May 5, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5/7-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (13-3, 3-2/t-2nd B1G) will take on No. 1 ranked Maryland (11-3, 4-1/1st B1G) in the championship game of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winner receives the Big Ten’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 3 seed and No. 9/10-ranked Johns Hopkins, 15-13, Thursday in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, top seed Maryland beat No. 4 seed and No. 8-ranked Penn State, 8-6.
The final will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go online and for mobile devices for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
Live stats and periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX, are also available.
B1G Tourney Details
Single session tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for youth and seniors and $1 for college students and children 2 and under.
Parking for the tournament is available for free in the Gray Lots around the stadium.
— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) May 6, 2017
• The Buckeyes will be making their second appearance in the Big Ten Tournament final.
• Ohio State competed in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in College Park, Md., in 2015. The No. 3 seed Buckeyes rallied for a win over No. 2 Maryland in the semifinals, 9-6, before losing to top seed Johns Hopkins, 13-8, in the final.
• Ohio State has qualified for its league postseason tournament all but one year a tournament has been held during the tenure of head coach Nick Myers (GWLL – 2008, ‘09; ECAC – 2011, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14; B1G – 2015, ‘17).
• The Buckeyes claimed the ECAC Tournament in 2013, winning against Loyola and Denver to capture the first postseason title in program history.
• Ohio State last hosted a conference tournament in 2014, welcoming the ECAC Tournament to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes lost to eventual tournament champion Air Force in the semifinals of that tourney.
In the Semifinals
• Ohio State defeated Johns Hopkins, 15-13, Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. It was the Buckeyes’ second win over the Blue Jays this season.
• Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the game and was ahead 5-2 after the first quarter. The lead stretched to 9-3 at 3:56 of the second quarter and Ohio State carried a 10-5 advantage into halftime. The Buckeyes scored two of the first three goals in the second half for a 12-6 advantage but the Blue Jays went on a four-goal run, with three in the final 3:11 of the third quarter, to make it a two-goal game for the first time since the first stanza. Ohio State scored back-to-back for a 14-10 advantage at 11:28 of the fourth quarter. Hopkins scored three of the final four goals, making it a two-goal game with 1:24 remaining, but the Buckeyes held on for the win.
• Freshman Tre Leclaire had a game-high six goals in the win, while Eric Fannell had a goal and three assists for four points. Senior Tyler Pfister scored twice. Jake Withers won 20-of-31 faceoffs and picked up 11 groundballs.
Buckeyes vs. Terps
• Ohio State and Maryland have met eight times, with the Terps holding a 6-2 advantage in the series.
• The Buckeyes won the regular season meeting this year, 11-10 in overtime, in Ohio Stadium.
• Last year, the Buckeyes lost on the road to Maryland, 10-8. The Buckeyes led Maryland 4-3 after the first quarter but were outscored 7-2 over the next two quarters to trail 10-6 entering the fourth. Ohio State scored twice early in the final stanza, but the rally fell short.
• The teams’ first meeting in Columbus was in 2015, with Maryland winning 10-9 in overtime in the Showdown in The Shoe prior to the Ohio State football spring game.
Ohio State vs. Maryland in 2017
• The Buckeyes posted an 11-10 overtime win over then-No. 2 Maryland April 22 in Ohio Stadium.
• The Buckeyes trailed 7-2 late in the second quarter but went on a six-goal run, while holding Maryland scoreless for more than 23 minutes, to push ahead late in the third. The teams were tied twice in the fourth quarter, with Maryland scoring the final two goals, but the Buckeyes prevailed in overtime.
• Buckeye senior Eric Fannell had a game-high and career-best five goals, while classmate Johnny Pearson scored twice, including the overtime winner. Senior Jake Withers won 18-of-25 faceoffs and picked up a game-high 10 groundballs, with junior Freddy Freibott picking up eight groundballs. Senior Tom Carey made 10 saves in the Buckeye cage. Seniors John Kelly, Tyler Pfister and JT Blubaugh also scored, with Kelly picking up an assist.