March 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A team effort led the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 13-2 victory over Jacksonville Saturday in rainy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as the Buckeyes (3-6, 1-0 ECAC) closed a three-game homestand.
“It was a collective effort,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “Defensively, we took it as a challenge after not playing our best Tuesday. The offense did a good job of maintaining possession and we won some faceoffs. We were sharing the ball and kept it pretty simple. This week it was back to basics and get the ball moving. It was good to get a lot of players through our lineup today.”
Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 2:30 into the game en route to a 6-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 9-0 halftime lead. Three goals early in the third quarter pushed the margin to 12-0 before the Dolphins (1-7, 0-1 A-Sun) got on the board late in the third quarter and each team scored once in the fourth for a 13-2 final.
Junior leading scorer Jesse King led Ohio State with seven points, on three goals and four assists. Sophomore Carter Brown had a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point day, while sophomores Gordie Koerber and Ryan Hunter each had three points on two goals and an assist. In all, nine Buckeyes had a point in the win. Ohio State, which won 10-of-18 faceoffs, limited Jacksonville to just 15 shots in the game.
Ohio State led 6-0 after the first quarter and 9-0 at halftime, outshooting the Dolphins, 32-5, in the first half. King had a hand in six of the Buckeyes’ first seven goals. He opened the scoring unassisted just 30 seconds into the contest and then set up Brown for a goal 15 seconds later. King made the score 3-0 at 12:30 with a second unassisted tally before assisting on a man-up goal from junior Reegan Comeault at 8:07. The Buckeyes scored a second-consecutive man-up goal when freshman John Kellyset up Brown at 5:11. Brown and King then connected for a goal to complete King’s hat trick at 3:35, giving Ohio State a 6-0 advantage. Jacksonville goalie Pete DeLuca made five saves in the quarter, as Ohio State outshot Jacksonville, 15-2.
Koerber scored back-to-back goals in the second quarter for a 8-0 Buckeye lead. His first was man-up and assisted by King at 13:03 and he then scored unassisted at 2:59. Just 29 seconds later King found Brown for the Buckeyes’ fourth EMO goal of the day. Shots were 17-3 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter, with DeLuca making eight saves for the Dolphins in the stanza.
Ohio State outscored Jacksonville, 3-1, in the third quarter. Koerber assisted on goals 1:48 apart, with junior Rick Lewis tallying at 14:48 (just 12 seconds into the quarter) and sophomore Ryan Hunter netting his first goal as a Buckeye at 13:00. Hunter added a second goal at 8:06, assisted by senior Nick Diegel. Jacksonville then got on the board at 3:51 with a man-up goal from Tom Moore. The Dolphins outshot Ohio State, 7-6, in the quarter and Buckeye senior goalie Scott Spencerhad three saves.
Each team scored once in the fourth quarter. JU’s Chase McIntyre tallied man-up at 12:52 and Buckeye freshman J.T. Blubaugh drove the net and scored unassisted with 59 seconds left in regulation. Ohio State outshot Jacksonville, 9-3, in the quarter.
The Buckeyes had a season-high 47 shots in the game while holding Jacksonville to an opponent season-low 15. It was the first time an Ohio State opponent had fewer than 20 shots since Detroit attempted 16 Feb. 10, 2011.
Spencer started the game and played the first three quarters, making six saves in 45 minutes. Junior Cameron Stephens played 13:13 of the fourth quarter and faced just one shot, while junior Kevin Duffyplayed the final 1:47 and did not see a shot. DeLuca ended the game with 16 saves for the Dolphins.
Ohio State had the edge in groundballs, 35-24. Blubaugh had a team-high four, while Jake Withers, who won 7-of-10 faceoffs, senior Darius Bowling and sophomore Chris Mahoney each had three. Mahoney also caused two turnovers. Sophomore Spencer Matcheswon 3-of-7 faceoffs on the day.
The game had 14 penalties for 14:30. Ohio State was 4-for-8 on man-up chances and Jacksonville was 2-for-5.
• Lucas Bailey, Duffy, Dan Flake, Luke Miller, Stephens, Chad Strittmatter Zach Turnure, Brian Ward and Allen Winkoff all saw their first game action as Buckeyes vs. Jacksonville.
• The two goals allowed was the fewest by the Buckeyes since a 13-2 win over Bellarmine March 24, 2012.
• King leads the Buckeyes with 18 goals and 31 points this year and extended his point streak to 31 games, with 58 goals, 42 assists and 100 points in the 31 games combined. The seven points were a career high after five six-point days and it was his second career four-assist day (May 4, 2013 vs. Loyola).
• Koerber had his first multiple-point outing as a Buckeye.
• Brown is second on the team with 13 goals and tied for second with 23 points. He is on a four-game point streak and has a 7-3-10 line in the last four games combined.
• Hunter’s goals and assist were the first of his career, while Diegel picked up his first career assist.
• Comeault extended his point streak to nine (each game this season). He is fourth on the team with 16 points this year, on nine goals and seven assists.
• The game ended a three-game homestand for the Buckeyes, who travel for a game at Delaware April 6. The squad will then host back-to-back ECAC games, taking on Michigan in the Showdown in the Shoe April 12 and Air Force April 19, with both games in Ohio Stadium.