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OSU holds off JHU’s run in Big Ten semis

Shack Stanwick’s first of four goals against Ohio State was the 1,100th collegiate Division I goals scored by the eight Stanwick siblings.

A big first half by the Ohio State Buckeyes was enough to hold off a second-half surging Johns Hopkins Blue Jays men’s lacrosse team in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night.

The ninth-ranked and third-seeded Blue Jays suffered a 15-13 loss to the fifth-ranked and second-seeded Buckeyes, which are hosting the Big Ten tournament this season. The Buckeyes advance to the finals, where they will play top-seeded Maryland on Saturday night.

Shack Stanwick scored four goals and has one assist as nine different Blue Jays scored goals in the game. Kyle Marr had four points on one goal with three assists.

Ohio State scored the first three goals of the game before Forry Smith put a shot into the goal in the eighth minute of the game. But the Buckeyes remained the hot team and built a 9-3 lead late in the second quarter. Johns Hopkins then scored two of the final three goals to enter the intermission training 10-5, but they really got close in the second half with a dominant end to the third quarter.

Ohio State scored two of the first three goals scored in the third period, but the Blue Jays scored three in a row to end the third period with Stanwick going back-to-back in just over a minute’s span at the end. Robert Kuhn then made it a four-goal Blue Jays run to get within two scores at 12-10 early in the fourth quarter.

But the Blue Jays scored twice in just a minute and a half following Kuhn’s goal to get back ahead by four scores. Jack Jasinski also scored one more for Ohio State as they were able to hold Johns Hopkins from completing their late comeback attempt.

Johns Hopkins scored three of the game’s final four goals, but couldn’t cut into their deficit enough.

Johns Hopkins actually outshot the Buckeyes 34-30 in the game. In the fourth quarter, their comeback attempt was fueled by a 10-4 shooting advantage. However, Ohio State was able to hold a 37-22 ground ball lead and 20-11 faceoff advantage in the game.

Johns Hopkins starting goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh did not even last nine minutes before being pulled after making only one save on five shots on goals faced. Gerald Logan didn’t do too much better against the hot Buckeye’s shooting. He had six saves on 17 shots on goal faced in 51 minutes.

The Blue Jays will wait to hear their postseason destiny as an at-large team in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be announced on Sunday, May 7 at 9 pm.

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