Balanced Attack Leads No. 3 Notre Dame Past No. 8 Ohio State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio No. 8 Ohio State lost to No. 3 Notre Dame, 9-4, Wednesday inside the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes are now 5-2 on the year, while the Irish move to 5-1.

Ohio State, which faced a Top 10 ranked opponent in each of its last four games, returns to action with its third game in a week when it plays Bellarmine in a conference game at 7:00 p.m. Saturday in Louisville, Ky. It is the first of six-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League games for the Buckeyes. The squad will host back-to-back home games, taking on defending NCAA champion Loyola at 1:30 .m. March 30 and Hobart at noon April 6.

The Buckeyes and Irish were tied 1-1 with 12:14 left in the first quarter, with sophomore Reegan Comeault scoring for the Buckeyes (assisted by classmate Turner Evans), before the Irish went on a five-goal run to close out the first half leading 6-1. Notre Dame scored at 5:41 and 3:10 of the first and then had goals at 14:29, 7:48 and 6:24 of the second quarter. Ohio State was outshot 8-6 in the opening stanza and 12-3 in the second quarter.

The teams were scoreless in the third quarter and each scored three times in the fourth quarter, trading goals three times. Comeault ended the Buckeyes' scoreless streak at 10:47 of the fourth quarter, again assisted by Evans, for a 6-2 contest. The Irish scored 1:01 later but Buckeye sophomore David Planning answered, assisted by senior Logan Schuss, 25 seconds after to make it 7-3.

Sean Rogers tallied for Notre Dame at 5:25 and Ohio State again scored quickly, as Schuss set up sophomore Jesse King for a man-up tally 24 seconds later. The final goal came from Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh with 1:50 left in regulation. Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 15-4, in the third quarter as Buckeye junior goalie Greg Dutton made five saves in the stanza. The Buckeyes had the shot advantage in the fourth quarter, 14-7, with ND goalie John Kemp making six saves.

For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 42-27, an opponent season high. Dutton had a season-high 10 saves in the game and now has an 8.41 goals-against average this season. Kemp made 11 saves for the Irish.

Ohio State won 8 of 17 faceoffs, with senior Trey Wilkes winning 8 of 15. He has won 72 of 123 (.585) this year and entered the game leading the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage. Notre Dame won the groundball battle, 32-24. Reigning ECAC Specialist of the Week Michael Italiano led Ohio State with five and has 19 in his last four games combined. Wilkes is first on the team with 25 groundballs, followed by junior Darius Bowling with 24 and Italiano with 20.

Ohio State, which entered the game second nationally in extra-man offense, was 1 for 3 on man-up chances, while Notre Dame converted its lone opportunity.

Schuss extended his point streak to 52 (118-72-190) and his streak with multiple points to 28 games, while King has a nine-game goal scoring streak (18) and is on a 13-game point streak (23-13-36). Planning has a goal in each of his last five games (8) and a point in each of his last eight outings (10-3-13). With two assists, Evans has multiple points in all five games he has played this season (7-4-11). Comeault's goals were his first of the season and marked his third career two-goal game (last April 21, 2012 vs. Air Force).

On the year, Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 16 goals and 24 points, with King second with 15 goals and 22 points. Freshman Carter Brown, who was held scoreless for the first time in his Buckeye career, is first with 11 assists and third with 21 points.

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2013-03-20



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