Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/8/11
From Press Releases
Despite playing neck-and-neck with No. 13 Ohio State, a third-quarter surge proved too much to overcome as the Buckeyes downed the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team, 11-7, on Tuesday evening.
The Mountain Hawks (3-2) tied the score midway through the second quarter, but struggled to penetrate a strong Buckeyes’ (5-1) defense, scoring only three more goals the rest of the way.
Down 2-0 in the early going, Lehigh came back to pull even on two occasions. Ohio State responded, outscoring the Mountain Hawks, 4-1, in the third quarter to go ahead by four. Lehigh did score a pair in the fourth, but it proved too little, too late.
Lehigh did lead the final shot count, 35-29, but a strong Buckeyes’ defense kept numerous Mountain Hawk attempts to the outside. Senior Cameron Lao-Gosney led the attack with three points via two goals and an assist. Sophomore Dante Fantoni also netted a pair to improve his point streak to 17 straight games. Fellow sophomore David DiMaria recorded an assist to up his streak to 15.
Sophomore Ryan Snyder enjoyed another solid game at the faceoff X, winning 11-of-21, including 10 of his last 16. He also scooped up six ground balls to up his season total to 51 through five games. Fantoni was active on both ends of the field, also tying a career high with four ground balls.
For Ohio State, freshman FOGO Shawn Kaplan (Plymouth Whitemarsh) won 11 of 20 draws and junior midfielder Eddie Bambino (Penn Charter) scooped one groundball.
Down 9-5 after three quarters, the Mountain Hawks tried to pull closer on two occasions. Junior Roman Lao-Gosney netted the first goal of the fourth with a nifty split dodge to get himself free before beating Ohio State goalie Greg Dutton high to make it 9-6.
The Buckeyes responded at 6:49 via a Logan Schuss marker to make it 10-6. Lehigh would not go quietly as Fantoni scored his second of the game at 3:20 to pull the Mountain Hawks back within three. However, with sophomore goaltender Dan Carr (Penn Charter five saves) out of the net applying pressure, Tyler Frederick scored on the empty net to make it 11-7 at 2:14.
The resilient Mountain Hawks continued to fight, getting a flurry of tremendous opportunities on goal in the final minute, but Dutton made a pair of sensational stops to keep the final margin at four.
Ohio State took a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of goals only 3:26 into the game, but the Mountain Hawks answered with three of the next four tallied to pull even. Cameron Lao-Gosney got Lehigh on the board at 8:17, making a strong move from behind the net before beating Dutton in front. Ohio State got one back, but Gosney answered at 1:03 following a similar move from behind the goal.
Early in the second quarter, DiMaria set junior Adam Johnston up beautifully in front of the crease. Johnston did the rest, finishing the one-timer past Dutton high to make it 3-3.
Dominique Alexander helped Ohio State regain a 4-3 lead, but the Mountain Hawks converted a broken play on the man advantage to again pull even. A loose ball looked to be a turnover, but the ball eventually bounced to Fantoni all alone in front of the goal. He easily beat Dutton high to make it 4-4 with 7:20 on the clock.
Ohio State responded to go back up, 5-4, with 1:11 remaining as Jeff Tundo fired a rocket that beat Carr low. That score stood heading into the half.
The Buckeyes came out of the locker room on fire, scoring at 12:57 of the third quarter before converting a transition opportunity just over a minute later into their largest lead of the game, 7-4.
North Carolin 12, Penn 6
Thomas Wood scored three first quarter goals to power North Carolina to a 6-1 lead after the first 15 minutes as the 15th-ranked Tar Heels went on to beat the No. 9 Quakers (3-1).
UNC won its third straight game to improve to 4-1.
Pennsylvania had allowed only 15 goals this season and no more than six in a game. But by the end of the first quarter the Tar Heels had matched that total, taking a 6-1 lead. From that point on, UNC led by at least four goals through the remainder of the match. Four times the Quakers pulled within four goals but UNC scored quickly to put separation between it and Penn each time.
Al Kohart led the Quakers with three goals and an assist.
Harvard 16, Georgetown 15
Peter Schwartz (La Salle) had a goal and two assists to help Harvard prevail.
Chestnut Hill College 11, American International 8
The Griffins improved to 2-2 as Mike Landau netted four goals, Mike Melnychenko had three and Junji Wiener added two.