April 14, 2012

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Ohio State Bests Rival Michigan in First Battle at Big House

from press release

Logan Schuss had three goals and two assists for Ohio State in its first rivalry game with Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.
© Lon Horwedel 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State men's lacrosse team defeated Michigan, 12-9, in the first meeting between the teams as varsity programs Saturday. The game, dubbed the Battle at the Big House, was played in Michigan Stadium in front of 4,458 fans.

"We are thankful for the opportunity to play in Michigan Stadium today," Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. "It's a special day for both programs as we were able to bring the Ohio State and Michigan rivalry onto the lacrosse field. We are excited to be going home with the win and the chance to play in front of a record-breaking crowd in Ohio Stadium Saturday."

Ohio State (6-6, 3-1 ECAC) led 3-1 after the first quarter and was ahead 7-5 at halftime. The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines, 3-1, in the third quarter to extend the lead to 10-6 and Michigan had three of the five goals scored in the fourth quarter for the 12-9 final.

Junior Logan Schuss led Ohio State with three goals and five points. Freshman Jesse King and sophomore Tyler Frederick each scored twice, with King adding an assist for a three-point game. Junior Dominique Alexander had a team-best three assists, sophomore Adam Trombley posted two assists and freshman David Planning had a goal and an assist. Senior defenseman Keenan Ochwat had a team-high and career-best seven groundballs, along with two caused turnovers, while sophomore Steve Knezick won eight faceoffs for the squad.

Next up, the Buckeyes will host Air Force in the Showdown in the Shoe at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game is in Ohio Stadium, prior to the Ohio State football LiFE Sports Spring Game. The ECAC matchup with the Falcons will be televised live by BTN.

Against Michigan, Ohio State opened the scoring with a goal by Planning, assisted by Schuss, at 9:46 but the Wolverines answered less than a minute later to tie the game. Ohio State regained the lead at 5:51 when senior defenseman Joe Bonanni scored on a long shot from the Ohio State defensive box, about three-fourths of the field away from the cage. Coming out of a timeout late in the quarter, King found Schuss for a goal with two seconds left for a 3-1 Buckeye lead after one. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines, 11-4, in the quarter. Buckeye sophomore goalie Greg Dutton had three saves in the quarter.

The teams traded goals early in the second quarter for a 4-2 Buckeye advantage at the 12:14 mark. King scored, with an assist from Turner Evans, at 13:48. Michigan converted once on a two-minute non-releasable advantage when Trevor Yealy scored at 12:14. Ohio State then scored twice in less than a minute for a 6-2 lead. Frederick tallied, assisted by Alexander, at 6:39. A penalty was called after the goal and Planning found Schuss at 5:44 for a man-up tally. The Wolverines scored back-to-back goals in 11 seconds, with David McCormack scoring at 5:16 and Brian Greiner converting after the next faceoff at 5:05. The teams again traded goals quickly, with Schuss scoring from just outside the crease, assisted by Trombley at 4:48 following a faceoff win by Knezick and Alex Vasileff tallied for the Wolverines at 3:35. Shots were 9-7 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter and Dutton made three saves. Ohio State led 7-5 at halftime.

The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines, 3-1, in the third quarter for a 10-6 lead. At 12:00 Frederick tallied, set up by Alexander, before junior Kevin Mack drove the cage himself in transition for a score at 8:38. Schuss found junior Patrick Toohey for a goal at 6:02 as Ohio State extended its lead to 10-5. Michigan scored the final goal of the quarter with 5:49 remaining. Ohio State outshot Michigan, 9-6, in the stanza.

Michigan's Willie Steenland scored at 12:19 of the fourth quarter before Ohio State scored two in a row for a 12-7 advantage. Trombley set up senior Brock Sorensen at 11:28 and Alexander found King at 10:05. The Wolverines scored the last two goals of the game, with Vasileff tallying at 9:14 and Trevor Yealy scoring at 7:38. Neither team scored the rest of the way, with Michigan outshooting Ohio State in the quarter, 8-6.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Michigan, 35-25. Dutton had nine saves, with Weiss making 12 for the Wolverines.

The Buckeyes had the advantage in groundballs, 35-29, led by Keenan Ochwat with seven, and Ochwat had two of the team's six caused turnovers. Michigan won 12-of-22 faceoffs, with Knezick 8-7 on the day for Ohio State.

Notes

• Ochwat's seven groundballs were a career high, ahead of the five he had four times before (last April 23, 2011 vs. Fairfield). He has a team-best 23 caused turnovers on the year, along with 29 groundballs.
• Schuss, who extended his point streak to 42, is now sixth in Ohio State history with 156 career points, moving past Curtis Smith (155 from 2000-03). Schuss is tied for 10th in program history with 97 goals and ninth with 59 assists.
• This season, Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals, 14 assists and 48 points. He has multiple points in each game.
• Knezick's eight faceoff wins tied his career best, first set against Robert Morris March 9.
• Bonanni's goal was the second of his career and first since April 10, 2010 at Hobart.
• Evans extended his point streak to six games, with six goals, four assists and 10 points in the stretch. • Trombley had the first two-assist game of his career. It was his second multiple-point game of the year and first since Feb. 11 at Mercer. He has a career-high three assists this year.
• King is second on the team with 13 goals and 19 points. It was his fifth multiple-goal outing.
• Frederick had his first two-goal game of 2012. He is fourth on the team with 15 points this year, including five goals, and ranks second with 10 assists.
• Sorensen now has a career-best nine goals to rank third on the team.
• Planning, with a goal and an assist, had his first career multiple-point game. He has four goals, three assists and seven points this season.
• Toohey and Mack both have two goals this season to set career highs.
• Ohio State has allowed more than nine goals just once this year. The squad is holding opponents to 7.75 goals a game.


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