March 10, 2018

No. 13 Buckeyes Drop OT Decision To Towson, 7-6


March 10, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Recent history has indicated that the annual battles between Ohio State (5-2) and Towson (3-3) are usually decided by one goal. On Saturday inside Ohio Stadium, history repeated itself. Unfortunately for the Scarlet the Gray, they suffered a 7-6 setback to the Tigers that wasn’t decided until Towson’s Jon Mazza scored with seven seconds remaining in overtime.

Ohio State fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter but then held Towson scoreless for nearly 36 minutes between the first and fourth quarter, eventually taking a 5-3 lead on goals by five different players. Towson scored twice in a 15-second span early the fourth quarter to tie the game at 5-5, only to see Ohio State pulled ahead 6-5 with 3:31 remaining on Jack Jasinski‘s second goal of the afternoon. The Tigers, however, converted a man-up opportunity with 1:14 to play in the fourth quarter to tie the game and then won it in the waning seconds of overtime.

Head coach Nick Myers: “We are disappointed with the outcome but proud of the way we competed. We have to improve as a team in several areas but I’m certain we can and will. I have no doubt our men will respond with a great week of practice.”

The Buckeyes’ offense generated a season-high 40 shots, including 25 combined in the second and third quarters, but Towson goalie Shane Brennan made 16 saves to keep the Tigers close. During Ohio State’s five-goal rally in the second and third quarters, it outshot Towson 25-2 and won four of six face-offs.

For the game, sophomore Christian Feliziani won 11 of 17 draws primarily against Towson’s Alex Woodall, who came into the game winning face-offs at a 70 percent clip so far this season. Woodall was just five of 14 on the afternoon while Steven Stillwell was one of three.

Three different players scored for Towson in the opening quarter as it built a 3-0 lead, but Jasinski’s eighth goal of the season – this one coming at the 1:45 mark of the first – started Ohio State’s five-goal rally that spanned into the third quarter.

In the second quarter, the Buckeyes scored three times over the final five minutes, starting with a John Kelly score. Colin Chell converted on an EMO out of a timeout off a feed from Jackson Reid to tie the score at 3-3, and Tre Leclaire gave Ohio State a 4-3 halftime lead on a shot from 14 yards out with just 33 seconds left before halftime.

The only goal of the third quarter came from Gale Thorpe, who scored unassisted at the 5:31 mark to give Ohio State its biggest lead of the day, 5-3. Thorpe has at least one point in six straight games and multiple points in four of those contests.

The Buckeyes have played four consecutive one-goal games, three of which have gone to overtime. Four of the last five games between Ohio State and Towson have been decided by one goal.

Shots: Ohio State 40, Towson 19
Saves: Towson (Brennan) 16, Ohio State (Smidt) 3
Face-offs: Ohio State 11-of-17, Towson 6-of-17
Ground balls: Ohio State 25, Towson 20
Turnovers: Towson 12, Ohio State 9
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-of-4, Towson 2-of-3

Ohio State heads west next weekend to face No. 5 Denver (4-2). Game time is set for 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver, Col.

A wrap around by Gale Thorpe makes it 5-3 for the #Buckeyes. 5:31 left in the third. #GoBucks | #BOOM

— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) March 10, 2018

Man-up converted! We’re all knotted at 3-3 w/ 3:01 to play in the first half. #GoBucks | #BOOM

— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) March 10, 2018