(Photo: Ohio State Athletics)
The Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their 2020 campaign with a very convincing, 23-9, win over Detroit Mercy inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
13th-ranked Ohio State opened the game with three consecutive goals from Tre LeClair, Jackson Reid, and Griffin Hughes. Detroit Mercy was able to strike back with a three-goal run of their own as Ryan Figueiras, Ryan Birney, and Matt Turner each found the back of the net.
After the Titans tied it u at 3-3 late in the first, the Buckeyes took full control and never looked back. The Buckeyes scored 13 unanswered until Brett Erskine finally answered for the Titans early in the third. Ohio State was able to go up 22-5 entering the fourth. TJ Hendricks scored the final goal of the game for the Buckeyes early in the final quarter.
Detroit Mercy scored four straight goals to end the game and make it a 23-9 victory for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes had nine different goal scorers, including Tre Leclaire (6G, 2A), Jackson Reid (4G, 3A), and Jack Myers (4G, 5A) who led the way. At the faceoff dot, Justin Inacio did not suit up due to injury and Christian Feliziani got the starting nod. He went 13-for-24. Josh Kirson made seven saves as the starter in cage.
Detroit Mercy was led by Cam Kostus (1G/2A) and Brett Erskine (1G/1A). Logan Shamblin made five saves in goal and Alex Jarzembowski went 14-for-30 at the faceoff dot. The Titans defense was led by Sam McClain, who tallied a career-high four caused turnovers, scooped up four ground balls, and scored a goal.
On Saturday, Ohio State (1-0) will travel to Boston, Mass. to take on the Boston U. Terriers (0-1). Detroit Mercy (1-1) will host Bellarmine (0-1) on Saturday to begin a four-game homestand.