February 15, 2020

Massachusetts Edges No. 12 Ohio State, 9-7

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Massachusetts 9, No. 12 Ohio State 7 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 2-1; UMass 1-1
Site:Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Did You Know: Josh Kirson has made 31 saves in the last two weeks vs. Boston University and UMass.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team suffered its first setback of the season, falling 9-7 to Massachusetts on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are now 2-1 on the year while UMass improves to 1-1.

THE SHORT STORY
Trailing 3-2 at halftime, the Buckeyes were able to find an offensive rhythm in the third quarter and strung together a three-goal run to take a 7-4 lead with 2:28 remaining in the quarter. The Minutemen, however, scored the game’s final five goals and held Ohio State scoreless over the final 17:32 of regulation.

Junior Griffin Hughes and freshman Connor Mitchell led the offense with two goals apiece while Jack Myers dished out a game-high two assists.

QUOTABLE
“Credit a tough UMass team,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We knew they would fight hard and they did. We will reflect and grow from this. Then we will turn the page and prepare to compete next Saturday vs. a good Bucknell team.”

HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED

  • After a scoreless first quarter that saw the two goalies – Josh Kirson for Ohio State and Matt Knote for UMass – make a combined nine saves, Grant Mitchell scored the game’s first goal at 13:42 of the second quarter in transition after the Buckeye defense forced a turnover on the ride.
  • UMass answered just one minute later to tie the score at 1-1, but the Buckeyes converted an extra-man opportunity at 10:01 before halftime to go ahead 2-1. The Minutemen scored twice in a one minute span at 4:54 and 3:43 to take a 3-2 lead into the locker room at halftime.
  • The Buckeyes offense got revved up in the third quarter, as Tre Leclaire opened the scoring with his team-leading ninth goal of the year at the 14:06 mark. Less than three minutes later, Connor Mitchell finished an extra-man opportunity with his second goal of the day to put Ohio State head 4-3.
  • UMass would tie the score at 4-4 on one of Gabriel Procyk’s three goals, but a three-goal run by the Buckeyes from 4:55 of the third quarter to 2:28 gave Ohio State it largest lead of the day at 7-4. Hughes scored twice in the sequence, once on a pass from Johnny Wiseman and the other unassisted.
  • Kevin Tobin’s unassisted goal with 23 seconds remaining in the third quarter made the score 7-5 in favor of Ohio State. In the fourth quarter, UMass won three of four face-offs and broke a 7-7 tie with Procyk’s third goal of the day at 7:08.

THIS AND THAT

  • Leclaire has scored a point in 24 consecutive games and has 58 goals in that span.
  • After beginning the season with three career goals, Hughes now has six in the first three games and is fourth on the team with seven points (6G, 1A).
  • Myers and Reid also extended their active point streaks to eight and seven games, respectively.
  • Kirson made 13 saves of the day and has 31 stops over his last two games.
  • Senior Christian Feliziani won nine of 17 face-offs and six of eight during the third quarter when Ohio State outscored UMass 5-2.
  • Ohio State, which entered the game ranked No. 7 nationally in opponent clearing percentage, limited UMass to 18 of 23 on Saturday (.782). It’s the second time in three games that the Buckeyes’ opponent failed to clear at 80 percent or better.

JUST THE STATS
Shots: Ohio State 34, Massachusetts 32
Ground Balls: Ohio State 28, Massachusetts 22
Face-offs: Ohio State 9-of-17, Massachusetts 8-of-17
Clears: Ohio State 19-of-20, Massachusetts 18-of-23
Extra Man: Ohio State 2-of-6, Massachusetts 1-of-4
Saves: Massachusetts (Knote) 14, Ohio State (Kirson) 13
Turnovers: Massachusetts 16, Ohio State 14
Leading Scorers: Connor Mitchell (2G), Griffin Hughes (2G), Tre Leclaire (1G, 1A), Jack Myers (2A)

WHAT’S NEXT
Ohio State hits the road next Saturday and travels to Bucknell (3-0) for a noon face-off against the Bison in Lewisburg, Pa. The game will be streamed live online via the Patriot League Network.