COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a career-high and record-breaking performance in goal from senior Skylar Wahlund, the 12th-ranked and third-seeded Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was eliminated on Thursday night from the Big Ten Tournament in the semifinals by third-ranked and second-seeded Rutgers, 12-10, at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Md.
Ohio State is now 10-5 on the season while Rutgers (13-2) moves on to the championship game to face No. 1 Maryland on Saturday at 8 p.m.
“Credit to Rutgers tonight for making the plays that they had to in the second half,” said head coach Nick Myers. “Very proud of our effort. Skylar was outstanding in goal. He’s been playing like that for several weeks now and we saw it again tonight. This team is worthy of having the chance to play more lacrosse and we certainly hope to get that opportunity Sunday night.”
The Short Story
Ohio State led 7-5 at halftime and 8-5 at the 10:04 mark of the third quarter, but Rutgers would go on a 6-0 run over the next 10 minutes of game action to surge ahead 11-8. The closest Ohio State could get in the final 10 minutes of regulation was two goals (10-8, 11-9 and 12-10).
Wahlund finished with 21 saves and in the process set the Big Ten Tournament record for stops in a game. The previous mark of 17 was held by Jack Fracyon of Penn State (2022) and Connor Darcey, also of Penn State (2015).
His 21 stops – two more than his career high of 19 set on the same field just two weeks ago vs. Maryland – are the most in a game by a Buckeye since Tony Lignelli saved 24 shots vs. Denison in 1996.
How the Goals Were Scored
Buckeye This and That
Shots: Rutgers 47, Ohio State 35
Ground Balls: Rutgers 29, Ohio State 25
Faceoffs: Ohio State 13-for-26, Rutgers 13-for-26
Clears: Ohio State 17-for-19, Rutgers 13-for-15
Extra Man: Ohio State 0-for-2, Rutgers 0-for-1
Saves: Ohio State (Wahlund) 21, Rutgers (Kirst) 13
Turnovers: Ohio State 9, Rutgers 7
Ohio State Scoring (G-A-P): Jack Myers (2-3-5), Jackson Reid (5-0-5), Connor Cmiel (0-1-1), Ed Shean (1-0-1), Trent DiCicco (1-0-1), Johnny Wiseman (1-0-1)
The NCAA Tournament selection show airs on Sunday night at 9 p.m. live on ESPNU. Ten automatic qualifiers will be awarded at conference tournaments this weekend, leaving eight at-large bids.