COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, defeating No. 19 Denver, 15-8, in the semifinals of the inaugural Great Western Lacrosse League tournament Friday at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich. The No. 2-seed Buckeyes (10-4) advance to face top-seed Notre Dame, a 10-6 winner over No. 4-seed Quinnipiac in the semifinals, in the tournament final at noon Sunday, with the winner earning the league’s berth into the NCAA tournament. Ohio State, Notre Dame and Denver all shared the league regular-season title.
Junior Joel Dalgarno, a first-team All-GWLL choice, led the Buckeyes with five goals, three assists and eight points in the win, the Buckeyes’ second over the Pioneers this season (20-13 April 19 in Columbus). GWLL Player of the Year senior Kevin Buchanan had three points, on two goals and an assist. Junior Jeff Ryan and sophomores James Green, a second-team all-league choice, and Mario Ventiquattro each had a goal and an assist vs. the Pioneers. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder, the second-team all-conference goalie, had 14 saves in the win, with 12 in the second half (eight in the fourth quarter).
The Buckeyes opened the scoring 1:05 into the game on a Dalgarno goal, assisted by Buchanan. After Denver tied the score at 1 with a man-up score from Emerson Eichler 54 seconds later (13:01), the Buckeyes went on an eight-goal run, extending their lead to 7-1 at the end of the first quarter and to 9-1 before DU scored again. Josh Funk put Ohio State back ahead with a goal at 12:43, followed by Buchanan’s goal, assisted by Green, at 11:21 and Brian Lalley’s goal, set up by Ryan, at 9:19. Dalgarno had a hand in the next three Buckeye goals to close out the first quarter. He set up Peet Poillon, a first-team All-GWLL honoree, at 6:28 before scoring unassisted back-to-back at 4:09 and 1:20 (man-up).
Senior Peter Schell scored for the Buckeyes at the 11:13 mark of the second quarter and senior captain Ricky Pages, a second-team All-GWLL choice, made the score 9-1 with a goal at 7:13. DU’s Cliff Smith tallied for the Pioneers just eight seconds later to end the OSU stretch of goals. After sophomore Mario Ventiquattro set up Ryan for the Buckeyes’ 10th goal of the game, DU’s Jamie Lincoln scored twice in the final 57 seconds, including a man-up score. The Buckeyes held a 10-4 lead at halftime.
The Buckeyes outscored the Pioneers, 3-0, in the third quarter. Dalgarno opened the scoring in the second half at 13:58 and assisted on Ventiquattro’s goal at 12:09. Buchanan made the score 13-4 with a goal with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Denver outshot the Buckeyes, 16-5, and outscored Ohio State, 4-2, for the 15-8 final. The teams combined for three goals in the first 1:13 of the quarter. Charlie Dickenson scored for Denver at 14:31, followed by Dalgarno’s fifth goal of the game at 14:12 and John Dickenson’s tally for Denver at 13:47. Dalgarno set up Green for the Buckeyes’ final goal of the game at 10:53. Ben Wahler scored just nine seconds later (10:44) and Lincoln had the final goal of the game at 3:57.
The Buckeyes were outshot, 41-35, in the game. Schroder played 59 minutes for the Buckeyes, making 14 saves and allowing eight goals. Sophomore Brandon Freeman played 1:00 but did not face a shot. Denver starter Austin Konkel played 13:17, allowing six goals while making one save. In 46:43, Peyton Tyrie had six saves and gave up nine goals while taking the loss.
Ohio State was assessed 10 penalties in the game, with Denver converting 2-of-10 man-up chances. Ohio State was 1-for-4 on extra-man opportunities.
• Dalgarno is first on the team with 31 assists and 67 points and ranks second with 36 goals. He now has 89 goals, 69 assists and 158 points for the Scarlet and Gray. He ranks fifth in program history in points and is seventh in career assists. His 67 points this year rank sixth in program history for a single season, while his 31 assists rank seventh for the Buckeyes in a single season. The game marked the third time this season he had eight or more points, joining the 12-point game he had vs. Denver (9g, 3a) April 19 and nine-point outing vs. Quinnipiac (1g, 8a). He entered the weekend fifth in the NCAA in scoring.
• Buchanan, who leads the Buckeyes with a career-best 39 goals and is second with 66 points, now has 165 (92g, 73a) points as a Buckeye, tying for second in program history with Jon Ewert (1983-86). He is sixth in the record book for career assists. Buchanan is on a 43-game scoring streak (88-69-156), has multiple points in each of his last 26 games and is on a 23-game goal-scoring streak. He has held to less than five points for the first time in the last eight games. His 66 points this year are tied for seventh (Ewert, 1986) in program history in a single season, while his 39 goals are tied for eighth in a single season with Tim Johnson (1997). He entered the weekend second nationally in points per game.
• Poillon extended his scoring streak to 11 and has at least one point in all but one game this year. He is third on the team with 27 goals and ranks fourth with 33 points.
• Green is on a seven-game scoring streak and has a career-best 19 goals, 11 assists and 30 points on the year.
• Ryan, who is third on the team with 36 points and ranks fourth with 23 goals, extended his scoring streak to 13.
• Schroder had his ninth game this season with 10 or more saves, including the eighth time in the last 11 outings.
• Funk has a career-best seven goals this season. He entered the campaign with six goals in 38 career games.
• With three goals and five points this year, Pages also has set career highs.
• Lalley’s goal was his first of the season and his first since March 10, 2007 vs. Penn State.
• Schell has goals in each of his last three games.
• The Buckeyes, who entered the game second nationally in team offense, have scored double-digit goals in each of their last 11 games.
• On defense, the team has held its opponents to eight goals or less in 10-of-14 games this season.
• Stimmel had the first assist of his collegiate career.
• Buckeye senior Charlie Billingsley is a native of Birmingham, Mich., and graduated from Seaholm High School, site of the GWLL tourney.
Ohio State vs. Denver
|Joel Dalgarno||(5, 3)|
|Kevin Buchanan||(2, 1)|
|James Green||(1, 1)|
|Jeff Ryan||(1, 1)|
|Mario Ventiquattro||(1, 1)|
|Andrew Stimmel||(0, 1)|
|Josh Funk||(1, 0)|
|Brian Lalley||(1, 0)|
|Ricky Pages||(1, 0)|
|Peet Poillon||(1, 0)|
|Peter Schell||(1, 0)|