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March 6, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won for the third consecutive game and improved to 5-1 on the season with a 9-5 win over Bellarmine Sunday afternoon at Ohio Stadium. The game was the final contest of the second annual Midwest Lacrosse Classic, which also featured a 12-8 victory by the Buckeyes over No. 19 Marquette Friday.

The Buckeyes trailed 2-0 early in the game but went on a six-goal run to carry a 6-2 lead into halftime. Bellarmine had the only goal of the third quarter but Ohio State scored the first three goals of the final stanza to pull away. Senior Carter Brown, junior Austin Shanks and sophomore Colin Chell each scored two goals to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Shanks and Chell also added assists for three-point games. Senior Ryan Hunter had three points off a goal and two assists. Junior Tom Carey was solid in the net, making nine saves and keeping the Knights off the board for over 35 minutes during one stretch.

The Buckeyes now have five days off before travelling to Hempstead, N.Y., to take on Hofstra March 12. The next home game for Ohio State is March 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Towson and will be televised by BTN.

Bellarmine took a quick 2-0 lead with Tucker Ciessau and Jack Perkins scoring at the 11:08 and 9:28 mark of the first quarter, respectively. The Knights won the first two faceoffs of the game and had the first nine shots before Brown got the first shot for the Buckeyes 8: 28 into the game.

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It took a while longer – about eight minutes, to be exact – before the Buckeyes were able to get on the board, but once that happened the home team rolled. Goals 32 seconds apart and inside of a minute to play in the first quarter by Trevor Hodgins, off an assist from Hunter, and Chell evened the score at 2-apiece.

Brown, who is tied for the team lead with Shanks with 13 points, scored at 13:34 of the second to give Ohio State the lead. A Shanks goal three minutes later doubled the score and Chell’s second of the game extended the lead to 5-2 with 7:57 to play in the first half.

Brown then notched his second goal of the game, off an assist from Shanks, with just five seconds to play before halftime.

Meanwhile, Carey was making things tough for the Knights, making five saves in the first half and keeping them off the board for the final 24:28 of the half.

Carey and the Buckeye defense kept the Knights off the board for a total of 35 minutes 30 seconds between their second and third goals; Daniel Zamora finally scoring low with 3:58 to play in the third quarter to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 6-3.

Three consecutive goals in the fourth quarter rebuilt a comfortable margin for Ohio State. Senior Kacy Kapinos notched his third career goal to stop a Buckeye scoreless drought, taking a feed from Hunter in front of the net and scoring from about 15 yards out at the 13:48 mark.

Hunter then completed his three-point game by scoring his fifth goal of the season at 8:16. And Shanks then scored his second of the game at the 7:35 mark to make the score 9-3. Chell had the assist for his third point of the game.

Goals by Bellarmine’s Brian Wall (5:43) and Ciessau, his second of the game at 1:55, completed the scoring.

Ohio State was outshot, 37-24, in the game. Carey played 57:28 and had nine saves, allowing four goals. Sophomore Matthew Smidt was in the cage for 2:32 and allowed one goal.

Each team won eight faceoffs and picked up 23 groundballs. Senior Robby Haus had three caused turnovers and two groundballs for the squad.

Brown’s two goals extended his goal and point streaks to 15 games, with a 30-11-41 line in the stretch. Shanks, who has a point in all but one of his collegiate games, has six goals, three assists and nine points in his last three games combined.