April 15, 2017

No. 10/9 Buckeyes Post 18-7 Win at Michigan


April 15, 2017

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 10/9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team improved to 11-2 overall this season and 2-1 in Big Ten play with an 18-7 win at Michigan Saturday in Michigan Stadium. The Buckeyes led 7-1 after the first quarter and held an 11-3 advantage at halftime. Ohio State scored seven times in the third quarter for an 18-6 lead after 45 minutes and held UM to just one goal in the fourth for the 18-7 final.

On the Scoresheet
In all, nine Buckeyes had a goal in the game, with seven posting multiple points. Freshman Tre Leclaire had eight points on three goals and five assists, while senior Eric Fannell had six points on four goals and two assists. Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson each had two goals and two assists and Jack Jasinski and Jake Withers each scored twice. Withers won 20 faceoffs and had a game-high 11 groundballs, while goalie Tom Carey made 13 stops.

In the First Quarter
The Buckeyes led 2-0 just 1:40 into the game and scored four times in the final 3:07 of the opening quarter for a 7-1 lead after the first quarter. Off the opening faceoff Withers took the ball himself and scored at 14:47. Jasinski came around the corner and scored his fifth goal in two games at 13:20. The Wolverines scored next, with Ian King tallying at 9:56, but Ohio State answered with a seven-goal run. Leclaire set up Tyler Pfister at 7:21, with Pearson scoring off an assist from Chell at 3:07. Leclaire scored a man-up goal at 2:20 and then set up Fannell and Pearson at 1:37 and :29. Ohio State’s seven goals came on 12 shots in the quarter and UM’s goalie had three saves. Carey had two saves, as the Wolverines also took 12 shots.

In the Second Quarter
Leclaire had a point on a fourth straight goal, converting off an assist from Fannell, at 13:15 of the second quarter and senior JT Blubaugh scored unassisted at 11:48 for a 9-1 Buckeye lead. The Wolverines ended the Buckeye run with back-to-back goals by Decker Curran at 8:47 and 7:16. Redshirt freshman Lukas Buckley found Chell inside for a goal at 5:22 and at 4:20 John Kelly scored, set up by Pfister, for an 11-3 Buckeye lead heading into halftime. Shots in the second quarter were 8-7 in favor of the Buckeyes and each team had two saves.

In the Third Quarter
Ohio State had four of the first five goals of the third quarter and scored three times in the final 3:09 of the stanza to lead 18-6a. Just 15 seconds into the quarter Fannell converted after a Withers faceoff win and he then set up Jasinski for a goal at 13:06. UM tallied the next goal before Pearson found Leclaire at 9:03 and Leclaire passed to Fannell for a goal at 6:55. The Wolverines scored the next two to make the score 15-5. At 3:09 Chell scored on a pass from Leclaire after another Buckeye faceoff win by Withers. The next goal came after Terefenko won the battle for the ball by midfield, pushing it to Fannell who ran into the zone and scored. After Withers won the next faceoff, Chell found him by the side of the cage and he turned and scored to move the Buckeye lead to 18-6 with 12 seconds left in the quarter. Ohio State had 14 shots in the quarter and Carey made four saves on 12 Wolverine shot attempts.

In the Fourth Quarter
The only goal in the fourth quarter was scored by Michigan with six minutes remaining, converting man-up. The Buckeye goalies combined for seven saves in the quarter, with Carey making five and senior Nick Doyle stopping two. The Wolverines had all 18 shots attempts.

Shots and Saves
The Wolverines outshot the Buckeyes, 49-34, in the game. Carey made a season-high 13 saves in 54:30 for the Buckeyes and Doyle had two saves in 5:30. Carey has a 7.09 goals-against average and .574 save percentage on the year.

Faceoffs and Groundballs
Withers won a career-high 20 faceoffs in the game in 23 attempts (.870), topping the 19 he had last week vs. Johns Hopkins, and hit the 500-win mark for his career in the game. He picked up a season-high 11 groundballs and now has a team-high 91 this season. On the year, Withers has won 164-of-240 (.683) of his draws.

Freshman Christian Feliziani won two faceoffs for the Buckeyes, as the squad was 22-for-29 on the day.

Ohio State had 30 groundballs in the game. Terefenko had a career-high five and Jeff Henrick, who also had two caused turnovers, had four.

Noting the Buckeyes
• Ohio State is holding opponents to 7.46 goals a game this season and has allowed nine or fewer in all but two games.
• Leclaire’s five assists and eight points were the most for a Buckeye since Jesse King had six helpers and nine points against Denver in the NCAA Quarterfinals in May 2015. He has a team-high 28 goals this season (with one in all but one game and a point in all 13 games) and is tied with Fannell for the team lead with 39 points each.
• Fannell has a team-best 20 assists and is second with 19 goals. It was his fifth game with five or more points this season and he has a point in 11 of the 12 games he has played.
• Ohio State is 6-0 vs. the Wolverines since Michigan moved to a varsity program in 2012.
• Chell had his fifth game this season with three or more points. He is third on the squad with 25 points on the year and has five goals, seven assists and 12 points in his last five games combined.
• Jasinski had his second consecutive multiple goal game after a career-high four tallies last week.
• Pearson is third on the team with 18 goals and has two or more in six games.

🎙️Coach Myers and Jake Withers spoke following today’s victory at UM: https://t.co/PMp9RKgTK6 #GoBucks

— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) April 15, 2017