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Feb. 13, 2016

Box Score | Video highlights, postgame comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With points from 13 Buckeyes, the No. 11 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Detroit, 16-5, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center to Saturday open its home schedule.

The Buckeyes led 4-1 after the first quarter and held a 7-3 advantage at halftime on the strength of three goals in the final 3:21 of the first half. The Buckeyes outscored Detroit 3-1 in the third for a 10-6 advantage and then pulled away in the fourth, notching six goals and allowing just one late score.

Junior JT Blubaugh led the Buckeyes with a career-high four goals, two assists and six points in the win Juniors Eric Fannell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice, with Fannell adding an assist for a three-point day. Seniors Carter Brown and Ryan Hunter and sophomore Colin Chell each had a goal and an assist for two points. Junior Jake Withers won 14-of-17 faceoffs, leading the team with seven groundballs, and senior Tae Kim won 5-of-8 faceoffs. Goalie Tom Carey made 10 stops in the Buckeye cage.

Next up, Ohio State, now 2-0 on the year, travels for a game at UMass Saturday in Amherst, Mass. The Buckeyes will then return home to host UMBC at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in Ohio Stadium (note the new date, time and location).

Highlights and postgame comments from today’s 16-5 win over Detroit. #GoBucks https://t.co/kSA514kBaS

— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) February 13, 2016

Detroit took advantage of an early penalty and scored a man-up goal at 14:28 to open the scoring. The Buckeyes then scored the next four goals to lead 4-1 after 15 minutes. At 7:20 close defender Chris Mahoney charged in and scored. Less than a minute later (6:27) Hunter found Brown to put the Buckeyes in the lead. Freshman Jack Jasinski notched his first assist on a goal by Pearson at 5:22 and Blubaugh scored his first of the game at 1:45. Ohio State had 13 shots in the quarter, with Detroit attempting five. Each goalie made two saves.

The Titans scored the first two goals of the second quarter to draw within one (4-3). Kyle Beauregard scored 59 seconds into the quarter and Andy Hebden broke an 8:06 scoreless streak for both teams at 5:55. The Buckeyes answered with three goals in less than two minutes to extend the lead to four. Brown set up redshirt junior Tyler Pfister for a goal at 3:21. The Buckeyes converted a fast break at 2:17, with longstick middie Brendan Barger scoring his first career goal, assisted by Blubaugh, and Chell scored unassisted at 1:30. Shots were 12-11 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter. Detroit’s goalie had seven saves, with Carey making three stops.

Ohio State had the first two goals of the second half, pushing the lead to 9-3. Freshman Noah Best posted his first career assist at 11:19, finding Hunter for a score. Blubaugh scored his second of the game unassisted 1:01 later. Detroit’s Hebden converted a man-up chance at 4:57 to end the Buckeyes’ five-goal run. Ohio State answered with an EMO goal of its own at 1:39, with Fannell tallying his first goal for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State had 12 shots in the quarter, holding Detroit to three. UDM’s goalie made four saves and Carey had two stops.

The Buckeyes had a six-goal run in the fourth quarter. Blubaugh scored at 11:31 and 7:04, sandwiched around the first Ohio State goal for sophomore transfer Bo Lori (9:34). Fannell recorded his second of the game at 5:25, assisted by Chell, and Pearson scored his second of the day at 3:59, with Blubaugh assisting. Sophomore Austin Seiple scored at 2:39 for his first career goal, assisted by Fannell. The final goal was scored by the Titans at 2:18. In the fourth quarter, Ohio State outshot Detroit, 16-6. Carey had three saves, with UDM’s goalie making five.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Detroit, 53-25. Carey played 58:18 and had 10 saves on 15 shots on goal for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Matthew Smidt played the final 1:42 and did not face a shot in his first game action for Ohio State.

Ohio State won 19-of-25 faceoffs. Withers had 14 for the second consecutive game, losing just three. Senior Tae Kim won 5-of-8 faceoffs he took in the second half. Ohio State had the advantage in groundballs, 39-25. Withers had a team-best seven groundballs, while senior defenseman Robby Haus had four and Blubaugh, Fannell and freshman Logan Maccani each had three. Thirteen Buckeyes had a caused turnover in the contest.