No. 17/17 Ohio State Rallies For 11-7 Win Over MU
Feb. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Marquette men's lacrosse team fell to No. 17/17 Ohio State 11-7 Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
"Credit to Ohio State, they're a really good team," MU head coach Joe Amplo said after the game. "When we made mistakes, they made us pay and that's what really good teams do. Our kids always play hard, but as I told them afterward we've gotten this program to the point now where winning is expected. We didn't make the simple plays to win today."
In a rematch of 2013's inaugural game, the Golden Eagles (1-2) got out to a quick start. MU's leading scorer Tyler Melnyk tallied the first goal of the contest and midfielder Kyle Whitlow's goal with 11:49 to play in the first quarter gave MU an early 2-1 lead.
Ohio State (1-2) responded when preseason All-ECAC middie Jesse King scored his second goal and senior attackman Adam Trombley registered back-to-back goals to give the Buckeyes a 7-2 advantage midway through the second quarter.
MU started to regain the momentum after an Ohio State penalty that allowed freshman attackman Kyran Clarketo notch his first collegiate goal. Whitlow again found the back of the cage moments later to cut the Buckeye lead to 7-4 with 4:58 left in the third.
King went on to add two more goals in the second half. His fourth, coming with 10:41 to play, extended the Ohio State lead to 10-5. Whitlow and Blaine Fleming added late goals to cut down the Buckeye lead to 11-7.
Whitlow finished with his second hat trick on the season and the fourth of his career while Melnyk added two assists and three points.
Ohio State won the groundball battle 32-21, including 11 in the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles also dropped the faceoff matchup 14-7, limiting their offensive possessions.
"Facing off is always going to be a battle for us," Amplo said. "I think our guys give us our best effort and we're going to continue to scrap. But, more importantly it's about our guys trying to figure out what exactly they need to do to win. There's been progress from last week to this week, but when we play really good teams we've got to be confident enough to make the simple plays. I'm confident we're on the right path."
When they did possess the ball, MU's attack was efficient, outshooting Ohio State 29-26 and only turning the ball over 11 times, compared to the Buckeyes' 18. The Golden Eagles were also 2-for-2 on man-up opportunities where Clarke scored his first goal and Whitlow notched his third.
Redshirt sophomore long stick midfielder Dan Mojica earned his first start of the season, while freshman attackman Joey Dunn saw his first collegiate start Saturday.
The Golden Eagles return to action next Saturday on the road against Marist.