Around the Oval: Men's Lacrosse Shocks Maryland, Yoder Finishes Third at NCAAs, Buckeyes Host Jesse Owens Classic

By Harry Wexner on April 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Men's Lacrosse Celebrates
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

Ohio State excellence is not exclusive to the football field or basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you informed about the amazing achievements of the other 34 varsity teams on campus.

Men's Lacrosse Topples First-Ranked Maryland

The men's lacrosse team had a day to remember on Sunday. In one fell swoop, the squad took down the nations top team for the second year in a row, and the senior class became the winningest group in program history with 42 victories. Moreover, coach Nick Myers notched his 92nd career win, tying Joe Bresch for the most wins of any Ohio State head coach. 

Ohio State started the game at Maryland with three unanswered goals. Maryland, however, answered with three unanswered goals of their own to tie the score 3-3. With only seconds left in the opening quarter, Maryland native Colin Chell scored his third goal to put the Buckeyes up 4-3. 

Maryland scored two unanswered goals early in the second period, but Ohio State recovered to tie the contest at six going into halftime. 

Mirroring the first half, Ohio State scored three-straight goals in third quarter only to have Maryland score three unanswered goals of their own. 

In the fourth quarter, Ohio State retook the lead. This time, however, the Buckeye defense clamped down and refused to let Maryland back into contention. 

When the dust settled, Ohio State secured a 12-10 victory against the top team in the nation. 

The Buckeyes were led by Chell, who scored four times and added an additional assist against his home-state rival, and Jack Jasinski, who contributed two goals and five assists. Freshman goalie Josh Kirson stopped nine shots, seven of which came in the critical moments of the second half. 

After the game, coach Myers said: "The significance of these seniors setting the record for most wins by any senior class is very special to us. This something we're going to enjoy - I'm proud of the way they handled this week. It was a long one and they did a great job navigating it. Hopefully we can build on it going into Rutgers at home next Saturday."

Yoder and Melton Shine in Men's Gymnastics

Junior gymnast Alec Yoder finished third in the all-around at NCAA Finals in Chicago Saturday night. Scoring 82.63, Yoder garnered All-American honors. Senior Sean Melton, who scored 81.498, was also named an All-American. 

Ohio State's strong showing at NCAA Championships follows the Collegiate Gymnastics Association banquet, where both Melton and Yoder brought home top honors. 

Melton was named the 2018 Nissen-Emery Award winner Thursday night. The award, considered the sport's highest honor, is presented to the outstanding senior gymnast of the year. Melton is the fifth Ohio State gymnast to earn the award. He is also a nine-time All-American and seven-time Big Ten champion. 

Yoder was named CGA Pommel Horse Event Specialist of the Year and CGA MVP. Yoder is a five-time All-American. 

Buckeyes Host 33rd Annual Jesse Owens Classic

The Ohio State track and field team hosted the Jesse Owens Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday and Saturday. In addition to hosting, the team recorded a crushingly strong performance. 

The first Ohio State title of the event went to Christine Frederick, who ran a personal best to win the 5000-meter race. 

On the second day of competition, Dajuan Seward and Mikaela Siebert claimed victories respectively for the Buckeyes in the men's and women's triple jump.

Ohio State swept the men's 100 meter dash and claimed first in the women's race. Senior Zack Bazile won both the 100 meter dash and the long jump. He also contributed to the victorious 4x100 team. 

In field events, Buckeye Cole Gorski edged teammate Coty Cobb in the pole vault with 5.27 meters to Cobb's 5.12 meters. Nick Demaline claimed gold in shot put with a throw of 18.65 meters. Teammate Max Siepel took bronze. 

Finally, the Buckeyes claimed victory in all four relay events: the women's and men's 4x100 and 4x400 races.

Other Scores and News

  • Men's tennis claimed the Big Ten Championship outright. The team went undefeated in Big Ten regular season play. For more Eleven Warriors coverage, click here
  • Men's volleyball captured the MIVA Tournament championship and, with it, an NCAA Tournament bid. For more Eleven Warriors coverage, click here.
  • Women's golf tied for fourth in the Big Ten Tournament. 
  • Softball defeated Michigan State with a 6-5 comeback win to claim a weekend sweep. 
  • Baseball captured a series versus eighth-ranked Indiana.
  • Women's tennis fell to twelfth-ranked Northwestern in team's season finale.
  • Women's rowing continued a stellar season with an unbeaten 14 races versus Duke and Notre Dame. 
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