April 16, 2022

No. 8 Ohio State Drops Hard-Fought Decision to No. 1 Maryland, 19-12

No. 1 Maryland 19, No. 8 Ohio State 12 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 8-4, 2-2 Big Ten; Maryland 11-0, 4-0 Big Ten
Site:Maryland Stadium; College Park, Md.
Did You Know: Ohio State's four-goal first-half lead was the largest deficit Maryland has faced all season.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Eight-ranked Ohio State gave No. 1 Maryland all it could handle on Saturday afternoon, but dropped a 19-12 decision to the Terrapins in College Park. The Buckeyes, now 8-4 on the season and 2-2 in Big Ten play, return home for their regular season finale next Sunday night against Michigan at Ohio Stadium.

The Short Story
Ohio State matched Maryland goal for goal through three quarters and built a 7-3 second-quarter leads thanks to a 5-0 scoring run that spanned the first and second quarters. Four Buckeyes had multiple goals – led by a hat trick from Colby Smith and a six-point day for Jack Myers – and the defense was led by goalie Skylar Wahlund, who stopped a career-high 19 shots.

The Buckeyes trailed by just one goal, 12-11, at the 2:43 mark of the third quarter, but Maryland outscored Ohio State 7-1 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory.

“I’m proud of the effort and fight that our men showed today,” said head coach Nick Myers. “Skylar was great in goal and we played well at times around him in all phases. Maryland is a good team and just made more plays than we did down the stretch. There’s plenty to build off from today as we turn the page to playing our rival at home next Sunday.”

How The Goals Were Scored

  • After trading two goals each to open the first quarter, Ohio State fell behind 3-2 at the 9:44 mark but promptly went on a 5-0 scoring run over the next 14 minutes.
  • It started with a Jack Myers unassisted tally at 4:16 of the first and then continued with scores by Jackson Reid and Jason Knox to finish out the quarter.
  • In the second, Mitchell Pehlke found Johnny Wiseman with a pretty feed to put the Buckeyes up 6-3 (12:17) and three minutes later Smith had another one off a pass from Myers (9:53).
  • Maryland would end the half on a 4-0 scoring run to tie the score at 7-7 at the break. The Terrapins then came out and scored the first goal of the second half to go ahead 8-7.
  • Less than a minute after falling behind 8-7, however, the Buckeyes tied the game on Colby Smith’s second goal of the afternoon and then retook the lead 9-8 when Ari Allen scored from in front of the goal.
  • A Myers goal at 7:40 of the third quarter gave the Buckeyes a 10-9 lead but Maryland then scored three of the final four goals of the quarter to take a 12-11 lead into the fourth.
  • Three Maryland goals in the opening three minutes of the fourth quarter put the Terps up 15-11, their largest lead of the day to that point.
  • Ohio State’s lone fourth-quarter goal was scored by Colby Smith, his 31st of the season.

 Buckeye This and That

  • Wahlund’s 19 saves are the most in a game by an Ohio State goalie since Josh Kirson also had 19 vs. Hofstra on March 7, 2020.
  • Mike Rimmer (vs. Hobart in 2005) and Stefan Schroder (vs. Bellermine in 2007) also had 19-save performances.
  • Colby Smith’s three-goal day gives him a team-high 34 on the season.
  • The Buckeyes’ man-down defensive unit held the Terrapins scoreless in three extra-man opportunities.
  • Ohio State has now successfully killed off 25 of 33 opponent EMOs (.757).
  • Jack Myers’ 35 assists on the season ranks fourth in the Ohio State record books, tied with Joel Dalgarno (2008) and Jesse King (2015).

Statistically Speaking
Maryland 46, Ohio State 35
Saves: Ohio State (Wahlund) 19, Maryland (McNaney) 11
Ground Balls: Maryland 32, Ohio State 23
Faceoffs: Maryland 20-for-35, Ohio State 15-for-35
Extra Man: Maryland 0-for-3, Ohio State 0-for-0
Clears: Ohio State 19-for-19, Maryland 16-for-16
Ohio State Scoring (G-A-P): Jack Myers (2-4-6); Colby Smith (3-0-3); Jackson Reid (2-0-2); Jason Knox (2-0-2); Scott White (1-1-2); Ari Allen (1-0-1); Johnny Wiseman (1-0-1); Mitchell Pehlke (0-1-1)

What’s Next
Ohio State plays its regular season finale next Sunday night under the lights at Ohio Stadium when it hosts rival Michigan (7-6, 0-4 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by BTN.