April 7, 2012

Alexander's Third Goal Gives Ohio State OT Win Over Hobart

from press release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Dominique Alexander's tally lifted the Ohio State men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 overtime win at Hobart in an ECAC Lacrosse League game Saturday in Geneva, N.Y. The goal, Alexander's third of the day, helped Ohio State (5-6 overall) move to 3-1 in conference action.

Ohio State, in a stretch of three-consecutive road games, will head to Ann Arbor next week for a game against Michigan, which is in its first year as a Division I program and is an affiliate member of the ECAC. The matchup, set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Michigan Stadium, will be televised live by BTN. The following Saturday (April 21), Ohio State will host Air Force in the Showdown in the Shoe at 11 a.m. in Ohio Stadium prior to the LiFE Sports Football Spring Game. The matchup with the AFA Falcons will also be broadcast by BTN.

Against Hobart, Ohio State led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and 5-4 at halftime. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the third quarter to take a four-goal lead (8-4) before the Statesmen then went on a four-goal run to tie the game with six minutes left in regulation. Ohio State briefly regained the lead but Hobart scored six seconds later to tie the game at 9-all with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, sending the contest to overtime.

Alexander led the Buckeyes with three goals and four points in the win. Buckeye junior and leading scorer Logan Schusshad two goals and three points, with senior Mike Smail scoring twice and freshman Jesse King chipping in a goal and an assist. Senior defenseman Keenan Ochwat had four caused turnovers in the contest, with classmate Joe Bonannipicking up a team-best five groundballs. In the cage, sophomore goalie Greg Dutton had 11 saves for Ohio State.

Ohio State and Hobart traded goals twice in the first quarter, with the game tied at 2-all at 6:09. Hobart's Sam Miller opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the contest before Schuss set up King for a tally at 12:58 for a 1-1 game. Cam Stone pushed Hobart ahead at 9:35 before Smail tallied off a pass from sophomore Michael Italiano at 6:09. Alexander set up juniorKevin Mack for a score at 3:46 to give the Buckeyes the lead for the first time. Shots were 12-7 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter, with Dutton making two saves and Hobart's Peter Zonino making seven stops.Each team scored twice in the second quarter as Ohio State carried a 5-4 lead into halftime. Hobart's Alex Love tied the game for the third time (3-3) just 1:00 into the stanza. The next goal came at 8:56 when Smail scored, assisted by freshmanTurner Evans, for a 4-3 Buckeye advantage but the Statesmen responded on Emmy Poccia's goal at 5:34. Schuss scored less than a minute late to put Ohio State ahead (5-4). Hobart outshot Ohio State, 7-6, with Zonino making two saves and Dutton stopping one.

The Buckeyes scored the first three goals of the third quarter to take an 8-4 lead. King fed Schuss for a tally 29 seconds into the stanza before Alexander scored back-to-back unassisted goals at 12:32 and 6:26 to push Ohio State's advantage to four. Hobart scored its first goal of the quarter at 5:35 when Taylor Vanderbeek tallied a man-down goal. Ohio State led in shots, 12-7, with the goalies combining for 10 saves. Zonino had six stops, with Dutton making four saves.

In the fourth quarter, Hobart scored three goals in a 3:40 span to tie the game. Love tallied man-up at 9:40, with Stone tallying 47 seconds later and Chris Pedersen tying the game at 8-all at 6:00. Ohio State's Nick Liddil converted a man-up chance, assisted by freshman David Planning, at 4:27 but Hobart's Bobby Dattilo won the ensuing faceoff and scored just six seconds later for a 9-9 game. Neither team was able to score the rest of regulation, sending the game to overtime. Hobart outshot the Buckeyes, 12-5, in the quarter and Dutton had four saves, with Zonino making three saves.

Hobart won the opening faceoff in overtime and, after a timeout, held the ball until a turnover with 1:31 gave the Buckeyes the ball. Ohio State cleared and took a timeout of its own. After a save, Schuss picked up the groundball and the ball came to Alexander, who was able to complete his hat trick and lift the Buckeyes to the victory. Ohio State attempted the only two shots of the overtime period, with Zonino stopping the first.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Hobart, 37-33. Dutton played 63:34 for the Buckeyes and made 11 saves. Hobart's Zonino, who entered the game first in the NCAA in saves per game, had 19 stops in all 63:34.

Ohio State ended the game ahead in groundballs, 29-25, led by Bonanni with five and Ochwat with four. Ochwat had four of the Buckeyes' seven caused turnovers.

The Buckeyes were successful on 19-of-21 clears, with Hobart 18-for-21. The Statesmen controlled faceoffs, winning 16 of 22 on the day. Each team scored one EMO goal; Ohio State was 1-for-3 and Hobart was 1-for-5.

Postgame Notes
• The game was Ohio State's first overtime game and victory since defeating Penn State, 6-5, in 3OT March 5, 2011.
• Alexander had his second four-point game of the year (the fourth of his career) and his first hat trick of the season. He has eight goals, five assists and 13 points to tie for third on the squad.
• Schuss extended his point streak to 41 with his 11th multiple-point game of the season. He is first on the squad with 31 goals, 12 assists and 43 points. He now has 151 career points to rank seventh in Ohio State history, moving ahead of Bill Rodgers who had 150 from 1978-81.
• Dutton had his sixth game (including four of the last five) with 10+ saves. He has a 7.28 goals-against average and .577 save percentage this season.
• Smail had his first two-goal game this season and his third two-point game of the year.
• Ochwat matched his career high, set three times before, with four caused turnovers. He leads the team with 21 this season.
• Evans extended his point streak to five with an assist, with his goal-scoring streak stopped at four. He has six goals, three assists and nine points in the last five games combined.
• Liddil is on a three-game goal-scoring streak and has a point in each of his last six games. This year, he has 13 points to tie for third on the squad, including five goals and eight assists.
• King is second on the team with 11 goals and 16 points. It was his sixth multiple-point game of the year.
• Mack's goal was his first this season and the second of his career. His first was Feb. 27, 2010 vs. Detroit.
• Ohio State has outshot each of its last seven opponents.
• The Buckeyes have allowed more than nine goals just once this year. The squad is allowing 7.64 goals a game this season.


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