No. 9 UVa Drops Weather-Delayed Nail-Biter to #12 Ohio State

Rob Emery tied the game at 8-8 on a pass from Owen Van Arsdale, but Ohio State scored with 5:29 left in the third quarter to take a 9-8 lead. Schuss gave the Buckeyes a 10-8 advantage at the end of the third period when his errant pass with time running down caromed off a crowd in front of the goal and finding its way into the net, passing Heller with four seconds left. Then the lightning day came.

Virginia won the shots battle, 33-27, the ground balls battle, 39-24, and had more saves, 8-6. Turnovers were the same, 12-12, and faceoffs were dead-even, 12-12.

White had two goals and one assist, while Cockerton had a goal and two assists to help pace UVa. King led Ohio State with two goals and one assist.

Virginia returns to action next Saturday when they face Johns Hopkins in the seventh annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The battle for the Doyle Smith Cup will commence with a 4:30 p.m. faceoff inside Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium and will be televised in HD on ESPNU.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team posted an 11-10 victory at No. 9/11 Virginia Saturday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 on the year, while Virginia is now 5-3.

“I'm proud of the effort we got out of our men today,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “We faced several moments of adversity including a long weather delay but stayed the course, dug in and got a road win.”

The Buckeyes held a 10-8 lead after three quarters before the game was delayed for an hour and 43 minutes because of weather. The Cavaliers scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, tying the game with 1:48 remaining but the Buckeyes caused a turnover after the ensuing faceoff and senior Dominique Alexander was able to score to put Ohio State back ahead, 11-10, 17 seconds later. Ohio State held Virginia scoreless the rest the way, including on a 30-second EMO chance in the final minute. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made three saves in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Ohio State trailed 4-1 late in the first quarter but went on a four-goal run to take a 5-4 lead with 3:30 left in the first half. The teams traded goals in the final 1:10 of the second quarter, with freshman Tyler Pfister scoring with 12 seconds remaining for a 6-5 Buckeye lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Ohio State scored the first goal before Virginia tied the game at 7-all at 10:09. Ohio State again responded quickly and Carter Brown put the Buckeyes ahead eight seconds later. The Cavaliers deadlocked the score at 8-all with 7:46 left but goals from David Planning (at 5:29) and Logan Schuss (with 4 seconds left) regained the Buckeye lead.

Sophomore Jesse King and Brown each had two goals and an assist for three points to lead the Buckeyes. Planning and Schuss each scored twice while Pfister had a goal and an assist. Senior Trey Wilkes won 10 of 20 faceoffs while junior Michael Italiano had a team-best seven groundballs.

Virginia led 4-2 after the first quarter. Nick O'Reilly scored twice for the Cavaliers at 10:12 and 8:00 before King, assisted by Brown, put Ohio State on the board at 4:58. Ryan Tucker extended the lead to 3-1 at 2:08 and O'Reilly completed his hat trick with 47 seconds left in the quarter. With time running down, freshman Charlie Schnider found classmate Brown for a goal with just 0.1 left on the clock to bring the Buckeyes within two (4-2).

The Buckeyes scored the first three goals of the second quarter to tie the game and take the lead for the first time. King scored 2:10 into the stanza to draw the Buckeyes within one. With 4:13 left in the quarter Planning tallied to tie the game, assisted by Pfister, followed by an Evans goal, set up by King, at 3:30 for a 5-4 Buckeye advantage. Virginia's Mark Cockerton scored with 1:10 left to deadlock the game at 5 but a Buckeye goal from Pfister with just 12 seconds left in the half gave the Buckeyes a 6-5 lead at halftime.

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