April 5, 2015

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In front of 2,004 fans in Ohio Stadium, the No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse posted a 15-12 win over No. 19 Johns Hopkins Sunday night in the inaugural Big Ten Conference lacrosse game in Columbus. Ohio State is now 9-3 overall – a perfect 6-0 in Columbus – and 2-0 in B1G action.

In a matchup that was tied nine times, Ohio State broke the game open with a three-goal run late in the fourth quarter to pull away and secure the conference victory over the Blue Jays (4-6, 1-1 B1G). The teams were tied at three after the first quarter and deadlocked at six at halftime. Ohio State led 9-8 after the third quarter but the Blue Jays scored early in the fourth for a nine-all game. The teams traded goals at 11:40 and 10:13 for a 10-10 game, but the Buckeyes scored the next three goals (in a span of 2:33) to pull ahead 14-11 with 3:34 left.

Buckeye junior Carter Brown had six goals in the victory over the Blue Jays, while senior Jesse King had seven points with five goals and two assists. Redshirt sophomore goalie Tom Carey made 14 saves in the cage and graduate student Christopher May won 18 faceoffs and picked up a game high nine groundballs. Senior David Planning had two goals and two assists for a four-point night.

“Our men stepped up in a number of ways,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was a back and forth game. I’m really proud of the way we fought for 60 minutes and ultimately came away with a big victory. Now we have to work to get better as we look for conference win number three next week.”

Ohio State hits the road to take on Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday in Ann Arbor in a game televised by ESPNU. The matchup is part of the Creator’s Trophy competition between Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. The Buckeyes enter the game 1-0 in Creator’s Trophy play after a victory at Penn State last week.

The Buckeyes and Blue Jays were tied at three after the first quarter. Ryan Brown scored the game’s first two goals at 12:51 and 10:21 for a 2-0 Hopkins lead. Ryan Hunter scored for the Buckeyes, assisted by King, at 9:08 and back-to-back unassisted goals for C. Brown at 9:08 and 7:40 put Ohio State ahead, 3-2. The Blue Jays’ R. Brown completed his hat trick with three seconds left in the quarter for a tie game. Shots were 10-7 in favor of Johns Hopkins in the quarter and Carey had four saves for the Buckeyes.

In the second quarter, Ohio State and Johns Hopkins again scored three times each to head into halftime tied at six. Planning beat his defender and scored at 13:06 to break the tie and Ohio State held the one-goal lead until King scored at 5:41. R. Brown followed with back-to-back goals for the Blue Jays at 5:01 and 4:10 to deadlock the score at five. C. Brown finished his hat trick at 2:26 to put the Buckeyes back ahead but the Blue Jays again scored late, with a goal from Joel Tinney with 15 seconds left in the quarter for a six-all game. Each team attempted eight shots in the quarter and Carey again had four saves.

Ohio State outscored Johns Hopkins 3-2 in the third quarter to take a 9-8 lead after 45 minutes. The teams traded goals twice, with Ohio State responding each time. Shack Stanwick put Hopkins ahead for the first time since early in the first quarter (7-6) at 12:49 but King answered at 11:13. R. Brown put Hopkins up 8-7 at 9:31 before C. Brown tallied at 6:17 for an eight-all game and King scored at 3:54 to again put Ohio State in the lead (9-8). Ohio State outshot Johns Hopkins, 9-7, in the quarter and Carey had three saves. The Buckeyes were unable to convert three extra man chances in the quarter.

The teams combined for 10 goals in the fourth quarter. John Crawley scored a man-up goal for Johns Hopkins 17 seconds into the stanza, converting a chance that carried over from the third quarter, to tie the game at nine. King scored for the Buckeyes at 12:47 but R. Brown answered at 11:40 for a 10-10 game. The Browns traded goals, with C. Brown scoring for Ohio State at 10:13 and R. Brown tallying for Hopkins at 7:54, making the score 11-all.

Ohio State then went on a three-goal run for the first three-goal lead by either team in the game. Sophomore John Kelly tallied at 6:07 to put Ohio State ahead and King set up Planning at 5:06. At 3:34, King converted with less than 10 seconds left on the shot clock, giving the Buckeyes a 14-11 advantage. Connor Reed drew the Blue Jays within two (14-12) at 1:37, but Planning set up C. Brown for a goal with the Hopkins’ goalie out of the cage in the final minute. Shots were 12-7 in favor of the Blue Jays in the quarter and Carey had three saves.

Johns Hopkins outshot Ohio State, 37-31, in the game. Carey played 59:22 and had a Buckeye career-high 14 saves, allowing 11 goals. Senior Cameron Stephens played 38 seconds after Carey had to come out because of a penalty and allowed one goal. JHU goalie Eric Schneider had five saves in all 60 minutes.

Ohio State had the slight edge in groundballs, 24-22. May took all but one faceoff for the Buckeyes, winning 18-of-29. He has won 139-of-215 this year and is ninth nationally with a .647 faceoff winning percentage. May had nine groundballs in the win and has 96 on the year, ranking sixth in the NCAA with 8.0 a game. Junior Robby Haus was second for the Buckeyes with three groundballs and had a caused turnover.

The Blue Jays converted their one extra-man chance on the night, just the second EMO goal allowed by the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State leads the NCAA in man-down defense, stopping 14-of-16 (.875) opponent chances. The Buckeyes were unable to score on three chances.

King leads the Buckeyes with 29 goals, 17 assists and 46 points this season. It was his fifth career five-goal game (the second against Johns Hopkins) and his third of the season. He now has 177 career points, moving into fourth place in program history, and his 106 career goals rank fifth, while he is ninth all-time with 71 assists. Brown’s six-goal game was a career high after two four-goal days (last March 17 at Towson). He is second on the team with 24 goals, 13 assists and 37 points this year and has five games with four or more points. Planning had his second four-point game of the season and has 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points, tying Hunter for third in goals and ranking third in assists and points.

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