No. 3 Denver Falls to No. 10 Ohio State in ECAC Title Game

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GENEVA, N.Y. – Ohio State won the 2013 ECAC Championship, defeating top seed and No. 4-ranked Denver, 11-10, Saturday at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. The Buckeyes' victory earned the squad its first ECAC tournament title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

No. 10 ranked Ohio State, the tournament's No. 3 seed, defeated No. 2 seed and No. 4-ranked Loyola in the semifinals, 18-11. The Buckeyes, on a six-game winning streak, are now 12-3 this season.

The 16-team 2013 NCAA Championship bracket will be announced at 9:00 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU. First-round games will be played at eight campus sites Saturday and Sunday.

“I am very proud of the men,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We came to Geneva with the intention of bringing an ECAC championship home to Columbus. We are excited to have achieved our goal and look forward to the NCAA tournament and the new challenge that lies ahead.”

In the championship game against Denver (12-4), Ohio State led 4-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 6-3 in the second quarter before the Pioneers closed the first half on a three-goal run to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. The teams were tied three times in the third quarter, with Ohio State leading twice (7-6, 9-8) and Denver leading at 8-7. Entering the fourth quarter, the teams were tied at 9 after a DU goal with 1:45 remaining in the third stanza. In the fourth quarter, Buckeye senior co-captain Logan Schuss put the Buckeyes ahead 10-9 at 4:12 before the Pioneers tied it with 2:52 remaining. Sophomore Turner Evans netted the gamewinner with 24 seconds left, scoring off an assist from classmate Jesse King.

Schuss was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points in the tourney. He had two goals and an assist in the championship game. King had 11 points, with six goals and five assists, in the two games combined, including two goals and a career-high four assists for a career-high tying six points in the final. Evans had seven goals in the tournament, with a career-high tying four Saturday. Senior Trey Wilkes won 12 faceoffs against Denver and picked up a team-best seven groundballs. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves vs. the Pioneers.

The Buckeyes led 4-2 after the opening 15 minutes. The teams were scoreless through the first 9:05 before King set up Evans for a 1-0 Buckeye lead. Just 49 seconds later freshman Charlie Schnider assisted on a goal from senior Dan Wertz. Denver's Chase Carraro scored seven seconds after that off the faceoff but King scored unassisted 42 seconds later for a 3-1 Ohio State lead. Wesley Berg drew within one (3-2) at 2:21. With time winding down and the timer on, Buckeye senior Dominique Alexander found King for a tally and a 4-2 Buckeye advantage.

In the second, Denver's Taylor Young scored at 12:42, but Ohio State answered at 11:30 when Schuss set up freshman Carter Brown at 11:30 and King found Evans at 10:59 with Ohio State man-up, putting the Buckeyes ahead, 6-3. Denver scored the final three goals of the quarter to send the teams into the lockerroom tied at 6. Jeremy Noble tallied at 10:04 and Law and Berg scored back-to-back at 3:43 and 3:02. Dutton made four saves in the quarter.

Buckeye junior Darius Bowling assisted on a Schuss goal in transition at 14:28 to open the third quarter scoring, putting Ohio State ahead 8-6. The Pioneers then scored the next two goals, from Eric Adamson at 12:21 and Carraro at 6:43 with the timer on, to take their first lead of the game (8-7). Off a failed clear, junior Adam Trombley was able to get to the groundball and score to tie the game at 8. Evans talied, assisted by King, at 2:26 but Cameron Flint responded for the Pioneers at 1:45 to make it a 9-all game after the third quarter.

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