Ohio State improves to 11-2 on the year, while Michigan, who entered the game 0-2 in conference play, falls to 8-4 on the season. Overall, the Buckeyes are now 6-0 against Michigan as Division I rivals.
The Buckeye began scoring early and often. Senior specialist Jake Withers won the opening faceoff and took the ball down for Ohio State’s first score just 12 seconds into play. Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski, coming off a four-goal, three-assist performance against Johns Hopkins last week, followed up with his first goal of the day. Michigan would add one goal to slow the Buckeyes, but Ohio State closed out the first quarter with five straight goals to take a 7-1 lead into the second.
Ohio State slowed things down a little bit throughout the second. Freshman midfielder Tre Leclaire added to the Buckeyes’ lead early in the quarter, while senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh found the back of the net to give Ohio State an eight-point lead with 11:48 remaining in the half. Michigan added two goals midway through the quarter, but shots by junior attackman Colin Chell and senior midfielder John Kelly kept the Ohio State advantage at eight heading into the break.
Senior attackman Eric Fannell opened up the third with another Ohio State goal just 15 seconds into play. Jasinski’s second goal of the game then extended the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 early on in the quarter. After a Michigan goal, Leclaire and Fannell each found the back of the net to extend the Buckeye lead. The Wolverines then hit two more shots, but, on goals by Chell, Fannell and Withers, Ohio State took an 18-6 lead into the final quarter.
The Buckeyes finally relented in the fourth quarter. Though Michigan maintained possession for most of the quarter, the Wolverines scored just once.
Fannell led the Buckeyes in scoring with four goals and two assists on the day. Leclaire was just behind, adding three goals and five assists for Ohio State. Overall, nine Buckeyes scored, with six players scoring multiple goals. As a team, Ohio State totalled 13 assists.
Senior goalie Tom Carey had 13 saves on 22 shots on goal, while Michigan’s goalies had a combined six saves on 31 shots on goal. Overall shots were 49-34 in favor of the Wolverines, though the Buckeyes did not shoot the ball at all in the fourth.
Withers, who earned his 500th career faceoff win in the third quarter, won 20-of-23 faceoffs on the day. The Buckeyes collected 30 ground balls, led by Withers, who had 11 on his own. Michigan had 24 ground balls.
Next up, Ohio State returns to Columbus to take on No. 3 Maryland.