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College Crosse Roundup: Ohio State Rips Apart Top-Ranked Denver; Colgate Wins Over Siena

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NCAA Lacrosse: Quarterfinals - Denver University Pioneers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s make things crazier in the world of college lacrosse. #1 goes down, and nobody knows who’s good anymore. We’re gonna have another new #1 this week!

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.

College Crosse Scoreboard For March 19, 2017

Box Score Game Recap Next Game
Box Score Game Recap Next Game
Colgate 16, Siena 11 Colgate Recap Colgate (3-4): @ Cornell (3/21); Siena (0-8): @ Monmouth (3/25)
Ohio State 16, Denver 7 Ohio State Recap Ohio State (9-0): @ Notre Dame (3/25); Denver (5-2): @ Towson (3/25)

Game Recaps

Ohio State 16, Denver 7: Well what we saw was unbelievable. The nine goal margin might look nice for Denver, but they scored the game’s final three goals and it was really bad the entire game for Bill Tierney’s squad. Underrated freshman Tre Leclaire led the way with a game-high five goals and two assists on six shots on goal, while seniors Eric Fannell and Johnny Pearson each recorded hat-tricks, with Fannell also dishing out four assists. Tom Carey was solid in goal with 11 saves made, while junior defenseman Ben Russell shut down Denver’s Connor Cannizzaro all game, picking up three ground balls and causing two turnovers. Ohio State as a team caused seven turnovers in the game from Denver’s total of 10.

Denver’s day wasn’t good at all. After Tyler Pace tied the game at one with 12:28 left in the opening quarter, the Pioneers didn’t score until there was 2:54 left in the third quarter on a Cannizzaro man-down goal. That’s a span of 39:34 of game time without a goal, and the Buckeyes rattled off 10 unanswered goals during that span. Austin French and Ethan Walker had goals, and Trevor Baptiste got the slight edge over Jake Withers, but nearly everything about Denver today was bad. After an impressive game against Notre Dame last week, the team’s first road game of the season was horrendous.

The Buckeyes have another tough test against Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday, while Denver travels to Maryland to take on Towson in a rematch of last year’s NCAA First Round game, which the Tigers defeated the Pioneers.

Colgate 16, Siena 11: The Raiders used a seven-goal first quarter run to keep the Saints winless in 2017. Colgate was led by Sam Cleveland’s four goals and two assists, with Anthony Abbadessa recording a career-high five assists on the day. Chase Wittich and freshman Nicky Petkevich also recorded hat-tricks. Collin Orr went 22-of-30 from the face-off X, with goaltender Brandon Burke stopping 11 shots.

The Saints were spearheaded by three goal performances from Mike Reilly and Jon-Michael Tokar. Siena had only three turnovers in the game (one unforced) and caused six on defense, but starting goaltender Aaron Lewis recorded only five saves in the game. He returned after being the backup to freshman Gage Ponsetti for the last two games. The team cut the Raider lead to 10-8 late in the third, but Colgate ended up outscoring Siena 6-3 for the remainder of the game.

The Raiders have a Tuesday game against Upstate rival Cornell in Ithaca, while Siena begins MAAC conference play against Monmouth.

Attachments

Here’s Ohio State’s next opponent:

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What’s Next

No Monday games, but we do have 10 games on tap for Tuesday, including Bucknell-Villanova, Harvard-BU, and a Long Island darby between Stony Brook and Hofstra.