February 19, 2022

Ohio State Defeats No. 4 North Carolina, 20-8

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team put forth a terrific team effort on the road against No. 4 ranked North Carolina and came away with an impressive, 20-8, victory Saturday afternoon at Dorrance Field. The win kept the Buckeyes undefeated on the young season at 3-0 while North Carolina loses for the first time in 2022 and is now 2-1.

This was the first game against North Carolina since 2011. Coach Nick Myers’ team has now won two consecutive over the Tar Heels, including the 13-9 win at Ohio Stadium 11 years ago to this day: Feb. 19, 2011.

The Short Story

Ohio State’s offense peppered the UNC net with 53 shots, compared to 37 for the Tar Heels, and had a substantial 35-20 advantage in shots on goal. Eleven different Buckeyes scored goals with six different Buckeyes scoring multiple goals.

Jason Knox led the way with four goals while Colby Smith added three. Jack Myers was among the multiple-goal scorers with two, but he was most impressive setting his teammates up with seven assists on the day.

The game was close at the half – Ohio State lead, 6-5 – but Ohio State scored 14 in the second half, including eight in the third quarter when it had a 13-5 advantage in shots on goal on its way to a 21-9 advantage in SOG in the second half.

How It Happened

  • Ohio State matched both UNC goals in the first quarter with Jackson Reid scoring off an assist from Colby Smith at 12:32 and Stephen Zupicich scoring unassisted at 1:01.
  • Ohio State held a 6-5 lead at the half with second quarter goals by Johnny Wiseman, Ari Allen, Trent DiCicco and Mitchell Pehlke. Allen’s and DiCicco’s goals came nine seconds apart.
  • Six Buckeyes scored goals in the half. Jack Myers lead the way with three assists.
  • Also at the half: Buckeyes lead in shots, 24-17, shots on goal, 14-11 and faceoffs won, 10-3. UNC was a perfect, 12-of-12 on clears while the Buckeyes were 7-of-8. Turnovers essentially even, with UNC committing 6 and Ohio State 7. It was a terrific and tense first half with seven ties or lead changes.
  • Ohio State scored three times in 90 seconds to build a 9-5 third-quarter lead and force Carolina to call a time out. Jack Meyers scored at 9:32; Jason Knox scored at 8:38; and Greg Langermeier scored at 8:25.
  • The Buckeyes kept up the pressure as the third quarter ensued, scoring a total of five more times for an eight-goal quarter and a 14-7 lead. Carolina, meanwhile, managed just two scores in the quarter.
  • Midway through the third quarter Ohio State led only by a 10-7 score, but the Buckeyes outscored the Tar Heels, 10-3, the rest of the way, including 6-1 in the fourth quarter.
  • Jason Knox added to his third quarter goal with three consecutive goals in the fourth to end the scoring for the Buckeyes.

News and Notes

  • Goalie Caton Johnson was solid against his former team. The 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year while a Tar Heel recorded 12 saves.
  • NCAA leader Justin Inacio was outstanding on the face-off, winning 18-of-26 while Ohio State won 22 of 31 for the game.
  • Ohio State has had 53 shots in consecutive games.
  • In addition to Jason Knox (4), Colby Smith (3) and Jack Myers (2), Jackson Reid, Ari Allen and Trent DiCicco each had multiple-goal games by scoring twice apiece.
  • Myers’ nine-point game increased his team leading total to 19 points in three games.
  • Smith, Knox and Myers lead the team with 109, 9 and eight goals scored, respectively.
  • Ohio State has three wins in 18 tries vs. North Carolina in the series that dates to the 1960s. Coach Nick Myers’ teams have two of those wins.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 53, North Carolina 37
Ground Balls: Ohio State 29, North Carolina 26

Faceoffs: Ohio State 22-for-31, North Carolina 9-for-22
Clears: Ohio State 15-18, North Carolina 19-for-19
Extra Man: Ohio State 3-for-5, North Carolina 1-for-3
Saves: North Carolina 15, Ohio State 12
Turnovers: Ohio State 10, North Carolina 11
Scoring (G-A-P): Myers (2-7-9), Knox (4-0-4), Smith (3-1-4), Allen (2-0-2), DiCicco (2-0-2), Reid (2-0-2), Wiseman (1-1-2), Hughes (0-1-1), Gurr (1-0-1), Cmiel (0-1-1), Blanchard (0-1-1)

What’s Next
Ohio State travels to Naples, Fla., to take on the Harvard Crimson in a 7 p.m. game Saturday, Feb. 26. This neutral site encounter will take place at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples.