March 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was defeated by Hofstra, 7-5, Saturday afternoon in Hempstead, N.Y. The Buckeyes (1-4) were unable to overcome a 4-1 halftime deficit against the Pride (3-2) in James M. Shuart Stadium. In the game, Buckeye junior Jesse King picked up two points, including the 100th point of his Buckeye career. He is the 28th Buckeye to hit triple digits.
Next up, Ohio State heads to Denver for a 3 p.m. ET game March 15. The squad will then host three games in a row, facing Bellarmine March 21 to open ECAC play, Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29.
The Buckeyes and Pride were tied at 1 after the first quarter. Ohio State freshman Sean Giampietro scored his first career goal at 9:54, assisted by King. With 49 seconds left in the quarter, Sam Llinares scored for Hofstra to tie the game. The Pride outshot the Buckeyes, 10-4, in the stanza.
Hofsta scored the only goals of the second quarter for a 4-1 halftime lead. Torin Varn tallied at 10:15 and then Llinares and Lance Yopor scored 60 seconds apart at 5:01 and 4:01, with Yopor’s goal man-up. Ohio State outshot Hofstra, 11-5, in the stanza, but could not get a shot through Chris Selva, who made three saves.
Each team scored once in the third quarter. Hofstra’s Drew Coholan tallied man-up at 10:54 for a 5-1 Hofstra lead. At 7:34 sophomore Gordie Koerber set up junior Turner Evans for a Buckeye EMO goal, ending the five-goal run for the Pride. The teams had just nine shots in the quarter, with Ohio State putting five on cage. Each team’s goalie had two saves.
Ohio State outscored Hofstra, 3-2, in the fourth quarter but could not draw even. At 13:41 Evans scored off an assist from classmate Reegan Comeault to make it 5-3. Hofstra scored the next two goals, at 9:18 and 6:59, to pull ahead 7-3. Comeault scored unassisted at 6:23 and Evans set up King for a goal at 3:31 to make it a two-goal game (7-5) and the score remained that way until the end of regulation. Shots were 5-4 in favor of Hofstra in the quarter.
Each team had 24 shots in the game. Buckeye senior goalie Greg Dutton made six saves and Selva had eight stops for Hofstra.
Ohio State won 10-of-16 faceoffs, with freshman Jake Withers going 10-5 on the day and picking up five groundballs. Groundballs were 25-24 in favor of Hofstra. Junior Evan Mulchrone and sophomore Chris Mahoney each caused two turnovers for Ohio State.
King leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 21 points this season. He extended his point streak to 28 and now has 54 goals, 36 assists and 90 points in the stretch. Evans extended his point streak to 13 (24g, 13a, 37p). He is second on the team with 16 points, including a team-high 10 assists.