Otterbein Out-Guns Baldwin Wallace in OAC Semis
from press release
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Cardinal men's lacrosse team moved one step closer to an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) title Wednesday afternoon, playing to a 16-10 win over visiting Baldwin Wallace University in tournament semifinal action.
Otterbein University, the tournament's top seed, improves to 11-4 on the season while the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets end their spring schedule at an even 7-7.
The Cardinals will host No. 3 seed John Carroll University Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m., for the conference's inaugural championship game. The Blue Streaks, which suffered a 15-7 loss to Otterbein earlier this season, advanced with an 8-6 win at second-seeded Mount Union.
Both sides scored early and sat tied at 1-1 midway through the opening quarter, but Otterbein took control behind the dominant play of sophomore Carlos Salazar at the faceoff-X.
Salazar lost two of his initial three faceoffs before winning 21 in a row, helping the Cardinals control possession throughout most of the first half. BW trailed just 5-3 midway through the second quarter, but four goals in the last 6:17 catapulted Otterbein to a 9-3 cushion entering the break.
The two teams traded goals over the course of the third quarter before Otterbein put the game away, rattling off three-unanswered scores to take a 15-6 lead with 12:42 left on the game clock.
The Yellow Jackets netted three late goals down the stretch, scoring two and receiving another off an 'own goal' from the Cardinals when goalie James Gundling intercepted a pass before accidentally knocking it into his own cage.
Otterbein's man-down unit limited the Yellow Jackets to going just 3 for 11 on extra-man opportunities. Both teams attempted 26 shots on goal, with Gundling making 14 saves on the Otterbein back-end.
Cardinal sophomore Robbie Guiliano turned in his best game of the season, scoring a game-high five goals on just six total shot attempts. Senior Mike Dattolo scored three times and assisted on two others while classmate Pat Teynor recorded four points.
Otterbein leading-scorer Mikey O'Neal, entering the game ranking top-10 in the country for most assists per game, handed out another four helpers to bump his season total to 44. Salazar finished the day 22 of 25 in the middle and now holds a .658 faceoff percentage this spring.
Four different players netted two goals for BW, which committed just one penalty in the game compared to 11 for Otterbein.
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