Feb. 9, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md. - The No. 14 ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team fell to No. 11 Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in triple overtime Sunday in its season opener. The Buckeyes, led by junior Jesse King with five goals and six points, rallied with three late goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game at nine but the Blue Jays converted 59 seconds into the third overtime for the win.
"I'm proud of the effort the team had today," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach. "The men showed resiliency down 8-5 to fight back and tie the game. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the 10th goal we needed for the win."
Ohio State will return to action Sunday when it takes on UMass at 9 p.m. in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at Everbank Field in Jacksonville in a game televised live by NBCSN.
Sunday in Baltimore, King opened the scoring just 1:02 into the game with an unassisted goal. The Blue Jays the tied score on a goal from Ryan Brown at 6:54 but a minute later junior Turner Evans, who ended the day with four points on a goal and three assists, found sophomore Carter Brown in front for a goal and 2-1 Buckeye lead at 5:54. Shots were 11-8 in favor of Hopkins in the quarter.
Johns Hopkins scored the only goal of the second quarter, with Connor Reed tallying at 13:58, to send the teams into halftime tied at 2. The Blue Jays outshot the Buckeyes, 11-6, in the stanza.
After just four goals in the first half, the teams combined for nine goals in the third quarter and the Blue Jays led 8-5 after the first 45 minutes. JHU scored twice in 54 seconds (at 13:54 and 13:00) to take a 4-2 lead before King scored, assisted by Evans, at 10:51, ending a scoreless streak of 25:03 for the Buckeyes. The teams traded goals, with Reegan Comeault scoring, assisted by Brown, for the Buckeyes at 8:38 to make it 5-4. Hopkins scored the next two goals to take a 7-4 lead at 4:49. King found Evans for a goal at 4:05 but Wells Stanwick scored at 2:40 to regain the third-goal lead for the Blue Jays. Shots were 12-4 in favor of the Blue Jays in the quarter, with Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton making four saves in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Ohio State outscored the Blue Jays, 4-1, to force overtime. King drew the Buckeyes within two (8-6) at 11:31, set up by Comeault but Hopkins' Brown scored the next goal to again put the Blue Jays ahead by three (9-6), tallying at 7:50. The Buckeyes then scored three times in 3:45 to even the score for the first time since early in the third quarter.
King scored back-to-back goals at 6:52 and 4:49, with Evans assisting on the second tally, to make it a one-goal game. At 3:07 sophomore Charlie Schnider found newcomer Gordie Koerber, deadlocking the score at 9. Ohio State outshot Johns Hopkins, 10-6, in the quarter and had 10 groundballs to Hopkins' four.
The Buckeyes had the only two shots on goal through the first two overtimes. Overall, Ohio State outshot the Blue Jays, 4-0, in the first overtime and 3-1 in the second. A slashing penalty was called on JHU with 54 seconds remaining in the second overtime and it carried over, giving Ohio State the ball to start the third overtime. In the third overtime, Ohio State turned the ball over and Hopkins was able to clear and then took a timeout. The Blue Jays' Brandon Benn scored after the timeout to give JHU the win.
Ohio State was outshot, 42-35, in the game. Dutton made 11 saves in 68:59 for the Buckeyes. Schneider had 13 saves in the cage for the Blue Jays.
Each team had 30 groundballs. Ohio State was led by Dutton and Brown, who each had five, and Evans picked up four. The Buckeyes caused 11 turnovers, including three by senior Dominic Imborino and two each from Evan Mulchrone and Robby Haus.
King extended his point streak to 24 games and now has 45 goals, 30 assists and 75 points in the stretch. The five goals were a career high after two four-goal games and it was his third six-point outing. He is the Buckeyes' leading returning scorer after 32 goals, 23 assists and 55 points in 2013.
Evans' three assists were a career high and just his second multiple-assist game, after two helpers March 20, 2013 at Notre Dame. He is on a nine-game point streak (19g, 6a, 25p).
Koerber, J.T. Blubaugh, John Kelly and Jake Withers each played in their first game as a Buckeye.
The game was the seventh three overtime contest for Ohio State in program history and the first since March 5, 2011 at Penn State.