February 27, 2021

Ohio State Suffers Setback Against Rutgers


Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a career-high five goals from junior Griffin Hughes, the sixth-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team suffered a 22-12 setback on Saturday to No. 9 Rutgers inside Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes, 1-1 on the season, fell behind 9-3 midway through the second quarter and weren’t able to recover.

The Short Story
Hughes (five goals) and Tre Leclaire (three goals) paced Ohio State’s offensive effort, but Rutgers generated 58 shots on offense and broke the game open with a 7-1 third-quarter run. Adam Charalambides scored five times and added an assist while Shane Knobloch added four goals.

Hughes’ five goals gives him a team-high eight of the season. His previous career high was three last week at Johns Hopkins and in 2020 against Detroit Mercy.

“Credit to Rutgers,” said head coach Nick Myers. “They are a good team and did a nice job today. For us, we will regroup, refocus and turn our attention to having a great week of preparation for next week at Penn State.”

How the Goals Were Scored

  • The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights traded the first six goals of the game, but following a Hughes score at 6:53 of the first quarter, Rutgers went on a 6-0 run over the next 11 minutes of game action to open a 9-3 lead with 11:26 to play in the first half.
  • The Buckeyes were able to string together two goals in the final 2:48 of the second quarter to cut the deficit to four at halftime, 11-7.
  • Rutgers opened the third quarter with three goals in less than three minutes before the Buckeyes answered with Leclaire’s third of the day to make the score 14-8 in favor of Rutgers.
  • The Scarlet Knights scored the final four goals of the third quarter to open their largest lead, 18-8, entering the fourth.
  • Fourth quarter goals by Ohio State came from Hughes (twice), Johnny Wiseman and Jack Myers, who finished the day with five points (two goals, three assists).

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Rutgers 58, Ohio State 31
Ground Balls: Rutgers 38, Ohio State 28
Faceoffs: Rutgers 20-38, Ohio State 18-38
Clears: Rutgers 21-24, Ohio State 14-15
Extra Man: Ohio State 2-6, Rutgers 0-2
Saves: Rutgers 11, Ohio State 11
Turnovers: Ohio State 19, Rutgers 13

What’s Next
Ohio State is on the road next weekend as it heads to State College, Pa. for a matchup against Penn State on Saturday, March 6. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.