April 26, 2019

Buckeyes Fall in Regular Season Finale to Michigan, 13-10

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Michigan 13, No. 10 Ohio State 10 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 8-4, 1-4 B1G; Michigan 4-9, 1-4 B1G
Site:U-M Lacrosse Stadium; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Did You Know: Justin Inacio won 23-of-25 face-offs, a new single game Buckeye record.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jackson Reid matched his career high with five goals and sophomore Justin Inacio won a school-record 23 of 25 face-offs, but Ohio State dropped its regular season finale 13-10 to Michigan on Friday night in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes finish their regular season 8-4 overall (1-4 B1G) while the Wolverines are 4-9 (1-4 B1G).

THE SHORT STORY
In addition to Reid’s five goals, freshman Jack Myers finished with four points on two goals and two assists. Inacio’s 23 face-off wins surpassed Jake Withers’ 20 vs. Michigan in 2017 and his own 20-win performance vs. Bucknell on Feb. 23. The 23 wins by Inacio in the X is tied for the 12th most in the NCAA in a game this season. He also scooped up a career-high 19 ground balls, five more than his previous best earlier this season against the Bison.

Most Face-off Wins in Single Single Game Ohio State History
NameFace-Off W-LOpponent
Justin Inacio23-25 (.920)at Michigan, 4/26/19
Jake Withers20-23 (.869)at Michigan, 4/15/17
Justin Inacio20-27 (.740)vs. Bucknell, 2/23/19
Jake Withers20-31 (.645)vs. Johns Hopkins, 5/4/17
Justin Inacio19-27 (.703)at Johns Hopkins, 4/7/18
Jake Withers19-26 (.730)vs. Johns Hopkins, 4/9/17

QUOTABLE
Head coach Nick Myers: “Obviously we’re disappointed in the result but certainly not the effort. We left it all out on the field and that’s something we’ve done the entire season. I love this team, I love our seniors and we’ll do the best thing we can now – regroup and move forward.”

HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
• A back-and-forth first quarter saw Michigan score four of the game’s first five goals before a quick two-goal spurt by the Buckeyes cut the Wolverine lead to 4-3 after the first 15 minutes. Buckeye goal scorers were Reid (twice) and Johnny Wiseman. Reid bounced a shot past Michigan goalie Gunner Garn with seven seconds left in the quarter.
• In the second quarter, Colby Smith tied the game at 4-4 quickly following Inacio’s face-off win, but then Michigan scored the final four of the period – three by Bryce Clay and one from Decker Curran to take a 8-4 lead at the break.
• Ohio State and Michigan traded goals in the third period. The Buckeyes got two by Myers and one each from Smith and Reid but trailed by three, 11-8, at the end of the quarter thanks to Michigan scores from Buckanavage, Noseworthy and Avery Myers.
• The Buckeyes pulled to within two, 11-9, when Reid scored his fourth of the game at 10:18 of the fourth quarter, but the Buckeyes wouldn’t find the back of the net again until 11 seconds remained in regulation. During that span, UM’s Brent Noseworthy scored twice (7:29 and :31).

JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Jackson Reid (5G), Jack Myers (2G, 2A), Colby Smith (2G), Johnny Wiseman (1G)
Shots: Ohio State 42, Michigan 28
Face-offs: Ohio State 24-of-26, Michigan 2-of-26
Ground Balls: Ohio State 43, Michigan 21
Clears: Ohio State 10-of-12, Michigan 20-of-22
Extra Man: Ohio State 2-of-6, Michigan 1-of-3
Saves: Michigan (Garn) 9, Ohio State (Kirson) 6
Turnovers: Ohio State 16, Michigan 11

THIS AND THAT
• Reid’s five-goal outing was his third of the season. He has 29 points in the last seven games.
• Myers finished with four or more points for the third time this season and has the most assists by a freshman (20) since Logan Schuss in 2010.
• The Buckeyes generated 40 or more shots for the second time in the last three games.
• Ohio State’s finished with more ground balls than its opponent in 11 of 12 games.
• Inacio has won 10 or more face-offs in 17 consecutive games.
• Colby Smith’s multi-point game was his fifth of the season.