Buckeyes Fall to No. 9 Denver, 9-5
David Planning had his first career hat trick at Denver.
March 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost on the road to No. 9-ranked Denver, 9-5, Saturday in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. It was the first game between the teams as non-conference foes since before 1998. Junior David Planning led the Buckeyes with three goals and four points vs. the Pioneers.
Ohio State will host its next three games in Columbus, facing Bellarmine at 7 p.m. Friday to open ECAC play, Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29. All three are scheduled to be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Denver led 2-1 after the first quarter. Buckeye freshman John Kelly opened the scoring at 12:54 with his first career goal, assisted by Planning. The Pioneers answered at 11:51 on a goal from Zach Miller and then went ahead 2-1 on a Tyler Pace score at 5:07. Shots were 6-5 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter.
Miller scored DU's third consecutive goal when he found the back of the net at 9:02 of the second quarter to put Denver up 3-1. The Buckeyes then scored the next two goals to tie the score at three heading into halftime. Planning tallied man-up, assisted by classmate Reegan Comeault, at 7:28 and junior Jesse King set up freshman J.T. Blubaugh for a goal at 2:22. Ohio State outshot Denver, 8-4, in the quarter.
The game remained tied at 3 until Erik Adamson put Denver ahead 4-3 at 5:11 of the third quarter. Planning tied the game at 3:13 but Denver scored at 2:04 and with two seconds left to take a 6-4 lead into the final quarter break. Denver had 10 shots in the quarter, with Ohio State taking four.
The Pioneers scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter for a 9-4 advantage. Miller scored back-to-back at 8:04 and 6:57, giving him five goals on the day. Planning had the Buckeyes' final goal at 3:03, scoring off the first assist of Kelly's Buckeye career. Ohio State outshot the Pioneers, 11-7, in the quarter, with DU goalie Jamie Faus making three saves.
Ohio State outshot Denver, 29-26, in the game. Senior Greg Dutton had six saves in the Buckeye cage. Two Denver goalies - Ryan LaPlante (5 saves) and Jamie Faus (8 saves) combined for 13 saves against Ohio State.
The Buckeyes won 8-of-17 faceoffs, led by sophomore Spencer Matches who had a career-high six wins in 13 draws. Matches also had a team-high and personal-best four groundballs vs. the Pioneers.
Ohio State continued its strong clearing game, with an 11-for-11 day. The team is 101-for-102 (.990) this year to lead the NCAA.
Planning had the first hat trick of his career and posted his second four-point outing, his first since May 12, 2013 vs. Towson.
King leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 22 points this season. He extended his point streak to 29 and now has 54 goals, 37 assists and 91 points in the stretch.
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