The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will play for the 2013 ECAC Championship after defeating No. 4-ranked Loyola, 18-11, in the tournament semifinals Thursday in Geneva, N.Y. The Buckeyes trailed 7-6 at halftime and 11-10 at the end of the third quarter but closed the game on an 9-0 run to move to 11-3 overall and extend their winning streak to five.
Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, will face top seed Denver at 4 p.m. Saturday at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. The Pioneers topped Fairfield, 10-8, in the semifinals. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Network, Fox College Sports and Fuel TV.
“We are excited to play for a championship Saturday,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “Tonight was a good team win. The men showed their true colors in the second half both offensively and defensively.”
The Buckeyes led 3-2 after the opening 15 minutes but Loyola outscored Ohio State 5-3 in the second quarter for a 7-6 halftime advantage. An early third-quarter goal for the Greyhounds extended the lead to 8-6 but Ohio State answered with back-to-back goals for an 8-all contest with 12:43 left in the third quarter. The Greyhounds then scored three of the next four goals to go ahead, 11-9 with 3:59 left in the third quarter. Ohio State took control from there, drawing within one with 1:33 left in the third quarter and then scoring three times in the first 3:46 of the fourth quarter to tie the game and take the lead, scoring five times in the final 7:07 of the matchup.