Ohio State Downs GWLL Foe Butler, 14-10

COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior Andrew Bender had a career-best six points and freshman goalie John Bolen made 15 saves, leading the Ohio State men's lacrosse team to a 14-10 victory over Great Western Lacrosse League opponent Butler Friday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in front in 888 fans. The victory, Ohio State's fifth in a row, improves the Buckeyes' overall record to 5-4 and they remain undefeated in league play at 2-0. Butler drops to 3-8 on the year and 0-2 in the conference.

Bender had three goals and three assists for a game-high and career-best six points. Freshman Joel Dalgarno had five points on three goals and two assists, while senior Craig Nolan also had a hat trick.

The teams combined for seven goals in the first quarter. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Nolan (Plano, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) opened the scoring at 13:05, taking a long pass from Scott Matthews (Fr., Nottingham, Md./Boys' Latin) and beating Butler goalie Ryan Kaiser. Bender (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) followed with a goal at 12:18. The teams traded goals the rest of the quarter, with OSU ending the stanza ahead, 4-3. Adam Wade scored a man-down goal for the Bulldogs at 10:44, with Nolan responding, assisted by Bender, at 8:11. Butler's Pat Hurto tallied at 7:24 and Cliff Smith scored at 5:39, surrounding a goal by Buckeye Peter Schell (So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) with 6:12 on the clock.

Ohio State outscored Butler, 5-3, in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 9-6 lead. After Buckeye Ben Wolff (Sr., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) put the Buckeyes ahead by two (5-3) with a man-down goal assisted by Josh Funk (So., Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) at 9:46, Butler scored twice in 1:11 to tie the game at 5. Jeremy Sieverts tallied at 8:51, followed by Wade's man-up goal at 7:40. OSU then went on a three-goal run to go ahead, 8-5. Jason Lutz (Jr., Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) scored at 6:37, assisted by Bender, and Nolan scored his third goal of the game, with Wolff assisting, at 5:15. Bender closed out the Buckeye run with a goal at 3:39, taking a pass from Joel Dalgarno (Fr., Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio). Butler ended the Buckeye streak on Pat Hurto's goal at 2:18 and Kevin Buchanan (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) set up Dalarno for a goal with 1:15 left on the clock.

Each team scored just once in the third quarter. Dalgarno set up Bender for a man-up goal at 7:03. Butler's Smith scored with just 45 seconds remaining in the quarter, as the Buckeyes kept the Bulldogs scoreless for 16:33. In the third quarter, Buckeye goalie Bolen (Fr., Potomac, Md./Landon) made eight saves on nine Butler attempts.

In the fourth quarter, Ohio State outscored the Bulldogs, 4-3. Dalgarno scored twice at 14:36 and 12:11 (assisted by Stephen McKinlay (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio), sandwiched around a Butler goal by Wade. The teams traded goals to close out the game. Bender set up Kevin Buchanan (So., Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) with the Buckeyes on a man-up opportunity at 6:39 and Buchanan scored unassisted at 2:15. For Butler, Doug Mathias tallied at 5:57 and Smith completed his hat trick with 1:13 remaining. With four minutes remaining in regulation, the game was halted because of lightening, prompting a 30-minute delay before the game could be completed.

Bolen had a career-best 15 saves in the game. He played 59:20 in the cage. Drew May (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet Jesuit) came in for 40 seconds in the second quarter after Bolen was assessed a penalty, making one save and keeping the Bulldogs off the board. Kaiser started the game for the Bulldogs, making two saves and allowing eight goals in 26:27. Kyle Harer closed out the game, making nine saves and giving up six goals in 33:33. Ohio State outshot Butler, 42-36.

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