March 1, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 9 Penn State, 11-8, Saturday afternoon in front of 1,341 fans in Ohio Stadium. The win gives Penn State (3-1) the 2014 the Creator’s Trophy title after a win over Michigan earlier this season.

Ohio State (1-3) is on the road for its next two games, taking on Hofstra at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y., and Denver at 3 p.m. ET March 15. The squad will then host three games in a row, facing Bellarmine March 21 to open ECAC play, Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29.

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions were scoreless for the first 13:37 of the game until junior Reegan Comeault set up classmate David Planning for a goal with 1:23 left in the first quarter. The teams combined for just 11 shots, with Penn State outshooting Ohio State, 6-5. Buckeye senior goalie Greg Dutton had four saves in the stanza.

Penn State outscored the Buckeyes 4-1 in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. Tom LaCrosse tied the game at 12:19 before junior Jesse King set up sophomore Carter Brown for a score from just outside the crease at 9:25. The Nittany Lions scored the last three goals of the quarter – part of a six-goal run – to tie the game and take the lead. Dan Craig evened the score at 2 at 5:41 and TJ Sanders gave PSU its first lead (3-2) just over a minute later. Kyle VanThof had the final goal of the quarter at 1:43. Shots were 11-4 in favor of Penn State in the stanza, with Dutton making three saves.

The Nittany Lions scored three times in the first 3:32 of the second half to go ahead, 7-2, at 11:28. The Buckeyes then had back-to-back goals to draw within three. Comeault set up King for a goal at 5:04 and Brown found junior Turner Evans for a score at 1:51. Penn State again had a late tally, with Shane Sturgis scoring at 1:03 for an 8-5 PSU lead heading into the final stanza. Dutton had three saves in the quarter, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 8-6.

The Buckeyes outscored Penn State in the fourth quarter but were unable to draw even. King scored two in a row at 12:22 (assisted by Planning) and 9:09 to make it a two-goal game. Penn State’s VanThof then tallied at 5:27 to push the lead to three, but King answered just 27 seconds later. At 2:16 VanThof found the back of the net again and Sturgis scored with Dutton out of the net at 1:53 for a four-goal Penn State advantage. King assisted on an Evans goal at 1:08 for the 11-8 final. Shots were 13-6 Buckeyes in the fourth quarter. Penn State goalie Austin Kaut made four saves in the quarter, with Dutton stopping two shots.

Ohio State was outshot, 31-28, in the game. Dutton had a season-high 12 saves for the Buckeyes and has nine or more stops in all four games this year. Kaut finished with nine saves for Penn State.

The Buckeyes, who did not have a man-up chance, held Penn State scoreless on two opportunities, including 30 seconds when they were two-men down.

Ohio State caused eight turnovers, led by senior Dominic Imbordino (who has a team-high nine on the year) with three. Dutton had a team-high five groundballs and sophomore Robby Haus picked up four.

King leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals and 19 points this season and had his fifth career six-point game (and third this season). He extended his point streak to 27 and now has 53 goals, 35 assists and 88 points in the stretch. It was the fourth four-goal game of his Buckeye career.

Evans extended his point streak to 12 (22g, 12a, 34p). He is second on the team with 13 points, including a team-high nine assists. Brown, who has six goals and six assists for 12 points this year, is on a nine-game scoring streak and has 14 goals, nine assists and 23 points in the nine games combined.