Saturday Wrap: Ohio State Shines, Hopkins shuts down Loyola, Hobart upsets Lehigh


Saturday Wrap: Ohio State Shines, Hopkins shuts down Loyola, Hobart upsets Lehigh

COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS

It was a packed slate on Saturday that included several ranked matchups and upsets, but the storyline that stood out the most was the return of Ivy League men’s lacrosse.

OHIO STATE DOMINATES NORTH CAROLINA

Ohio State headed to Chapel Hill at 2-0 but faced their first ranked opponent of the season in North Carolina, led by Chris Gray. A win over the Tar Heels could prove invaluable as the Buckeyes look to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017.

Nick Myers’ program learned at Dorrance Field that it had enough to compete with a top-10 team. Ohio State battled through a close first half and opened the game in the second to earn a 20-8 victory over No. 5 North Carolina. Jack Myers led the Buckeyes with two goals and seven assists, while Jason Knox scored four times. Gray, a Tewaaraton Award nominee, finished with three goals and four assists.

Five players scored in a home and away first quarter that ended tied at 2. Ohio State added four more goals, from four different players, to take a 6-5 lead at halftime. time despite two goals from Gray.

Myers led a halftime run that gave Ohio State a 9-5 lead midway through the third quarter. Gray took command of North Carolina’s offense soon after, scoring a low to high to cut the deficit to 10-7. But Buckeye’s push continued and engulfed the North Carolina defense. Ohio State has scored 10 of the last 11 to retire.

HOPKINS STOPS LOYOLA

The Battle of Charles Street once again generated hype. With both teams having already been knocked out by a top 10 team, No. 15 Johns Hopkins and No. 12 Loyola both had something to prove.

Joey Epstein had five points and the Johns Hopkins defense came in very late to help fuel an 11-10 win over Loyola at Homewood Field. The defensive effort eclipsed a four-goal performance from Joey Kamish.

Neither team led by more than three goals throughout the game, but Seth Higgins gave the Greyhounds a 10-8 cushion with 10:06 remaining. Ryan Evans cut the deficit to one goal less than a minute later, and Epstein tied it with 6:47 remaining.

Scott Smith gave Johns Hopkins the lead on a solid individual effort, but Connor DeSimone uncharacteristically turned the ball over with just over a minute to play, giving the Greyhounds one last chance.

Kevin Lindley rolled around X and tried to shoot, but Beaudan Szuluk forced a turnover and Blake Rodgers collected the ball on the ground to miss time.

JACOBY FUEL RUTGERS

No. 7 Rutgers welcomed his first ranked opponent at Piscataway, and he came in the form of a familiar opponent in the No. 13 army. Ronan Jacoby delivered a career game to help the Scarlet Knights to achieve an impressive victory.

Jacoby scored six goals to lead Rutgers to a 13-10 win and help the Scarlet Knights move to 3-0. Shane Knobloch scored three goals, including a stunning one-handed one, to help hold off the Black Knights.

Jacoby’s great first half helped Rutgers take a 7-1 lead early in the second quarter, but Army didn’t go easy. Brendan Nichtern scored one of four straight goals to get the Black Knights back into the game before halftime.

Paul Johnson scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter to level the score at 8, but Knobloch got hot and helped fuel a four-goal streak in response. Up 12-8 in the fourth quarter, Rutgers’ defense helped stop another comeback effort from Army.

HOBART LEHIGH SCHOLARSHIP

Hobart picked up its first rankings win since 2016 on Saturday, when No. 9 Lehigh traveled to Geneva for a non-conference game.

The Statesmen led up to four goals but held on in the dying seconds to seal a 14-13 win over the Mountain Hawks. Ryan Archer led a solid offensive effort with six points on three goals and three assists.

Leading 14-10 with 6:02 remaining, Hobart’s defense had to withstand a furious rally from Lehigh in the final minutes. Dakota Eierman, Scott Cole and Quinn Armstrong each scored to cut the deficit to 14-13 with 58 seconds left.

Lehigh had one last possession as time expired, but Kevin Holtby made his 14th save on a shot from Eierman to seal the win.

VIRGINIA STARTS SLOWLY

The defending national champion looked to be in for an early battle at Johnny Unitas Stadium, but Virginia’s quality proved more than enough to stay unbeaten.

The Cavaliers trailed by three goals early in the first quarter but used a strong second half to pull away for an 18-9 win over Towson. Payton Cormier had six points and Connor Shellenberger added five points to the winning effort.

Towson played solid defense and scored a few timely goals to take a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, but Virginia quickly found their offense. Five different scorers led a run that helped the Cavaliers take a 7-6 halftime lead. The Tigers continued to pressure the Cavaliers, but the defending champions scored nine straight goals early in the fourth quarter to take command. Cormier scored two goals and Shellenberger had two assists on the run to give Virginia a 17-7 lead.

Virginia took 33 shots on goal and recovered 48 ground balls in the win.

NOTABLE

  • Connor Davis scored six goals to tie a Bucknell freshman record and lead the Bison to a 23-7 win over St. John’s.

  • Brett Baucia scored four goals and Tommy Lingner made 11 saves to seal UMBC’s 12-8 victory over Drexel in Baltimore.

  • Corson Kealey scored six and Taggart Clark added four to power Stony Brook’s 18-14 win over Robert Morris.

  • Michigan held Holy Cross to three goals in a 20-3 win that included six points from Josh Zawada.

  • Duke had nine different scorers overall and six different scorers during a pivotal streak, as the No. 17 Blue Devils outscored No. 10 Denver 19-10. More information about the game here.

  • The Ivy League is back. See how each team fared in their debut here.

HOW THE TOP 20 fared

#1 Virginia Defeated Towson 18-9
No. 3 Georgetown defeated No. 8 Penn 10-8
Ohio State defeated No. 5 North Carolina 20-8
No. 7 Rutgers are defeated No. 13 Army 13-10
Hobart defeated No. 9 Lehigh 14-13
Duke No. 19 defeated No. 10 Denver 19-10
No. 15 Johns Hopkins beaten No. 12 Loyola 11-10
No. 16 Jacksonville defeated Marquette 14-10
UMBC defeated No. 19 Drexel 12-8
No. 20 Cornell Defeated Albany 16-8

COMPLETE DASHBOARD

Bucknell 23, St. John’s 7
Brown 19, Quinnipiac 13
Canisius 13, Bellarmine 11
Colgate 11, Air Force
No. 20 Cornell 16, Albany 8
No. 17 Duke 19, No. 10 Denver 10
Fairfield 16, Wagner 9
No. 3 Georgetown 10, No. 8 Penn 8
Hobart 14, No. 9 Lehigh 13
Harvard 17, NJIT 4
No. 15 Johns Hopkins 11, No. 12 Loyola 10
Mercer 11, Cleveland State 9
Merrimack 8, Dartmouth 6
Michigan 20, St. Croix 3
Mount St. Mary’s 17, Hampton 5
Ohio State 20, No. 5 North Carolina 8
Princeton 22, Monmouth 6
Providence 13, Siena 8
Richmond 18, Marist 4
No. 7 Rutgers 13, No. 13 Army 10
St. Joseph’s 15, Penn State 13
Stony Stream 18, Robert Morris 14
UMass 19, UMass Lowell 9
UMBC 12, No. 19 Drexel 8
No. 6 Yale 17, Villanova 14

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