March 15, 2017

No. 18 Buckeyes Top No. 10 Towson to Stay Undefeated

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March 15, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team posted a 6-3 road win at No. 10 Towson Wednesday afternoon to improve to 8-0 this year. Towson tied the game at three with the only two goals of the third quarter, but Ohio State scored three unanswered for the win.

The Buckeyes return home to face No. 1 Denver at 5 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium, with the game televised by ESPNU. The Buckeye seniors will be recognized pregame.

“I’m proud of the effort and toughness our men showed today against a well-coached team on the road in challenging weather conditions,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We will shift our focus quickly as we prepare to face Denver Sunday.”

.@OhioState_MLAX got its first win over a ranked opponent this year after beating Towson 6-3 today! The Buckeyes are undefeated at 8-0! pic.twitter.com/1wnv7PAXVi

— Lax Sports Network (@LaxSportsNet) March 15, 2017

The teams were scoreless through the first 12+ minutes of the game before the Buckeyes scored twice in the final 2:32 of the first quarter for a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes. Freshman Lukas Buckley put the Buckeyes on the board and at 1:13 senior Johnny Pearson converted. The Buckeyes had 13 shots in the quarter, with Towson’s goalie making five saves. Ohio State limited the Tigers to just four shot attempts.

The Tigers got on the board at 5:13 of the second quarter, ending a scoreless streak of 24:47. Buckeye sophomore Jack Jasinski answered at 3:38, sending the Buckeyes into halftime ahead 3-1. Each team took eight shots in the quarter, with Buckeye redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey making three saves and his Towson counterpart stopping two shots.

Towson scored the only goals of the third quarter, with Ryan Drenner scoring at 9:12 and Tyler Konen tallying at 2:42, to tie the game at three. Ohio State was outshot, 8-5, in the stanza. Each goalie made two stops.

Just 1:55 into the fourth quarter Buckeye senior Eric Fannell put the Buckeyes back ahead and at 7:35 senior John Kelly extended the lead to two. Towson turned the ball over on a clear, allowing Jack Jasinski to get the groundball and set up freshman Tre Leclaire for a goal at 2:39 to help seal the win. Ohio State had eight shots in the quarter, scoring three times, and the Towson goalie made three saves. Tom Carey had two saves and Towson took seven shots.

Senior Jake Withers won 11-of-13 faceoffs, including all three he took in the first quarter and all four in the fourth. Withers had a team-high six groundballs. The Buckeyes won the groundball battle, 25-20. Ben Randall had five groundballs for Ohio State, while Leclaire had three. Erik Evans had two of the Buckeyes’ six caused turnovers. Ohio State held Towson to 14-of-18 on clears, while the Buckeyes were 15-for-15.

Carey ended the game with eight saves for the Buckeyes. Towson’s Josh Miller had 11 stops.

.@OhioState_MLAX Jake Withers talks on his stellar performance today at the face-off X going 11-13 and recording 6 GB’s in 6-3 W over Towson pic.twitter.com/SAK0GlNkMY

— Lax Sports Network (@LaxSportsNet) March 15, 2017

Noting the Buckeyes
• Withers has won 88-of-129 faceoffs this season, ranking in the Top 10 nationally with a .682 faceoff winning percentage, and has a team-high 53 groundballs.
• Ohio State has held its opponents to eight or fewer goals in all but one game and is allowing just 6.62 goals per game.
• Leclaire leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals this season and is second with 17 points. He has at least one point in each of his first eight collegiate games, with a goal in all but one.
• Fannell is on a seven-game point streak and has a goal in each of his last five games. He has three of the Buckeyes’ eight gamewinning goals this year.
• The Buckeyes’ 8-0 start is the second best in program history, behind only the 14-0 undefeated season by the 1966 squad.
• Randall’s five groundballs were an Ohio State career high. He has 20 groundballs on the year.