April 21, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, senior goalie Scott Spencer and freshman midfielder Jake Withers of the Ohio State men's lacrosse team have all been recognized by the ECAC for their play in the Buckeyes' 8-6 win over Air Force Saturday that clinched at least a share of the league regular season title. Hunter is the co-offensive player of the week, Spencer was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row and Withers was tabbed as the league's rookie of the week for the fourth time.
Syosett, N.Y., native Hunter scored half of the Buckeyes' goals in their win against Air Force, including the gamewinning goal in the fourth quarter. He tallied to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead in the second and his third goal came with 5:15 left in the third and put Ohio State up, 5-4. In the fourth quarter, Hunter's goal with 3:04 remaining broke a six-all tie, giving Ohio State the lead for the last time. He also had two groundballs in the win. Hunter has 12 goals and 15 points this season, all in the last four games (with at least three points in each outing).
Spencer, from Mason, Ohio, had a career-high 14 saves, allowing just six goals, in the Buckeyes' 8-6 win over Air Force. He had five saves in the first quarter, allowing just one goal, and then made four stops in the second quarter to help Ohio State to a 3-2 halftime lead. Spencer made two saves in the third quarter and had another three stops in the fourth quarter, allowing just one goal as Ohio State came away with the win. He has started the last five games, with a 4-1 record, 7.42 goals-against average and .568 save percentage.
Withers, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, won 10-of-17 faceoffs (.588) and picked up seven groundballs in the Buckeyes' 8-6 win over Air Force. He won 5-of-7 face-offs in the first half and 5-of-10 in the second half as Ohio State outscored the Falcons 5-4 in the half for the win. After the Falcons had tied the game at six with 4:16 left, Withers won the next faceoff, giving Ohio State possession. The Buckeyes went on to score at 3:04 and he then won the draw after the goal as well. Withers has a team-high 60 groundballs and has won 99-of-189 (.524) of his faceoffs this season.
The Buckeyes, winners of their last four games and five of the last six, close the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield. Ohio State will then host the ECAC Tournament May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
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