BALTIMORE – Tre Leclaire scored three goals and freshman Justin Inacio won a career high 19 face-offs, but Ohio State dropped a 13-10 decision to No. 6 Johns Hopkins on Saturday at Homewood Field in Baltimore. The Buckeyes are now 5-6 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten while JHU improves to 8-2 overall, 2-0 in the B1G.
THE SHORT STORY
After playing the Blue Jays evenly in the first half, Ohio State gave up five third-quarter goals and wasn’t able to dig out of a 10-7 deficit in the final 15 minutes. Facing a four-goal deficit with less than six minutes remaining, Ohio State battled back by scoring twice in a 25-second span to draw to within two, but that’s as close as it got.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
– JHU jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the opening period, but a face-off win by Inacio led to a transition goal from fellow freshman Jackson Reid at the 10:07 mark, followed by Leclaire’s first goal of the day at 8:39 to make the score 3-2 in favor of Johns Hopkins. Colby Smith converted a man-up opportunity to tie the score at 3-3 after the opening 15 minutes.
– Ohio State and Hopkins each had two-goal rallies in the second quarter, as the Blue Jays went up 5-3 only to see a pair of freshmen – Omari DeBerry and Reid – find the back of the net in the final three minutes to tie the game at 5-5 entering halftime. DeBerry assisted on Reid’s goal, giving him the first two points of his Ohio State career.
– The Buckeyes and Blue Jays traded goals in the first four minutes of the second half, as Austin Seiple tied the score at 6-6 off a feed from JT Bugliosi. From there, Johns Hopkins scored four times in the remainder of the third quarter to open a 10-7 lead.
– The Blue Jays had their largest lead, 11-7, after Cole Williams scored the third of his four goals on the day and JHU had another four-goal cushion (12-8) when Terefenko and Leclaire scored back to back and cut the deficit to two.
THIS THAT THAT
– Inacio’s 19 face-off wins were a career high, topping the 10 that he won at Jacksonville on Feb. 25. He won all seven draws in the fourth quarter.
– Inacio’s 19 face-off wins are the second-most in single-game school history, topped only by the 20 that Jake Withers won twice last year – April 15 vs. Michigan and May 4 vs. Johns Hopkins in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. It’s the most-ever wins by a freshman.
– Three of Inacio’s 19 face-off wins led to immediate transition goals: Inacio to Reid at 10:07 of the first quarter, Jeff Henrick to Leclaire at 8:39 of the first quarter and Bugliosi to Seiple – a man-down tally – at 11:31 of the third quarter.
– Leclaire’s three-goal game was his fifth of the season and 10th of his 32-game career. He currently leads the team with 20 goals, 10 assists and 30 points.
– Ohio State freshmen combined to score four times and dished out four assists. On three occassions, a pair of freshmen connected in an Ohio State goal – Inacio to Reid (10:07 first quarter) Reid to Smith (1:04 first quarter) and DeBerry to Reid (1:07 second quarter).
– Eight of the Buckeyes’ 10 goals were scored by either freshmen or sophomores.
– Saturday’s game was Ohio State’s third in the last four weeks against a team ranked in the top 10 of the USILA Coach’s Poll.
– With two goals and an assist, Reid extended his consecutive points streak to a team-high eight games.
– The Buckeyes had more ground balls than their opponent for the ninth time in 11 games this season.
– Ohio State and Johns Hopkins have split their last six meetings with the home team winning each contest.
Head coach Nick Myers: “With three games left we’re going to focus our attention on getting better. I think we did that this week. When we look at the film there will be some things that we’re really proud of. Some guys really stepped up today – some that we haven’t had in the lineup a lot. I’m proud of the fight, disappointed with the outcome.”
JUST THE STATS
Shots: Johns Hopkins 35, Ohio State 30
Ground Balls: Ohio State 31, Johns Hopkins 26
Face-offs: Ohio State 19-of-27, Johns Hopkins 8-of-27
Extra Man Opportunities: Ohio State 1-for-4, Johns Hopkins 1-for-3
Clears: Ohio State 13-of-14, Johns Hopkins 16-of-19
Saves: Johns Hopkins (Turnbaugh) 11, Ohio State (Kirson) 6
Turnovers: Ohio State 14, Johns Hopkins 12
The Buckeyes play two of their final three regular season games at home, beginning next Saturday at 11 a.m. against Michigan inside Ohio Stadium. The game will be carried live on BTN.