No. 3 Ohio State Shuts Down No. 17 Towson in Tourney Opener

Schuss moved his Ohio State career goals record to 145 and is second in Buckeye history with 234 points, with at least one point in all 61 collegiate games. He leads the Buckeyes with 43 goals, 26 assists and 69 points, the eight-highest single-season total in program history. In the Buckeyes' three postseason games, Schuss, the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, has 15 points.

King is second for the Buckeyes with 30 goals, 22 assists and 52 points. He has 10 goals and 16 points in the Buckeyes' three postseason games, with five or more points in each game. His four goals vs. Towson matched his career high, set vs. Loyola in the ECAC semifinals May 2.

During its seven-game winning streak, Ohio State is averaging 13.71 goals a game, allowing 8.29 a game. The Buckeyes are now 11-0 this season when scoring 10 or more goals. The squad has outscored opponents, 98-53, in the second half this year.

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Columbus, Ohio No. 3 Ohio State held No. 17 Towson to two goals in the second half en route to a 16-6 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Ohio State.

Towson (10-8) scored two of the first three goals before Ohio State (12-4) asserted itself, scoring four straight goals and holding an 8-4 lead at halftime. The Buckeyes' defense improved in the second half, holding Towson scoreless for 14:46 over the second and third quarters and for 12:27 over the third and fourth quarters.

Junior Andrew Hodgson led the Tigers with a hat trick, while senior Matt Hughes posted two goals for the second straight game. Logan Schuss had a game-high six points on three goals and three assists for Ohio State. Senior Andrew Wascavage made eight saves for the Tigers, while Greg Dutton stopped seven shots for the Buckeyes.

"I want to commend Ohio State on an excellent game today," said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. "That said, we can't make as many mistakes as we did today, we can't allow them so many opportunities as far as possession times. They are a very balanced team and a very dangerous offense.

"I'm extremely proud of our team this year, and how they competed from the start to the finish. We didn't start strong, but we finished strong. We were one of 16 teams to play in the NCAA tournament. A lot of people didn't give us a chance, but our guys believed in themselves and put in the effort to get us to this point, back into the conversation as being a top team in the country."

The Tigers won the opening face-off and worked the ball quickly down into the Buckeyes' defensive zone. Sophomore Greg Cuccinello moved down the left side of the field and passed to Hughes who was waiting right in front of the cage. Hughes continued his stellar end of season play, posting the game's first goal at 14:13.

Just under five minutes later, Schuss equalized for OSU unassisted at 9:16. The Tigers got strong play from their defense in the first quarter, particularly sophomore JoJo Ostrander and junior Jordan Fortmann. A caused turnover by Ostrander late in the third quarter led to a goal from Hodgson, off a feed from sophomore Justin Mabus, that gave Towson a 2-1 lead at 5:37 in the first quarter.

OSU's King knotted the score at 2-2 with under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, and Carter Brown gave the Buckeyes the lead with 29 seconds left in the quarter, 3-2. Ohio State picked up a controversial David Planning goal as time expired on the first frame to hold a 4-2 advantage.

A series of quick passes led to King's second goal for the Buckeyes at 14:09 in the second, but Towson's Hodgson answered with his second of the game at 13:31 to inch the Tigers closer, 5-3. King's third goal and a fast break tally from Dominique Alexander at 5:40 pushed the Buckeyes' margin to four, 7-3. Hodgson then notched his second hat trick of the season with 2:06 left in the half. But confusion over the timer and possession led to another Ohio State goal, and the Buckeyes held an 8-4 advantage at the half.

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2013-05-12



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