March 12, 2022

No. 11 Ohio State Downs No. 10 Notre Dame, 14-11

No. 11 Ohio State 14, No. 10 Notre Dame 11 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 5-1; Notre Dame 1-3
Site:Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Did You Know: Ohio State defeated Notre Dame for the third consecutive time in the series.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Like most Ohio State/Notre Dame games of the recent past, Saturday’s contest wasn’t decided until late in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, No. 11 Ohio State found timely offense when it needed it most and got a big effort in the cage from Skylar Wahlund to secure a 14-11 win over No. 10 Notre Dame.

The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 on the year while Notre Dame is now 1-3.

The Short Story
Five different players had multiple goals for an Ohio State offense that was paced by Jack Myers, who finished with four goals and three assists. Two others – Jackson Reid and Colby Smith – had hat tricks while Jason Knox chipped in with a pair of goals.

Defensively, Wahlund played in the final three quarters and stopped seven shots and in the faceoff X, Ohio State won 16-of-28, led by a 10-for-14 day from Drew Blanchard.

Ohio State took the lead for good with a 4-0 run in the second quarter, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 halftime lead. Leading 12-11, the Buckeyes also scored twice in the final 3:16 of regulation to secure their third straight victory over the Irish.

“Was a gritty team win today,” said head coach Nick Myers. “I loved the toughness our men showed and the fight. It was exactly the kind of battle we expected from a good Notre Dame team. It wasn’t perfect by any means but we played Buckeye lacrosse for 60 minutes today.”

 How the Goals Were Scored

  • Notre Dame scored four of the game’s first six goals to take a 4-2 lead at the 11:32 mark of the second quarter. Buckeye goal-scorers in the span were Smith and Knox, who were assisted by Reid and Myers, respectively.
  • At 10:40 of the second quarter, Myers scored unassisted and started a 4-0 run that closed the half. It was highlighted by another Myers goal at 4:11 and then punctuated by back-to-back scores from Reid and Scott White at 2:51 and 1:01.
  • White and Myers netted back-to-back goals early in the third quarter as Ohio State built its biggest lead of the game at 8-4.
  • Notre Dame, however, would respond with a 3-0 run over 1:35 of the third quarter to cut the Buckeyes lead to 8-7.
  • An EMO goal by Smith was followed by a Chris Kavanagh goal by Notre Dame to make the score 9-8 in favor of Ohio State, but the Buckeyes would respond with two straight to finish the quarter to give themselves an 11-8 lead after three quarters.
  • The biggest of those two goals came as time expired in the third quarter. Jackson Reid cleaned up a ground ball in front of the cage and poked it by Liam Entenmann just as the horn sounded.
  • Notre Dame pulled to within one, 12-11, at the 5:19 mark of the fourth quarter, but Reid’s extra-man goal at 3:16 gave the Buckeyes a two-goal cushion and Myers closed out the scoring with his fourth of the day with under 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Statistically Speaking
Notre Dame 40, Ohio State 36
Ground Balls: Ohio State 35, Notre Dame 34
Faceoffs: Ohio State 16-for-28, Notre Dame 12-for-28
Clears: Ohio State 17-for-24, Notre Dame 16-for-21
Extra Man: Ohio State 5-for-5, Notre Dame 1-for-1
Saves: Notre Dame 11, Ohio State 10
Turnovers: Ohio State 18, Notre Dame 15
Ohio State Scoring (G-A-P): Myers 4-3-7; Reid 3-3-6; Smith 3-0-3; Knox 2-0-2; White 2-0-2; Wiseman 0-1-1

This and That

  • Jackson Reid’s three-goal day gives him 97 for his career and three shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to score 100 goals.
  • In the last two meetings vs. Notre Dame, Ohio State is 11-for-11 on the extra man.
  • The Irish came into the game as the nation’s top clearing team and Ohio State forced Notre Dame into five turnovers while clearing.
  • Myers has seven or more points in three of the last four games.
  • Wahlund’s seven saves are just four off his career high, which was set last February at Johns Hopkins.

What’s Next
Ohio State continues its three-game homestand next Sunday, March 20, when it welcomes Denver to Ohio Stadium. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be streamed on B1G+.