Feb. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Marquette, 11-7, Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 916 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes (1-2) led 4-2 after the first quarter and 7-4 at halftime en route to the nonconference win over the Golden Eagles (1-2).
In the victory, Buckeye junior and leading scorer Jesse King had four goals and added two assists for a career-high tying six points, while sophomore Carter Brown had a team-high three assists and added a goal for a four-point day. Senior Adam Trombley and junior David Planning each scored twice. Freshman Jake Withers won 14 faceoffs and picked up 11 groundballs, while senior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves and senior Joe Meurer caused three turnovers.
“We get our first win at home, and that’s important for the men,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “There is still a lot to improve upon and we will get back to work immediately as we prepare for our game vs. Penn State Saturday. At this point of the season, we’re looking to get better each week. We showed flashes, but we need consistency in all areas. We improved in some areas today, and it was nice to see guys step up who haven’t played many minutes yet this year.”
The Buckeyes led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter on the strength of two goals in the final 30 seconds of the stanza. Marquette’s Tyler Melnyk opened the scoring at 13:28 but King tied the game with an unassisted goal less than a minute later (12:30). Marquette answered 39 seconds after that when Kyle Whitlow scored to make it a 2-1 lead for the Golden Eagles. King tied the game at 7:31 and it remained deadlocked until a goal from Planning with 30 seconds remaining pushed Ohio State ahead, 3-2. With just one second on the clock, Brown scored on a fast break, off an assist from King, to give the Buckeyes a 4-2 advantage. Marquette outshot Ohio State, 8-5, in the quarter.
The Buckeyes scored the first three goals of the second quarter to take a 7-2 lead with 9:19 on the clock. Trombley scored back-to-back one minute apart, assisted by King (at 13:37) and Brown (at 12:37). Brown then found sophomore Charlie Schnider for a score at 9:19. The Golden Eagles scored the last two goals of the quarter, including a man-up tally, to end the Buckeyes’ six-goal run and give Ohio State a 7-4 halftime lead. Shots were 7-5 in favor of Marquette in the quarter.
Each team scored just once in the third quarter. Brown fed King for a Buckeye goal at 12:48 and Bryan Badolato scored for Marquette at 7:16. Dutton made three saves in the quarter, as the Golden Eagles outshot the Buckeyes, 9-7.
Ohio State outscored Marquette, 3-2, in the fourth quarter. Planning tallied off an assist from junior Reegan Comeault 56 seconds into the stanza and King netted his fourth of the day at 10:41 before Marquette added a man-up goal from Whitlow at 7:32. With time winding down, junior Turner Evans found freshman J.T. Blubaugh outside the crease for a goal at 2:27 and Marquette’s Blaine Fleming ended the scoring at 1:28. Ohio State outshot Marquette, 9-5, in the quarter, with each goalie making two saves.
In the game, Marquette outshot Ohio State, 29-26. Dutton made nine saves for the Buckeyes, while Marquette’s JJ Sagl had three stops.
Ohio State won the groundball battle, 32-21, led by Withers, who won 14-of-21 faceoffs, with 11. Brown, Dutton and senior Dominic Imbordino each had three groundballs in the win. Ohio State had eight caused turnovers, led by Meuer with three and sophomore Robby Haus with two.
The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when they host Penn State in Ohio Stadium in a Creator’s Trophy game.
• Ohio State improved to 13-0 all-time in games played inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
• King leads the Buckeyes with nine goals and 13 points this season. He extended his point streak to 26 and now has 49 goals, 33 assists and 82 points in the stretch. It was the third four-goal game and fourth six-point outing of his Buckeye career.
• Evans is second on the team with 11 points, with a team-high nine assists. He is on an 11-game point streak (20g, 12a, 32p).
• Brown has four points in back-to-back games and is third on the team with 10 points, tying Trombley for second with five goals and ranking second with five assists. Brown has at least one point in each of his last eight games, with 13 goals, eight assists and 21 points in the eight games combined.
• Blubaugh recorded the first goal for a Buckeye freshman this season.
• Freshmen Sean Giampietro and Danny Simonetti both saw their first collegiate game action vs. Marquette.
• Dutton has nine or more saves in all three games this season.
• Ohio State has won its last six home openers, all with Myers at the helm.
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