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.

“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.