COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team turned the page to the Big Ten portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday and suffered a 12-4 setback against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are now 5-5 on the season while the Nittany Lions improve to 7-3.
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State’s offense generated 35 shots, but PSU goalie Colby Kneese made 16 saves – 11 in the first half – and Penn State opened up a close game by scoring five times in the third quarter to take a 11-4 lead. The Buckeyes were paced on offense by four different goal scorers: Jackson Reid, JT Bugliosi, Tre Leclaire and Jack Jasinski. Colin Chell dished out a team-high two assists.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
– Penn State started quickly, scoring four times in the first quarter behind a pair of scores from Kevin Hill (13:01 and 8:32) with single tallies from Gerald Arceri and Ryan Keenan.
– Ohio State broke through and got on the scoreboard for the first time with 10:34 remaining in the first half as Jaskisnki created his own shot and found the back of the net for the 11th time this season. After a Mac O’Keefe goal two minutes later made the score 5-1 for PSU, Bugliosi finished on an over-the-shoulder goal off a pass from Chell with 3:22 remaining in the second quarter.
– Ohio State closed out the first-half scoring when Bugliosi scored off another feed from Chell with just 40 seconds to play in the second quarter, cutting Penn State’s lead to 6-3 at the break.
– In the third quarter, the Nittany Lions scored twice in a 48-second span early to increase their lead to 8-3. Lelcaire netted his team-leading 17th goal of the year with 11:03 remaining in the third, but from there PSU scored three times to end the quarter, taking a 11-4 lead into the fourth quarter.
THIS AND THAT
– Ohio State outshot Penn State 22-15 in the first half, but many of those scoring chances were turned away by Kneese, who stopped four shots in the first quarter and seven in the second.
– The Buckeyes were able to chip away at Penn State’s early lead thanks to winning four of six face-offs in the second quarter.
– Ohio State played in front of a crowd of 2,361. On the heels of last week’s record crowd of over 3,200, the Buckeyes are averaging just over 2,300 fans per game in three dates thus far at Ohio Stadium.
– Reid, who is now second in the team in goals with 12, has at least one point in seven straight contests.
– Josh Kirson made his second consecutive start and stopped 12 shots. Coupled with last week’s performance, he has 25 saves in the last two games.
JUST THE STATS
Shots: Ohio State 35, Penn State 35
Ground Balls: Penn State 38, Ohio State 25
Face-offs: Penn State 13-20, Ohio State 7-20
Clears: Ohio State 18-19, Penn State 18-19
Extra-Man: Penn State 2-3, Ohio State 0-1
Saves: Penn State (Kneese) 16, Ohio State (Kirson) 12
Turnovers: Penn State 13, Ohio State 12
The Buckeyes face their first conference road test of the season when they take on No. 9 Johns Hopkins next Saturday, April 7, at noon in Baltimore, Md. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU, Ohio State’s third straight game on the network.