No. 4 North Carolina Rallies to Defeat Ohio State in Shootout

Carolina's margin of victory was it biggest against the Buckeyes since a 14-5 win in 2006. The Buckeyes gave up a season-high 19 goals, exceeding the 14 they gave up to Bellarmine last Saturday. The 13 goals were the second most the Heels have given up this season.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Despite seven goals and eight points from leading scorer freshman Logan Schuss, the Ohio State men's lacrosse team dropped a 19-13 game to No. 4 North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., to close out the regular season.

Schuss' seven goals, with four in the first quarter, are tied for the seventh-most in a single game in Buckeye history and are the most since Joel Dalgarno scored nine vs. Denver April 19, 2008. Schuss ends the year as the team's leading scorer with 56 points, the most points for a freshman in Buckeye history. The eight points, a season high for Schuss, are the most for a Buckeye since Dalgarno had 12 against the Pioneers in 2008.

The Buckeyes (7-8 on the year) led by as many as four (8-4) in the first half before the Tar Heels tied the game at 10-all before halftime. UNC (12-2) scored 15 of the final 20 goals for the win.

The Tar Heels scored just eight seconds into the game when Billy Bitter tallied. Schuss tied the game at 1-all at 9:31 off a failed clear before Jeff Muscatello scored on a low quick shot two minutes later to regain the Tar Heels' lead (2-1). At 5:17 Gavin Petracca extended the advantage to two. The Buckeyes then took control, scoring four goals in the final 3:08 of the quarter to hold a 6-3 lead after one.

Zach Boyt set up Paul Beery at 3:08 and Mike Pires found Schuss at 2:19 to tie the game at 3-all. Off the ensuing faceoff Schuss was able to scoop it up and score at 2:08 while drawing a penalty to put Ohio State ahead for the first time. The Buckeyes converted the man-up chance when Pires found Schuss at 1:25 for a two-goal lead, 5-3, after one quarter.

The Buckeyes extended the lead to as much as four (8-4), but the Tar Heels hung in and were able to tie the game at 10 before halftime. A penalty assessed at the end of the first quarter gave Ohio State a man-up chance to start the second and Ohio State took advantage, with Schuss finding Mario Ventiquattro in close at 14:38 for a three-goal Buckeye advantage, and Ventiquattro scored unassisted at 14:05 to make the score 7-4.

UNC's Thomas Wood ended the Buckeyes' six-goal run with a tally at 13:24. At 9:58 Ohio State's Jarred Bowman scored on a long shot, making the score 8-4. The Tar Heels scored back-to-back goals 17 seconds apart by Marcus Holman (8:47) and Milton Lyles (8:30) to draw within two. Mike Smail tallied falling down at 7:17 for a 9-6 Buckeye edge before UNC responded with goals from Sean DeLaney (man-up) and Petracca in 27 seconds (5:39 and 5:12) to draw within one. Schuss was credited with his fifth goal of the game at 3:04 when the Tar Heel goalie made the save, but the ball was knocked over the line by UNC.

The Tar Heels scored the final two goals of the quarter to tie the game at 10-all. Petracca's shot rolled over the line at 2:08 and Wood tallied man-up with 1:25 remaining. The Tar Heel goalies combined for six saves in the quarter. Starter Chris Madalon was replaced with 5:12 remaining after allowing nine goals and making five saves. His replacement, Steven Rastivo, had four saves on five shots in the final 5:12.

UNC scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter, making it a five-goal run and taking a 14-10 lead. Michael Burns scored 33 seconds into the second half to put North Carolina ahead (11-10) for the first time since early in the first quarter, with Wood scoring at 12:25, Matt Davis tallying at 9:12 and Zander Walters ending the stretch at 5:17. Schuss scored twice (4:17 from Smail and 1:42), sandwiched around a tally from Wood (2:41) to give the Tar Heels a 15-12 lead through three.

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2010-05-08



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