March 2, 2018
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PONTIAC, Mich. – For No. 4 Ohio State, regulation wasn’t long enough to determine a winner for the second time in as many games. But unlike last Sunday, the Buckeyes (4-1) found themselves on the short end of an 8-7 overtime loss on Friday night against No. 18 Marquette (3-0) at Wisner Stadium in Pontiac, Mich.
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State scored twice in the fourth quarter to erase a 7-5 deficit, but with 1:18 remaining in the extra session, Marquette’s John Wagner converted on the Golden Eagles second possession of the OT to give MU the 8-7 victory. His goal came just after Jackson Reid had a potential game-winning shot saved by Marquette goalie Cole Blazer.
The Buckeyes’ offense was paced by the duo of Jack Jasinski and Lukas Buckey, who each scored two goals. Reid, Hank Bethke and Colin Chell all scored once while assists came from JT Bugliosi, John Kelly and Gale Thorpe.
In goal, senior Matthew Smidt made 10 saves, including one in overtime that gave Ohio State possession after Marquette won the opening face-off. It was the fourth straight game that Smidt’s stopped nine or more shots. He has 47 saves in the last four games.
MOMENTS THAT MATTRED
Ohio State scored first for the fourth consecutive game, getting a Buckley goal less than two minutes into the game for an early 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Jasinski followed with an unassisted tally from close range, making the score 2-0.
Marquette would respond with back to back goals late in the first quarter to knot the score at 2-2, but Bethke, a senior, gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter (1:12) with is fourth goal of the year.
Reid’s eighth goal of the year, off a pass from Kelly with less than two minutes gone in the second quarter, gave Ohio State a 4-2 lead. Like in the first quarter, MU responded with back to back goals, the second of which closed out the first-half scoring at 5:38 in the second quarter.
Marquette took its first lead of the game, 6-5, with 10:10 to play in the third quarter, but Colin Chell responded with his sixth goal of the year – this one coming off a pass from Bugliosi – with 8:58 to play in the quarter. The Golden Eagles, however, scored twice in the final seven minutes to take a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ohio State scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter – unassisted tallies by Jasinski (12:43) and Buckley (7:54) – while holding MU scoreless over the final 16:32 of regulation. In the fourth quarter, Smidt make four saves and Ohio State won two of the three face-offs.
Marquette won the opening face-off in the extra session and quickly called a timeout. Smidt, however, made the 10th save of the game off a shot from the stick of Peter Henkhaus. The Buckeyes successfully cleared and had a good shot of goal, but Reid’s attempt was saved by Blazer, who cleared for Marquette, leading to the winning goal by John Wagner.
JUST THE STATS
Shots: Marquette 29, Ohio State 26
Saves: Ohio State (Smidt) 10, Marquette (Blazer) 7
Face-offs: Ohio State 11-19, Marquette 8-19
Clears: Ohio State 14-14, Marquette 20-21
Extra Man: Marquette 2-4, Ohio State 0-3
Turnovers: Marquette 14, Ohio State 11
Ohio State’s close defensive unit of Matt Borges, Ben Randall and Erik Evans combined to cause five turnovers and pick up seven ground balls while holding MU scoreless for nearly 20 minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Buckeyes wrap up play at the 2018 Midwest Lacrosse Classic with a contest at Wisner Stadium on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. against Detroit Mercy (2-3).