March 25, 2017

No. 4 Buckeyes Fall at No. 2 Notre Dame, 12-7


March 25, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost at No. 2-ranked Notre Dame, 12-7, Saturday in Arlotta Stadium. The loss was the Buckeyes’ first this season, ending their nine-game winning streak. The Irish improve to 5-1 on the year.

Big Ten play is up next for the Buckeyes, as they will take on Penn State at 7 p.m. April 2 in State College, Pa., with BTN televising the matchup.

Saturday, the Irish led 4-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Buckeyes drew within two with two goals from freshman Tre Leclaire in the final nine seconds of the quarter for a 7-5 game at the half. The Irish outscored the Buckeyes 5-2 in the second half for the win. Leclaire led the Buckeyes with four goals. Buckeye senior Jake Withers won 14-of-21 faceoffs and senior goalie Tom Carey had nine saves in the cage, along with causing three turnovers.

Notre Dame opened the scoring at 11:44 before Leclaire tied the game at one, scoring off a pass from Colin Chell, at 6:26. The Irish tallied the next three goals, with two coming in the next 2:08 and the third with 22 seconds left in the first quarter. Ohio State was outshot, 10-9, in the quarter, and the Irish goalie made five saves.

Ohio State got on the board first in the second quarter, with Chell scoring in transition, assisted by defenseman Ben Randall (his first point as a Buckeye, at 13:30. Each team scored three times before halftime for a 7-5 Irish lead at the half. After Notre Dame scored back-to-back goals at 10:08 and 8:15 to take a 6-2 lead, Buckeye senior Tyler Pfister stopped the run with his fourth goal of the year, tallying at 4:29 before Notre Dame scored a man-up goal at 2:34. Leclaire then scored twice in eight seconds in the final nine seconds of the quarter, assisted by classmate Ryan Terefenko in transition with nine seconds on the clock and Freddy Freibott with one second remaining in the half after a Withers faceoff win. Notre Dame outshot the Buckeyes 13-4 in the quarter, with the Buckeyes scoring on all four of their shots.

The Irish scored two of the three goals in the third quarter to push the lead to 9-6. Notre Dame tallied at 11:18 (man-up) and 5:56. Just 34 seconds after the Irish goal, Leclaire converted unassisted. Ohio State had 11 shots in the quarter, with the Irish taking nine. Tom Carey had four saves in the Buckeye cage in the quarter.

Notre Dame outscored the Buckeyes 3-1 in the final quarter to close out the win. Senior Eric Fannell scored for the Buckeyes at 10:54 to make it a two-goal game (9-7), but the Irish had goals at 7:02, 6:33 and 1:15 to seal the win. Shots were 12-6 in favor of Notre Dame in the stanza and Carey made two stops.

The Buckeyes were outshot, 44-30, in the game. Carey and his Irish counterpart each had nine saves in the contest.

Withers won 14-of-21 faceoffs and had a team-high six groundballs for the Buckeyes. He has won 112 of the 174 faceoffs he has taken this year (.644). He has a team-best 63 groundballs.

The Buckeyes had a season-high nine caused turnovers, led by Carey with three and Matt Borges with two. Notre Dame edged the Buckeyes with a 27-26 advantage in groundballs.

Leclaire leads the Buckeyes with 22 goals and is second with 28 points. He has nine goals in his last two games combined, a goal in all but one of his first 10 collegiate games and a point in his first 10 games as a Buckeye. Fannell leads the Buckeyes with 17 assists and 31 points and is on nine-game goal and point streaks.