March 3, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Marquette, 12-6, Friday, to improve to 5-0 this season. It is the best start for a Buckeye squad since the 1966 was a perfect 14-0 on the year.
In the victory, the Buckeyes overcame a two-goal deficit in the second quarter, tying the score before halftime and then tallying the first seven goals of the second half to take control. In all, the Buckeyes held the Eagles scoreless for a 31:08 span.
“This was a gritty win from beginning to the end,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “Jake Withers was incredible and we really rallied off his play. We found our rhythm in the third quarter to pull away.”
The Buckeyes have a quick turnaround, taking on Bellarmine at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on day two of the Midwest Lacrosse Classic hosted by Marquette.
In the First Quarter …
The teams were tied at two after 15 minutes. The Golden Eagles scored the game’s first two goals at 9:26 and 7:44. The Buckeye goals came in the final 1:12 of the quarter, with Eric Fannell putting the Buckeyes on the board and Lukas Buckley setting up Tre Leclaire for a man-up goal with 19 seconds left.
Ohio State outshot Marquette, 10-8, in the quarter, with the Eagles’ goalie making six saves.
In the Second Quarter …
Marquette scored twice in less than a minute early in the quarter (13:10, 12:19) but the Buckeyes responded 14 seconds later when LSM Freddy Freibott tallied at 12:05 to draw the Buckeyes within one (4-3). At 3:19 Marquette pushed the lead to 5-3, but less than a minute later Austin Shanks scored off an assist from Tre Leclaire with Ohio State man-up (2:26) and Leclaire scored a goal of his own at 1:01 to deadlock the score at five.
The Buckeyes had the edge in shots, 13-6, with Marquette’s goalie making four saves and Matthew Smidt stopping two shots in Ohio State’s cage. Ohio State won 6-of-7 faceoffs during the period.
In the Third Quarter …
The Buckeyes had the only three goals of the third quarter and outshot Marquette 12-5 to pull ahead 8-5. The game remained tied for the first 10:29 of the quarter before Buckeye senior Austin Shanks broke the tie with a goal, assisted by Tyler Pfister. Tre Leclaire tallied at 3:29 and JT Blubaugh followed a minute later to extend Ohio State’s lead to 8-5. The Marquette goalie had six stops in the quarter.
Senior Jake Withers won all four faceoffs in the quarter to help the Buckeyes maintain possession.
In the Fourth Quarter …
The Buckeyes extended their goal run to nine with the first four goals of the fourth quarter. Eric Fannell set up two early tallies, at 14:22 by Ryan Terefenko and 13:28 from JT Blubaugh, before scoring a goal of his own at 12:36 for an 11-5 Ohio State lead. Jack Jasinski scored for the Buckeyes with 5:27 remaining and Marquette netted the final goal at 2:11.
The teams combined for 13 shots in the quarter, with Ohio State ahead, 7-6. Buckeye goalie Matthew Smidt made four saves, with Marquette’s goalie stopping two shots.
In the Cage
Ohio State had the advantage in shots, 42-25. Junior Matthew Smidt, in his first start as a Buckeye, had eight saves in all 60 minutes. Marquette’s Cole Blazer made 18 stops in 57:34 in the cage.
Faceoffs and Groundballs
The Buckeyes won 16-of-21 faceoffs in the game, with Jake Withers picking up all 16 wins and recording a game-high 10 groundballs. Withers now has 227 groundballs as a Buckeye, 11 shy of the record 238 Anthony Kelly had for the Scarlet and Gray from 2000-03.
Buckeye Scoring Leaders
• Freshman Tre Leclaire had his first hat trick as a Buckeye and his third multiple goal game, adding an assist for a career-high four points. He has at least one point in each of his first five collegiate games. He is second on the squad with eight goals and tied for second with 11 points.
• Eric Fannell had four points with two goals and two assists and has 10 points, with five goals and five assists, in his last two games combined. He leads the Buckeyes with seven assists and 13 points.
• JT Blubaugh and Austin Shanks each scored twice in the win. It was a season high for both. Ohio State was 2-for-4 on man-up chances in the game and is 10-for-20 (.500) this year.