In a rematch of the 2017 NCAA Championship game, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 1 Maryland by a score of 12-10 in College Park in one of the most shocking upsets of this year’s college lacrosse season. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 7-6 on the year and stay alive for a shot at the Big Ten title as they prepare for their final regular season matchup against Rutgers next week.
The Buckeyes seem to have turned a corner in a most dramatic fashion. After breaking a five-game losing streak with a low-scoring win over Michigan last week, Ohio State shocked the Terrapins, whose only previous loss this season came to then-No. 1 Albany.
Ohio State controlled from the start. Freshman midfielder Justin Inacio won the opening faceoff on behalf of the Buckeyes, giving way to a quick possession and unassisted goal from junior attackman Jack Jasinski. Inacio picked up the ensuing faceoff for a similarly prompt goal from senior attackman Colin Chell, assisted by Jasinski. At midfield, Inacio completed the trifecta, winning the third faceoff of the day and leading to another score by Chell, putting the Buckeyes up three less than four minutes into the game and forcing a timeout by Maryland.
Maryland won the ensuing possession and, after a penalty and failed clear attempt by Ohio State, scored its first goal of the day on a man-up opportunity by Logan Wisnauskas. The Terps followed up on their next offensive possession with another score from Connor Kelly. Maryland continued to control possession, keeping the ball on attack for several minutes and finally tying things up at three-all late in the first quarter. Finally, with 13 seconds remaining in the opening period, Chell completed his hat trick to put the Buckeyes up heading into the second.
The Terps weren’t about to go down easy, though. Wisnauskas found the back of the net early in the second to tie things back up at four-all. Midway through the quarter, Kelly scored his second of the day to give Maryland its first lead. Sophomore attackman Tre Leclaire, however, came through for the Buckeyes, bringing the score to five-all with an assist from Jasinski. The back and forth continued as Kelly connected on his third goal of the day and freshman midfielder Jackson Reid scored his first for the Buckeyes, tying the score at six-all heading to the break.
Freshman attackman Colby Smith got in on the action in the third quarter, connecting on his first score of the day to put the Buckeyes back up. Another goal from Reid and Chell’s fourth goal of the day gave Ohio State a three-score advantage with 11:32 remaining in the quarter. The Terps scored twice more in the third, leaving the Buckeyes up one at the start of the fourth quarter.
In the final 15 minutes, Maryland’s Anthony DeMaio tied the score at nine-all, but Reid scored his third goal of the day in transition to give the Buckeyes a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the day. Senior attackman Hank Bethke scored his sole goal of the afternoon and Jasinski took advantage on a man-up opportunity to seal the win for Ohio State.
Chell’s four goals led the team, closely followed by Reid’s three. Jasinski had a career-high five assists on the afternoon, with four coming in the first half alone.
Sophomore goalie Josh Kirson had nine saves versus the Terps. Ohio State and Maryland went an even 33-apiece on shots on the day. The Buckeyes collected 27 ground balls to Maryland’s 16, and won an impressive 17-of-26 faceoffs.