The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s lacrosse team scored their best win of the young season with a 12-6 victory over Marquette in Milwaukee in their first road test of the year. With the win, the 20th-ranked Buckeyes move to 5-0 on the season--their best start since 1966.
Ohio State overcame a slow start to earn the win. After allowing two goals in the first quarter, the Buckeyes finally found the back of the net on a score by senior attackman Eric Fannell. A quick, man-up goal by freshman midfielder Tre Leclaire tied things up for Ohio State by the end of the first quarter.
The Golden Eagles, however, were not done, and scored the first two goals of the second quarter to pull ahead of Ohio State. Junior defenseman Freddy Freibott closed the gap to one on a goal with 12:05 remaining in the quarter, but Marquette scored once again to keep their lead to two goals late in the first half. The Buckeyes, however, began to mount their comeback at the end of the second quarter on goals by senior attackman Austin Shanks in a man-up opportunity and Leclaire, tying things up heading into halftime.
The Buckeyes continued their run into the third quarter. Shanks scored his second goal of the game to give Ohio State their first lead of the day. One minute later, Leclaire found the back of the net to complete his hat trick with his third goal of the game. Senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh then gave Ohio State a three-goal lead on a score with 2:29 left in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes an 8-5 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.
Ohio State quickly added to their lead on goals by freshman midfielder Ryan Terefenko, Blubaugh and Fannell within the first 2:30 of the quarter. Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski then found the back of the net to give the Buckeyes a 12-5 advantage with 5:27 left to play. Until allowing the final goal of the game with 2:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes held Marquette scoreless for 31:08 game minutes.
Leclaire led the Buckeyes in scoring with three goals and one assist on the day. The freshman has now scored at least one goal per game in five career collegiate matchups. Fannell had two goals and two assists of his own for four total points.
Despite losing the opening faceoff, senior specialist Jake Withers had one of his best games this season, winning 16-of-21 faceoff attempts on the day and recovering a team-high 10 groundballs. Overall, the Buckeyes won the groundball battle by a 30-19 margin.
Junior goalie Matthew Smidt had eight saves on the day in his first career start, playing all 60 minutes in goal. Overall shots on goal were 30-14 in favor of the Buckeyes. Marquette recorded 18 saves on the day.
With the loss, Marquette falls to 1-2 on the season. Next up, Ohio State is scheduled to face Bellarmine in Milwaukee Sunday.