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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite jumping out to a 3-0 first-quarter lead, No. 9 Ohio State dropped its Big Ten opener on Sunday, falling to No. 6 Rutgers 18-7 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway. The Buckeyes are 6-3 on the season while Rutgers improves to 9-1.
The Short Story
Colby Smith and Scott White each scored two goals, but Rutgers used a 3-0 run over the final 1:19 of the second quarter and then scored four times in the third quarter to open up a 12-6 lead.
Skylar Wahlund got his second consecutive start in goal and made a career-high 13 saves, including seven in the second half.
“Tough way to open up our conference season,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We just didn’t do enough right in all phases of the game against a good team. Like we always do, we’ll evaluate this and get back to work in order to be better next week.”
How the Goals Were Scored
- The Buckeyes’ offense was humming early, as Ohio State took a 3-0 first-quarter lead thanks to tallies by three different players: White, Jackson Reid and Ari Allen.
- Ohio State was also generating chances by clamping down defensively, forcing Rutgers into six first-quarter turnovers.
- White’s goal opened the scoring at 12:44 and Reid followed two minutes later at 10:47. Allen’s score came at 7:30.
- Rutgers then scored twice in a 33 second span and the score was 3-2 in favor of Ohio State at the end of the first quarter.
- Ronan Jacoby tied the score at 3-all with 8:06 remaining in the second quarter, but Colby Smith quickly answered one minute later to give Ohio State a 4-3 advantage.
- After Rutgers scored twice to take a 5-4 lead, Scott White’s second goal of the day evened the score at 5-5 with 1:55 remaining before halftime.
- The Scarlet Knights then scored three times in the final 1:19 of the second quarter to take an 8-5 halftime lead and then three more times in the third quarter. Trent DiCicco scored Ohio State’s lone third-quarter goal.
- Colby Smith completed his two-goal day at the 14:12 mark of the fourth quarter. It was his 25th goal of the season.
This and That
- Smith has multiple goals in four consecutive games.
- Wahlund’s 13 saves tops his previous high of 12 set just five days ago vs. Dartmouth when he stopped 12 shots.
- Jack Myers finished the day with two assists, giving him 26 on the season and 74 in his career. That places him 10th all-time, just one behind Craig Cooper (1974-78) and Mike Norton (2000-03).
- Drew Blanchard won 12 faceoffs, a Buckeye career high for him. A transfer from Hobart, his overall career high is 16 vs. Sacred Heart in 2021.
- Reid’s 105 career goals places his No. 8 all-time. Carter Brown (2013-16) currently occupies the No. 7 spot with 106.
Shots: Rutgers 47, Ohio State 31
Ground Balls: Rutgers 39, Ohio State 28
Faceoffs: Rutgers 16-for-28, Ohio State 12-of-28
Clears: Ohio State 22-for-22, Rutgers 26-for-26
Extra Man: Rutgers 2-for-5, Ohio State 1-for-4
Saves: Ohio State (Wahlund) 13, Rutgers (Kirst) 12
Turnovers: Ohio State 17, Rutgers 15
Ohio State Scoring (G-A-P): Colby Smith 2-1-3, Jack Myers 0-2-2, Scott White 2-0-2, Jackson Reid 1-0-1, Ari Allen 1-0-1, Trent DeCicco 1-0-1
Ohio State returns to Columbus to play its conference home-opener on Friday evening when it hosts Penn State at Ohio Stadium. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. with ESPNU to televise. Single-game tickets are available for purchase by CLICKING HERE or calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.