March 20, 2022

No. 7 Ohio State Suffers 14-12 Setback to Denver


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COLUMBUS, Ohio Despite hat tricks from seniors Jackson Reid and Colby Smith, the No. 7-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team dropped a 14-12 decision to Denver on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,129 fans at Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes are now 5-2 on the season while Denver improves to 4-4. Ohio State won’t have to wait long to bounce back, as it is right back at home on Tuesday night against Dartmouth inside Ohio Stadium. Opening faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The Short Story
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 6-2 second-quarter lead, but Denver would respond by scoring 11 of the next 15 goals and took a 13-10 lead – its largest of the day – late in the third quarter. Ohio State closed the gap to one, 13-12, midway through the fourth quarter but was held off the scoreboard for the final 8:48 of regulation.

Reid’s three goals give him 100 for his career. He’s the 13th player in program history to reach 100 career goals. In the last two games, the fifth-year senior from Guelph, Ontario has 10 points (six goals and four assists).

“We can up short,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It was a game of runs and we just didn’t make plays down the stretch in order to win the game. Grateful for what was a great crowd and for so many youth lacrosse players coming out to support us. We’ll look forward to getting right back out there Tuesday night vs. a very tough Dartmouth team.”

 How the Goals Were Scored

  • Ohio State’s offense was humming early, as the Buckeyes had four different first-quarter goal scorers to take a 4-2 after the opening 15 minutes.
  • Scott White, Reid, Smith and Justin Inacio all scored and following a Smith tally at 13:43 of the second quarter, the Buckeyes had their largest lead of the day at 6-2.
  • Denver would score four straight to tie the game at 6-all, but Reid scored unassisted to close out the first half and give Ohio State a 7-6 lead at the break.
  • The Pioneers took their first lead of the day at 10:32 of the third quarter of a Ryan Giles goal, but Smith’s transition score – assisted by Greg Langermier – tied the game at 8-8.
  • The two teams traded scores for the next five minutes, resulting in a 10-10 tie following freshman Ed Shean’s score at 4:28 of the third quarter.
  • Denver, however, went on a 3-0 to close the third quarter and limited the Buckeyes to just one fourth-quarter goal to secure the win.

 Statistically Speaking
Shots: Denver 44, Ohio State 43
Ground Balls: Denver 24, Ohio State 19
Faceoffs: Denver 14-of-27, Ohio State 13-for-27
Clears: Denver 18-of-19, Ohio State 17-of-18
Extra Man: Denver 0-for-3, Ohio State 1-for-1
Saves: Denver 11, Ohio State 8
Turnovers: Ohio State 12, Denver 11
Ohio State Scoring (G-A-P): Jackson Reid 3-1-4; Colby Smith 3-0-3; Mitchell Pehlke 1-1-2; Jack Myers 1-1-2; Justin Inacio 1-0-1; Greg Langermeier 0-1-1; Scott White 1-0-1; Connor Cmiel 0-1-1; Ed Shean 1-0-1; Jason Knox 1-0-1

What’s Next
Ohio State’s next opponent, Dartmouth, improved to 4-1 on the season yesterday with a 17-10 win over St. John’s. The Big Green and Buckeyes faceoff on Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside Ohio Stadium. Single-game tickets are available for purchase by CLICKING HERE or calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.