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Despite missing multiple key players, including faceoff man Justin Inacio, the Ohio State Buckeyes went into Homewood Field on Saturday afternoon and absolutely took it to the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in Peter Milliman’s debut as head coach. Ohio State was bigger, stronger, and faster and they used that advantage in every way they could.
The Buckeyes held a 33-26 advantage in the ground ball battle and went 20-for-23 (86%) in the clearing game while Johns Hopkins went 16-for-21 (76%). The only area of the game where Hopkins had a clear edge was at the faceoff dot with Matt Narewski going 14-for-21 (66%).
Tre LeClaire had four points to led the Buckeyes while Griffin Hughes had four points (3G/1A). Jack Myers had a hat trick and Grant Mitchell found the back of the net twice. Skylar Wahlund made 11 saves in cage with a 57% save percentage.
Josh Kirson made 14 saves with a 48% save percentage in his debut as a Blue Jay. Connor DeSimone led the way for Johns Hopkins with four points (3G/1A).
Ohio State came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. Grant Mitchell got the scoring started, and while Connor DeSimone answered fairly quickly for Johns Hopkins, it was all Buckeyes for the rest of the half. Ohio State simply outathleted Johns Hopkins on both ends of the field, especially at the midfield.
The Buckeyes outscored the Blue Jays 9-3 in the first half of play, getting five of those nine goals from the midfield. And while Tre LeClaire found the back of the net early in the third to push the Buckeyes’ lead out even more, the Blue Jays were able to find some rhythm soon after. Garrett Degnon, Connor DeSimone, and Jack Keogh scored three straight to end the third for Hopkins and make it a 10-6 game.
Down four goals heading into the fourth and holding a sizable amount of momentum, it appeared that the Blue Jays just might be able to pull off a comeback. However, the Buckeyes had other plans. Ohio State stepped on the gas once again in the final quarter of play and went on a 4-2 run to end the game and secure a very convincing 14-8 victory to open the season.
Kirst Boys Live Up to The Hype in Rutgers Debut
The Kirst Boys have arrived at Rutgers. Goalie Colin and midfielder Connor transferred to their father’s alma mater over the offseason, and while only one game into the season, they have lived up to every bit of the hype they received this summer.
Connor put up seven points (3G/4A) to lead the Scarlet Knights on the offensive end and Colin recorded 15 saves with a .625% save percentage to anchor a Rutgers defense that accomplished a goal nobody has since 2018: holding Penn State to single digits. Additionally, Jon Dugenio went 11-for-23 (47%) in his Rutgers debut at the faceoff dot.
TJ Malone led Penn State with five points (3G/2A) while Dylan Founds (2G/2A) and Dan Reaum (3G/1A) each had four points.
While both sides had gone back-and-forth all game, it was a Connor Kirst goal with just two seconds left in the third that really moved the needle in Rutgers’ favor. Kieran Mullins followed up with a goal early in fourth before Mac O’Keefe answered with his first and only goal of the game for Penn State. Adam Charalambides scored two of the Scarlet Knights’ final three goals, including the final goal of the game, and Ross Scott scored the other to help them stay ahead and secure the 11-9 victory over the Nittany Lions.
Strong Second Half Effort Pushes Stony Brook Past Bryant
After an offensive filed first half that saw the two squads tied 7-7 heading into the locker room, the Stony Brook Seawolves exploded in the second half. The Seawolves’ defense held Bryant to just one goal in the final two quarters of play and put on an offensive clinic of their own.
Wayne White opened the scoring for Stony Brook to put them up 8-7 with 6:33 in the third and they never looked back. Mike McCannell followed up White’s goal with one of his own to make it 9-7 and after a Ryan Dobrzynski goal for Bryant, Dylan Pallonetti got his first goal of the game for Stony Brook to end the third with the Seawolves holding a 10-8 lead.
The Seawolves outscored the Bulldogs 7-1 in the second half and ended the game on a five-goal run that started with Pallonetti’s first and only goal of the game.
Cory Vanginhoven led Stony Brook with four points (3G/1A) while Mike McCannell had a hat trick. Wayne White (1G/2A) and Matt Anderson (2G/1A) each had three points, as well. Anthony Pamala made 16 saves in cage.
Nathan Laliberte went 18-for-26 (69%) at the faceoff dot. Logan McGovern and Bennett Abladian each had two goals to lead the Bulldogs’ offense.
Virginia Tops Loyola
After finding themselves down 4-1 at the end of the first quarter, the Virginia Cavaliers woke up. The Cavaliers started the second on a five-goal run to take a one-goal lead with 6:31 left in the half. Loyola was able to answer with two goals from Evan James late in the quarter. However, a Payton Cormier goal in between the Greyhounds only two goals of the quarter helped give Virginia a 7-6 lead heading into the half.
The two sides went back-and-forth for most of the third, but three straight from the Cavaliers, which included two from Matt Moore, put them up 12-9 heading into the final period of play. In the fourth, Loyola was able to get within one but Virginia always had an answer. Two straight from Matt Moore and Payton Cormier to end the game allowed Virginia to breakaway once and for all, securing the 15-12 victory.
Matt Moore had five goals to lead Virginia while Connor Schellenberger tallied five points (3G/2A). Petey LaSalla went 14-for-24 (58%) at the dot. Kevin Lindley had four goals to lead the Greyhounds.
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- Maryland took down Michigan in a blowout 20-9 victory. Daniel Maltz led the Terrapins with five goals. Josh Zawada had five points (4G/1A) for Michigan.
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- Behind a 12-save performance from Spencer Rees, the Navy Midshipmen took down the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers 8-5.
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