In a rare Sunday night game, the Ohio State Buckeyes men’s lacrosse team lost a close match against No. 5 Maryland in College Park, 10-8. After a relatively even first half, a prolonged scoring drought by the Buckeyes and some quick goals by the Terps gave Maryland a lead which Ohio State could not overtake.
Maryland opened up scoring early with a goal just 2:30 into the game. Despite Ohio State tying things up with 9:09 remaining in the first quarter on a goal by midfielder Jarret Hassfeld--his first goal of the season--Maryland followed up with another score on its next position to go up 2-1. Ohio State tied things up once more as Austin Shanks added a goal with 5:58 remaining in the quarter. Midfielder Johnny Pearson added another goal to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game, but Maryland answered once more to tie the game at 3-3. Attackman Carter Brown, however, would add one more score for the Buckeyes with just 17 seconds left in the quarter to give Ohio State the lead at the changeover.
Ohio State opened the second quarter in dominant fashion on strong play by goalie Tom Carey, with the defense holding Maryland scoreless for nearly 10 minutes into the quarter as the Buckeyes built out a two-goal lead on a score by midfielder Trevor Hodgins. However, that’s when things began to fall apart on attack for the Buckeyes, who would not score again in the half despite three additional goals by Maryland, giving the Terps a 6-5 halftime edge.
The defense began to show signs of weakness early in the third quarter as Maryland scored four more goals before Brown could once again find the back of the net to bring the score to 10-6 in favor of Maryland, ending a seven-goal scoring streak by the Terps and a nearly 25-minute scoring drought for the Buckeyes.
Despite the four-goal deficit, the Buckeyes came out strong in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to two on goals by Hassfeld and Brown. The defense rebooted once more as well, holding the Terps scoreless for the quarter. Maryland’s lead, however, proved too much to overcome in the final quarter.
Brown led Ohio State in scoring with three goals in the game, with the team taking 26 shots to Maryland’s 30. Carey recorded eight saves on the day, while midfielder Jake Withers went 11-8 on faceoffs in the match.
Maryland, who sits at the top of conference lacrosse rankings, earned a share of the Big Ten regular season title with the win. The Buckeyes have now fallen to 6-8 on the season and 1-3 in the Big Ten. Ohio State is scheduled to face Rutgers in Columbus in the team’s final regular season game next week before the Big Ten Tournament begins in May.