Feb. 20, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell on the road to Massachusetts, 16-9, Saturday at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. The loss drops the Buckeyes to 2-1 on the year, with the Minutemen improving their record to 1-1.
The game was tied five times, including early in the third quarter (7-7) after a goal from Buckeye sophomore Colin Chell. UMass answered with a four-goal run to pull ahead and a late Buckeye goal made it an 11-8 game in favor of the Minutemen after 45 minutes. UMass outscored the Buckeyes 5-1 in the final quarter, including three late goals, for the 16-9 final.
“We had more than our fair of share of chances today to make plays and didn’t execute,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “This film will get studied and we will grow from this. Hats off to Coach Canella, his staff and men for the game they played and the way they competed.”
Next up, Ohio State will return home to host UMBC at 5 p.m. Friday in Ohio Stadium (note the new date, time and location from earlier schedules).
The Buckeyes led 4-2 after the first quarter. The Minutemen scored just 17 seconds into the game. Ohio State tied the game on a goal from close defenseman Chris Mahoney, his second in two games, at 7:37 and junior John Kelly put Ohio State ahead 2-1 at 4:02. UMass tied the score at two at 2:23 but Kelly scored his second of the day 32 seconds later and senior Carter Brown came around the cage and scored with 12 seconds left in the period for a 4-2 lead. Shots were 9-6 in favor of Massachusetts in the quarter.
The Minutemen outscored the Buckeyes 5-2 in the second quarter for a 7-6 halftime lead. UMass scored the first four goals of the quarter to tie the game and take a 6-4 lead at 8:23. The Buckeyes then tied the game for a third time when Kelly completed his hat trick at 4:47, followed by a goal from junior Eric Fannell, set up by junior Austin Shanks, at 3:29. UMass scored with two seconds left in the quarter to break the tie. UMass had 11 shots in the quarter, with Ohio State attempting seven.
Ohio State scored the first goal of the second half, with Chell scoring off an assist from Kelly, at 11:01, to tie the game at 7. UMass answered just 31 seconds later with a man-up goal and then scored off the next faceoff five seconds after that, going ahead 9-7. UMass goals at 7:26 and 5:16 put the Minutemen up 11-7. Ohio State’s Fannell stopped the UMass four-goal run with a tally at 3:59, making the score 11-8 in favor of UMass after 45 minutes. Ohio State was outshot 8-7 in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, UMass outscored the Buckeyes 5-1 for the win. The teams traded goals in 30 seconds, with UMass tallying at 11:22 and Kelly scoring his fourth of the day for the Buckeyes at 10:52. The game’s last goals were scored by UMass, including three in the final four minutes. UMass had nine shots, holding Ohio State to four, in the stanza.
For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot 37-24. Buckeye junior goalie Tom Carey had six saves, with two UMass goalies splitting time and combining for seven saves.
Ohio State won 13-of-25 faceoffs, with junior Jake Withers winning 12-of-24 and senior Take Kim going 1-1. Withers led the Buckeyes with nine groundballs and has a team-best 25 this season. The Minutemen won the groundball battle, 38-24. Ohio State had nine caused turnovers, led by Mahoney with three and sophomore Erik Evans with two.
Kelly led the Buckeyes with a career-high four goals and five points in the game. It was his fourth career multiple-goal game. He shares the team scoring lead with classmate JT Blubaugh with five goals and seven points each.