OSU's Schroder's Rare Goal Deemed Top Play by ESPN

After stoning a Cornell attack with one of his nine saves in Saturday's NCAA tournament win, Ohio State goalie Stefan Schroder turned the tables Saturday putting a goal on the board rather than preventing one.

Following the stop, Schroder, with his head on a swivel, advanced through the Cornell attack, crossed midfield and continued to venture into normally uncharted territory. He reached the Ohio State attack zone, faked a pass or two to decoy defenders and fired a scoring shot to put the give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.

The Buckeyes held the lead for good en route to a convincing 15-7 win and a shot at No. 1 seed Duke next week in the NCAA quarterfinals. But that is next week.

This week, Schroder's score has received national recognition not often seen in the lacrosse circles. His play landed the No. 1 spot on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 highlights of the day Saturday and also was the "Play of the Day" on CNN.

Schroder's score proved to have staying power. During the Sunday morning SportsCenter, it gained the seventh-best play in the Top 10 highlights for the week. According to Schroder, the play was not a surprise to the Buckeyes. They had given the option a few looks in practice last week.

"We kind of talked a little bit during the week. I saw a lane and I took," Schroder, a senior from Kirkville, N.Y., said, "I had a chance to take it to the goal, so I did."

Kevin Buchanan, Ohio State's second all-time leading scorer, was impressed with Schroder's hidden attack skills.

"The Red Sea parted and he just took it to the hopper and put it off stick side," Buchanan, who had two goals and three points Saturday, said. "He shoots better than I do."

That is up for debate, but the stat sheet backs Schroder, and there was no doubt the rare goal set a tone for Ohio State's victory.

"If I was a goalie and got scored on by a goalie, it would get in my head a little," Schroder said. "I was seeing the ball pretty well today and my shooting percentage is 100 percent so I can't complain. I hoped it would fire up my teammates. It put us in the lead and that was the main thing for us to get up and hold the lead throughout."


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