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OHIO STATE NIPS MEN'S LACROSSE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME, 10-9
—Freshman midfielder Kyle Buchanan scored with remaining in the second overtime period to propel visiting Baltimore, MD (1-2) to a 10-9 victory over UMBC (0-2) in a contest played at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. Ohio State
It was the second straight year that the two teams had battled into two overtimes, with UMBC winning at home, 8-7 last season.
The game featured five ties and neither team gained more than a two-goal lead. OSU senior attackman Kyle Olson scored twice in the first four minutes to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead, but UMBC answered with three goals to grab a 3-2 lead after one period. After Olson scored his third goal to open the second quarter, UMBC junior attackman Brendan Mundorf scored his third goal of the game and Andy Gallagher scored on a man-up situation to give UMBC a 5-3 advantage. But OSU’s Gary Bining matched Gallagher’s extra-man score with to play in the second and the trimmed UMBC’s lead to 5-4 at intermission.
After the teams split four third period goals,
took command by scoring the first three goals of the fourth quarter. Buchanan tied the game at 7-7 just 52 seconds in the quarter, and goals by Andrew Bender and Tom Randisi gave OSU a 9-7 advantage with left. The Buckeyes had controlled 14 of the first 17 face-offs until that point, but UMBC won the next two draws, and capitalized with scored from Gallagher (2:52) and senior midfielder Joe Cahill, who got the game-tying goal on a left handed shot from 11 yards out with 2:10 to play. Ohio State
Mundorf nearly got the game-winner for UMBC in regulation, but his attempt came clearly after the scoreboard clock reached 0:00.
After both teams failed on chances in the first extra session,
controlled the draw in the second, and took advantage when UMBC turned the ball over after gaining possession in its own end. Olson’s open look was saved by Retriever senior netminder Kevin Cepelak, but the rebound went to OSU’s Justin Doran. He found Buchanan open and the local product ( Ohio State ) beat Cepelak from eight yards away. Calvert Hall College
Mundorf led all scorers with 3 goals and 3 assists, but he was held off the scoreboard in the second half. Cahill posted a career best four-point effort with 2 goals and 2 assists, while Gallagher (2g) and sophomore attackman Drew Westervelt (1g, 1a) were also in double figures for UMBC. Olson tallied 3 goals for the visitors, while Doran posted 1 goal and 2 assists and Bender had a goal and a helper.
OSU’s sophomore face off specialist Eric O’Brien took all 24 draws for his team, and won 16, as the Buckeyes dominated time of possession. OSU outshot UMBC, 42-27, including 27-11 in the middle two stanzas. Cepelak turned aside 12 Buckeye shots, while OSU netminder Mike Rimmer, making his first collegiate start, made 8 saves. It is UMBC’s first 0-2 start to a season since the 1998 campaign, a year where they finished at 9-5 and made an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Retrievers have lost four straight games decided by one goal.