BALTIMORE, MD – The eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team rallied from an 8-2 first-half deficit and eventually scored four of the final five goals in a 14-13 win over 15th-ranked Johns Hopkins Sunday afternoon at Homewood Field. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Buckeyes, who improve to 8-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Blue Jays had a two-winning streak snapped and slip to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
The Blue Jays built the six-goal first-half lead largely on the strength of three goals by senior midfielder Alex Concannon and two each from senior Kyle Marr and freshman Joey Epstein. The 8-2 lead was 8-3 at the half the Buckeyes got some late life on a Jack Jasinski goal with 2:31 left before halftime.
Johns Hopkins had a golden opportunity to make it 9-3 in the first 20 seconds of the third quarter, but Ohio State goalie Jack Kirson made a man-down stop on Concannon on the doorstep and the Buckeyes capitalized. Back-to-back goals from J.T. Bugliosi and Jackson Reid quickly made it 8-5 before Concannon answered with his career-high fourth of the day with 11:50 left in the third quarter.
The 9-5 Johns Hopkins lead was gone less than seven minutes later as Ohio State used a five-goal run to grab its first lead of the game. Junior Tre Leclaire bookended the five-goal run for the Buckeyes as he sniped one home from the wing off a nice skip pass from Reid just 64 seconds after Concannon’s goal and blew one home at the 5:02 mark to cap the run and give Ohio State a 10-9 lead.
As quickly as the Buckeyes grabbed the lead, the Blue Jays snatched it back as they used a three-goal run that bridged the third and fourth quarter and covered a span of just over six minutes. Epstein’s third of the game halted the Ohio State run, while Cole Williams’ buzzer-beater at the end of the third gave JHU an 11-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.
When sophomore Jack Keogh scored off a skip pass from Epstein with 11:27 on the fourth-quarter clock, the Blue Jays led 12-10 lead and had seized the momentum back.
That momentum was gone in short-order as Jasinski found Leclaire inside just three minutes after Keogh’s goal and the score was even 49 seconds later then Johnny Wiseman swept across the top of the box and rolled back to get his right hand free to force the third of four second-half ties.
Kirson kept things even when he stopped Johns Hopkins’ Kyle Prouty on a fastbreak off the faceoff following Wiseman’s goal and Jackson’s fourth of the day came just over a minute later to make it 13-12.
Ohio State held the one-goal lead for just over four minutes before Williams dodged from behind the goal and slipped one low through a crowd from eight yards out with 2:02 remaining to make it 13-13.
A big save by Johns Hopkins’ Ryan Darby off the ensuing faceoff gave the Blue Jays a golden opportunity to grab a late lead, but Kirson went low to stop Keogh with 59 seconds left and he jump-start a transition opportunity that Reid polished off with his fifth goal just eight seconds later. The Buckeyes won the ensuing faceoff and were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Reid paced the Buckeyes with his five goals and one assist, while Leclaire (3g, 1a) and Wiseman (3g, 1a) added four-point games of their own.
Concannon paced the Blue Jays with his career-high four goals and six points, while Epstein (3g, 2a), Marr (2g, 1a) and Williams (2g) all registered multi-point games.
The battles in goal and on faceoffs were even as Darby and Kirson both totaled 12 saves, while the highly-anticipated faceoff matchup between Prouty and Ohio State’s Justin Inacio ended with both teams winning 14 faceoffs on the day.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Sunday, April 21 when the Blue Jays travel to Penn State to take on the top-ranked Nittany Lions.
Notes: Marr’s three points give him 151 in his career; he is the 23rd player in school history to reach 150 points. Marr’s two goals also move him into a tie with Mike Morrill (1985-88) for 14th on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with 102 • Epstein’s five points give him 23 in his last four games; that’s the most in a four-game span by a Johns Hopkins player since Ryan Brown had 25 in a four-game run in 2015.