Buckeyes Top Wolverines in Battle at the Big House

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ohio State defeated Michigan, 12-9, in the first meeting between the teams as varsity programs Saturday. The game, dubbed the Battle at the Big House, was played in Michigan Stadium in front of 4,458 fans.

"We are thankful for the opportunity to play in Michigan Stadium today," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "It's a special day for both programs as we were able to bring the Ohio State and Michigan rivalry onto the lacrosse field. We are excited to be going home with the win and the chance to play in front of a record-breaking crowd in Ohio Stadium Saturday."

Ohio State (6-6, 3-1 ECAC) led 3-1 after the first quarter and was ahead 7-5 at halftime. The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines, 3-1, in the third quarter to extend the lead to 10-6 and Michigan had three of the five goals scored in the fourth quarter for the 12-9 final.

Junior Logan Schuss led Ohio State with three goals and five points. Freshman Jesse King and sophomore Tyler Frederick each scored twice, with King adding an assist for a three-point game. Junior Dominique Alexander had a team-best three assists, sophomore Adam Trombley posted two assists and freshman David Planning had a goal and an assist. Senior defenseman Keenan Ochwat had a team-high and career-best seven groundballs, along with two caused turnovers, while sophomore Steve Knezick won eight faceoffs for the squad.

Next up, the Buckeyes will host Air Force in the Showdown in the Shoe at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. The game is in Ohio Stadium, prior to the Ohio State football LiFE Sports Spring Game. The ECAC match-up with the Falcons will be televised live by BTN.

Against Michigan, Ohio State opened the scoring with a goal by Planning, assisted by Schuss, at 9:46 but the Wolverines answered less than a minute later to tie the game. Ohio State regained the lead at 5:51 when senior defenseman Joe Bonanni scored on a long shot from the Ohio State defensive box, about three-fourths of the field away from the cage. Coming out of a timeout late in the quarter, King found Schuss for a goal with two seconds left for a 3-1 Buckeye lead after one. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines, 11-4, in the quarter. Buckeye sophomore goalie Greg Dutton had three saves in the quarter.

The teams traded goals early in the second quarter for a 4-2 Buckeye advantage at the 12:14 mark. King scored, with an assist from Turner Evans, at 13:48. Michigan converted once on a two-minute non-releasable advantage when Trevor Yealy scored at 12:14. Ohio State then scored twice in less than a minute for a 6-2 lead. Frederick tallied, assisted by Alexander, at 6:39.

A penalty was called after the goal and Planning found Schuss at 5:44 for a man-up tally. The Wolverines scored back-to-back goals in 11 seconds, with David McCormack scoring at 5:16 and Brian Greiner converting after the next faceoff at 5:05. The teams again traded goals quickly, with Schuss scoring from just outside the crease, assisted by Trombley at 4:48 following a faceoff win by Knezick and Alex Vasileff tallied for the Wolverines at 3:35. Shots were 9-7 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter and Dutton made three saves. Ohio State led 7-5 at halftime.

The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines, 3-1, in the third quarter for a 10-6 lead. At 12:00 Frederick tallied, set up by Alexander, before junior Kevin Mack drove the cage himself in transition for a score at 8:38. Schuss found junior Patrick Toohey for a goal at 6:02 as Ohio State extended its lead to 10-5. Michigan scored the final goal of the quarter with 5:49 remaining. Ohio State outshot Michigan, 9-6, in the stanza.

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