Below is today’s Big Board with all of today’s results, box scores, and winning team recaps. Clicking on any box score will take you to that game’s box score. Clicking on the recap cell will take you to that team’s recap. The Rutgers recap is not up yet but I will update this post as soon as it goes live.
Ohio State vs. Towson: A tight defensive affair ended with an OSU win over top-10 Towson. The game was scoreless through the first 12 minutes of the game before Ohio State was able to put up 2 goals to end the quarter. The game didn’t see much scoring after that until the 4th quarter. Towson went into halftime down 3-1 and was able to tie the game up in the 3rd quarter thanks to goals from Ryan Drenner and Tyler Konen. With the game tied at 3 after 3 quarters it appeared as if this one was destined for overtime. However that was as close as the Tigers would get as Ohio State was able to add on 3 more goals in the 4th quarter for the final 6-3 score.
Ohio State was led in scoring by Jack Jasinski who had 1 goal and 1 assist. Jasinski’s lone assist was the only assist of the game for OSU. The real star of the game for Ohio State was senior Jake Withers. Withers won 11-of-13 faceoffs, and was a perfect 3 for 3 in the first quarter and 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter. Goalie Tom Carey also had a very good game with 8 saves and only 3 goals allowed.
Rutgers vs. Princeton: The Rutgers train keeps on rolling! The Scarlet Knights are now 7-0 and got their first win over Princeton since 2005. RU’s star freshman Kieran Mullins led the team in goals scored with 4, while junior Jules Heningburg led the team in total points with 7 (2 Gs & 5 As). Rutgers jumped all over the Tigers early by scoring 5 goals in both the 1st & 2nd, and went into halftime with a comfortable 10-6 lead. Princeton made it a game in the second half and even got as close as 11-10 with 11 minutes left in the 4th quarter. However the Scarlet Knights put the pedal down in the final 10 minutes by scoring 5 more goals in the 4th quarter to pull away 16-11.
While Princeton was able to stay close with Rutgers, the Tigers were outplayed in nearly every single category on the stat sheet. Rutgers had more ground balls, less turnovers, more shots, won more faceoffs, and had a much better clearing game. No matter how close Princeton got, Rutgers was able to do just a little more to pull away. Directly below is a good example of what I’m talking about: Princeton’s down two, Edelmann makes a big save on a Sims on one end, the quick outlet leads to a fast-break going the other way, Heningburg stuffs it in to put Rutgers up 3. These Knights are really fast.
Towson vs. Ohio State Highlights.
Captain Nadelen, Josh Miller and Ryan Drenner speak with the media postgame.
All smiles in Picsataway!!
pRoud winners of the Meistrell Cup! pic.twitter.com/lM2NBKesev— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) March 16, 2017
OSU’s Jake Withers chats about his big game.