The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won the 2013 ECAC Championship, defeating top seed and No. 4-ranked Denver, 11-10, Saturday at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. The Buckeyes’ victory earned the squad its first ECAC tournament title and the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. No. 10 ranked Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, defeated No. 2 seed and No. 4-ranked Loyola in the semifinals, 18-11. The Buckeyes, on a six-game winning streak, are now 12-3 this season.
The 16-team 2013 NCAA Championship bracket will be announced at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU. Games will be played at eight campus sites Saturday and Sunday.
“I am very proud of the men,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We came to Geneva with the intention of bringing an ECAC championship home to Columbus. We are excited to have achieved our goal and look forward to the NCAA tournament and the new challenge that lies ahead.”
In the championship game against Denver (12-4), Ohio State led 4-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 6-3 in the second quarter before the Pioneers closed the first half on a three-goal run to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. The teams were tied three times in the third quarter, with Ohio State leading twice (7-6, 9-8) and Denver leading at 8-7. Entering the fourth quarter, the teams were tied at 9 after a DU goal with 1:45 remaining in the third stanza. In the fourth quarter, Buckeye senior co-captain Logan Schuss put the Buckeyes ahead 10-9 at 4:12 before the Pioneers tied it with 2:52 remaining. Sophomore Turner Evans netted the gamewinner with 24 seconds left, scoring off an assist from classmate Jesse King.
Schuss was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points in the tourney. He had two goals and an assist in the championship game. King had 11 points, with six goals and five assists, in the two games combined, including two goals and a career-high four assists for a career-high tying six points in the final. Evans had seven goals in the tournament, with a career-high tying four Saturday. Senior Trey Wilkes won 12 faceoffs against Denver and picked up a team-best seven groundballs. Junior goalie Greg Duttonmade nine saves vs. the Pioneers.