Shelby Lum / Lantern photographer
Logan Schuss stands alone.
The senior attacker and co-captain of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is the Buckeyes’ all-time goal scoring leader after a five-goal, 10-point performance in a 17-8 victory against the Michigan Wolverines Saturday. OSU’s record improves to 8-3 and 3-2 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference with the victory.
Trailing former Buckeye Joel Dalgarno’s 126-goal record set in 2009 by two goals heading into the day, Schuss didn’t wait long to solidify his place in Buckeye lore, scoring three times before the first quarter ended.
Schuss’ 10 points matched a career-high. He notched another personal best with five assists.
The win against Michigan also earned OSU the Creator’s Trophy. Established last season, the Creator’s Trophy is an annual competition between the three Big Ten schools with men’s lacrosse programs (OSU, Penn State and Michigan) and is awarded to the team that sports the best record against the other squads.
A win against last season’s winners Penn State earlier in the year meant the Buckeyes only needed the win against the Wolverines to claim the trophy.
The offense was rolling Saturday with four Buckeyes recording two or more goals, including sophomore midfielder Turner Evans, who scored a career-high four times. Seventeen goals is the second-most scored by the Buckeyes this year, falling just one short of the 18 put up against Marquette Feb 23.
Junior goalkeeper Scott Spencer started his second straight game in place of the injured junior Greg Dutton and recorded 10 saves against the Wolverines. OSU’s defense has played well on the year, only giving up double-digit goals twice and holding its opponents to about eight goals a game.
Midseason losses to Denver and Loyola (Md.) put the Buckeyes’ playoff chances in jeopardy, but back-to-back wins over Hobart and the Wolverines have OSU tied with Fairfield for third place in the ECAC.
A road win over the Air Force next Saturday would move the Buckeyes to 4-2 in their conference, and into good position to earn a top-four spot in the ECAC and an ensuing playoff position.
OSU is scheduled to take on Air Force Saturday at 2 p.m. in United States Air Force Academy, Colo.