The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s lacrosse team scored a close win over the No. 19 Marquette Golden Eagles in their first matchup in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic held in Columbus this weekend.
For the first time this season, Ohio State managed to score the first goal of the game as junior attackman Austin Shanks found the back of the net midway through the first quarter. Freshman midfielder Logan Maccani followed up with another goal to bring the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0, but Marquette responded with two goals in the final 2:19 of the first quarter to tie the game. The Buckeyes came out strong to start the second quarter, scoring three unanswered goals, including two by junior attackman J.T. Blubaugh in just over a minute, to bring the score to 5-2. The two teams traded goals for the remainder of the quarter, and went into the half with the score at 6-4 in favor of Ohio State.
Marquette opened up scoring in the second half, narrowing Ohio State’s lead to one early in the third quarter. The score would remain close through the quarter, with Ohio State unable to extend its lead beyond two goals, ultimately entering the fourth quarter up 8-6. Marquette hung around through the middle of the fourth quarter, when Ohio State managed to go up by three goals on sophomore midfielder Trevor Hodgin’s first score of the season, bringing the score to 10-7. Ohio State would hold on for the 12-8 win, scoring the final goal of the game with 4:30 remaining.
Despite never being down in the game, it was a narrow win for the Buckeyes. Shots on goal were 38-31 in favor of Marquette, and it was a pretty even split on faceoffs, with the Buckeyes winning 13 of 24. Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey was a key difference maker in the game, with a career-high 16 saves on the day.
Senior attackman Carter Brown led the Buckeyes in scoring with three goals and one assist on the day for four total points. Blubaugh and Shanks each had two goals in the game, and five other Buckeyes scored one goal.
The Buckeyes are now 4-1 on the season, but have a short turnaround time before their next game in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Columbus. They are scheduled to play Bellarmine at the Horseshoe tomorrow.