March 1, 2020

Comeback Falls Short in 17-16 Setback vs. Cornell


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No. 9 Cornell 17, No. 16 Ohio State 16 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 3-2; Cornell 4-0
Site:Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Did You Know: The 33 combined goals were the most in a Buckeye game since a 20-13 win over Denver on April 19, 2008.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a valent fourth-quarter comeback bid, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost a 17-16 decision to No. 9 Cornell on Saturday in front of 1,352 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes atr now 3-2 on the season while Cornell is 4-0.

The Short Story
Senior Tre Leclaire tied his career high with six goals and junior Justin Inacio set a single-game school record with 30 face-offs wins, but a save by Cornell goalie Chayse Ierlan with under five seconds to play in the fourth quarter secured the one-goal win for the Big Red.

The Buckeyes, who trailed 16-10 early in the fourth quarter, scored six of the game’s final seven goals and had a chance to force overtime after winning a face-off following a Jack Myers goal at 25 seconds remaining in regulation. Jonathan Donville scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Cornell with 2:50 remaining to give the Big Red a 17-14 lead.

“Credit to a good Cornell team,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It was a great back and forth battle and we just ran out of time at the end. There’s plenty to tighten up but also a lot to build on after today.”

Making History
Inacio, playing in his second game of the season, won 30-of-37 face-offs and broke his own single-game school record for face-off wins in a game. The previous high was 23 last season at Michigan. Inacio’s 30 wins is a Big Ten record and just two shy of the single-game NCAA record of 32 set last year by Matthew Pedicine of Hobart.

Most Face-off Wins in Single Single Game Ohio State History
NameFace-Off W-LOpponent
Justin Inacio30-37 (.818)Cornell, 3/1/2020
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

Leclaire No. 2 in Goals Scored
Leclaire’s six goals on the day tied a career high and gives him 128 for his career, which is the second most in program history. Today, he passed Terry Gilmore (1976-79) and Joel Dalgarno (2006-09). Leclaire is 20 away from surpassing Logan Schuss for the top spot. Schuss had 147 goals from 2010 through 2013.

How the Goals Were Scored

  • An entertaining, back and forth first quarter saw a total of 10 goals scored as the teams were tied 5-5 following the first 15 minutes. Ohio State’s goals came from five different players and included two in transition off face-off wins. Senior Brandon Barker was one of the goal scorers, the first of his career.
  • In the second quarter, Cornell created the first separation of the game by scoring twice in the first four minutes. Following an Ohio State goal by Jackson Reid, the Big Red then reeled off two more to give itself a 9-6 advantage. An unassisted score by Leclaire with 2:00 remaining before halftime made the score 9-7.
  • A pair of quick goals early in the third quarter by Colby Smith and Leclaire, respectively, tied the score at 9-9 with 12:44 remaining. Cornell, however, went on a 5-0 run over the next seven minutes to take its largest lead of the day, 14-9, with 4:36 to play in the third.
  • Two straight Big Red goals to open the fourth quarter made it 16-10 at the 12:53 mark before Ohio State’s comeback bid began. During the 6-1 run, Reid scored twice and finished the game with three goals and one assist.
  • In addition to Leclaire’s six goals, he also handed out two assists to tie his career high with eight total points.

This and That

  • Griffin Hughes, who entered the season with three career goals, had another one today to give him eight in the first five games this season.
  • Inacio opened the game by winning 10 of 11 face-offs in the first quarter and was 7-of-10 in the X during the Buckeyes’ six-goal fourth quarter run.
  • Leclaire has scored multiple goals in 15 of the last 16 games in which he’s played.
  • Goalie Josh Kirson finished with 15 saves, marking the fourth consecutive game that he’s had double-digits in saves.
  • The Buckeyes’ 16 goals came from eight different players.

Just the Stats
Cornell 47, Ohio State 42
Ground Balls: Ohio State 33, Cornell 25
Face-offs: Ohio State 30-of-37, Cornell 7-of-37
Clears: Ohio State 13-of-16, Cornell 20-of-23
Saves: Ohio State (Kirson) 15, Cornell (Ierlan) 9
Turnovers: Ohio State 25, Cornell 9
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-5, Cornell 1-4
Leading Scorers: Tre Leclaire (6-2-8), Jackson Reid (3-1-4), Jack Myers (1-2-3), Colby Smith (2-0-0), Griffin Hughes (1-2-3), Brandon Barker (1-0-0), Ryan Terefenko (1-0-0) and Johnny Wiseman (1-0-1)

What’s Next
Ohio State remains at home next weekend, hosting Hofstra at noon on Saturday, March 7, inside Ohio Stadium. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.