Cleveland, Ohio — The Cleveland State University lacrosse team kicked off its second season Saturday at home against the Ohio State University. The Vikings lost 13-6 and fall to 0-1 on the season.
CSU got started on the right foot by scoring the opening goal at the 11:22 mark of the first quarter. Gideon Brockenbrough found the back of the neck unassisted, bringing the sold-out crowd to its feet.
OSU, the number 7/8 team in the nation, answered back with 8:58 to go in the first quarter to tie the game. OSU scored against at the 6:03 mark to gain its first lead of the game.
With 3:26 left in the first quarter, the Vikings would draw even thanks to a goal by Michael Wilson. OSU answered back just over a minute later to regain the lead.
OSU scored two straight goals to start the second quarter to extend its lead to 5-2, but CSU got the final two goals of the quarter — courtesy of Wilson and Zach Whitenack — to close the gap to 5-4 at halftime.
OSU began to pull away in the third quarter, scoring five of the first six goals of the quarter. Whitenack scored for the Vikings at 10:11, and Nick Wendel added another at 2:33, but the Vikings trailed at the end of the quarter, 11-6.
Head Coach Dylan Sheridan said he felt his team got physically tired in the second half, allowing OSU to pull away.
After a lively third quarter, the pace slowed for the final period. OSU scored the first goal of the fourth at the 5:42 mark. It would add one more at 3:54 to finish off CSU, 13-6.
Sheridan said after the game that the program has come a long way over the past year, but improvement is still needed.
“We’ve got some experienced guys now for the first time, but at the end of the day the result is the result, and its not much better than last year,” Sheridan said. “We’ve got to continue to work to get better.”
He said that many of his players now having a year of experience playing together signifies the program coming to fruition. He said his players are having fun, but also taking ownership and working hard.
UP NEXT: The Vikings go on the road to take on Michigan Feb. 10.