WATCH: Postgame Press Conference // Final Stats
BALTIMORE – After 347 days, the wait was worth it for the 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.
Ohio State built a 9-3 halftime lead and opened its 2021 season with a 14-8 win over No. 20 Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore. It was the sixth straight year that the Buckeyes have won their season opener.
The Short Story
Six different players scored goals for Ohio State, led by graduate student Tre Leclaire, who found the back of the net four times. The Buckeyes also got hat tricks from senior Griffin Hughes and junior Jack Myers with a pair of scores coming from Grant Mitchell.
Defensively, junior goalie Skylar Wahlund made his first career start and stopped 11 shots. The defense in front of him limited the Blue Jays to just two goals in the first 28 minutes of the game. At the same time, Ohio State went on a 8-1 scoring run to build a lead it would never relinquish.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity we had today to get back out on the field playing the game that we love,” head coach Nick Myers said. “So many people worked so hard to get us to this point.
“We had a plan on both ends of the field and knew we needed to settle into the game early not knowing what to expect from Johns Hopkins. Give credit to our men for executing. Back home and back to work for our home opener next Saturday.”
How the Goals Were Scored
- After the Buckeyes and Blue Jays traded goals in the opening five minutes of the first quarter, Ohio State put together a five-goal run to open a 6-1 lead early in the second.
- Leclaire started it with an unassisted tally at 8:20 of the first quarter, followed just one minute later by Hughes’ first of the day. DeBerry was next with a transition score at the 3:38 mark of the first quarter and Ryan Terefenko finished off the opening stanza with a score at 1:32 for a 5-1 Ohio State lead.
- Just like in the first quarter, Ohio State and Johns Hopkins traded goals early in the second. Mitchell put the Buckeyes ahead 6-1 but the Blue Jays’ Connor DeSimone put a temporary end to the run just one minute later (12:36).
- Midway through the second quarter, Ohio State scored three times in a two-minute span to open their largest lead of the day at 9-2. The goal scorers were Hughes, Myers and Leclaire.
- Johns Hopkins scored three times in the third quarter to draw to within four at 10-6, but that’s as close as the Blue Jays would get.
- Myers scored twice in the fourth quarter and Hughes completed his hat trick for the final 14-8 score.
This and That
- Terefenko, a three-time All-American at short stick defensive midfield, started on the first offensive midfield line today and also took a team-high nine face-offs. It was the first time in his college career that he’s taken face-offs. He won five of the nine draws and finished with six ground balls.
- Leclaire’s four goals gives him 139 in his career. He’s eight away from becoming the program’s all-time goals scored leader.
- Leclaire has at least one point in 29 consecutive games and a goal in 26 straight contests.
- Hughes’ three goals matches his career high, set previously in games vs. Detroit Mercy and Hofstra last season.
- Graduate transfer Eric Wenz made his Ohio State debut and started at close defense. He picked up four ground balls.
- Jack DeSantis, a Columbus native and transfer from Maryland, had an assist in his Ohio State debut.
- In addition to being Ohio State’s first game since March 10, 2020, it was also its first Big Ten contest since April 26, 2019 – a span of 666 days.
Shots: Ohio State 37, Johns Hopkins 32
Ground Balls: Ohio State 33, Johns Hopkins 26
Faceoffs: Johns Hopkins 14-of-26, Ohio State 12-of-26
Clears: Ohio State 19-of-24, Johns Hopkins 16-of-20
Extra Man: Johns Hopkins 0-for-1, Ohio State 0-for-0
Saves: Johns Hopkins (Kirson) 13, Ohio State (Wahlund) 11
Turnovers: Johns Hopkins 19, Ohio State 16
Scoring Leaders: Tre Leclaire 4G; Griffin Hughes 3G, 1A; Jack Myers 3G; Grant Mitchell 2G; Omari DeBerry 1G; Ryan Terefenko 1G; Jackson Reid 1A; Jack DeSantis 1A
Ohio State will make its 2021 home debut next Saturday when it hosts No. 17 Rutgers (1-0) at noon.