April 3, 2021

No. 8 Rutgers Slips Past No. 14 Ohio State, 10-9

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 14 Ohio State fought back from a fourth-quarter deficit at No. 8 Rutgers on Saturday but couldn’t find a go-ahead goal, dropping a hard-fought 10-9 decision to the Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium in Piscataway. The Buckeyes are 3-4 on the year while Rutgers improves to 5-2.

The Short Story
Jack Myers paced the Ohio State offense with five points (four goals, one assist) and the Buckeyes had possession trailing by one with under one minute to play but couldn’t score an equalizer to send the game into overtime.

Griffin Hughes had a hat trick with three goals, including a game-tying score with 4:52 remaining. Rutgers, however, got back-to-back Adam Charalambides goals at the 3:21 and 2:17 marks of the fourth quarter for what proved to be the difference.

Quotable
“Another tough, hard-nosed Big Ten lacrosse game,” said head coach Nick Myers. “Credit to Rutgers for making the plays at the end that they had to. We’re obviously disappointed in the result but encouraged by how hard we fought. Back to work next week and back at home in The ‘Shoe.” 

How the Goals Were Scored

  • Jack Myers scored the first of his four goals on the opening possession of the first quarter, scoring unassisted to give the Scarlet and Gray a quick 1-0 lead.
  • Rutgers, however, went on a four-goal run that spanned the remainder of the first quarter and for four and a half minutes into the second.
  • Ohio State and Rutgers traded goals for the final 10 minutes of the first half as Johnny Wiseman and Hughes found the back of the net. The Scarlet Knights led 6-3 at halftime.
  • The Buckeyes won the third quarter, outscoring Rutgers 2-1 with tallies by Hughes and Myers. Myers’ goal at 6:26 made the score 6-5 in favor of Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights led 7-5 at the end of the quarter thanks to a Connor Kirst tally.
  • The Scarlet Knights went up 8-5 with 9:32 remaining in the fourth, but that’s when the Buckeyes offense went on a three-goal run to knot the score at 8-all with 4:52 remaining.
  • Tre Leclaire started the rally with a goal in his 32nd consecutive game and the Myers-Hughes combo finished it with back-to-back scores a minute and a half apart.
  • Myers scored following a Rutgers turnover with 38 seconds remaining to make it a one-goal game (10-9), and Ohio State won the ensuing face-off to gain possession. Following a timeout, they couldn’t, however, find the tying goal.

 This and That

  • Justin Inacio had another stellar day in the X, winning 17-of-22 while also picking up seven ground balls. He was 10-of-12 in the second half.
  • Myers, who leads the team in goals this season with 22, has scored multiple goals in all seven contests and three or more six times. He has 15 points in the last three games (11G, 4A).
  • Goalie Alec Van de Bovenkamp had 11 saves. It was his second double-digit save performance in the last three weeks.
  • Senior captain Ryan Terefenko made his return after missing the last four weeks. He picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 41, Rutgers 38
Ground Balls: Ohio State 27, Rutgers 20
Faceoffs: Ohio State 17-of-22, Rutgers 5-of-22
Clears: Rutgers 21-of-23, Ohio State 18-of-19
Extra Man: Ohio State 2-for-4, Rutgers 0-for-1
Saves: Rutgers (Kirst) 15, Ohio State (Van de Bovenkamp) 11
Turnovers: Ohio State 12, Rutgers 9

What’s Next
Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium next Saturday, April 10, for an 11 a.m. contest against Johns Hopkins. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and is part of a lacrosse doubleheader at The ‘Shoe. The women’s team takes on Northwestern at 2:30 p.m.