UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 16 Ohio State rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 Penn State in overtime 10-9 Saturday at Penn State Lacrosse Stadium. Sophomore Jesse King led the Buckeyes with three goals and five points and netted the game-winner with just 0.2 seconds left in the first overtime period. Ohio State moved to 4-0 this season, while Penn State fell to 2-2 on the year.
The game was part of the competition for the Creator’s Trophy, determined 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 on April 13.
The teams were deadlocked at two 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 eight. 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.
In the first quarter, 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 recorded man-up with 32 seconds left in the quarter before Schuss answered with eight seconds left. 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 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 even at eight in the period.
The Buckeyes answered the Nittany Lions’ 6-0 quarter with a 6-0 quarter of their own. Just 59 seconds into the third 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 eight. Penn State outshot Ohio State 9-8 in the third, 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 goal 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. Ohio State took a timeout and King’s first shot went high. Brown then found King for the game-winner, which went in with just 00.2 left on the clock in the OT period.
Dutton made eight saves while playing all 63:59 plus 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 at 32-29. Bowling had a Buckeye-best six, while Meurer and Schuss each had four.