March 14, 2021

Buckeyes Defeat Michigan, Earn Program Win No. 500


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not all wins are created equal, and No. 15 Ohio State’s 13-10 victory over Michigan inside Ohio Stadium is proof of that. Not only was it a rivalry win, it was also the program’s 500th all-time victory, making it the 23rd Division I team to reach that historical milestone.

The Buckeyes (2-2) picked up their eighth win in nine meetings against the Wolverines (0-4) thanks to a balanced offensive effort that saw four different players score multiple goals, led by Jack Myers (3G, 1A), Tre Leclaire (2G, 2A), Johnny Wiseman (2G, 1A) and Griffin Hughes (2G). The Buckeyes never trailed in the game and had a key three-goal run at the beginning of the third quarter to turn a 6-5 halftime lead into a 9-5 third-quarter advantage.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our men for the way they competed today,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It was a big win for our program not just because it came against our rivals but also because it’s No. 500 in the history of our program. This one is for all those who came before us.”

How the Goals Were Scored

  • Ohio State scored five of the game’s first six goals to open up a 5-1 lead with 10:08 to play in the first half.
  • A Jackson Reid score – off an assist from Connor Cmiel, his first career point, –  gave Ohio State a 6-2 lead about the midway point of the second quarter. Michigan, however, finished the half on a 3-0 to draw to within one, 6-5, at the break.
  • Ohio State’s game-changing third quarter run started when Trent DiCicco scored his first collegiate goal on the opening possession of the third quarter. It continued one minute later with Leclaire’s second tally of the day and was finished by long stick midfielder Stephen Zupicich’s goal at 12:10 of the third quarter.
  • Michigan wasn’t able to pull any closer than two goals the rest of the way, and Johnny Wiseman put the nail in the Wolverines coffin with two fourth-quarter goals.
  • Jack Myers completed his hat trick with less than one second remaining in regulation off a pass from Scott White for the final 13-10 score.

 Leclaire Ties Schuss’ Goals Record

  • With two scores of the day, Leclaire is now tied with Logan Schuss for Ohio State’s all-time goals scored record (147).
  • Leclaire has scored multiple goals in all four games this season and is tied with Griffin Hughes for the team lead with 12 tallies on the season.
  • Leclaire has scored at least one goal in 29 straight games, dating back to March 25, 2018. In that span, Leclaire’s scored 85 times.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 40, Michigan 39
Ground Balls: Michigan 34, Ohio State 29
Faceoffs: Ohio State 13-26, Michigan 13-26
Clears: Ohio State 18-20, Michigan 19-24
Extra Man: Michigan 0-2, Ohio State 0-0
Saves: Michigan (Kiracofe) 11, Ohio State (Van de Bovenkamp) 9
Turnovers: Michigan 18, Ohio State 14

 This and That

  • Ohio State improved to 4-0 all-time record against Michigan at Ohio Stadium. All four of those wins have come by three or more goals.
  • Since Michigan’s arrival as a Division I program in 2012, the Buckeyes own an 8-1 record against the Maze and Blue.
  • In two career games against Michigan, Jack Myers has five goals and three assists. His cousin, Avery Myers, was held to one goal.

 What’s Next

  • The Buckeyes are back at home on Saturday inside Ohio Stadium when they welcome No. 3 Maryland to Ohio Stadium. The Terrapins defeated No. 4 Rutgers yesterday, 19-12.