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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Ninth-ranked Ohio State got goals from seven different players and used a 10-0 run in the second and third quarters to earn a 14-8 victory over Hofstra on Saturday at James M. Shuart Stadium. It was the Buckeyes’ first-ever victory over Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y.
THE SHORT STORY
Tre Leclaire scored four goals while freshman Jack Myers added six points (three goals, three assists) to lead a well-balanced offense that scored 10 times over a 23-minute span to build a 14-4 fourth-quarter lead. Jackson Reid, coming off a career-high five goals last week, scored twice and added an assist while Jack Jasinski, Johnny Wiseman, Nick Musci and Justin Inacio all found the back of the net.
Defensively, the Buckeyes once again won the ground ball battle, 30-28, and held the Pride scoreless for nearly 28 minutes. Sophomore goalie Josh Kirson made 12 saves, his fifth double-figure save performance in the first six games.
Head coach Nick Myers: “Offense is a product of great face-off play, great defense and great goalie play. Coach Crane, Coach Vossler and Coach Ross did a nice job of putting together a good plan today. To have balanced scoring and get contributions from our second midfield line, as well as our first, was a big deal today.”
Tre Leclaire: “All of our units were firing today. They make our job easy – all we have to do is put the ball in the back of the net.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Ohio State scored on its first possession of the game as Colby Smith dodged towards the goal and fed Leclaire in front of the goal at the 14:08 mark of the opening quarter. It was the fourth time in six games that the Buckeyes have scored first. Four minutes later, Smith and Leclaire connected again to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead.
• Justin inacio won the ensuing face-off to give the Buckeyes another offensive possession, which resulted in a Johnny Wiseman goal after he scooped up a ground ball from 15 yards out. It was Wiseman’s second goal of the season.
• Jackson Reid extended Ohio State’s lead to 4-0 at the 4:21 mark of the first quarter when he picked up a rebound off a Leclaire shot in front of the goal and snuck the ball past Hofstra goalie Robert Casey.
• Hofstra scored back to back unassisted goals in a two-minute span at the end of the first quarter to cut Ohio State’s lead to 4-2.
• The Pride ran its goal-scoring streak to four in a row with 6:40 remaining in the first half on a Whit Stopak score to tie the game at 4-4.
• The tie, however, was short-lived, as Jack Jasinski finished in front of the cage off a pass from Lukas Buckley to give Ohio State a 5-4 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
• Inacio then won the ensuring face-off and Terefenko fed Jack Myers in front of the cage for the freshman’s 10th goal of the season. Leclaire then completed first first-half hat trick with a finish from in close off a pass from Buckley. Forty seconds later, Myers scored for the second time in the half to make the score 8-4 to continue the run, which was then punctuated when Inacio won the next face-off, picked up the ground ball and scored unassisted to give the Buckeyes an 9-4 lead.
• The Buckeyes extended their run early in the third quarter, as Myers completed his hat trick off a pass from Terefenko at 14:30 followed by minutes later by an over the shoulder shot from Leclaire. Nick Musci then got into the act when he netted his fourth goal of the year at the 9:51 mark of the quarter. Jasinski and Reid scored twice the close out the 10-0 run, giving Ohio State a 14-4 lead late the third quarter.
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JUST THE STATS
Top Scorers: Jack Myers (3G, 3A), Tre Leclaire (4G), Jackson Reid (2G, 1A), Jack Jasinski (2G), Ryan Terefenko (2A), Colby Smith (2A)
Shots: Hofstra 41, Ohio State 30
Ground Balls: Ohio State 30, Hofstra 28
Faceoffs: Hofstra 14-of-26, Ohio State 12-of-26
Clears: Ohio State 22-of-25, Hofstra 17-of-20
Extra Man: Ohio State 2-of-5, Hofstra 1-of-6
Saves: Ohio State 13 (Kirson – 12), Hofstra 9
THIS AND THAT
• Ohio State has scored 11 or more goals in all six games this season and is outscoring opponents 21-9 in the first quarter.
• Leclaire has a team-high 20 goals so far this season and is averaging 3.6 points per game. He’s scored multiple goals in all six games this season and three or more on five occasions.
• Myers’ 12 assists are a team high and he’s also averaging a team- best 4.8 points per game.
• Senior Matt Borges picked up three or more ground balls for the fourth consecutive game.
• Jasinski, Reid and Leclaire had a point in their 18th consecutive game.
• Ohio State’s 6-0 start is its third best in program history. The 1966 team was 14-0 and the 2017 squad started 9-0.
After playing the last two weeks on the road, the Buckeyes return to Ohio Stadium next Saturday to host No. 8 Denver (4-2) beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be carried live on BTN Plus.