UMass Outlasts No. 14 Ohio State in Thrilling Overtime Win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Nick Mariano scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left in overtime to give UMass men's lacrosse an 12-11 victory over No. 14 Ohio State at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday evening. Mariano tallied four times in the game while Matt Whippen joined Mariano in earning a hat trick with three goals.

Jeff George score twice while Ryan Izzo, Connor Mooney and Andrew Sokol each earned a goal. Izzo and Whippen added an assist apiece while Grant Consoletti also helped out on another tally.

Joe Calvello won 19 of 27 faceoffs and scooped up a career-high 13 groundballs while Zach Oliveri stopped 13 Ohio State shots, including two during overtime to help seal the win.

Carter Brown, Reegan Comeault and Adam Trombley totaled three goals each for the Buckeyes. Turner Evans led all players with six points earned through a goal and five assists. Greg Dutton notched nine saves in net for Ohio State.

For his final goal of the day, Mariano sprinted from behind the net around the right post from 10 yards away and fired by Dutton into the left side as the UMass bench erupted into celebration with 7.9 seconds remaining on the EverBank Stadium scoreboard. His four tallies on the night give Mariano a team-leading six goals on the season through two contests.

Oliveri provided back-to-back saves prior to Mariano's goal to keep Ohio State from pulling off the comeback. After the Buckeyes earned the only faceoff taken during overtime on a violation by Calvello, Comeault followed with a shot at Oliveri with two minutes, 59 seconds left in the period. Oliveri was able to deflect the try away from the net, but Adam Trombley scooped up the loose ball for OSU to retain possession at the 2:51 mark.

Eleven seconds later, Trombley fired a chance of his own at Oliveri, but the redshirt-sophomore goalie was able to block it in front for the final stop of his 13-save performance.

To force overtime, Ohio State netted four goals in the final quarter of regulation after they entered the fourth trailing UMass, 8-7.

George used his second of the day to push the Minutemen lead to 9-7 only 56 seconds into the last frame of regulation and Mariano secured his hat trick only one minute, 40 seconds further into the stanza to give the Minutemen a 10-7 advantage.

Ohio State responded with two tallies of their own to turn the three-goal UMass lead into a 10-9 margin with 7:18 left on the clock as Trombley netted both conversions for the Buckeyes.

After Izzo recorded his only goal at the 6:20 mark to extend UMass' hold to 11-9, Trombley added his third straight tally for Ohio State with 4:29 to play before Comeault evened the game at 11 with 2:38 remaining in regulation.

Prior to Izzo, George and Mariano spearheading the offensive effort in the fourth and overtime, Whippen set the tone for the Minutemen with a goal in each of the opening three quarters.

For his first tally, Whippen dodged to his right by an Ohio State defender from the left side of the field, shifted toward the middle and fired a shot inside the far post to put UMass up, 1-0 only one minute, 58 seconds into competition.

The Minutemen doubled their lead as Mariano sprinted from X around the left post and employed a jump-shot as he turned to face the goal at the 3:36 mark of the first.

OSU rallied with back-to-back goals to even the game at 2-2, including one with 34 seconds remaining in the first quarter from Comeault that put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard. David Planning had the tying one only 58 seconds into the second quarter

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