February 18, 2017

No. 20 Buckeyes Clip UMass, 8-7

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Feb. 18, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team downed Massachusetts, 8-7, Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes tied the game and took the lead in a 13 second span in the fourth quarter less than a minute after the Minutemen had gone ahead 7-6. Goalie Matthew Smidt led the Buckeyes with 11 saves, while Jake Withers won 12 faceoffs. Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice, with JT Blubaugh and Jeff Henrick tallying the gametying and winning goals in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes, now 3-0 on the year, will close their four-game homestand with a noon game vs. Jacksonville Saturday. Game location will be determined early next week.

Found a way. Gritty win for @OhioState_MLAX at home. Big thx for all the @OhioStAthletics Fans that came out on ☀️ day in Ohio Stadium pic.twitter.com/cbCrDiaicw

Nick Myers (@MyersJMZ) February 18, 2017

In the First Quarter …
The teams were tied at three after 15 minutes, with the Buckeyes taking a one-goal lead three times and the Minutemen responding each time.

Buckeye senior Austin Shanks opened the scoring just 1:24 into the contest with a man-up goal, assisted by Lukas Buckley. At 11:53 Shane Rinkus answered for UMass. At 9:57 Colin Chell came around the net and scored for Ohio State but just over two minutes later UMass scored a man-up goal to again tie the score.

Senior Johnny Pearson, assisted by freshman Tre Leclaire, put Ohio State up 3-2 at 6:07. The lead held until the Minutemen scored with just 10 seconds left in the quarter.

Ohio State controlled play much of the quarter, outshooting UMass, 14-5, with the UMass goalie making three saves. The Buckeyes won all seven faceoffs in the stanza.

In the Second Quarter …
Just one goal was scored in the second, with Tyler Bogart tallying for UMass at 6:38, to give the Minutemen a 4-3 lead at halftime. The teams combined for 14 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead 8-6. Each team’s goalie made three saves.

In the Third Quarter …
Ohio State outscored UMass, 3-2, in the third quarter for a tie game after 45 minutes.

Ohio State tied the game at 11:57 when Tre Leclaire scored off a pass from Eric Fannell. The Minutemen responded with back-to-back goals in the next 2:44, scoring at 10:06 (man up) and 9:13 to make it a two-goal game (6-4) for the first time.

At 6:19 Johnny Pearson cut the lead to one and Colin Chell made the score 6-6 with his second of the game at 2:35.

The Buckeyes were outshot, 11-9, in the quarter. Buckeye goalie Matthew Smidt made three stops in the quarter, with his UMass counterpart stopping two Buckeye shots on goal.

In the Fourth Quarter …
The Minutemen scored the first goal of the fourth quarter at 11:46, putting UMass on top 7-6.

Less than a minute later Buckeye senior JT Blubaugh fought for the ball in a scrum and came out shooting to tie the game at 7 at 10:52. Off the next faceoff, Jake Withers won the draw. He found freshman longstick Jeff Henrick coming up the wing and he scored his first goal as a Buckeye, putting the Buckeyes in the lead.

Buckeye goalie Matthew Smidt made five saves in the quarter, including one in the final minute to preserve the one-goal lead.

Ohio State outshot the Minutemen, 8-7, in the quarter and UMass’s goalie made three saves.

In the Cage
The Buckeyes had the advantage in shots, 39-29. Senior Tom Carey started the game for the Buckeyes and had one save on four shots. Matthew Smidt came in at the start of the second quarter and had 11 saves in 45 minutes of action.

UMass goalie D.J. Smith had 10 saves in the contest.

Faceoffs and Groundballs
Jake Withers took all 19 faceoffs for the Buckeyes, winning 12, including all seven in the first quarter. He had 10 groundballs in the game to lead the squad. It was his 15th career game with double digit groundballs as a Buckeye.

Ohio State won the groundball battle, 27-19. Logan Maccani picked up four and Ben Randall had three for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye Scoring Leaders
Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice for the Buckeyes. Pearson leads the Buckeyes with eight goals this season. Tre Leclaire had two points on a goal and an assist and has five goals and six points through his first three college games.

Highlights from today’s 8-7 victory over UMass in #TheShoe. https://t.co/j1kzZurl8N #GoBucks

— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) February 18, 2017