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Irish Use Fourth Quarter Surge To Defeat Ohio State, 9-8

March 25, 2018

Box Score

By: Robby Hamman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 4 Notre Dame (5-2, 1-0 ACC) used a strong fourth-quarter performance to defeat Ohio State (5-4) by a final score of 9-8 in Ohio Stadium. The Irish have now won 16 straight games against the Buckeyes.

Brendan Gleason, Ryder Garnsey and Mikey Wynne each scored two goals for the Irish, while Brendan Collins, Brian Willetts and Bryan Costabile each added a score.

Notre Dame controlled the face-off against the Buckeyes, winning 17-of-21 attempts to control the game.

In the victory, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan recorded the 300th win of his coaching career, 290 coming with the Irish.

How It Happened

Notre Dame and Ohio State played an even first quarter, as both sides found the back of the net twice to make the score 2-2 after the opening 15 minutes of play. The Buckeyes scored the opening goal but the Irish responded with scores from Collins and Costabile to put them on top 2-1.

Notre Dame had a strong start to the second quarter. The Irish capitalized on a man-up situation, as Brian Willetts collected a pass from Mikey Drake and had finished from the left of the crease to put the team back in front 3-2. Just over a minute later Gleason skipped past his defender and fired in his first goal of the day to push the Notre Dame advantage to 4-2 with 12:34 left in the half.

However, the Buckeyes responded with two straight to tie the score at 4-4. Both the Irish and Buckeyes added one more goal before the break, as Wynne scored the last goal of the half for Notre Dame’s fifth goal.

The defenses opened the second half locked in, as neither attack was able to muster a goal in the first 12 minutes of play. The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the quarter at the 2:32 mark of the third to take a one-goal lead at 6-5.

The Irish have owned fourth quarters this season and Sunday was no different. Notre Dame outscored the Buckeyes 4-2 in the final 15 minutes to come away with the 9-8 victory. The Irish received goals from Garnsey, Gleason and Wynne in the first five minutes of the period to go on top 8-6. Ohio State pulled within one at the 6:33 mark before Garnsey scored his second of the period, which ended up being the winning goal with just over four minutes left in the game.

Notre Dame Player Of The Game

Senior John Travisano Jr. had the best game of his career at the X for Notre Dame, winning 17-of-19 face-offs in a dominating performance. The 17 face-off wins are a career high for Travisano.

Notre Dame Stat Of The Game

Notre Dame’s nine goals came from six different players. Gleason, Wynne and Garnsey each scored twice.

Notre Dame Notes

  • The Irish improve to 34-9 against Ohio State in the series and have won 16 straight matchups with the Buckeyes.
  • Notre Dame has now outscored its opponents 27-14 in fourth quarters this season.
  • Wynne moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time career goal list with 119. The senior is tied with former great Joe Franklin.
  • Sexton scooped up six ground balls on Sunday and has now tallied 21 in the last three games.

Up Next

The Irish remain on the road, as the team travels to Syracuse to take on the Orange at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 31. The game will air live on ESPNU.

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