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|No. 13 Ohio State 23, Detroit Mercy 9 • What You Need to Know|
|Records:||Ohio State 1-0; Detroit Mercy 1-1|
|Site:||Woody Hayes Athletic Center; Columbus, Ohio|
|Did You Know:||Ohio State's 23 goals are the most ever by a Buckeye team in their season-opener.|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse (1-0) team erupted for 23 goals in its 2020 season-opener, topping Detroit Mercy (1-1) 23-9 on Tuesday evening at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
THE SHORT STORY
Senior Tre Leclaire (6G, 2A), junior Jackson Reid (4G, 3A) and sophomore Jack Myers (4G, 5A) led a balanced offensive attack that saw nine different players score goals. Sophomore Griffin Hughes chipped in with the first hat trick of his career and freshman Grant Mitchell added five points in his collegiate debut.
The Buckeyes broke the game open in the second quarter, netting 11 goals to build a 15-3 halftime lead. The 23 goals are the most ever by an Ohio State team in its season opener.
“We’re grateful to Detroit for coming here on a quick turnaround and wish them the best,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It was great to be back in front of our great fans. Offensively, we found our groove in the second quarter and really got our spark on the ride. We made some tough plays in the middle of the field and that got us going. We’ll immediately start getting ready to face a good BU team on Saturday.”
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
IN THE GOAL
Josh Kirson, an 11 game starter in 2019, got the start in goal on Tuesday night and had seven saves. Three different goalies saw action, as sophomore Skylar Wahlund played nearly 22 minutes in the second half and Michael Clibanoff played the final 3:05 of the fourth quarter.
NEWS AND NOTES
JUST THE STATS
Shots: Ohio State 50, Detroit Mercy 32
Ground Balls: Ohio State 41, Detroit Mercy 31
Face-offs: Ohio State 19-of-36, Detroit Mercy 17-of-36
Clears: Ohio State 19-of-20, Detroit Mercy 13-of-21
Extra Man: Ohio State 0-for-1, Detroit Mercy 0-for-0
Saves: Ohio State 10, Detroit Mercy 7
Turnovers: Ohio State 17, Detroit Mercy 16
Top Scorers: Myers (4G, 5A), Leclaire (6G, 2A), Reid (4G, 3A), G. Mitchell (2G, 3A), Hughes (3G)
Ohio State has a quick turnaround as its back on the field Saturday at noon when it travels to Boston, Mass. to face Boston University.