COLUMBUS, OH – Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski scored four goals and added three assists and had a hand in six of Ohio State’s seven second-half goals as the ninth-ranked Buckeyes knocked off 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 13-9, in Big Ten men’s lacrosse action at Ohio Stadium Sunday night. The Buckeyes snap a two-game losing streak with the win and improve to 10-2 overall and 1-1 in the B1G, while the Blue Jays had a two-game winning streak snapped and slip to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the B1G.
Johns Hopkins led 7-6 at the half, but that one-goal lead was a two-goal deficit by the end of the third quarter as the Buckeyes outscored the Blue Jays 3-0 in the first 15 minutes of the second half. An unassisted goal by Eric Fannell less than two minutes into the period knotted the game at 7-7. That score held for just over 10 minutes before Jasinski – and the Buckeyes – got going.
Back-to-back goals by Lukas Buckley, both assisted by Jasinski, in the final three minutes of the third accounted for the 9-7 Ohio State lead after three quarters. Jasinski drove from behind the goal and found Buckley alone in front on the first and they then teamed to beat the end of the third-quarter clock as well. Jasinski jammed a pass into traffic with four seconds left in the period and Buckley caught it and shot under pressure from the slot to make it 9-7.
After a Tre LeClaire goal early in the fourth quarter pushed the Buckeye lead to 10-7, the Blue Jays answered with an unassisted goal from junior Shack Stanwick, who got top side after coming from behind and beat Ohio State goalie Tom Carey with a bouncer from the wing.
Afer winning the ensuing faceoff, the Blue Jays had a golden opportunity to draw within one a minute after Stanwick’s goal, but Carey went low to save a Joel Tinney 12-yarder from straight away and Jasinski scored the first of his three fourth-quarter goals 45 seconds later to make it 11-8. He sandwiched his final two goals, which both came with the shot clock on, around a Kyle Marr goal for Johns Hopkins to close out the scoring.
The Blue Jay offense was efficient early as Hopkins scored five, first-quarter goals on seven shots to grab a 5-3 lead at the end of one. Tinney scored twice to quickly turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead and Stanwick and senior John Crawley broke a 2-2 tie with consecutive goals in a 36-second span to give Hopkins a 4-2 lead. The teams traded goals in the final 3:19 to account for the 5-3 score.
Ohio State didn’t need long – 45 seconds to be exact – to turn the 5- 3 deficit into a 6-5 lead early in the second quarter. Jasinski opened the lightning-quick run with the first of his four goals and Austin Shanks and Johnny Pearson added extra-man goals just 10 seconds apart to give OSU the one-goal lead.
Hopkins answered with a pair of extra-man goals of its own late in the second quarter as junior Patrick Fraser got his hands free from 10 yards out off a feed from Kyle Marr and Stanwick found Cody Radziewicz alone on the crease 55 seconds later to give Hopkins the 7-6 lead it carried into halftime.
That lead lasted until Fannell’s goal at the 13:08 mark of the third ignited the four-goal Ohio State run to open the second half and the Blue Jays were never closer than two in the final 13 minutes.
Jasinski’s four goals and three assists led the way for Ohio State, which also got two goals and one assist from Buckley and two goals from Pearson. But the key for the Buckeyes was the play of faceoff specialist Jake Withers, who won 19-of-26 faceoffs, grabbed 10 ground balls and scored once.
Stanwick (2g, 1a), Tinney (2g), Marr (1g, 1a) and Forry Smith (1g, 1a) were the multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays, who will return to action on Saturday, April 15 when they welcome Penn State to Homewood Field.
Notes: Stanwick extended his point-scoring streak to 43 games with his two-goal, one-assist effort • Marr has at least two points in four straight games and eight games on the year – he has at least one point in every game this season • Hopkins converted on 2-of-4 extra-man chances as the Blue Jays are now 17-of-30 (.567) on the year.
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