Ohio State Escapes Hobart with Overtime Victory

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Junior Dominique Alexander's tally lifted Ohio State 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 match-up, 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 11:00 a.m. in Ohio Stadium prior to the LiFE Sports Football Spring Game. The match-up 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 Schuss had 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 Bonanni picking 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 junior Kevin 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 freshman Turner 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.

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