennial), with 11:33 left in the stanza. Jason Lutz (Jr., Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) then set up Bender (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) for a tally at 6:24.

Robert Morris got on the board less than three minutes into the second quarter, but Ohio State scored three unanswered to go into halftime ahead, 5-1. Dan Mulford scored for the Colonials at 12:42. Nolan then scored twice, set up by Dalgarno (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio) at 8:42 and Bender at 6:02. Bloom closed out the half with a man-up goal, assisted by Dalgarno, with 3:06 remaining. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 12-5, in the quarter.

Ohio State scored twice to open the second half, as Peter Schell (So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) tallied unassisted at 8:52 and Nolan scored with 32 seconds remaining. The Colonials made the score 7-2 at the end of the third quarter with Carlo Sunseri's goal with two seconds left in the quarter.

The Buckeyes outscored the Colonials, 4-1, in the third quarter for the 11-3 final. Nolan scored at 12:21, followed by Sunseri's second goal of the game at 11:11. Bender set up Kevin Buchanan's (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) goal with 10:37 left, followed by Nolan's goal, assisted by Dalgarno, just 54 seconds later. Dalarno's fourth assist came on Mat Ballay's goal with 5:54 left.

Buckeye freshman goalie John Bolen (Potomac, Md./Landon) tied his career high with 13 saves. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 41-27.

The Buckeye defense held Robert Morris scoreless on seven extra-man opportunities, while Ohio State converted 1-of-4 EMO chances.

Game Notes
Ohio State returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play GWLL-conference foe Butler in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus to open a three-game homestand.

Nolan's six goals were a career high. His previous best was four, set at Denver April 22, 2005. The six points also were a career best, ahead of the four vs. the Pioneers.

Bolen is undefeated in three career starts. He has back-to-back career-high 13-save performances.

Dalgarno had his seven-game goal-scoring streak stopped, but extended his point streak to eight. His four assists were a career best, topping the two he had vs. Marist March 13. He has at least three points in each of the last five games.

Bender is on seven-game goal and point streaks and has multiple points in each of his last six games. He leads the Buckeyes with 11 assists this season and is second in points with 21.

Buchanan has at least one point in every game this season and is on a five-game goal-scoring streak. He has a career-best 14 goals, six assists and 20 points this season. He ranks third on the team in points and is second in goals.

The three goals allowed by the Buckeyes were the fewest since they downed Quinnipiac, 15-2, March 19, 2005.

The Buckeyes' four-game winning streak is the longest since the 2004 squad won 11 consecutive games.