April 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team downed Delaware, 15-9, Sunday afternoon on the road in Newark, Del. Buckeye junior Jesse King led Ohio State with seven assists and eight points and was one of 10 Buckeyes with at least one point in the game. The Buckeyes led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter and 10-2 at halftime en route to the victory over the Blue Hens (6-6, 0-3 CAA).
“We came out with a great deal of energy and executed in all phases of the game in the first half,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “However, we did not finish the game the way we started which was disappointing. It was a good team win overall and a positive step to build off of as we head back into league play. I was very pleased to see a couple of the guys who were making their first career start play big for us.”
Next up for the Buckeyes (4-6, 1-0 ECAC) is an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup against Michigan in the Showdown in the Shoe at 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the Ohio State football team’s spring game. It is the first of three-consecutive conference games to close the regular season for Ohio State before the team hosts the ECAC Tournament May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
King’s seven assists were one shy of the Buckeye-record eight Joel Dalgarno recorded March 29, 2008 and marked the fourth seven-assist game in Buckeye history. The eight points were a career best for King after a seven-point day in the Buckeyes’ last game vs. Jacksonville March 29. He extended his point streak to 32 games, with 59 goals, 49 assists and 108 points in the stretch. King is first on the squad with 19 goals, 29 assists and 39 points this season.
In his first career start, sophomore Ryan Hunter had four points on two goals and two assists, while juniors David Planning and Reegan Comeault each had three points on two goals and an assist. Freshman J.T. Blubaugh had his first career two-goal game and sophomore Carter Brown also scored twice. Chris Mahoney, making his first start at close defense, scored his first career goal, while senior Michael Italiano and sophomore Kacy Kapinos each netted their first goal of the season. Senior goalie Scott Spencer made nine saves in the win.
Ohio State led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter for the second game in a row, with King assisting on five of the goals vs. the Blue Hens. King found Hunter at the top of the crease at 10:31 to open the scoring. At 5:32, King set up Blubaugh, who was able to catch and shoot while falling at 5:32. Senior Rick Lewis added a goal at 4:49, taking the ball in the zone himself and scoring on the run and 30 seconds later the Buckeyes won the battle for a loose ball and King passed to Italiano, who was all alone in front of the cage. Hunter scored unassisted at 2:18 for a 5-0 Buckeye lead and Planning tallied a man-up goal with 24 seconds left, assisted by King, for the Buckeyes’ sixth goal. Shots were 14-3 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter, with the Delaware goalie making five saves.
The Buckeyes netted the first two goals of the second quarter to extend the lead to 8-0. Planning scored his second in the row (from King) at 13:00 before Comeault tallied unassisted at 11:54. Delaware got on the board 47 seconds later when Jeff Heath found the back of the cage. At 5:29, Comeault set up Kapinos, putting Ohio State up 9-1. Delaware scored at 4:23, but Planning assisted on a King goal with just two seconds left before halftime, sending the teams into the lockerroom with Ohio State ahead, 10-2. Each team had 10 shots in the quarter and both goalies had three saves.
Ohio State scored twice in the first 4:26 of the third quarter, with King assisting on both a Blubaugh score at 13:22 and a man-up goal from Brown at 10:34. The Blue Hens scored the next two goals, making it a 12-4 Ohio State lead at 6:59. The Buckeyes forced a turnover on a UD clear attempt and Brown was able to pick up the groundball and score with the UD goalie out of the cage at 4:29. At 3:07, Mahoney scored off an assist from Hunter for a 14-4 Buckeye advantage. The Blue Hens scored the final goal of the quarter at 3:07, making it a nine-goal game (14-5) through three quarters. Ohio State outshot Delaware, 13-8, in the quarter, with the UD goalie making three saves.
Delaware controlled play in the fourth quarter, outshooting the Buckeyes, 16-2, and outscoring Ohio State, 4-1, for the 15-9 final. Spencer made four saves in the stanza. The Blue Hens scored the first four goals of the quarter, with all four tallies from Dan Keane, including a man-up score at 9:50. His final goal at 1:49 drew Delaware within five (14-9) but with the UD goalie out of the cage, Hunter set up Comeault for the game’s final tally with 38 seconds remaining.
Shots were 39-37 in favor of the Buckeyes in the game. Spencer played all 60 minutes for Ohio State and made a season-high nine saves. Delaware’s Conor Peaks had 12 saves in all 60 minutes.
Delaware ended the game winning 17-of-27 faceoffs, but the Buckeyes won 7-of-13 in the first half. Freshman Jake Withers won 9-of-24 draws for Ohio State. Ohio State had the advantage in groundballs, 34-33. Sophomore defenseman Robby Haus picked up a team-high five groundballs and had a caused turnover. Withers and LSM Evan Mulchrone each had four groundballs and a caused turnover, while seniors Dominic Imbordino and Darius Bowling each picked up three loose balls, with Imbordino causing a turnover. In all, Ohio State had seven caused turnovers in the game.
Ohio State was 2-for-2 on man-up chances, with Delaware 1-for-4, with all four opportunities in the fourth quarter for the Blue Hens.
Comeault extended his point streak to 10 (each game this season). He is fourth on the team with 19 points this year, on 11 goals and eight assists.
Brown is second on the team with 15 goals and second with 25 points, ranking third with 10 assists.
The 15 goals were an Ohio State season high.
Blubaugh has five goals in his last five games combined and six goals on the year.
Planning had his fourth multiple-goal game of the year. He is third on the team with 12 goals this season and fifth with 16 points.
Withers has a team-high 47 groundballs and has won 73-of-147 (.497) of his faceoffs this season.
Eleven of the Buckeyes’ 15 goals were assisted. On the year, the team has 67 assists on 94 goals.
The Buckeyes, who entered the week third in the country in clearing percentage, were 15-for-16 vs. Delaware and are 171-for-183 (.934) on the year.