May 15, 2022

Buckeyes Drop 15-8 Decision to Cornell in NCAA Tournament


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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s lacrosse season came to an end on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Buckeyes suffered a 15-8 setback at seventh-seeded Cornell.

The Buckeyes finish their season with a 10-6 overall record. Cornell moves on to the quarterfinals where it will face either second-seeded Georgetown or Delaware next Sunday at Ohio Stadium.

The Short Story
Ohio State jumped out to a 4-0 first-quarter lead with two goals from Colby Smith and one each by Jackson Reid and Tyler Gallagher.

After a nearly 90-minute weather delay, play resumed with 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter and Ohio State leading, 4-2. Cornell scored two of the final three goals of the first half as the Buckeyes led 6-5 at the break.

The Big Red took the lead for good in the third quarter with a 6-1 run and never trailed again. For Ohio State, Jack Myers and Colby Smith each scored twice while goalie Skylar Wahlund finished with 14 saves.

“Congratulation to Cornell on a really well-played game,” said head coach Nick Myers. “While it’s disappointing any time your season comes to an end, I couldn’t be prouder of a group of men and especially a group of seniors. These seniors brought Buckeye lacrosse back and for that they can hold their heads high. We have bright days ahead of us and I’m thankful to everyone who went along on this journey with us.”

How The Goals Were Scored

  • Just like they did in the first meeting between these two teams in early March, Ohio State started fast.
  • The Buckeyes out the first four goals on the scoreboard in the first quarter to open a 4-0 lead. Colby Smith scored twice, Jackson Reid had one and Tyler Gallagher made a SportsCenter Top 10-worthy play for the fourth tally of the quarter.
  • Gallagher scored from 65 yards on against a 10-man Cornell ride, putting Ohio State up 4-0 at the 3:42 mark of the opening stanza.
  • Cornell’s CJ Kirst netted two quick goals for Cornell than that a minute apart early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 4-2. Immediately after his second score, with 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the game was suspended due to the lightning in the area.
  • When play resumed nearly 90 minutes later, Jack Myers netted his first tally of the day to put Ohio State up 5-2 at 6:26 of the second quarter.
  • From there, however, Cornell scored twice to finish the second quarter and trailed by just one, 5-4, at the half.
  • The Big Red scored the first four goals of the third quarter to surge ahead 8-5. Zach Ludd brought the run to an end with his first goal of the year at 8:18.
  • CJ Kirst netted two more in the quarter as Cornell took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter. A 4-0 Big Red run midway through the final quarter gave them their biggest lead of the day at 15-7 with just under three minutes to play.

Buckeye This and That

  • Jack Myers’ second-quarter goal gave him 100 in his 45-game career. He finished the 2022 season with 38 goals and 45 assists for 83 points – second most in single-season program history.
  • Colby Smith’s two tallies gave him 41 goals on the season. That’s tied with Jon Ewert (1986) for 11th highest in single-season history.
  • The other 40-goal scorer on Ohio State’s roster in 2022 was Jackson Reid, who finished with 47.
  • Sunday’s was Reid’s 61st career games. He finished his time with the scarlet and gray with 131 goals – third most in program history – to go along with 49 assists for 180 points.
  • Skylar Wahlund finished with double-figure saves for the fifth straight game.
  • Justin Inacio picked up 12 ground balls and in the process became Ohio State’s all-time leader in that category. He closes his career with 357 in 55 games.
  • The 217 goals scored this season are the third-most in program history, only behind the 2017 squad that scored 238 and the 2008 team with 224.
  • The Buckeyes made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and the fourth under head coach Nick Myers.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Cornell 43, Ohio State 32
Saves: Ohio State 14, Cornell 13
Faceoffs: Ohio State 17-for-27, Cornell 10-for-17
Groundballs: Cornell 33, Ohio State 23
Turnovers: Ohio State 16, Cornell 13
Clears: Ohio State 15-for-17, Cornell 14-for-15
Ohio State Scoring: Jack Myers 2-1-3; Colby Smith 2-0-2; Jackson Reid 1-0-1; Tyler Gallagher 1-0-1; Ed Shean 1-0-1; Zach Ludd 1-0-1