Ohio State men's lacrosse rallies past Notre Dame
Colby Smith scored off a Jackson Reid assist 52 seconds into overtime, and the fifth-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team rallied from a five-goal deficit in the second half to edge 11th-ranked Notre Dame 11-10 on Saturday at Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
The Buckeyes (7-0) trailed 7-2 early in the second half but scored eight of the game's next nine goals before the Irish (4-3) managed two late tallies to force overtime. Reid led Ohio State with four goals and the pivotal assist, while Tre Leclaire produced a hat trick, Smith pocketed a pair of goals, and Jack Jasinski had a goal and two assists.
Goalie Josh Kirson of Ohio State managed 10 saves and blocked a point-blank shot by Brian Willetts early in the extra session before Smith found the top corner of the cage to cap the second unbeaten nonconference slate in program history. It was the first victory for Ohio State over Notre Dame since 2004.
Starting pitcher Seth Lonsway ran his record to 3-2 and struck out nine batters and allowed three earned runs in six innings as the Buckeyes (13-10) won their fifth consecutive game with a 7-5 decision over Hawaii at Bill Davis Stadium.
Brady Cherry hit a solo homer to open the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning and finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Nolan Clegg added a two-run single later in the fourth, and Dominic Canzone, Conner Pohl and Zach Dezenzo each had two hits. The Rainbow Warriors (9-14) scored twice in the seventh to pull within two runs, but Ohio State closer Andrew Mango shut them out in the ninth for his fourth save.
The Buckeyes (17-9, 2-0) scored all five runs in the bottom of the first inning to top No. 22 Indiana 5-3 in a Big Ten contest at Buckeye Field.
Lilli Piper had three hits and an RBI and a run, and Bri Betschel added three hits and a run for Ohio State. Buckeyes reliever Lauren Rice improved to 9-1 with the win. She took over in the third and only allowed five hits to the Hoosiers (25-8, 0-2).
Molly Kowal earned runner-up honors in the 1,650-meter freestyle with a time of 15 minutes, 44.61 seconds to set a program record at the NCAA National Championship meet in Austin, Texas.
With the finish, Kowal becomes a two-time All-American after dropping nearly five seconds off her previous-best time. Another Ohio State program record fell in the 200 butterfly, where Kathrin Demler took 12th place in 1:55.06.