ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Third-seeded Ohio State (8-7) saw its three-game winning streak come to a heartbreaking end on Thursday night, as second-seeded Johns Hopkins (10-4) scored with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to claim a 6-5 victory in the Big Ten semifinals at U-M Lacrosse Stadium.
THE TURNING POINT
With the score tied at 5-5 with under one minute to play, Ohio State’s defense forced a shot clock violation and failed to clear the ball, as Johns Hopkins scooped up a ground ball in Buckeye territory and called a time out. After the break, Hopkins’ Alex Concannon cleaned up a ground ball in front of the cage for the winning score. Ohio State won the ensuing face-off, but a last second shot was saved by JHU’s Brock Turnbaugh.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
– It took over 11 minutes for either team to get on the scoreboard, but when they did, it was sophomore Tre Leclaire netting his team-leading 26th goal of the year.
– Ohio State built a 2-0 lead at the 13:55 mark of the second quarter, getting an unassisted tally from Jack Jasinski, the 12th consecutive game that he’s scored at least one point.
– JHU’s Kyle Marr cut the Ohio State lead to 2-1 two minutes later, but at the 8:53 mark of the second quarter, Jackson Reid was in the right place at the right time to tip in a pass from Leclaire, extending the Ohio State lead to 3-1.
– Joel Tinney answered for Hopkins at 6:15 of the second quarter, but a transition goal that saw defensemen Erik Evans find long pole Jeff Henrick once again gave Ohio State a two-goal advantage, 4-2.
– Tinney closed out the first half scoring with just 21 seconds remaining and the only goal of the third quarter was scored by Marr, who tied the game at 4-4.
– Four minutes into the fourth quarter, Reid gave the Buckeyes a 5-4 lead, but the Blue Jays answered three minutes later when they converted a man-up. That’s how the score stayed until the final sequence in the waning seconds of regulation.
JUST THE STATS
Shots: Ohio State 37, Johns Hopkins 17
Face-Offs: Ohio State 11-of-14, Johns Hopkins 3-of-14
Extra Man: Ohio State 0-for-1, Johns Hopkins 2-for-4
Saves: Johns Hopkins (Turnbaugh) 16, Ohio State (Kirson) 4
Clears: Johns Hopkins 15-for-16, Ohio State 12-for-14
Ground Balls: Ohio State 28, Johns Hopkins 15
Turnovers: Johns Hopkins 17, Ohio State 13
Ohio State leading scorers: Reid (2G), Leclaire (1G, 1A), Jasinski (1G), Henrick (1G), Evans (1A)
Head coach Nick Myers: “We’ve played as tough of a schedule as anybody in the toughest conference there is. We’ve been playing really good lacrosse lately and have some quality wins. All you do can is hope to see our name come up on Sunday and have a chance to compete for a championship.”
NEWS AND NOTES
– Five of the last seven meetings between Ohio State and Johns Hopkins have been decided by three goals or less.
– Following tonight’s 11-of-14 performance in the face-off X, Justin Inacio is 56-of-75 (.747) over the last four games. He’s also better than 60 percent for the season: 130-of-212 (.613).
– Jackson Reid’s two goals tonight give him nine over the last four games, a team high.
– Ohio State’s offense generated 30 or more shots for the 10th time in 15 games this season.
— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) May 4, 2018