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The Ohio Collegiate Box lacrosse League (OCBLL) Ohio Cup Finals got underway on Monday night with game one. The Rivermen would get the 16-12 win to go up 1-0 in the best of three series.
The Rivermen started the game off with a three goal run early in the first period to get things started During that three goal run we would goals from Jackson Hannah, Matthew Blevins, and Gleeson. The Walleyes would be able to stop the bleeding with a two goal run as Jason Sullivan and Zachary Kasson would cut the Rivermen lead to 3-1. The Rivermen would get four more goals to close out the period and the Walleyes would get one. The goal scorers for the Rivermen would be Bryce Keaton, Logan Maccani, Jack Jasinski, and Jackson Hannah. The Walleyes last goal of the first period would come by way of Jared Stepka. That late offensive burst would give the Rivermen a 7-3 lead heading into the second period.
The scoring would ramp up even more in the second, especially for the Walleyes. The Walleyes would start off the second with a two goal run in which we would see goals from Alex Hoyen and Michael Wilson. The Rivermen and Walleyes would go back and fourth trading goals in the middle of the period Before the Walleyes would end the period with a three goal run. As teams traded goals back and fourth we would see Jackson Hannah get two goals and Jack Jasinski get one for the Rivermen. For the Walleyes we would see Nate Mendez, Michael Wilson, and Luke Swaddling get goals. After that very physical back and fourth battle in the middle of the second the Walleyes would finish off the period with a three goal run in which they would see goals from Gage Johnson, Zachary Kasson, and Andrew Boniface. The impressive display of offense would have the Walleyes leading 11-10 heading into the third period.
The Third period would be stellar as we saw some exciting action that included great offense and physicality all over the floor. The period would be dominated by the Rivermen who were able to use their offense to secure the win. The Rivermen would start the third period off with a five goal run. During that Rivermen run we would see Nick Musci get three goals and Jack Jasinski and Jackson Hannah each get one goal a piece. The Walleyes would stop the bleeding, at least for a moment, as Luke Swaddling would score to cut the Rivermen lead to 15-12. The Rivermen would close out the game with Jackson Hannah getting his sixth of the night to secure the 16-12 victory for the Rivermen.
Game two will be on Wednesday, August 1st.