March 5, 2022

No. 9 Cornell Defeats No. 5 Ohio State, 14-11

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COLUMBUS, Ohio In a back and forth heavyweight top-10 battle, No. 9 Cornell earned a 14-11 victory over fifth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. It was the Buckeyes’ first setback of the season, as they are now 4-1. Cornell improves to 4-0.

The Short Story
Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then twice fought back from four-goal deficits to tie the score at 10-all at the beginning of the fourth quarter before Cornell scored four of the final five goals of the afternoon.

Freshman Ed Shean had a career day, finishing with four points on two goals and two assists. Goalie Caton Johnson registered double figure saves for the third consecutive game, stopping 10 shots. And fifth-year senior Justin Inacio became Ohio State’s career leader in faceoffs won during the third quarter with his 615th victory. He also scored a goal and was 13-of-28 for the day in the X.

Quotable
“We didn’t make enough plays to get the win,” said head coach Nick Myers. “Credit Cornell as they played hard and executed better than we did. Back to work this week for our next challenge.”

How the Goals Were Scored

  • The first quarter belonged to Ohio State, as the Buckeyes got goal from three different players (Jackson Reid, James Gurr and Colby Smith) while limiting Cornell to just five total shots.
  • The second quarter, however, saw a reversal of fortunes as Cornell went on a 7-0 run with two scores coming from John Piatelli and CJ Kirst each. The Big Red led 7-3 until Connor Cmiel scored in transition with 48 seconds remaining before halftime to make the score 7-4.
  • Cornell scored twice in the opening seven minutes of the third quarter to go ahead 9-5, but from there Ohio State ripped off a 4-0 run to tie the game at 9-all.
  • Justin Inacio punctuated the rally when he won a faceoff, picked up the ground ball and scored at 4:04 of the third quarter.
  • Cornell and Ohio State traded goals to finish the third quarter and open the fourth, making the score 10-10 on Shean’s second of the day at 13:59 of the fourth.
  • The Big Red netted goals at 9:11, 8:31, 4:54 and 3:50 of the fourth quarter to build a 14-10 lead. Shean closed on the scoring in the game at 2:35 of the fourth quarter.

 This and That

  • Inacio broke Jake Withers’ record for career faceoffs won. Withers won 614 from 2014-17 and Inacio now has 620 in his 45-game career.
  • Jason Knox has multiple goals in all five games this season. He had two on Saturday and 13 this season.
  • Tyler Gallagher caused a season-high three turnovers.
  • The Buckeyes’ 11 goals came from nine different players.
  • Among the goal scorers was Scott White, who found the back of the net for the first time this season.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Cornell 41, Ohio State 35
Ground Balls: Ohio State 29, Cornell 29
Faceoffs: Cornell 16-of-29, Ohio State 13-of-29
Clears: Cornell 20-for-21, Ohio State 12-for-19
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-for-2, Cornell 0-for-1
Saves: Cornell 11, Ohio State 10
Turnovers: Ohio State 17, Cornell 15

What’s Next
After playing three straight games away from home – including two against teams that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the contest – the Buckeyes return home to face Notre Dame next Saturday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. inside Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised live on BTN.