February 12, 2022

Buckeyes Move to 2-0 With a 17-9 Win over Cleveland State

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Ohio State 17, Cleveland State 9 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 2-0; Cleveland State 0-1
Site:Woody Hayes Athletic Center; Columbus, Ohio
Did You Know: Ohio State improved to 27-0 all-time inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center since 2008.

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team used the same formula as last week – efficient offense, dominant face-off play and tenacious work on ground balls – to improve to 2-0 on the season with a 17-9 victory over Cleveland State on Saturday inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The Short Story
Fifth-year senior Colby Smith scored a career high five goals while Justin Inacio continued his stellar play at the face-off X, winning 20-of-22 while picking up 13 ground balls. Ohio State took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and finished the half on a 5-0 and never looked back.

With the win, the Buckeyes remained undefeated all-time inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at 27-0. The remainder of their home schedule will be played at Ohio Stadium, beginning on March 12 vs. Notre Dame.

Quotable
“It’s special to stay undefeated at The Woody in front of a great crowd,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We know the responsibility to our alums to stay undefeated and love that we can remain that way for another year. Our face-off and wing play was excellent today and really sparked our team. We scored in a lot of different ways and saw new guys step up.”

 How It Happened

  • The two teams traded first-quarter goals, as the Buckeyes had back-to-back Smith tallies within eight seconds of each other to tie the score at 2-2. Cleveland State led 3-2 at the quarter break thanks to an Ian Mckissick score.
  • Cleveland State scored at 13:04 of the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead, but from there Ohio State ripped off five straight to end the half. During the run, Smith scored twice while James Gurr, Jack Myers and Griffin Hughes each added tallies.
  • Ahead 8-4 at halftime, Ohio State outscored Cleveland State 6-2 in the third quarter to take its largest lead of the game, 14-6, into the fourth quarter.
  • Third-quarter scoring was highlighted by back-to-back goals from Jason Knox and two extra-man scores. The Buckeyes finished the day 4-for-5 on extra man opportunities.
  • In the fourth quarter, Ohio State’s three goals came from three different players, including the first career score by senior Brandon Fisher, who found the back of the net with 1:41 to play that closed out the scoring.

 News and Notes

  • Ohio State finished 26-of-28 on faceoffs for the game, as Inacio was 20-for-22 while Drew Blanchard was 4-for-4 and Matthew Fritz also won both of the face-offs he took.
  • Inacio’s 20 face-off wins are tied for the third-most in a single game. He holds the record – 30 wins vs. Cornell – as well as the No. 2 spot: 23 wins vs. Michigan.
  • The 49 ground balls that Ohio State picked up is the second-most in a single game, just two behind the record of 51.
  • Over the first two games, the Buckeyes have won 50-of-57 face-offs and picked up 96 ground balls.
  • With a 4-for-5 performance on the extra man, Ohio State is 6-for-8 on the EMO over the first two weeks.
  • The Buckeyes’ 17 goals came from 10 different players.
  • Freshman James Gurr had the first multi-point game of his career with two goals and an assist.
  • Jack Myers has multiple points in 13 consecutive games. He finished with a goal and an assist today.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 53, Cleveland State 32
Ground Balls: Ohio State 49, Cleveland State 17
Faceoffs: Ohio State 26-for-28, Cleveland State 2-for-28
Clears: Ohio State 17-for-20, Cleveland State 24-for-27
Extra Man: Ohio State 4-for-5, Cleveland State 0-for-3
Saves: Cleveland State 12, Ohio State 7
Turnovers: Ohio State 19, Cleveland State 19
Scoring (G-A-P): Smith (5-0-5), Reid (0-3-3), Knox (2-1-3), Gurr (2-1-3), Myers (1-1-2), Hughes (2-0-2), DiCicco (1-1-2), Inacio (1-1-2), Allen (0-1-1), Cmiel (1-0-1), Fisher (1-0-1), Garone (0-1-1), Shean (1-0-1)

What’s Next
Ohio State takes its show on the road next Saturday, Feb. 19, when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a 3 p.m. game against No. 4 North Carolina. The contest will be televised by the ACC Network.