ADA — Ohio Northern outscored Otterbein 7-2 in the final 21 minutes of the game to post a 13-8 Ohio Athletic Conference men's lacrosse victory on Wednesday night at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

The Polar Bears improve to 12-3 overall and are 6-2 in the OAC, while the Cardinals fall to 11-5, 6-2.

Senior Anthony Pavone (Bainbridge/Kenston) had his 20th career hat trick to lead ONU, who had nine different players score goals.




Senior Mitch Groves (Fishers, Ind./Chatard) broke a 6-all tie, scoring an unassisted goal with 6:08 left in the third quarter.

Junior Samuel Neff (Gainesville, Va./Trinity Christian) made it 8-6 with a goal just five seconds ahead of the third quarter buzzer.

Sophomore Joe O'Connell (Fishers, Ind.) scored 1:16 into the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 9-6.

Otterbein scored just 1:05 later to pull within 9-7, but freshman Ethan Falsone (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored his first career goal to make it 10-7 with 11:38 left in the game.

Freshman Ben Gawronski (Dublin/Scioto) scored with 6:08 left to put ONU ahead 11-7.

Otterbein pulled within 11-8 with a goal just 13 seconds later.

Pavone completed his hat trick with the final two goals of the game, scoring at 3:12 and with 34 seconds left, to seal the victory.

Ohio Northern out shot Otterbein 40-28. OU won 17-of-24 face offs and had a 41-36 advantage in ground balls.

The Polar Bears will wrap up their regular season on Saturday with a 7 pm road game at John Carroll.

ONU could clinch a spot in next week's 4-team OAC Tournament with a victory at JCU.