April 2, 2017

No. 5 Buckeyes Fall at No. 2 Penn State, 9-4, in B1G Opener

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April 2, 2017

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The No. 5-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost its Big Ten Conference opener to No. 2 Penn State, 9-4, Sunday. Ohio State is now 9-2 on the year, with the Nittany Lions 10-0.

Next up, Ohio State will host Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium. BTN will televise the contest.

The Nittany Lions opened the scoring 1:58 into the game but the Buckeyes answered on the next faceoff, as Jake Withers won the draw and passed to Logan Maccani for his first goal of the season at 13:02. Penn State went ahead 2-1 on a goal by Mike Sutton at 8:22. With just 27 seconds left in the quarter Buckeye freshman Tre Leclaire tied the game at two, scoring on a rebound. The Buckeyes outshot the Nittany Lions, 14-4, in the quarter, with the PSU goalie making six saves.

Each team scored once in the second quarter for a 4-3 PSU lead at halftime. Ryan Terefenko put the Buckeyes ahead just 10 seconds into the quarter, picking up the groundball after a faceoff and taking the ball into the PSU zone, notching his fifth goal of the year. Mac O’Keefe then tallied at 11:42 to put the Nittany Lions up 4-3 and neither team scored the rest of the half. Penn State had 11 shots in the quarter, with the Buckeyes attempting six. Penn State’s goalie had four saves and Buckeye goalie Tom Carey made two stops.

Penn State scored the only goals of the third quarter, tallying eight seconds into the stanza after its first faceoff win of the game, at 12:08 and at 9:24. Shots were 13-6 in favor of the Nittany Lions in the quarter and Carey had five saves in the Buckeye cage.

At 10:18 of the fourth quarter Kevin Hill scored for an 8-3 Penn State lead. Leclaire notched his second of the night at 7:27 for the Buckeyes, ending a scoreless streak of more than 30 minutes and a six-goal PSU run. The final goal came from Penn State’s Grant Ament with 5:26 left in regulation. Ohio State had nine shots in the fourth quarter and Penn State had 11. Carey had four saves for the Buckeyes in the quarter.

For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot 39-35. Carey had 12 saves for the Buckeyes, with Penn State’s Colby Kneese had 13 stops. On the year, Carey has a 6.77 goals-against average and .579 save percentage.

Withers won 13-of-17 faceoffs against Penn State, including all nine in the first half, and has won 125 of the 191 faceoffs he has taken this year (.654). Each team had 34 groundballs. Withers had a game-high seven and has a team-best 70 this sesason.  

The Buckeyes, who did not have a man-up chance in the game, held Penn State scoreless on three chances with the man advantage.

Leclaire leads the Buckeyes with 24 goals and is second with 30 points. He has at least one point in each of his first 11 games as a Buckeye, with a goal in all but one, and eight multiple-goal outings.