February 5, 2022

Buckeyes Down Detroit Mercy 18-7 in 2022 Season Opener

Ohio State 18, Detroit Mercy 7 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 1-0; Detroit Mercy 0-1
Site:Woody Hayes Athletic Center; Columbus, Ohio
Did You Know: Ohio State's 18 goals came from nine different players and 11 of the 18 tallies were assisted.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The 2022 Ohio State men’s lacrosse season got off to a winning start on Saturday as the Buckeyes (1-0) opened rode the scoring of Jack Myers (5G, 3A, 8 pts.) and a dominant day in the face-off X for an 18-7 win over Detroit Mercy (0-1) at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The Short Story
Myers’ eight-point day led an offense that scored six times in the first and fourth quarter and outscored Detroit 12-3 over the final three quarters. Joining Myers in the scoring column were two other players who had hat tricks: fifth-year senior Jackson Reid (3G, 1A) and Jason Knox (3G), a graduate transfer from Hobart who was making his Ohio State debut.

Fifth-year senior Justin Inacio was part of a face-off unit that won 24-of-29 in the X. Inacio was 18-for-21 with seven ground balls while sophomore Trent DiCicco picked up a team-high nine ground balls playing on the face-off wing. As a team, the Buckeyes were +20 in the ground ball battle (47-27).

In goal, Caton Johnson, a transfer from the University of North Carolina, made his Buckeye debut and stopped eight shots in nearly 54 minutes of action.

“It was great to be in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center again in front of our fans,” said head coach Nick Myers. “And credit to Detroit. They played hard, just as we expected. I thought we did a lot of things well today, especially on face-offs and ground balls. Trent DiCicco in particular stood out with his wing play. We’ll learn a lot from this and get ready for Cleveland State next Saturday.”

How It Happened

  • A mostly back-and-forth first quarter saw 10 total goals scored, including three of the first four by Ohio State to jump out to a 3-1 lead less than five minutes into the game. Myers scored twice in that span, sandwiched around a Jackson Reid tally.
  • Detroit Mercy then reeled off three straight scores to take its only lead of the game, 4-3, at the 7:32 mark of the first quarter.
  • From there, Ohio State outscored the Titans 15-3 the rest of the way. Griffin Hughes, Colby Smith and Myers scored back-to-back-to-back in the first quarter, giving Ohio State a 6-4 lead at the end of one.
  • Two Ohio State second-quarter goals but the Buckeyes up 8-5 at halftime and Ohio State broke the game open with a 4-1 third quarter that made the score 12-6.
  • Knox was the offensive star of the fourth quarter, scoring all three of his goals in the final 15 minutes. The Buckeyes also got the first career goal from Ari Allen in the quarter along with scores from Reid and Smith.

 This and That

  • Justin Inacio’s seven ground balls gives him 266 for his career. He is 85 away from the all-time leader in that category, Jake Withers, who had 351 from 2014-17.
  • Inacio’s 18 face-off wins on Saturday are tied for the eighth-most in single-game program history. It’s also the ninth time in his career that Inacio’s won 18 or more face-offs.
  • Ohio State improves to 12-2 in season-openers under head coach Nick Myers and 26-0 all-time inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • Myers’ eight points were just one shy of his career high. He had nine (3G, 5A) vs. the Titans in the 2020 season-opener.
  • The Buckeyes had nine different goal scorers on Saturday, including the first career tally by Greg Langermeier.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 49, Detroit Mercy 27
Ground Balls: Ohio State 47, Detroit Mercy 27
Face-offs: Ohio State 24-of-29, Detroit Mercy 5-of-29
Clears: Ohio State 18-of-19, Detroit Mercy 17-of-24
Extra Man: Ohio State 2-for-3, Detroit Mercy 0-for-4
Saves: Ohio State 13, Detroit Mercy 9
Turnovers: Detroit Mercy 21, Ohio State 18
Leading Scorers (G-A-P): Myers (5-3-8), Reid (3-1-4), Smith (2-1-3), Knox (3-0-3), Hughes (1-1-2), Wiseman (1-0-1), Allen (1-0-1), Shean (0-1-1), Ludd (0-1-1), Pehlke (0-1-1), Hendricks (0-1-1), Gurr (1-0-1), Langermeier (1-0-1), Hilleary (0-1-1)

 What’s Next
The Buckeyes have their second game in as many weekends inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center next weekend when Ohio State welcomes in Cleveland State for a noon face-off. The game will be streamed on BTN+ and live stats will be available through OhioStateStats.com.

Season and Single Game Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Ohio State men’s lacrosse season. Season tickets can be purchased online at http://am.ticketmaster.com/buckeyes/buy while single-game tickets are available at https://www.ticketmaster.com/ohio-state-buckeyes-mens-lacrosse-tickets/artist/954719?brand=osubuckeyes

Tickets will also be available for purchase by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.