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Senior Day setback: Buckeyes fall to Bellarmine in OT at the ‘Shoe

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-7) fell 14-13 to the Bellarmine University Knights (9-6) in overtime Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Unfortunately for eight Buckeyes, it was Senior Day and the last home game of the regular season.

“Certainly not the outcome you hope on Senior Day,” coach Nick Myers said. “I’m proud of the way the kids fought, battling back when they were down, but 14 goals is too many.”

In the first half the Buckeyes and Knights were tied at 2-2. The Buckeyes were on the board first with a goal from Dominique Alexander. The Knights rallied back as they scored two goals in one minute.

Both teams struggled with scoring goals in the first half of the game and the Buckeyes were down 4-3 going into halftime.

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It was not a matter of the Buckeyes having possession of the ball in the first half, as they outshot the Knights 41 to 34. On the other side, Buckeye senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 14 saves.

Both teams were much more aggressive in the third quarter, scoring a combined 10 goals.

This resulted in four ties and each team momentarily taking a two-goal lead.

Despite four goals from freshman Dominique Alexander and senior James Green and a five-point game from rookie Logan Schuss, the Buckeyes couldn’t win it in overtime.

The four-goal game matched Green’s career high and gave him 100 points as a Buckeye.

“This was tough, the last time playing in the big ‘Shoe,” senior Mario Ventiquattro said. “I’m trying to soak it in right now.”

The Buckeyes will end their regular season on the road next weekend against North Carolina in Chapel Hill Saturday at noon.

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