February 26, 2011

Ohio Native Helps UMass Top OSU

by Fran Sypek | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online | Game Blog Replay

AMHERST, Mass. -- Like most kids growing up in Hudson, Ohio, Bobby Tyler had a passion for everything Ohio State.

"I grew up an Ohio State fan, but they didn't recruit me," Tyler said. "I had hoped to go there, but I'm happy to be where I am."

Where Tyler is these days is the University of Massachusetts, where he helped the men's lacrosse team earn an 11-9 victory over the Ohio State on Saturday at Garber Field.

The kid the Buckeyes didn't want scored a key goal in the UMass victory, which pushed the No. 11 Minutemen to 3-0 and dropped the No. 13 Buckeyes to 3-1.

Ohio State knocked off No. 3 North Carolina last week, and the Buckeyes were primed to do the same to UMass, especially after they opened the game with a pair of quick goals.

"They're a really good team," Tyler said. "But this is where I'm supposed to be."

UMass suffered through some defensive lapses at the start of the game and the beginning of the second half. Both times, the Buckeyes came out strong and scored two quick goals.

Those spurts seemed to be a wake-up call for the Minutemen.

"We talked about that in the locker room,'' said Connor Mooney, who scored the first two goals of his career. "We were down 2-0 to Army and came back, so we knew we had been there before and that we could come back.''

The crowd of 1,587 at Garber Field was stunned when Mike Pires and Jeff Tiundo scored unassisted goals to provide the Buckeyes with a 2-0 advantage.

But the Minutemen got a goal from Anthony Biscardi and two from Art Kell to move into a 3-2 lead at 9:45 of the second quarter. Ohio State's Jarred Bowman scored the first of his three goals at 7:18 before UMass closed out the half with goals by Will Manny and Biscardi, the latter coming with 44 seconds left to take a 5-3 lead.

"We just didn't play 60 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse," said Ohio State coach Nick Myers. "We didn't take care of the ball."

Ohio State had 18 turnovers in the game.

"That's just too many," Myers said. "We understood the challenge we had. UMass is a very good team and they did a nice job of riding us."

The win over North Carolina was emotional for Ohio State.

"I thought our guys did a good job focusing on UMass all week," Myers said. "Every week's a different challenge."

UMass did a lot of things well. The Minutemen had a 31-24 egde in ground balls and won 15 of the 23 faceoffs.

"Any time you can win the possessions, it's a positive," UMass coach Greg Cannella said.

Kell, Mooney, Colin Fleming and Biscardi each scored twice for the Minutemen, while Mike Feterly, Will Manny and Tyler each had one. Bowman led Ohio State with three goals. Logan Schuss and Tundo each had a pair, while Tyler Frederick and Pires scored one each.

Schuss and Tundo scored two straight goals to start the second half, as the Buckeyes pulled even, 5-5. Then four straight goals by the Minutemen -- two by Fleming, one each by Fetterly and the back-breaking, fast-break goal by Tyler -- provided UMass with a 9-5 lead.

"Our guys were pretty determined," Canella said. "Momentum's a weird thing, and we were fortunate we were able to change it."

Cannella left with nothing but respect for Ohio State.

"That's a good team, which is well-coached," he said. "I'm not surprised the way they played."

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