March 27, 2021

No. 15 Buckeyes with Rivalry Win over Wolverines, 14-6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the strength of a seven-goal second quarter, the No. 15 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Michigan, 14-6, Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. The victory gives Ohio State a regular season sweep of the Wolverines, with a 13-10 win March 14 in Columbus.

The Buckeyes (3-3, 3-3 B1G) and Wolverines (1-5, 1-5 B1G) were tied at one after the first quarter. The Buckeyes outscored Michigan 7-0 in the second for an 8-1 halftime lead. Ohio State scored two of the first three goals of the second half for an 8-2 lead but Michigan went on a four-goal run, with three to close the third quarter, to draw within four (10-6) with 10:16 remaining in the game. Tre Leclaire responded with a hat trick, scoring three times in less than five minutes, to put the game out of reach and Jack Myers completed a hat trick in the final minute for the 14-6 final.

For the Buckeyes, Leclaire had a game-high four goals and Myers had three goals and an assist for four points. Mitchell Pehlke had a three-point game, including two goals, and Grant Mitchell scored twice. Justin Inacio won 11 faceoffs and had a Buckeye-best seven ground balls, while Stephen Zupicich had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Alec Van de Bovenkamp made seven saves for the Buckeyes. The six goals allowed were a Buckeye opponent season low.

Quoting Coach Nick Myers

“A second win over them is always special. I’m proud of our men for how they prepared and competed today. We found our grove on offense in the second quarter and our defense played their best game of year. It’s back home and back to work.”

How it Happened

  • Each team scored just once in the first quarter, with Mitchell Pehlke opened the scoring for Ohio State at 11:11 and Michigan’s Tyler Papa tying the game at 6:17.
  • Ohio State took control in the second quarter and outscored the Wolverines, 7-0.
  • Griffin Hughes scored off a pass from Carter Hilleary at 13:38 to put Ohio State in the lead. Jack Myers scored two straight, off an assist from Pehlke at 12:36 and unassisted at 10:08.
  • Longstick midfielder Jeff Henrick scored his first goal since 2018 at 9:44 for a 5-1 Ohio State lead, as he scooped up the ground ball after a faceoff and drove the cage.
  • Grant Mitchell moved the lead to 6-1 at 7:10.
  • Jack Myers found Jackson Reid for a goal at 4:46 and the final score of the quarter came from Pehlke at 1:34 for an 8-1 Ohio State lead.
  • Mitched scored the first goal of the second half at 12:58. The teams traded goals at 10:10 (Michigan’s Grant McCurry) and 8:30 (Tre Leclaire for the Buckeyes) for a 10-2 game.
  • Michigan then went on a four-goal run, with three goals in a 1:31 span before the end of the third quarter. Ohio State led 10-5 heading into the fourth.
  • Michigan’s Jake Bonomi scored a man-down goal at 10:16 of the fourth quarter to make it a four-goal game (10-6).
  • Leclaire then took over, scoring three straight to give him four goals on the day. The first was assisted by Reid at 9:29, along with tallies at 7:22 and 4:55.
  • Jack Myers completed his hat trick with 42 seconds left in the game.

Statistically Speaking

  • The Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines, 46-32, including 19-6 in the second quarter.
  • Ohio State had the edge in groundballs, 26-24, while Michigan led in faceoff wins, 13-11.
  • The Buckeyes were 14-of-18 on clear attempts, with Michigan 12-for-14. The Wolverines had 11 turnovers and Ohio State turned the ball over 10 times.