College lacrosse: Ohio State downs No. 9 Rutgers to keep postseason hopes alive
COLUMBUS, Ohio –– With its postseason fate resting on the result of today's regular season finale, 19th-ranked Ohio State delivered. The Buckeyes went on a game-changing four-goal third quarter run to pull away and defeat No. 9 Rutgers, 10-7, on Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium.
WHAT IT MEANS
With the win, the Buckeyes (8-6, 3-2 B1G) clinched a spot in next week's Big Ten Tournament and will be the No. 3 seed. They have a date against No. 2-seed Johns Hopkins at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.
Before the game, the Buckeyes honored a 13-member senior class that went out and registered its 43rd victory. Fittingly, senior Erik Evans, who had started 55 consecutive games at close defense, scored the game's first goal off a feed from Ryan Terefenko. Another senior, Colin Chell, had a team-high four points (two goals, two assists).
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
• Ohio State got out to a fast start for the third week in a row, scoring twice in the first five minutes as Evans and Chell found the back of the net. In the second quarter, Jackson Reid and Jack Jaskinski netted unassisted goals and Ohio State led 4-3 at the break.
• The Buckeyes opened up a 8-3 lead midway through the third quarter as JT Bugliosi, Tre Leclaire, Reid and Buckley all scored in succession. Ohio State was continuing to dominate at the face-off X. Freshman Justin Inacio won five-of-six in the quarter and 18 of 21 for the game.
• Rutgers cut the deficit to 8-5 early in the fourth quarter, but Reid and Chell scored back to back in a 54 second span between 11:38 and 10:32 to give Ohio State a five-goal lead at 10-5.
NEWS AND NOTES
• Head coach Nick Myers won his 93rd game, passing Joe Breschi as the program's all-time winningest coach.
• Over the last three weeks, Inacio is 64-of-88 on face-offs (.727).
• Leclaire's third quarter goal gives him 100 points for his career.
• In the last two weeks, Chell has nine points on six goals and three assists.
• Jackson Reid and Jack Jasinski have at least one point in 11 straight contests.
• Since Big Ten lacrosse began in 2015, the home team has won every game in the Ohio State-Rutgers series.
• The Buckeyes now own back to back wins over top-10 ranked opponents and four victories this season over ranked teams.
Head coach Nick Myers: "I'm thankful to be able to have the chance to spend more time together with this team. To have the opportunity to head into the postseason playing some of our best lacrosse is really special. It's exciting and I think it energizes all of us."
Senior Colin Chell: "To get a win on senior day at home is awesome and to have at least one more week with my teammates is even better."
Senior Erik Evans: "We've been close as a class since we got here. It's a special group of guys and something to take advantage of when you have it. We're trying to make the most of every moment."