February 8, 2020

Ohio State Earns Road Win at Boston University, 11-4

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No. 13 Ohio State 11, Boston University 4 • What You Need to Know
Records:Ohio State 2-0; Boston University 0-2
Site:Nickerson Field; Boston, Mass.
Did You Know: Josh Kirson's 18 saves are the most by an Ohio State goalie in 13 years, since 2007.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Tuesday in its season-opener, No. 13 Ohio State proved it could win with a high-octane offense. Today, the Buckeyes showed it can also do it with defense, as goalie Josh Kirson made a career-high 18 saves in an 11-4 win at Boston University to improve to 2-0 on the year.

THE SHORT STORY
Kirson and the rest of the defense in front of him limited BU to just single goals in each quarter while the Buckeyes’ offense saw eight different players score. Sophomore Jack Myers and senior Tre Leclaire led the way with three points each (2G, 1A) and they were supported by junior Jackson Reid (2G), freshman Connor Mitchell (1G, 1A), junior Griffin Hughes (1G, 1A) and freshman Grant Mitchell (1G). J.T. Bugliosi and Jeff Henrick also had single goal tallies.

QUOTABLE
“It felt good to get our first road win,” said head coach Nick Myers. “Josh was outstanding in goal and our defense made the plays we needed them to in front of him. We’re coming home and excited to have a full week to get better as we prepare for UMass.”

A MEMORABLE HOMECOMING
Kirson, playing just 30 minutes from his hometown of Newton, Mass., topped his previous career high of 17, set almost exactly one year ago at UMass. In two trips back to his home state, Kirson has 35 saves and has allowed just 11 goals.

His effort in the cage marked the most saves by an Ohio State goalie since Stefan Schroder made 19 stops against Bellarmine in 2007.

Kirson had 10 saves in the first half, including seven in the second quarter alone. He also had five in the third quarter, during a stretch in which Ohio State outscored BU 8-2 despite being outshot 21-16.

Most Saves by an Ohio State Goalkeeper Since 2005
NameSavesOpponent/Date
Mike Rimmer19vs. Hobart, 3/12/2005
Stefan Schroder19at Bellarmine, 4/7/2007
Josh Kirson18at Boston University, 2/8/2020
Brandon Freeman18vs. Notre Dame, 4/27/2008
Tony Russo18at North Carolina, 5/8/2004
Josh Kirson17at UMass, 2/16/2019
Stefan Schroder17vs. Denver, 4/19/2008

HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED

  • A defensive-oriented first quarter saw a total of just three goals scored, two of which came by Ohio State. Reid got Ohio State on the board first at the 9:38 mark, and after BU tied it at 1-1 two minutes later, the Buckeyes responded less than 20 seconds later on a nifty Henrick backhanded over the shoulder shot off a feed from Ryan Terefenko.
  • Ohio State was able to create separation in the second quarter, going on a 4-0 run to take a 6-2 halftime lead. Leclaire has two scores – the first and the last during the run – sandwiched around scores from Myers and C. Mitchell.
  • The Buckeyes scored four more times in the third quarter to open up their biggest lead of the game, 10-3, thanks to tallies from G. Mitchell, Myers, Reid and Hughes.
  • Ohio State’s lone fourth-quarter goal came from J.T. Bugliosi at 2:38 remaining.

 THIS THAT THAT

  • The Buckeyes improved to 2-0 for the fifth consecutive year and have won nine consecutive games against non-conference opponents.
  • Ohio State now owns 15 road/neutral site wins since the start of the 2017 season.
  • Leclaire extended his streak of games with multiple goals to 13. He also now has 117 goals in 49 career games.
  • With his three-point outing, Leclaire tied Bill Rodgers for 10th place on Ohio State’s all-time points list (150).
  • Terefenko had three or more ground balls in eight consecutive games. He finished with four today.
  • After leading the country in clearing percentage in 2019, the Buckeyes have picked up where the left off in 2020. Today, they were 23-of-24 and in two games this season are 42-of-44 (.954).

JUST THE STATS
Shots: Boston University 43, Ohio State 32
Ground Balls: Boston University 39, Ohio State 25
Face-offs: Boston University 15-of-18, Ohio State 3-of-18
Clears: Ohio State 23-of-24, Boston University 21-of-25
Extra Man: Boston University 1-of-5, Ohio State 0-of-1
Saves: Ohio State (Kirson) 18, Boston University (McSorley) 8
Turnovers: Ohio State 21, Boston University 20
Leading Scorers: Jack Myers (2G, 1A), Tre Leclaire (2G, 1A), Jackson Reid (2G), Ryan Terefenko (2A), Griffin Hughes (1G, 1A)

WHAT’S NEXT
Ohio State returns home next Saturday, Feb. 15, to make its 2020 Ohio Stadium debut against UMass at 1 p.m. Tickets are can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS or by CLICKING HERE.