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No. 4 Buckeyes Rally to Top Detroit Mercy, 8-7


(Freibott, OSU)

PONTIAC, Mich. - Ohio State's defense rose up in the second half and a five-goal spurt on the offensive side of the ball equaled an 8-7 victory for the No. 4 Buckeyes over Detroit Mercy on Sunday at Wisner Field in Pontiac, Mich. in the final game of the Midwest Lacrosse Classic.

Trailing 6-3 early in the third period, Ohio State scored five straight goals over a nearly 21-minute stretch in the third and fourth quarters. The scores came from five different players as the Buckeyes took their first lead of the game (7-6) on a John Kelly score and got what proved to be the winning goal at the 3:52 mark of the fourth quarter by Gale Thorpe.

Detroit Mercy cut the Ohio State lead to 8-7 with 3:17 to play, but from there Ohio State's defense controlled play. The Buckeyes won the ensuing face-off, and after UDM gained possession following a save, Erik Evans snuffed out the final Detroit Mercy opportunity when he caused a turnover with the ground ball being scooped up by Ryan Terefenko.

Head coach Nick Myers: "I'm proud of the way our men fought today. Playing three games in seven days on the road is tough and certainly made us a stronger lacrosse family. The ground ball effort by Freddy Freibott (Salesianum) and Matt Borges today was incredible and may have been the different in the game. We have a lot of work to do to be the team we aspire to be. We are 5-1 and ready to go home and play our first game at Ohio Stadium next weekend. Rest and a great week of preparation is what we need."

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