April 7, 2019

Ohio State Drops 13-8 Decision at Penn State

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 13-8 decision to No. 1 Penn State on Sunday night at Panzer Stadium in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes are now 7-2 on the season (0-2 B1G) while the Nittany Lions improve to 9-1 (2-0 B1G).

THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State was paced on offense Sunday by junior Tre Leclaire, who scored a game-high four goals. The Buckeyes’ four other goals all came from different players – Jackson Reid, Jack Jasinski, Jack Myers and Lukas Buckley. Reid added two assists on the night.

Defensively, Ohio State limited Penn State to four goal below its season average. Key to that effort was senior Matt Borges, who caused two turnovers and picked up five ground balls. The Buckeyes also held Penn State’s man-up unit – which came into the game No. 1 nationally in conversion percentage – scoreless in two attempts. Face-off specialist Justin Inacio won the battle in the X, taking 12-of-23 against Penn State’s Gerald Arceri. Both Inacio and Arceri came into the game ranked in the top 15 nationally in face-off win percentage.

QUOTABLE
Head coach Nick Myers: “I’m very proud of our effort and the way we competed tonight. I love the fight and grittiness of this group. We’ll get back to work this week, make the adjustments we need to make and keep getting better. Our best lacrosse is still ahead of us.”

HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
• Penn State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter, but back to back unassisted tallies from Leclaire knotted the score at 2-2 with 6:33 to play in the opening stanza. The two teams traded goals for the remainder of the quarter, as Jasinski tied the game for the second time with 1:47 remaining.
• The Nittany Lions scored three times in the opening six minutes of the second quarter to build their biggest lead to that point at 6-3. Ohio State was able to stop the momentum with a hard-fought goal from Lukas Buckley, but Penn State’s Mac O’Keefe scored with 21 seconds remaining before halftime to give PSU a 7-4 lead at the break.
• A Dylan Foulds goal at the 11:07 mark of the third quarter put Penn State up 8-4, but Ohio State quickly countered on a pretty Reid to Myers spin goal in front of the cage at the 7:00 mark and then 47 seconds later Leclaire converted an EMO off a pass from Reid to make it 8-6 in favor of Penn State.
• That two-goal deficit was as close as the Buckeyes would get, however. Penn State scored twice more in the third quarter, sandwiched around a Reid unassisted tally, to take a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
• In the final 15 minutes, the Nittany Lions scored twice over the first six minutes to build their largest lead, 12-7, and then traded goals with the Buckeyes the rest of the way.

THIS AND THAT
• Leclaire upped his season goal scoring number to 29 and now has multiple goals in all nine games. He’s also scored a goal in 16 straight games.
• Goalie Josh Kirson made seven saves, including five in the second half.
• The Buckeyes’ starting close defensive unit of Borges, Jeff Henrick and Joey Salisbury all caused at least one turnover.
• Twenty two of Ohio State’s 37 (.594) shots were on goal.
• Inacio has won 10 or more face-offs in 14 consecutive games dating back to last season.

JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Tre Leclaire (4G), Jackson Reid (1G, 2A), Jack Jasinski (1G), Lukas Buckley (1G), Jack Myers (1G)
Shots: Ohio State 37, Penn State 26
Face-offs: Ohio State 12-of-23, Penn State 11-of-23
Clears: Ohio State 14-of-16, Penn State 13-of-15
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-of-3, Penn State 0-of-2
Saves: Penn State (Kneese) 14, Ohio State (Kirson) 7
Turnovers: Ohio State 12, Penn State 10

WHAT’S NEXT
Ohio State continues Big Ten play next Sunday when it travels to Baltimore, Md. to face No. 20 Johns Hopkins (6-4, 2-0). Game time at Homewood Field is set for noon live on ESPNU.