Buckeyes Drop Lacrosse Game

The Ohio State men's lacrosse team took an early lead in front of an NCAA on-campus, regular-season record crowd in a game held before the annual Spring Game, but the Buckeyes couldn't hold on. No. 3 Notre Dame finished an undefeated regular season by beating OSU 14-8.

The "Showdown in the Shoe" turned out to be more of a letdown.

The Ohio State men's lacrosse team kicked off Spring Game Saturday hot, scoring the first three goals against No. 3 Notre Dame, before the Fighting Irish came back to post a 14-8 victory.

The game was watched by 30,192 fans officially – an attendance mark measured at halftime – to set for the second year in a row an on-campus, regular-season lacrosse record.

"It's been an unbelievable day," OSU senior Scott Matthews said. "It's been an incredible atmosphere. We had them right where we wanted going into halftime, and we lost it ourselves. I feel like we gave it away."

The fans in the stadium at the start were happy when Mario Ventiquattro scored twice and Joel Dalgarno added another to give OSU a 3-0 lead, but Notre Dame came back with a vengeance. At one point, the Fighting Irish scored 11 of 12 goals on the way to finishing up an undefeated, 13-0 season.

"We didn't stop their run quick enough," head coach Nick Myers said. "We liked the start but we gave up a silly one at the end of the half and then came out for the second half and they capitalized on a few situations."

Ohio State still had a 4-3 lead before Notre Dame scored with just one second left in the half on a tally by Zach Brenneman.

That score seemed to ignite the Fighting Irish, who scored the first seven goals of the second half.

"I thought we played a good three quarters of lacrosse, but you have to play four against a team like Notre Dame," Myers said.

Brenneman ended up with four goals for Notre Dame, while Ryan Hoff had three.

Ohio State's Jeff Ryan had four goals. Dalgarno was kept to just one, but it allowed him to tie the all-time OSU record for goals 123 (Terry Gilmore, 1976-79).

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