The Ohio State men's lacrosse team opened Eastern College Athletic Conference play with a 10-9 win Sunday over No.3 Denver in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0 ECAC) used two goals late in the third quarter and another pair of goals early in the fourth to hold off the Pioneers (0-1, 0-1).
Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with five goals, while Dominique Alexander added two goals and four assists. Tyler Frederick had a point on each of Ohio State's final three goals and finished with a goal and two assists.
Denver outshot Ohio State 29-26 and led 5-3 at the half but could not solve sophomore goalkeeper Scott Spencer down the stretch. Spencer made eight saves for the Buckeyes in his first college start. Mark Matthews, Wes Berg, Eric Law and Alex Demopoulos each had two goals for the Pioneers. Demopoulos added two assists to lead Denver in points, while Jamie Faus made four saves in net.
No. 12 Syracuse 12, Albany 7: The Orange (1-0) cruised past the Great Danes (0-1) behind four points from JoJo Marasco and six first-half saves from Matthew Lerman, who made his first career start in goal. Syracuse trailed 2-0 early in the first quarter, but a 10-0 run allowed the Orange to cruise to a win in its home opener. Ty Thompson scored three goals for Albany.
Jacksonville 13, Navy 7: The Dolphins (1-1) were led by four goals from T.J. Kenary in a win at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic over the Midshipmen (1-1). Jacksonville goalkeeper Peter DeLuca made 17 saves for his first victory of the season. Navy dominated the stat sheet, outshooting Jacksonville 42-24 and having 36 ground balls to the Dolphins' 18.
On the defensive end of the field, Mids goalies R.J. Wickham (30 minutes, four saves, eight goals allowed) and Nolan Hickey (30 minutes, two saves, five goals allowed) combined for just six saves while giving up 13 goals. The Navy defense was also hampered by the absence of defensive longstick midfielder Pat Kiernan, who was out with a broken hand.
Roanoke 12, St. Mary's 6: The host Maroons (1-0) defeated the Seahawks (1-0) in snowy conditions. Roanoke scored six third-quarter goals to open up a 10-4 lead.
Goucher 31, Dallas 2: The visiting Gophers (2-0) cruised past the Crusaders (0-1). Kyle Boncaro had a hand in six of the 12 goals the Gophers (2-0) had in the first quarter, scoring three of them and picking up assists on three others.
No. 1 Northwestern 13, No. 5 Duke 5: The Wildcats (2-0) outscored the Blue Devils 8-2 in the second half to secure a road win. Northwestern's Shannon Smith recorded five goals, four of which came in the first half. Molly Quirke had two goals and an assist for Duke (3-2).
No. 2 Maryland 16, Penn St. 6: Katie Schwarzmann (Century) scored a career-high six goals as the Terps (3-0) picked up their first road victory against the Nittany Lions (1-1). Goalie Brittany Dipper tallied eight saves in her first complete game of the season.
Schwarzmann scored five of her six goals in the first half and also racked up a game-high six groundballs. Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) and Brooke Griffin (South River) also tallied two goals each as Maryland won its third consecutive game by 10 or more goals. Griffin added five ground balls, and Iliana Sanza (St. Paul's) had a team-high four draw controls.
No. 3 Florida 18, UMBC 6: The visting Gators (2-1) fell behind 1-0 but scored the game's next seven goals en route to a win over the Retrievers (0-1). Emily Coady led UMBC with three goals, while Florida's attack was paced by five goals from Nicole Graziano.
The Gators outshot the Retrievers 35-24 as junior netminder Kendall Mason made seven saves for Florida. In its next outing, UMBC takes on George Mason in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday.
No. 5 North Carolina 17, Richmond 6: The Tar Heels (3-0) were powered by four goals from Kara Cannizzaro in a road win over the Spiders (0-2). Mary Flowers had a goal and two assists for Richmond.
Notre Dame 17, No. 17 Stanford 14: Christine Halfpenny earned her first win as coach as the Fighting Irish (1-0) knocked off the Cardinal (0-3) at home. Notre Dame scored 12 goals in the first half and was led by a game-high five goals from Lindsay Powell.
From Sun staff reports