By: Jimmy Longo
Maryland outlasted Ohio State in the Big Ten Lacrosse Championship on Saturday night, defeating the Buckeyes 10-9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The Terrapins got the scoring started almost three minutes in to grab the lead, as Connor Kelly scored at the 12:13 mark. Ohio State answered with a 3-0 run as Freddy Freitbott scored on a breakaway ground ball to cap the spurt. Kelly scored his second goal of the quarter give the Terps a 3-2 lead at the end of the first frame.
OSU and Maryland alternated goals in the second quarter, with Kelly’s third goal of the game and a goal from Tim Rotanz, while OSU freshman Tre LeClaire scored his 39th goal of the season with 3:28 left to tie things up 4-4, stopping a 3-0 Maryland run.
The third quarter saw both teams get one goal apiece in what turned into a defensive battle. Terrapin freshman Jared Bernhardt gave Maryland a 5-4 lead before OSU senior Eric Fannell evened things up off a feed from LeClaire at the 10:23 mark in the third.
After three quarters of low-scoring, the flood gates opened in the fourth. For the third time in four quarters, Kelly scored to give Maryland the lead. After the teams alternated goals, Fannell tied the game at 9-9 at 5:53. The difference maker came with 3:27 remaining on a goal from Maryland senior Colin Heacock, as Maryland was able to get a couple turnovers and run out the clock.
With the victory, Maryland is likely to lock up the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, avenging its only regular season conference loss, which OSU handed them 11-10 (OT) on April 22 in Columbus.
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