Otterbein vs. Oberlin
May 5, 2012
The Game Story:
WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Otterbein University men’s lacrosse concluded its 2012 season with a victory Saturday afternoon, turning back Oberlin College 11-2 at Memorial Stadium.

The victory gives the Cardinals a 9-6 record to end the season, marking the first winning season since starting competition in the spring of 2009.

Oberlin (5-11) opened the game with an early goal, but Otterbein bounced back to take a 2-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Cards opened the second period strong, scoring all four goals in the stanza to take a 6-1 halftime lead. Included in the stretch was a goal from sophomore Mikey O’Neal, giving him a new program single-season scoring record.

“We were just throwing the ball away to start and not really snapping our passes,” said O’Neal, who finishes the season with 53 points. “We eventually settled into our offense, got some good looks, and finally got a six-goal run going.”

The Yeomen cut the deficit to 6-2 with a goal to begin the second half, but would get no further as Otterbein countered with five more goals over the course of the half en route to the victory.

Otterbein sophomore Mike Dattolo led all scorers with four points on the day (three goals, one assist), while classmate Eric Garriss recorded one score and two helpers.

Sophomore goalie Billy Lindhardt was solid in replacement of starter Adam Hatchard, who was forced to exit the game near the end of the opening quarter with an injury. Lindhardt allowed just one goal over 41 minutes in the crease, tallying 13 saves in the process.

“Billy is a very good goalie,” head coach Colin Hartnett said. “He’s certainly a capable backup and I would trust him to start a game as well. I hate seeing Adam go down like that, but I knew Billy had it in him to step right in for us.”

Sean Higgins and Daniel Fineman each scored for Oberlin.

Otterbein held a 34-30 edge in shots and won 10 of the 16 faceoff opportunities.

“The next few years are going to be exciting,” said O’Neal. “That’s all we can really think about is next year’s possibility of making the NCAA Tournament. We’ll have a strong group returning so we’re definitely going to be excited moving forward.”