March 9, 2012

Slumping Ohio State Falls to Robert Morris

from press release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite six goals from junior Logan Schuss, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s lacrosse (3-3) team lost to Robert Morris (4-2), 9-7, Friday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State will continue its six-game homestand next Saturday (March 17) when it hosts No. 1-ranked Virginia. The stretch wraps up games vs. No. 7 Notre Dame March 21 and ECAC foe Bellarmine March 24.

Ohio State scored the only three goals of the first quarter. Just 1:09 into the contest freshman Jesse King set up junior Dominique Alexander for a goal. Schuss scored back-to-back, with an assist from sophomore Tyler Frederick at 8:36 and then a pass from junior Nick Liddil with 1:01 left in the quarter. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 11-4, in the quarter, with Buckeye sophomore Greg Dutton and RMU’s Dillon Pope each making three saves.

Robert Morris scored four goals in a 3:09 span in the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead. Jake Hayes tallied at 13:19 and 1:01 later Kevin Brownell scored to draw RMU within one. At 10:16 Connor Martin tied the game at 3-all and Teddy Finnegan scored just six seconds later following a RMU faceoff win by Chris Barney, who picked up the assist, to give RMU the lead for the first time. Schuss then scored twice in 1:14 to tie the game and put Ohio State ahead. His first goal was unassisted on a wrap around at 5:50 and freshman David Planning assisted on a man-up goal at 4:36. With time running down, the Colonials had possession in the offensive zone and were able to control the ball before Kyle Buchanan set up a final shot by Jacon Ruest with eight seconds left before halftime to tie the game at 5. The Colonials outshot the Buckeyes, 13-7, in the second quarter. Dillon had four saves in the stanza.

Robert Morris scored the next two goals to go ahead by two for the first time. Kiel Matisz scored just eight seconds into the third quarter and Casey Abbott tallied unassisted at 11:31, giving the Colonials a 7-5 lead. Schuss scored twice in two minutes, with Liddil assisting on the first goal at 8:21. The second came in transition and was assisted by junior Kevin Mack. Robert Morris regained the lead when Buchanan scored at 4:18. Shots were 9-6 in favor of Ohio State in the stanza. Pope had three saves, with Dutton making two stops.

Robert Morris was able to hold Ohio State off the scoreboard through the fourth quarter and added a goal by Matisz at 11:56 of the stanza for the 9-7 final. The teams combined for just seven shots in the quarter, with Ohio State attempting four. Pope made three saves and Dutton had one stop.

The Buckeyes outshot the Colonials, 31-26, in the game. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had six saves for Ohio State. Pope had 13 saves for the Colonials in all 60 minutes.

The Colonials were ahead in groundballs, 33-26, and were 11-for-20 on faceoffs in the game. For the Buckeyes, sophomore Steve Knezick was 8-for-17 at the faceoff x and had a team-best four groundballs. Dutton, senior Joe Bonanni and sophomore Joe Meurer were second with three groundballs each. Ohio State caused nine turnovers, led by senior Keenan Ochwat with four and Bonanni with two.

Ohio State was 20-for-20 on clears, with Robert Morris 18-for-20.

Postgame Notes
• Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 19 goals and 25 points this season. His six goals were a season best, with the goals one shy of the career-best seven he had against North Carolina May 8, 2010. He had five goals vs. Denver earlier this season. It was his second six-point game this season after four goals and two assists vs. Detroit Feb. 9.
• Schuss extended his point streak to 36 and now has 133 points as a Buckeye to tie for 13th in program history. He has 82 goals and 51 assists in 36 career games.
• Planning’s assist was the first of his career.
• Liddil, Schuss and Frederick share the team assist lead with six each. Liddil had his second multiple-assist game this season after three helpers vs. Detroit in the season opener.
• Mack’s assist was the second of his career and first since March 19, 2011 at Virginia.
• Ochwat had his second-consecutive game with four caused turnovers, matching his career high. Ochwat leads the squad with 10 caused turnovers.
• The eight faceoff wins and four groundballs were both career highs for Knezick.
• Bonanni shares the team groundball lead with sophomore Shawn Kaplan with 16 each.

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