Buckeyes Dominated In Home Opener Vs Rutgers As Defensive Struggles Continue

A total of 58 shots on offense is very telling for how and why No. 9 Rutgers (2-0) beat No. 6 Ohio State (1-1) 22-12 in the Buckeyes’ home opener on Saturday. The Rutgers offense looked spot on and continued where they picked up from last week after a big win over Penn State. 

Adam Charalambides of Rutgers was the high goal scorer of today’s matchup as he was able to net 5 goals and had 1 assist on the day. The New Jersey natives for the Scarlet Knights Connor Kirst and Shane Knobloch each had 4 goals. Offensive firepower was the main attention grabber in today’s victory. 

On the Ohio State side, defensively the Buckeyes did not play well and had their goalie issues also. Skylar Wulhand struggled today in goal as he faced almost 60 shots. On the offensive side, the Buckeyes had 19 turnovers which resulted in many fast breaks for the Scarlet Knights and they were able to capitalize on those mistakes. 

The Buckeyes midfielder Griffin Hughes had a career-high with 5 goals in today’s game. Also, preseason All-American attackman Tre Leclaire netted 3 goals as his other All-American teammate Ryan Terefenko left with an injury in the second half. 

Ohio State head coach Nick Meyers spoke to the media after the game: 

  • Grateful to be out there this week due to the pandemic, Meyers told the guys that they are going to be there for moments like this 
  • Credits Rutgers and they are very deserving for the win
  • Skylar saw almost 60 shots and wanted to give him a breather and gave Alec a shot at the end of the half
  • Rutgers outplayed them in every part and they need to get back to work
  • Turnovers were costly and that 3rd quarter was the main issue for them

The Star

Rutgers attackman Adam Charalambides was pretty spectacular today as he had 5 goals and was able to rip some corner shots on Skylar Wulhand. Whether he was setting picks to allow for his teammates to find the net or had a few nice dodges that freed him up, Charalambides was excellent today for Rutgers. He is currently 10th all-time in Rutgers scoring history and has the opportunity to move up into the top 5 by the end of the season if he keeps having consistent performances.  

Defensive Issues

Starting goalie Skylar Wulhand was not having an easy day for the Buckeyes as it seemed like a lot of miscommunication was going on between him and his defense. There were multiple missed slides where the defense didn’t step up and allowed for wide-open goals at certain points for Rutgers. Wulhand was pulled for the last two minutes of the first half for Alec Van de Bovenkamp and then was put right back in at the beginning of the third quarter. The third quarter was poorly played by the Buckeyes as they were outscored 7-1. 

The Big Ten is filled with Top 25 teams this year, which will make like very difficult for the Buckeyes. They head next to State College, PA to face off against the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions next Saturday. Rutgers heads back to New Jersey to take on Michigan next Saturday.