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Ohio State lacrosse: Bucks get 1st win, beat Marquette, 11-7

The Buckeyes lost two heart breakers but bounced back in their home opener against the Marquette Golden Eagles.

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After dropping their first two games of the season on the road, in overtime, the Buckeyes defeated Marquette (1-2) 11-7 inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. After failing to score against Massachusetts last Sunday, star midfielder Jesse King led the Buckeye offense with four goals and two assists on the day. Reigning ECAC Offensive Player of the Week Turner Evans added an assist, extending his season total to ten assists in three games. Attackman Carter Brown led the Buckeyes in helpers with three and scored a goal.

Marquette led 2-1 very early, then the Ohio State offense woke up and scored six straight goals to give the home team a 7-2 lead. Adam Trombley scored two goals during the six goal spree, while King, David Planning, Brown and Charlie Schnider scored the others. At halftime, the Buckeyes led the Golden Eagles 7-4.

King registered his third goal of the game in the third quarter as both teams only scored once and Marquette trailed Ohio State by four goals heading into the final stanza.

King opened up the fourth quarter with his fourth goal of the game, extending the lead to five goals, which shut the door on a Marquette comeback attempt. Marquette's Kyle Whitlow scored late to notch his fourth career hat trick but it was not enough for the Golden Eagles, as they came up short.

The Buckeyes closed the game strong and did not have to climb back out of a late hole as they had to do the previous two games. Although timely scoring has been an issue, the offense as a whole has performed well, scoring thirty-one goals in three games. Marquette does not have the same, high powered offense that Johns Hopkins and UMass possess, but the defense played well in the victory. After two sub-par performances in the first two games, face-off specialist Jake Withers went 14 of 21 on the day as the Buckeyes controlled time of possession.

Ohio State looks to keep up the momentum when future Big Ten foe, Penn State, comes to Columbus next Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.