Ohio State Rallies to Beat Penn State on King's Winner
from press release
|Jesse King (19) notched the
overtime winner for Ohio State on Saturday in Happy
© Craig Houtz
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 Penn State in overtime, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Penn State Lacrosse Stadium in University Park, Pa. Buckeye sophomore Jesse King led the Buckeyes with three goals and five points and netted the gamewinner with just :00.2 seconds left in the first overtime period. Ohio State moves to 4-0 this season, while Penn State is now 2-2 on the year.
The game was part of the competition for the Creator's Trophy, determined based on results between the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men's lacrosse - Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. The Buckeyes can win the trophy with a victory at Michigan April 13. Both the Nittany Lions and Wolverines have been eliminated from the championship with a loss in Creator's Trophy play; Penn State, the 2012 winner, beat Michigan earlier this year.
"I'm proud of the way the men stuck together," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We knew it was going to be a battle and it was. We are glad to come out ahead in a very close game. The first half wasn't our best lacrosse; we came out of halftime down 8-2 but made adjustments and kept fighting to get ourselves back in the game. Greg Dutton played well in the cage and Darius Bowling had an outstanding day, especially at the faceoff x. Offensively, three of our Canadians - Jesse King, Turner Evans and Logan Schuss - led the way."
The teams were deadlocked at 2 after the first quarter before Penn State outscored the Buckeyes, 6-0, in the second quarter for an 8-2 halftime lead. Ohio State then posted its own 6-0 quarter to tie the game at 8-all after 45 minutes. Ohio State took its first lead of the game at 7:01 of the fourth quarter but the Nittany Lions tied the game with 4:04 left in regulation. King gave Ohio State the win on the Buckeyes' fourth shot of overtime. Ohio State outscored Penn State, 8-1, in the second half and overtime and outshot the Nittany Lions, 21-10, in the final 34 minutes, including 9-1 in the fourth quarter and 4-0 in overtime. Sophomore Turner Evans had a hat trick and assist for four points, while senior Logan Schuss had three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore David Planning and freshman Carter Brown each had a goal and an assist for two points. Junior Greg Dutton made eight saves in the Buckeye cage. Junior Darius Bowling won eight faceoffs for Ohio State and had a team-best six groundballs, along with two caused turnovers. Junior Joe Meurer had a team-high three caused turnovers, as Ohio State had nine caused turnovers as a team.
Ohio State, in a stretch of four-consecutive games vs. Top 10 teams, returns to Columbus to host No. 10 Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to begin ECAC play for both squads.
The teams were tied at 2 after the opener quarter, with Ohio State tying the game twice. Penn State's Jack Forster opened the scoring at 13:21 but a King score at 5:55, assisted by Planning, tied it at one. TJ Sanders tallied man-up with 32 seconds left in the quarter before Schuss answered with eight seconds left in the quarter. Penn State outshot Ohio State, 10-7, in the quarter and Dutton made four saves for the Buckeyes.
Penn State dominated the second quarter to take an 8-2 lead into halftime. Sanders scored three in a row at 12:52, 9:09 and 8:51 to give the Nittany Lions a 5-2 advantage. Kyle VanThof scored at 2:55, followed by a Tom LaCrosse goal at 1:19 and Sanders netted his fifth of the game with just nine seconds left in the quarter. Shots were 8-8 in the stanza.
The Buckeyes answered the Nittany Lions' 6-0 quarter with a 6-0 quarter of their own. Just 59 seconds into the quarter Schuss set up King for a goal to stop Penn State's six-goal run. Evans scored back-to-back at 12:57 and 9:06 to make it an 8-5 game. Brown and Planning scored in less than a minute (7:36 and 6:38), with King setting up Planning, to draw the Buckeyes within one (8-7). King then found Evans for a score with 5:00 left in the third quarter to deadlock the teams at 8-all. Penn State outshot Ohio State, 9-8, in the quarter, with Dutton making four saves for the Buckeyes.
Schuss, assisted by Evans, gave Ohio State its first lead of the game (9-8) at 7:01 of the fourth quarter. Penn State's Shane Sturgis tied the game for the fourth time with a tally with 4:04 left. An Ohio State shot with time expiring went off the crossbar, sending the teams to overtime. Ohio State had nine shots in the quarter, allowing just one Penn State attempt.
In overtime, Ohio State had the only four shots, with PSU goalie Austin Kaut saving the first two. Penn State was able to get the groundball and clear the ball. After a timeout by Penn State, the Nittany Lions turned the ball over on a 30-second clock violation, giving the Buckeyes the ball back. Ohio State took a timeout and King's first shot went high. Brown then found King for the gamewinner, which went in with just 00.2 left on the clock in the OT period for the Ohio State victory.
Dutton made eight saves while playing all 63:59+ minutes, while Kaut had nine saves for Penn State. Ohio State outshot Penn State, 36-28, in the game.
The teams were even on faceoffs, with each squad winning 11. Bowling was 8-for-15 for the Buckeyes, with senior Trey Wilkes 3-for-5. Penn State had the edge in groundballs, 32-29. Bowling had a Buckeye-best six, while Meurer and Schuss each had four.
• Three of the last four games between Ohio State and Penn State have gone to overtime, with Ohio State winning all three. The Buckeyes are 5-2 vs. the Nittany Lions in the last seven games.
• This is just the second time in program history - and first time since 1966 - Ohio State has opened a season 4-0.
• King is second on the team with 11 goals and has a hat trick in three of the Buckeyes' four games this season. He has 11 points, with six goals and five assists, in his last two games combined (marking the first multiple-assist games of his career). He is tied for second on the squad with 16 points this year and is on a 10-game point streak (19g, 11a, 30p).
• Schuss is first on the team with 12 goals and 18 points. He extended his point streak to 49 games (each game of his collegiate career) and has multiple points in each of his last 25 outings. He is third in program history with 183 points and 114 goals and eighth with 69 assists.
• Brown has a team-best nine assists and is tied for second with 16 points. He has multiple points in three of his first four games as a Buckeye and a point in all four outings.
• Planning has two points in each of his last three games and is on a five-game point streak (6g, 3a, 9p).
• Evans had the first hat trick and four-point game of his Buckeye career after three two-goal games and two three-point outings.
• Bowling had a career-high eight faceoff wins (his first game with multiple FOWs) and six groundballs. He is first on the team with 18 groundballs.
• Meurer matched his career best with three caused turnovers, first set Feb. 25, 2012 s. UMass.