March 5, 2017

No. 20 Buckeyes Improve to 6-0 with Win over Bellarmine

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March 5, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team moved its record to 6-0 this season, downing Bellarmine, 14-11, Sunday in Milwaukee, Wis. It is the best start for a Buckeye squad since the 1966 team went undefeated through all 14 games of its campaign. The game was Ohio State’s second in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic; the Buckeyes beat host Marquette 12-6 Friday.

The Buckeyes broke open a tie game in the second quarter, outscoring Bellarmine 8-2 in the stanza for a 10-4 halftime lead. Bellarmine outscored the Buckeyes 7-4 in the second half, but was unable to get closer than four until the final seconds. In the win 12 Buckeyes had a point, led by Eric Fannell with five points on two goals and three assists and Colin Chell with a hat trick. Tre Leclaire and Lukas Buckley both had two goals and three points. Jake Withers and Christian Feliziani combined to win 22-of-28 faceoffs and Withers picked up nine groundballs.

Ohio State returns home to host Cleveland State, which joined Division I this season, at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

In the First Quarter …
The Knights scored the game’s first two goals, with goals 44 seconds apart at 11:45 and 11:01. Lukas Buckley put the Buckeyes on the board, assisted by Tre Leclaire, at 6:27 and at 2:07 Ryan Terefenko scored in transition to tie the game at two. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Knights in the quarter and each goalie had two saves.

In the Second Quarter …
The Buckeyes controlled the second quarter, outscoring Bellarmine 8-2 and outshooting the Knights 12-6. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the quarter, all in a 1:17 span. Colin Chell put the Buckeyes in the lead for the first time at 13:47, assisted by Eric Fannell, and off the next faceoff, Jake Withers passed to Lukas Buckley for a goal at 13:36. Eric Fannell tallied 1:06 after that, making it a 5-2 Buckeye lead.

👀 Lukas Buckley (from Jake Withers) with today’s goal of the game. #NCAATop10 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/rnYlla7hxp

— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) March 6, 2017

Bellarmine notched the next goal at 9:58, but Ohio State answered with a five-goal run. Fannell set up Chell for goals at 9:12 and 6:48, surrounding a goal by Tre Leclaire at 8:23. Withers had his second assist of the quarter at 6:27 when he found Bo Lori for a score. At 5:31 Johnny Pearson set up Leclaire with the Buckeyes man-up. The final goal of the quarter was scored by Bellarmine with five seconds remaining, sending the teams into halftime with the Buckeyes ahead 10-4.

In the Third Quarter…
Bellarmine outscored the Buckeyes 4-3 in the third quarter for a 13-8 game after 45 minutes. The teams traded goals early, with a score by the Knights at 12:17, answered by Buckeye freshman Nick Musci, off an assist from Lukas Buckley, at 10:00. The Knights had the next two goals at 6:17 and 5:23 to draw within four (11-7). Ohio State scored twice in the final 3:03, with goals from Austin Shanks and Fannell, along with a BU goal at 1:15. Bellarmine had nine shots in the period, with Ohio State attempting eight.

In the Fourth Quarter …
Bellarmine scored a man-up goal at 10:21 of the fourth quarter and JT Blubaugh responded for the Buckeyes at 9:52. A goal by the Knights at 7:12 drew BU within four but they get just one goal closer, scoring with 17 seconds remaining. The Knights had the edge on shots in the quarter, 8-6. Buckeye goalie Matthew Smidt made three saves in the stanza.

In the Cage
Ohio State had the slight advantage in shots, 34-32. Matthew Smidt made seven saves for the Buckeyes, while the Bellarmine goalie made 10 stops.

Faceoffs and Groundballs
The Buckeyes won 22 of 28 faceoffs in the game. Jake Withers was 13-3, while Christian Feliziani was 9-3. Withers had nine groundballs and is now just two shy of Anthony Kelly’s record of 238 career gbs. Feliziani had five groundballs in the win.

Overall, the Buckeyes won the groundball battle, 33-19. Tre Leclaire had four vs. the Knights and Freddy Freibott and Ben Randall had three each.

Buckeye Scoring Leaders
• Senior Eric Fannell had a team-high three assists and five points in the win. He has 15 points in his last three games combined and leads the Buckeyes with 11 assists and 19 points.
• Junior Colin Chell had a hat trick vs. Bellarmine, his third multiple goal game of the season. He is tied for the team lead with 10 goals and is third with 13 points.
• Freshman Tre Leclaire, who has at least one point in each of his first six collegiate games, had three points on two goals and an assist. He had seven points in the Buckeyes’ two games this weekend combined, with five goals and two assists. He is tied for first on the team with 10 goals and ranks second with 14 points.
• Senior Jake Withers had the first two assist game of his career. He now has four assists this season – the first of his career.
Lukas Buckley had three points with two goals and an assist. He has a point in all but one game this season and has 11 points, with eight goals and three assists.
• Senior JT Blubaugh has at least one goal in five of six games this year and has six goals and seven points on the year. Senior Austin Shanks has also scored in all but one game and has six goals and seven points.
• Ohio State was 2-for-4 on man-up chances in the game and is 12-for-24 (.500) this year.