Ohio State Edges Virginia in Weather Delayed Game
from press release
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 12-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team posted an 11-10 victory at No. 9/11 Virginia, 11-10, Saturday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 on the year, while Virginia is now 5-3.
"I'm proud of the effort we got out of our men today," Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. "We faced several moments of adversity including a long weather delay but stayed the course, dug in and got a road win."
The Buckeyes held a 10-8 lead after three quarters before the game was delayed for an hour and 43 minutes because of weather. The Cavaliers scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, tying the game with 1:48 remaining but the Buckeyes caused a turnover after the ensuing faceoff and senior Dominique Alexander was able to score to put Ohio State back ahead, 11-10, 17 seconds later. Ohio State held Virginia scoreless the rest the way, including on a 30-second EMO chance in the final minute. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made three saves in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Ohio State trailed 4-1 late in the fourth quarter but went on a four-goal run to take a 5-4 lead with 3:30 left in the first half. The teams traded goals in the final 1:10, with freshman Tyler Pfister scoring with 12 seconds remaining for a 6-5 Buckeye lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Ohio State scored the first goal before Virginia tied the game at 7-all at 10:09. Ohio State again responded quickly and Carter Brown put the Buckeyes ahead eight seconds later. The Cavaliers deadlocked the score at 8-all with 7:46 left but goals from David Planning (at 5:29) and Logan Schuss (with 4 seconds left) regained the Buckeye lead.
Sophomore Jesse King and Brown each had two goals and an assist for three points to lead the Buckeyes. Planning and Schuss each scored twice while Pfister had a goal and an assist. Senior Trey Wilkes won 10-of-20 faceoffs while junior Michael Italiano had a team-best eight groundballs. Virginia led 4-2 after the first quarter. Nick O'Reilly scored twice for the Cavaliers at 10:12 and 8:00 before King, assisted by Brown, put Ohio State on the board at 4:58. Ryan Tucker extended the lead to 3-1 at 2:08 and O'Reilly completed his hat trick with 47 seconds left in the quarter. With time running down, freshman Charlie Schnider found classmate Brown for a goal with just 0.1 left on the clock to bring the Buckeyes within two (4-2).
The Buckeyes scored the first three goals of the second quarter to tie the game and take the lead for the first time. King scored 2:10 into the stanza to draw the Buckeyes within one. With 4:13 left in the quarter Planning tallied to tie the game, assisted by Pfister, followed by an Evans goal, set up by King, at 3:30 for a 5-4 Buckeye advantage. Virginia's Mark Cockerton scored with 1:10 left to deadlock the game at 5 but a Buckeye goal from Pfister with just 12 seconds left in the half gave the Buckeyes a 6-5 lead at halftime.
A non-releasable penalty early in the third quarter led to a man-up goal from Schuss, assisted by sophomore Regan Comeault, 39 seconds into the second half for a 7-5 Buckeye advantage. The Cavaliers scored the next two goals to tie the game at 7 with 10:09 remaining. Brown was able to get to a loose ball after the ensuing faceoff and put Ohio State back ahead (8-7) eight seconds later but Rob Emery answered with a goal at 7:46 for the game's fourth tie. Planning scored unassisted to push the Buckeyes back on top (9-8) with 5:29 remaining in the period and Schuss had a shot go off a Virginia player and in with four seconds left for a 10-8 Ohio State lead after the third quarter.
After the weather delay, Virginia tied the game at 10-all with goals from Matt White at 9:15 and Ryan Tucker at 1:48. UVA won the next faceoff but Michael Italiano caused a turnover and got the groundball, feeding Alexander running into the Cavalier zone and he was able to score just 17 seconds after Virginia had tied the game. UVA won the next groundball and maintained possession. An offsides call on Ohio State gave UVA a man-up chance with 26 seconds left. Dutton saved O'Reilly's shot with five seconds left to preserve the Buckeye lead. Virginia had the ball and took a timeout with 3.8 seconds left but could not get a shot off.
Ohio State was outhsot, 33-27, in the game. Dutton made six saves for the Buckeyes, with Virginia goalie Rhody Heller making eight stops.
Ohio State converted both of its man-up chances and stopped the Cavaliers on their one chance, which came in the fourth quarter. Virginia was ahead in groundballs, 39-24. Italiano had eight to lead the Buckeyes and Dutton had three. Each team won 12 faceoffs; Wilkes won 10 and junior Darius Bowling added two for the Buckeyes. Italiano and junior Dominic Imbordino each had two caused turnovers in the win.
The Buckeyes return to action with a game at Notre Dame Wednesday, followed by an ECAC matchup at Bellarmine Saturday night.
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