COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5/7-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 1 ranked Maryland, 10-9, in the final of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Terps, the No. 1 seed, notched the final goal in a back-and-forth contest to claim the tournament title over the No. 2 seed Buckeyes.
Ohio State, now 13-4 on the year, awaits a possible bid into the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
In the final, Maryland opened the scoring before the Buckeyes went on a three-goal run to take a 3-1 lead at 8:16 of the first quarter. Sophomore Jack Jasinski tied the game at 10:43, senior Tyler Pfister came around the goal and scored at 8:24 and off the next faceoff Freibott picked up the groundball, ran in the zone and scored at 8:16. Maryland made it a one-goal game at 6:44.
The Terps scored twice in the first six minutes of the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead. At 3:28 Buckeye freshman Tre Leclaire tied the game at four with his first of three goals on the day.
Each team scored just once in the third quarter. Maryland pushed ahead 6-5 at 12:27 but just over two minutes later Leclaire found Fannell inside with the timer on for a goal to deadlock the score for the fourth time.
The offenses took off the fourth quarter, combined for nine goals. Connor Kelly put Maryland ahead 6-5 at 13:47 before Leclaire scored back-to-back for the Buckeyes at 12:52 and 11:27 for a 7-6 Buckeye lead. The Terps notched the next two to regain the lead, 8-7, at 9:28. The teams traded goals twice to close out the game. Junior Colin Chell scored on the rebound of a shot for the Buckeyes at 8:25 to tie the game at 8 before Maryland pushed ahead 9-8 on a Kelly score. At 5:53 Fannell scored off a pass from Jasinski to tie the game at nine. Colin Heacock notched the eventual gamewinner for the Terps at 3:27.
The Buckeyes were outshot, 39-31, in the game. Senior goalie Tom Carey had 11 saves for the Buckeyes, including four in the first quarter and three in the fourth. Maryland’s goalie made eight stops.
Withers won 13-of-23 faceoffs and had a game-high 10 groundballs, along with two caused turnovers. Randall had three groundballs and two caused turnovers in the game, while Jeff Henrick had three groundballs. For the game, the Buckeyes had the edge in groundballs, 25-24.
Noting the Buckeyes
• Leclaire had nine goals and 10 points in the tournament. He leads the Buckeyes with 41 goals and 55 points on the year and has 13 goals in his last three games combined.
• Withers won 33-of-54 faceoffs in the tournament and had 21 groundballs. He has won 227-of-338 faceoffs this season (.672) and has a team-high 126 groundballs.
• Randall had seven groundballs and three caused turnovers in the two games combined.
• Freibott had six groundballs, a caused turnover and a goal in the tournament.
• Ohio State lost its first game at home this season, falling to 9-1 in Columbus this year.
• The Buckeyes were making their second appearance in the Big Ten Tournament final (2015).
• Each of the Buckeyes’ last four games has been decided by two or fewer goals, with three one-goal contests.
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