#9 OSU improves to 10-2 after win over #11 Johns Hopkins
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team improved to 10-2 this season, with a 1-1 mark in Big Ten play, with a 13-9 win over No. 11 Johns Hopkins in front of 2,553 fans in Ohio Stadium Sunday night.
The Buckeyes trailed 5-3 after the first quarter and 7-6 at halftime but shut out the Blue Jays in the third quarter while scoring three times to lead 9-7 after 45 minutes. The Buckeyes added four goals in the fourth quarter, while holding the Blue Jays to two, for the 13-9 victory.
Sophomore Jack Jasinski led the Buckeye offense with a career-best seven-point effort on four goals and three assists, with assists on three straight goals in the third and fourth quarters and three consecutive goals for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter. Senior Jake Withers won a career-high 19 faceoffs (on 26 attempts) and had a game-high 10 groundballs. Sophomore Lukas Buckley had two goals and an assist for three points and senior Johnny Pearson scored twice, while junior Colin Chell and senior Eric Fannell each had a goal and an assist for two points.
“We stuck to the game plan,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “The guys did a good job of hunkering down on the offensive end and sticking to the game plan. We found something we liked and stayed with it and made some simple decisions. We knew the goals were going to come for us eventually. We’re very excited for the win.”
Next up, Ohio State will take on Michigan at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor. BTN will televise the contest.
Ohio State and Johns Hopkins combined for eight goals in the first quarter, with the Blue Jays carrying a 5-3 lead into the break. Ohio State opened the scoring at 13:54 on a Chell unassisted score. The Blue Jays tied the game at 12:00 and then went ahead at 8:13, with Joel Tinney scoring both goals. On the next faceoff, Withers won the draw and took the ball to the cage himself and scored at 8:08, scoring his first goal since May 16, 2015 vs. Denver. Back-to-back goals by the Blue Jays in less than a minute put JHU up 4-2 at 4:52. The teams traded goals in the final 3:19, with Pearson converting a pass from Buckley at 3:19 to make it a one-goal game and Hopkins answering at 1:28. Shots were 10-7 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter, with the Blue Jay goalie making four saves.
Ohio State went on a three-goal run to open the second quarter and take a 6-5 lead. Jasinski notched his first goal of the game at 12:10 before back-to-back man-up goals 10 seconds apart by Austin Shanks at 11:35, assisted by Chell, and Pearson at 11:25, set up by Eric Fannell, gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. The Blue Jays scored the next two, at 3:26 and 2:31, both with the man advantage, to lead 7-6 at halftime. Ohio State had 14 shots in the quarter while holding the Blue Jays to five. Carey had two saves in the Buckeye cage.
In the third quarter, the Buckeyes tallied the only three goals to take a 9-7 lead. Fannell scored unassisted at 13:08 to tie the game at seven. The last two goals were scored by Buckley right in front, both assisted by Jasinski, with the scores coming at 2:40 and :04. Ohio State was outshot, 9-8, in the quarter. Carey had three saves and Hopkins’ goalie made two stops.
Jasinski assisted on a third straight goal 1:39 into the fourth quarter, finding Tre Leclaire for a goal (his team-best 25th of the year). After a score by Johns Hopkins at 12:48, Jasinski tallied back-to-back goals of his own, coming around the corner to score each time. His first was at 11:01 and the second came with the timer on at 9:15. The Blue Jays scored at 6:58 to draw within three (12-9) but Jasinski scored at 4:39, again with the timer on, to put the Buckeyes up 13-9. The Blue Jays had nine of the 14 shots in the quarter and Carey had one save.
The Buckeyes outshot the Blue Jays, 37-30, in the game. Carey played all 60 minutes and had seven saves for Ohio State. On the year, Carey has a 7.03 goals-against average and .563 save percentage.
Withers won a career-high 19 faceoffs, topping the 18 he had at Hopkins last year, and had 10 groundballs. On the year, he has won 144-of-217 faceoffs (.664) and has a team-best 80 groundballs. Erik Evans and Freddy Freibott each had four groundballs and caused a turnover in the victory.
Each team had two man-up goals in the game. Ohio State was 2-for-5 and the Blue Jays were 2-for-4.