The 2014 Ohio State lacrosse team began the season ranked inside the top 20 and heavily favored to win the ECAC. Although they still have a chance to win the conference, no one thought the season would fall off the tracks as it has through eight games, winning only twice in that time period.
The Buckeyes had a chance to build on their first conference win today against a top ten opponent after defeating Bellarmine 10-7 last Friday night, but fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 13-7 at a snowy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Attackman Turner Evans led the Buckeyes with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) on the afternoon but it was not enough to take down the Fighting Irish.
The game started off slow, with Carter Brown scoring the only goal for both teams as the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead into the second quarter; it would be the last lead of the day for the home team.
Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh scored the following three goals for the Irish, before the visitors tacked on two more as the Buckeyes fell down 5-1 in the second quarter. Turner Evans and Reegan Comeault notched two goals for Ohio State before the end of the first half, cutting the deficit to 5-3 at halftime.
Right out of halftime, Jesse King scored his 15th goal of the season and then David Planning tied the game at 5-5 a few minutes later. The Irish fought back and scored twice before the quarter ended, make the score 7-5 heading into the final stanza.
Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, the Irish added another goal, extending their lead to three goals. Evans and Planning scored Ohio State's final two goals on the afternoon before the Irish scored the final five goals of the game to defeat the Buckeyes 13-7. Kavanagh led Notre Dame with seven goals on the afternoon.
Neither team had an advantage on ground balls as it was even at 29 a piece. But the Irish dominated face-offs, 15-9 and held a seven-shots on goal advantage over the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will welcome ECAC foe, Jacksonville, to Columbus this Saturday at 2:30 PM.