April 30, 2022

Ohio State Advances in B1G Tourney with 16-10 Win Over Michigan


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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 11 ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team outscored Michigan, 9-4, in the second half to win, 16-10, in impressive fashion in the Big Ten Conference tournament quarterfinals at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon. Ohio State, 10-4 on the season, moves on to play Rutgers in the Big Ten tourney semifinals Thursday in College Park, Md. Michigan’s season ends with a 7-8 mark.

The Short Story
Jackson Reid scored five goals, and Colby Smith and Jack Myers three apiece, to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Defensive midfielder Stephen Zupicich led with two assists, including one on Reid’s fourth goal of the game early in the fourth quarter to give Ohio State a 12-7 lead after the Wolverines had trimmed the lead to four. Zupicich first caused a turnover and then raced down the middle of the field before finding Reid for a decisive goal.

How It Happened

  • Unlike one week ago when Ohio State scored the first six goals of the game, Michigan scored the opening goal at the 9:38 mark to take a 1-0 lead.
  • Despite the Wolverines firing 18 first quarter shots at Ohio State goalie Skylar Wahlund, who made seven first quarter saves, Ohio State scored four consecutive goals to end the first quarter and then added a fifth consecutive early in the second quarter to build a 5-1 lead.
  • Jackson Reid and Jack Myers scored their 37th and 32nd goals, respectively, just 38 seconds apart to give Ohio State the lead after the initial Michigan goal.
  • By the 6:53 mark of the second quarter, Ohio State had built a 7-2 lead as Reid had three goals and Colby Smith, Jason Knox and Trent DiCicco also scored.
  • But like last weekend, when Michigan came back from six goals down to only lose by two, 14-12, the Wolverines came back with four goals to close out the first half scoring and trail by a single goal, 7-6, after Ryan Cohen’s 28th goal of the season with 1.7 seconds to play in the half
  • Neither team could score in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, but Jack Myers broke the drought with a goal at 7:34, the Buckeyes first score in nearly 14 minutes.
  • Myers’ score sparked the Buckeyes as Colby Smith scored twice in the next 2:20 and Jason Knox added a fourth consecutive Ohio State goal to extend the lead to 11-6.
  • The Wolverines cut the score to 11-7, but Reid, Ari Allen and Johnny Wiseman followed with Buckeye goals to give the Buckeyes some breathing room with a 14-7 lead.
  • Back came Michigan, though, with three goals to cut the lead to 14-10 with just over 4 minutes to play.
  • Reid then deked and danced to the left of the cage and fired a hard, left-handed shot from15-feet out to give Ohio State a five-goal lead, and with the goalie pulled, Myers scored an exclamation point goal.

News and Notes

  • Ohio Stadium will host a pair of NCAA quarterfinal games at Ohio Stadium Sunday, May 22, but unless the Buckeyes advance to play that weekend, today’s game was the last in Ohio Stadium.
  • Beginning with the 2023 season, Ohio State lacrosse will be playing its games in a spectacular new lacrosse stadium in the heart of Ohio State’s Athletic District.
  • Ohio State now holds an 11-2 advantage in the all-time series with Michigan.
  • Ohio State has won four of its last five games.
  • Ohio State and Rutgers have played eight times during the regular season in the Big Ten-era but never before in the conference tournament.
  • Five goals by Jackson Reid gives him 41 for the season with two other Buckeyes on the cusp of 40: Colby Smith has 39 and Jack Myers has 33.
  • The Buckeyes have scored exactly 200 goals this season; the school record for goals in a season is 238 by the 2017 NCAA runners-up.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Michigan 46, Ohio State 42
Ground Balls: Ohio State 30, Michigan 26
Faceoffs: Ohio State 15-for-30, Michigan 15-for-30
Clears: Michigan 19-20, Ohio State 21-26
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-for-2, Michigan 0-for-2
Saves: Ohio State 14, Michigan 11
Turnovers: Ohio State 16, Michigan 14
Scoring (G-A-P): Reid (5-0-5), Smith (3-1-4), Myers (3-1-4), Knox (2-0-2), Wiseman (1-1-2), Zupicich (0-2-2), Allen (1-0-1), White (0-1-1), DeCicco (1-0-1), Ludd (0-1-1), Cmiel (0-1-1)

What’s Next
Ohio State travels to College Park, Md., to take on second-seeded Rutgers in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The game will air live on BTN.