March 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to No. 7 Notre Dame, 13-7, Tuesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game was the second of a three-game homestand for the Buckeyes, who host Jacksonville at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in JOMS.
"Our men battled hard in tough conditions today," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We made it a one-goal game in the fourth with 12 minutes left. Ultimately, we needed better execution on all fronts to come away with a win. You have to credit a Notre Dame team who made plays at crunch time. Matt Kavanagh is as good an attack as we have seen all year."
The start of the game was delayed nearly 30 minutes because of snow that covered the field quickly and made visibility difficult. The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first quarter. The Irish scored the next five goals but Ohio State (2-6) scored twice in the final minute of the half to trail 5-3 at halftime. The Buckeyes then scored the first two goals of the second half to tie the game at five, but the Irish went on a three-goal run to take an 8-5 lead with 14:22 left in the fourth quarter. Ohio State scored twice in 1:35 to draw within one (8-7), but the Irish responded with three goals in the next 2:21 to take an 11-7 lead with 8:43 remaining and scored twice in the last three minutes for the 13-7 final. Buckeye junior Turner Evans had a team-high four points, on two goals and two assists, in the game, while classmates David Planning scored twice and Jesse King had a goal and an assist. Kavanagh had seven goals and eight points for the Irish (4-2).
Carter Brown came around the net and scored the only goal of the first quarter at 5:06. Shots were 6-4 in favor of Notre Dame in the stanza, with each team's goalie making two saves.
Notre Dame outscored the Buckeyes 5-2 in the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead into halftime. The Irish scored the first five goals of the quarter, with a natural hat trick from Kavanagh, who scored at 7:53, 7:32 and 3:15, followed by goals from Conor Doyle at 2:39 and Jim Marlatt 1:19 later for a 5-1 advantage. Ohio State then scored twice in 40 seconds to draw within two (5-3). King set up Evans for a score with 45 seconds left and Evans then found junior Reegan Comeault outside the crease for a goal with five seconds to go. Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 12-4, in the quarter. Buckeye senior goalie Scott Spencer had the only two saves of the stanza.
Ohio State tied the game at 5-all with back-to-back goals to start the third quarter. King scored unassisted at 13:03 before a goal from Planning at 8:38. The Irish regained the lead with two goals in the final 1:11 of the quarter for a 7-5 lead after 45 minutes. The teams combined for just eight shots in the quarter, as the Irish outshot Ohio State, 5-3.
After a goal from Notre Dame's Sergio Perkovic 38 seconds into the fourth quarter, Ohio State drew within one (8-7) with two quick goals, as Evans scored unassisted at 13:55 and then set up Planning at 12:20. The Irish closed the game on a five-goal run to close out the win. Kavanagh scored 1:16 after the Buckeyes' tally to push the lead back to two with 11:04 left in regulation, followed by a Jack Near score at 9:58 and a Kavanagh tally at 8:43. Ohio State had three man-up chances in the quarter, including a non-releasable penalty with 5:59 remaining, but was unable to convert. Notre Dame ended the game with two man-down goals seven seconds apart on a penalty that came with 2:40 left in the game. Shots were 11-8 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter and Notre Dame goalie Shane Doss made three saves.
Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 31-22, in the game. Spencer, starting his first game of the year, played the first 58 minutes for the Buckeyes and had six saves on 19 shots. Freshman Nick Doyle came in for the final two minutes and did not face a shot. Doss had five saves on 12 Buckeye shots on goal.
Each team had 29 groundballs in the game. Ohio State was led by freshman Jake Withers with eight, while Spencer had six and senior Dominic Imbordino had four. Withers won 9-of-22 faceoffs in the game for Ohio State, while Notre Dame's Liam O'Connor was 14-of-23 with 11 groundballs.
With messy field conditions, the teams combined for 42 turnovers - 22 for Ohio State and 20 for Notre Dame. Ohio State had six caused turnovers, led by junior Evan Mulchrone and sophomore Robby Haus with two each. Each team had six failed clears - Ohio State was 19-for-25 and Notre Dame was 12-for-18.
King, who leads the Buckeyes with 15 goals and 24 points, extended his point streak to 30 games with 55 goals, 38 assists and 93 points in the stretch. He now has 104 points as a Buckeye.
Evans has a team-best 14 assists and is second with 23 points. He has a 3-4-7 line in his last two games combined and multiple points in all but two games on the year. It was his fifth career four-point day. Brown is third on the team with 19 points and tied with Planning for second with 10 goals each. Comeault has a point in all eight games this season and is fourth on the team with 15 points on the year.
Withers has a team-best 40 groundballs this season and has won 57-of-113 (.504) faceoffs.
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