March 23, 2019

Buckeyes Come Back to Top Notre Dame in Overtime, 11-10

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Ohio State 11, Notre Dame 10 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 7-0; Notre Dame 4-3
Site:Arlotta Stadium; South Bend, Ind.
Did You Know: Ohio State finished unbeaten in non-conference play for just the second time in program history.
Next Event:Sunday, March 31 - vs. Rutgers (noon on ESPNU)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Recent history in the Ohio State-Notre Dame series has shown that the Buckeyes and Irish are often destined to battle in a game decided by one goal. Saturday was no different, as Ohio State fought back from a five-goal second half deficit to edge the Irish in overtime, 11-10, on a game-winner from Colby Smith in South Bend. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes are now 7-0 on the season while No. 11 Notre Dame is 4-3.

THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State was able to get its first win over Notre Dame since 2004 thanks to a gritty second-half effort that saw it erase a 7-2 deficit with a flurry of goals in the third and fourth quarters. In all, the Buckeyes scored eight of the game’s nine goals in a 27 minute span to turn a 7-2 deficit into a 10-8 lead. Notre Dame would force overtime with a pair of goals in the final 1:10 of regulation, but goalie Josh Kirson made a point-blank save on a Brian Willetts shot early in the OT, leading to Smith’s game-winning shot to the upper left corner of the cage 52 seconds into the extra session.


QUOTABLE
Head coach Nick Myers: “The key for us was believing in our system and each other. Down 6-2, we made no excuses. I felt like the mood at halftime was very focused. We came out in that third quarter and played as well across the field as we have all year. Credit Notre Dame, you knew they were going to make a push and they did. We were able to answer with a big save and a big goal.”

Sophomore Jackson Reid: “Guys kept it simple. We preach every week to stick to what we do and stick within the system. We didn’t waver at all, just kept out heads up and knew we had it in us.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• In a back and forth game, Notre Dame went on a 4-0 run over the final eight minutes of the second half to take a 6-2 lead into the locker room. First-half Ohio State goals came from Tre Leclaire and Griffin Hughes.
• Notre Dame would take its largest lead of the day, 7-2, just two minutes into the third quarter on a Bryan Costabile goal. From there, though, the next 27 minutes was all Ohio State.
• Reid began the run with back to back scores – the first coming at 12:33 of the third quarter and the second at 4:11. Less than a minute later, Leclaire rocketed one off a Jack Jasinski feed to make the score 7-5. Smith closed out the third quarter scoring unassisted to draw the Buckeyes within one, 7-6.
• Notre Dame went ahead 8-6 on a transition goal with 12:54 remaining, but less than two minutes later Jasinski scored for the first time on the afternoon to cut the deficit back to one, 8-7.
• The Leclaire-Jasinski combination struck again with 7:29 to play, knotting the score at 8-8 when they combined for another score. Three minutes later, Ohio State had its first lead of the day, 9-8, on Reid’s unassisted tally. He scored for the fourth and final time on the afternoon less than a minute later to make the 10-8 in favor of Ohio State.
• Notre Dame forced an Ohio State turnover with 1:30 to play, leading to Wheaton Jackoboice’s unassisted goal to make the score 10-9. Notre Dame won the ensuing face-off, called timeout and tied it at 10-10 on a Costabile goal. The Irish also had possession as time was running out in the fourth quarter but Ohio State defense held them without a shot.
• In overtime, Notre Dame’s Charles Leonard won the face-off and the Irish offense got a look in front of the goal from Willetts, who had his shot saved by Kirson. That led to the Buckeye possession that resulted in Smith’s shot off a feed from Reid. It was Smith’s eighth goal of the season and first game-winner of his career.

JUST THE NUMBERS
Leading Scorers: Jackson Reid (4G, 1A), Jack Jasinski (1G, 2A), Tre Leclaire (3G), Colby Smith (2G)
Shots: Ohio State 38, Notre Dame 37
Face-offs: Notre Dame 13-of-25, Ohio State 12-of-25
Extra Man: Notre Dame 2-of-5, Ohio State 0-of-2
Saves: Notre Dame (Schmidt) 11, Ohio State (Kirson) 10
Ground Balls: Notre Dame 32, Ohio State 28
Clears: Ohio State 17-of-17, Notre Dame 19-of-20
Turnovers: Notre Dame 15, Ohio State 12

THIS AND THAT
• The Buckeyes finished unbeaten in non-conference play for just the second time in program history. The other was 1966 when Ohio State was 14-0 overall.
• Today’s win was the 100th in Nick Myers’ coaching career. In his 11th season leading the Buckeyes, Myers is 100-70 overall. He’s the first head coach in program history to reach 100 career wins.
• Six of the last 10 meetings between Ohio State and Notre Dame have been decided by one goal.
• Saturday’s defensive effort was led by senior Matt Borges, who had three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Ohio State held Notre Dame scoreless for nearly 12 minutes in the fourth quarter and the Irish scored just twice in the first 28 minutes of the second half.
• Reid scored at least one goal in his 15th straight game while Leclaire and Jasinski have scored in 14 consecutive games.
• Reid is third on the team with 16 goals and has 11 in the last three games.
• Leclaire needs just two more goal for 100 in his career.
• Since the start of the 2015 season, the Buckeyes own 21 wins away from home. This year, they are 4-0 away from Columbus.
• Ohio State owns an overall record of 31-12 with 13 wins over ranked opponents since the start of the 2017 season.
• Kirson’s registered double digit saves in all six games that he’s started this season.
• The Buckeyes outshot Notre Dame 25-16 in the second half and overtime period and won four-of-six face-offs to key their third-quarter rally.

WHAT’S NEXT
Ohio State return home for the first time in over a month when it begins Big Ten play by hosting Rutgers inside Ohio Stadium next Sunday at noon. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.