No. 19 Ohio St. Flies by Marquette in Golden Eagles' First Game

COLUMBUS, Ohio No. 19 Ohio State improved to 3-0 on the season, defeating Marquette, 18-8, Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center in front of sold-out crowd of 866. Buckeye freshman Carter Brown had a team-high four goals, three assists and seven points as Ohio State handed the Golden Eagles a loss in their first game as a Division I program.

Jesse King added a hat trick and three assists to Brown's point total to help fuel the offensive output produced by a total of 10 Buckeyes who found the back of the net.

Ohio State led 3-2 after the first quarter. Turner Evans put the Buckeyes on the board at 10:31, followed by a goal from Adam Trombley at 9:02. Evans extended the lead to 3-0 at 8:01. The Golden Eagles then scored twice in the final 1:30 to draw within one, with Bryan Dadolato scoring at 1:30 and Kyle Whitlow adding a goal with 43 seconds remaining. Shots were 9-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter and Marquette goalie JJ Sagl had five saves.

The Buckeyes outscored Marquette, 7-3, in the second quarter, with Brown recording five points in the stanza. King scored unassisted at 13:54 and Dan Wertz gave the Buckeyes a 5-2 lead at 12:31, assisted by Reegan Comault. After a Marquette goal at 11:51, Brown scored, assisted by Wertz, at 8:14 and then set up King for a man-up tally at 5:57. Tyler Melnyk scored for MU at 4:34 before Ohio State went on a three-goal run to take a six-goal lead (10-4).

Ohio State converted twice on a two-minute non-penalty, with Schuss scoring, assisted by Brown, at 3:37 and King setting up Brown at 2:29. Brown scored his third goal of the quarter at 1:45 unassisted. Badolato ended the Buckeyes' run with 43 seconds left in the quarter to send the teams into the lockerroom with the Buckeyes leading, 10-5. Ohio State outshot Marquette, 14-19, in the stanza.

Ohio State outscored the Golden Eagles, 8-3, in the second half, with four goals in each quarter. Brown netted his fourth of the game 1:54 into the third quarter, tallying man-up on an assist from King. Schuss set up senior Nick Liddil for a goal at 12:18 to push the Buckeye lead to 12-5. After a Marquette goal from Connor Berman at 8:23, King found Tyler Pfister 1:06 later and King closed the scoring in the quarter with 2:55 remaining to give the Buckeyes a 14-6 advantage after the third.

Ohio State scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to take a 12-goal lead. Planning scored twice in 27 seconds, tallying unassisted at 11:37 and then converting man-up, assisted by brown, at 11:10. Nick Dieger scored at 10:19 and Pfister netted the last goal for the Buckeyes at 9:42. The Golden Eagles had the last two goals, scoring at 8:56 and man-up at 4:49. Shots were 8-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the quarter.

The Buckeyes outshot Marquette, 40-27. Buckeye starter Greg Dutton played the first 49:41 and made two saves, allowing six goals. Scott Spencer was in for the final 10:19 and had two saves on four shots. For Marquette, Sagl made nine saves in 50:18 and Matt Barone played the final 9:42 and faced no shots on goal.

Ohio State was 5 for 6 on man-up chances in the period and Marquette was 1 for 3. The Buckeyes finished with just over half of the faceoff wins, taking 16 of 30. Trey Wilkes took 21 of them, earning 13 and finishing the contest with six groundballs.

The Buckeyes return to action against eighth-ranked Penn State at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in University Park, Pa. The Nittany Lions are 2-0 on the season and hosting No. 3 Notre Dame Sunday. Penn State is up one game in the Creator's Cup race, a three-way contest between the Lions, Buckeyes and Michigan, after defeating the Wolverines last weekend.

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