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Upset City: Ohio State Lacrosse Over Denver Photos

Ohio State Lacrosse is the mayor of Upset City right now after taking down Denver 13-11 in the Horseshoe on Saturday. OSU was in very few Top 20 polls, but was sitting pretty at 5-2 when the Pioneers came into town for Senior night. After besting Denver by two goals, OSU wasn’t just sitting pretty, they had to be regarded as a top level team, right?

So why did I rank them so low in my Top 20 Media Poll? Heck, even I still can’t figure that one out. Keep winning OSU and you will climb quickly! OSU is 5-0 at home, so if they only played at home, this would likely happen for sure. That was a joke. But their win over Denver was not.

Ohio State Lacrosse Tops Denver!

Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti


This was a tight game throughout, and while the game was tied 8 times, things looked to be going in Denver’s favor early in the fourth quarter, when the Pioneers went up 11-9 just seven seconds in to the final frame. Trevor Baptiste got his second of the game with that marker, but it would prove to be Denver’s last goal, whereas OSU would run off four goals to claim the victory.


Tom Carey made 11 saves in the win, and only had to make two stops in the final quarter. facing three shots on cage. The OSU defense and possession game was largely to credit here as Denver just couldn’t get a lot going in the final frame after their early goal. Overall, the OSU defense also did a great job on Connor Cannizzaro, limiting him to 1 goal on 9 shots. Erik Adamson had four goals for Denver (on 5 shots), while Wes Berg had two goals (also on 9 shots) and two assists.

Ohio State was led by Tyler Pfister’s 3 goals and assist. Jesse King also managed four points on 2 and 2, and scored on 50% of his shots. Carter Brown had two goals to go with an assist and Colin Chell also added two goals of his own. 8 of OSU’s 13 goals were assisted and nine players registered at least one point on the day.


Denver held the edge in ground balls, shots, and face offs, and neither team registered a conversion on a man up chance. At the end of the day OSU buried the shots they needed to and got a great defensive fourth quarter from their whole team to top the #3 Denver Pioneers 13-11 at home.