|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.”
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|
|Justin Inacio||30-37 (.818)||Cornell, 3/1/2020|
|Justin Inacio||23-25 (.920)||at Michigan, 4/26/19|
|Jake Withers||20-23 (.869)||at Michigan, 4/15/17|
|Justin Inacio||20-27 (.740)||vs. Bucknell, 2/23/19|
|Jake Withers||20-31 (.645)||vs. Johns Hopkins, 5/4/17|
|Justin Inacio||19-27 (.703)||at Johns Hopkins, 4/7/18|
|Jake Withers||19-26 (.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
This and That
Just the Stats
Shots: 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)
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.