Cornell fends off Ohio State for 17-16 road win

Facing its first ranked opponent of the 2020 campaign, the No. 9 Cornell men’s lacrosse team was un-phased, defeating No. 16 Ohio State, 17-16, on Sunday afternoon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio to improve to 4-0 on the season. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-2.

Jeff Teat attacks an Ohio State defender on the way to the goal during the Cornell Big Red men's lacrosse game against Ohio State on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

In a fast-paced game with no shortage of goals, the Big Red built up a 16-10 lead over Ohio State with 12:53 remaining in the fourth quarter after a Jonathan Donville goal assisted by John Piatelli. However, Ohio State was not going to allow Cornell to walk away with an easy victory, and the Buckeyes made it interesting down the home stretch. After Donville’s goal, Ohio State scored four unanswered goals in the next six and a half minutes of play to cut Cornell’s lead to two, 16-14.

This is when Donville and Piatelli struck again, as Piatelli threaded a great pass to Donville for an even better finish, giving Cornell a 17-14 advantage with 2:50 left in the contest. The Buckeyes weren’t done yet, however, as Ohio State’s Tre Leclaire and Jack Myers each netted a goal in the final minute of the contest to bring the score to 17-16 in favor of the Big Red with 0:25 left in the game.