March 6, 2021

Penn State Tops Ohio State in Back and Forth Battle, 15-13

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Two Big Ten lacrosse heavyweights went the distance on Sunday at Panzer Stadium in State College. Unfortunately for the No. 12 Buckeyes, the 14th-ranked Nittany Lions had just enough offense to pull out a 15-13 decision that went back and forth until the final whistle.

The Short Story
Ohio State was paced on the offensive end of the field by Tre Leclaire and Jack Myers, who each scored three times. Griffin Hughes and Jackson Reid also had multi-goal days, but Penn State used a momentum-swinging four-goal run midway through the third period with the score tied at 7-all and never relinquished the lead.

Quotable
“We need to be cleaner,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We just have to execute better in all phases of the game. Credit goes to Penn State for making more plays than we did today. I am proud of the fight our men showed and the resolve to claw back in it after a couple of their runs. We had our chances.”

 How the Goals Were Scored

  • After Penn State scored five of the first seven goals in the opening period to take a 5-2 lead, the Buckeyes got heated up in the second. Jackson Reid and Tre Leclaire found the back of the net on back-to-back possession to make the score 6-4 in favor of the Nittany Lions with 12:15 remaining before halftime.
  • Penn State went ahead 7-4 on a Jackson Reynolds goal at 11:38 but Ohio State scored the final two of the first half – both from Leclaire who finished with three first-half goals – to make the score 7-6 at the break.
  • Jack Myers opened the second-half scoring with less than two minutes into the third period, tying the score at 7-all. From there, however, Penn State rattled off four straight to go ahead 11-7 at the 8:22 mark of the third quarter.
  • Reid and Hughes scores late in the third quarter cut the Nittany Lion lead to 11-9 at the end of the third quarter.
  • Penn State again had a four-goal cushion (13-9) early in the fourth quarter (10:46) thanks to goals from TJ Malone and Dylan Folds. The Buckeyes won’t go away, though, chipping away with three straight scores between 9:30 and 7:00 to pull within one, 13-12.
  • Mac O’Keefe and Jack Myers traded goals at 6:04 and 3:55 of the fourth quarter and the Nittany Lions got a critical insurance score from O’Keefe at 2:29 for their final 15-13 margin.

 Notable

  • Leclaire had a hat trick for the third straight game this season and now has 145 career goals. He’s just three scores away from passing Logan Schuss for No. 1 on Ohio State’s all-time list.
  • Scott White registered his first career point, as did Trent DiCicco, who finished with two assists.
  • Hughes has three or more points in all three games this season. He finished with a goal and two assists today.
  • Two of the best face-off specialists in the conference went head to head on Saturday, with the Buckeyes’ Justin Inacio getting the better of Penn State’s Gerard Arceri. Inacio was 17-of-29 at the X with five ground balls.

Statistically Speaking
Shots:
Penn State 43, Ohio State 35
Ground Balls: Penn State 36, Ohio State 31
Faceoffs: Ohio State 18-of-31, Penn State 13-of-31
Clears: Ohio State 13-of-17, Penn State 18-of-22
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-of-3, Penn State 0-of-3
Saves: Ohio State (Wahlund) 5, Penn State (Kneese) 3
Top Scorers (G-A-P): Jack Myers 3-0-3, Tre Leclaire 3-0-3, Griffin Hughes 2-1-3, Jackson Reid 2-1-3, Scott White 1-1-2, Trent DiCicco 0-2-2, Grant Mitchell 1-1-2, Johnny Wiseman 1-1-2, Omari DeBerry 0-1-1

What’s Next
Ohio State is back at home next Sunday, March 14, to take on rival Michigan at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU.