Feb. 17, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The No. 14 ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost in overtime to Massachusetts, 12-11, Sunday night in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The Buckeyes, who trailed by three goals three times in the game, scored twice in the final 4:29 of regulation to tie the score and forced overtime for the second game in a row.
Junior Turner Evans led the Buckeyes (0-2) with a career-best five assists and six points with Reegan Comeault, Adam Trombley and Carter Brown each netting hat tricks. Brown added an assist for a four-point game. All three of Trombley's goals, as well as three of Evans' assists, were in the fourth quarter.
"It's a disappointing loss," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We fought hard, but we need to execute better in all phases to get the result we want. We'll get back at work this week to prepare for our home opener vs. Marquette Saturday."
Ohio State will open its home slate at noon Saturday when it hosts Marquette inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Space is limited inside WHAC; fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to secure a spot.
UMass led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Minutemen opened the scoring 2:01 into the game when Matt Whippen tallied and extended the lead to two with a Nick Mariano goal at 3:56. Comeault put Ohio State on the board with 34 seconds left in the quarter, scoring unassisted. Ohio State outshot UMass, 8-7, in the quarter, with Zach Oliveri making five saves in the stanza.
Each team scored three goals in the second quarter to give UMass a 5-4 lead at halftime. Buckeye junior David Planning tied the game at 2 with a goal 58 seconds into the quarter but UMass scored the next two goals (at 11:08 and 8:04) for a 4-2 advantage. Ohio State then scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 4. Brown passed out from behind the net to Evans for a score at 6:29 and Comeault again scored unassisted at 3:44. Jeff George put UMass on top with a goal at 3:05 of the quarter. Shots were 9-6 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter.
The teams again each scored three goals in the third, putting UMass up 8-7 after 45 minutes. Andre Sokol and Connor Mooney scored back-to-back at 14:19 and 12:48 to make it a three-goal game (7-4). Brown then scored three of the next four goals to draw the Buckeyes within one. Evans set up Brown for a goal at 6:06 and UMass followed with a Whippen tally at 2:51. Brown then scored twice in 10 seconds - with 24 seconds left assisted by Evans and with 14 seconds remaining assisted by Gordie Koerber - to make it a one-goal game (8-7) for the sixth time. Shots were 11-6 UMass in the stanza, with Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton making four saves.
UMass scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to push the lead to three for the third time (10-7). George tallied at 14:04 and Mariano scored at 12:24. Trombley scored back-to-back at 12:08 (from Jesse King) and 7:18 (from Evans) for a 10-9 game. At 6:20 Ryan Izzo scored to give the Minutemen a two-goal lead (11-9). Evans set up two goals in less than two minutes to force overtime, with Trombley scoring at 4:29 and Comeault tying the game for the first time since the second quarter at 2:38. Ohio State outshot UMass, 9-8, in the quarter.
Each team had two shots on goal in the overtime. For the winning goal, the Minutemen cleared after a save and took a timeout. Mariano netted the gamewinner with seven seconds left in the first OT period.
Each team had 34 shots in the game. Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes, with Oliveri making 13 stops for UMass.
Robby Haus led the Buckeyes with three caused turnovers and was one of six Buckeyes with a team-high three groundballs, joining Dutton, King, Michael Italiano, Kcacy Kapinos and Dominic Imbordino (who had two caused turnovers).
Evans' five assists tie the eight-best single-game performance and are a career high. He had a then-career best three in the first game of the year at Johns Hopkins last week. The six points were also a career high, ahead of the four he had five times prior.
Comeault's three goals were a career high after three two-goal games. It was the third two-point night of his Buckeye career.
Trombley had his second hat trick and first since Feb. 11, 2012 at Mercer.
King extended his point streak to 25 games and now has 45 goals, 31 assists and 76 points in the stretch.
Ohio State lost its season opener at Johns Hopkins in triple overtime last week. The squad last played back-to-back games in overtime to open the 1996 season.
The game was the seventh three overtime contest for Ohio State in program history and the first since March 5, 2011 at Penn State.