COLUMBUS, OH — Carter Brown scored six goals and Jesse King added five goals and two assists as 14th-ranked Ohio State knocked off 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins 15-12 in Big Ten men’s lacrosse action at Ohio Stadium Sunday evening. The victory offset a near-record performance from Johns Hopkins attackman Ryan Brown, who matched his career high with eight goals and added one assist in the loss. The eight goals are one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record.
In a back-and-forth game that featured nine ties, it was a final surge by the Buckeyes that proved to be the difference as Ohio State outscored Johns Hopkins 4-1 in the final seven minutes to secure the victory.
Hopkins (4-6, 1-1 Big Ten) had forced the ninth and final tie of the game at 11-11 with 7:54 to play when Ryan Brown scored on a step-down from 11 yards off a feed from junior Holden Cattoni.
The Buckeyes (9-3, 2-0 Big 10) answered with the game-deciding run as a John Kelly unassisted goal at the 6:07 mark was followed 61 seconds later by David Planning’s second of the game to make it 13-11.
That score held until 3:34 remained and King netted his fifth of the game to give Ohio State a 14-11 lead. The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 14-12 on an unassisted goal by Connor Reed with 1:37 to play and won the ensuing faceoff with a chance to make it a one-goal game, but Ohio State goalie Tom Carey stopped Reed on an ally dodge out of a timeout and Ohio State got an empty-netter from Carter Brown with 53 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.
Johns Hopkins had a two-goal lead in the first five minutes of the game courtesy of Ryan Brown’s first two, but Ohio State needed just over three minutes to grab its first lead of the game as Ryan Hunter struck once and Carter Brown twice.
The Buckeyes had their biggest first-half lead at 5-3 when Planning and King scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the first 9:19 of the second quarter, but two more goals from JHU’s Brown tied it before OSU’s Brown and Hopkins’ Joel Tinney scored late to account for a 6-6 tie at the half.
The first 22:06 of the second half solved nothing as teams evenly split the first 10 goals after halftime to work their way to the 11-all tie. After grabbing leads of 7-6 and 8-7, the Blue Jays killed off four third-quarter penalties, including a 30-second run when they were two men short, but the Buckeyes got late-quarter strikes from Carter Brown and King to grab a 9-8 lead entering the final quarter.
Three times in the first 7:06 of the final period the Buckeyes held a one-goal lead (9-8, 10-9, 11-10), but Hopkins answered each of those with goals of their own; an extra-man tally by John Crawley and two more by Ryan Brown. Brown’s eighth of the game at the 7:54 mark off the feed from Cattoni was followed by the three-goal Buckeye spree that Hopkins couldn’t answer.
Ryan Brown’s eight goals tied his career high and were one shy of the Johns Hopkins record set by William Logan in 1927 against Virginia. Reed (1g, 2a), Shack Stanwick (1g, 1a), Crawley (1g, 1a) and Wells Stanwick (2a) added multi-point games for Johns Hopkins, which also got an 8-of-13 performance on faceoffs from freshman Hunter Moreland.
Carter Brown and King combined for the 11 goals and two assists and Planning added two goals and two assists for Buckeyes, who also got an 18-of-29 showing on faceoffs from Chris May and 14 saves from Carey.
The win for Ohio State is the first in six all-time meetings against Johns Hopkins, which will return to action on Saturday, April 11 when the Blue Jays host Penn State in a key Big Ten game. Faceoff at Homewood Field is set for 6 pm.
#19 Johns Hopkins (4-6, 1-1 Big Ten) 3-3-2-4/12
#14 Ohio State (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten) 3-3-4-6/15
Goals: J: Brown-8, Reed, Crawley, S. Stanwick, Tinney. O: Brown-6, King-5, Planning-2, Kelly, Hunter. Assists: J: Reed-2, W. Stanwick-2, Brown, Cattoni, Crawley, S. Stanwick. O: King-2, Planning-2. Saves: J: Schneider-5. O: Carey-14, Stephens-0. Shots: J-37. O-31. EMO: J: 1-for-1. O: 0-for-4. Attendance: 2,004.