Feb. 24, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-1, 0-0 B1G) heads to Ohio Stadium for the first time this season when it hosts UMBC (0-1, 0-0 America East) at 5 p.m. Friday.
Note the game has been changed from earlier schedules. Tickets with the original date and time will be valid to enter the game Friday. Guests unable to attend because of the date and time change may seek a refund from the original point of purchase.
Fans should allow extra time to find parking around Ohio Stadium Friday. Lacrosse fans are encouraged to park in the Lane Avenue, Tuttle Park and Northwest garages. A parking map is available HERE.
On the day of the game, tickets may be purchased at Gate 5 of Ohio Stadium. Will call and pass list tickets will also be available at Gate 5. Fans who already have their tickets can enter through Gate 16. Tickets can be prepurchased at the Ohio State ticket office or through Ticketmaster.
– The game Friday will be televised by ESPNU and available through WatchESPN online and for mobile devices, kicking off the network’s college lacrosse coverage this season. Eamon McAnaney and Quint Kessenich will be on the call.
– Gametracker live stats will be available for the contest on the Buckeyes’ website.
– The links for both WatchESPN and live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
– In addition, the men’s lacrosse gameday page is updated prior to each game with available video, audio and stats links: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday2016.
– Ingame updates will also be on the Buckeyes’ Twitter feed at @OhioState_MLAX.
Eyes on the Buckeyes – TV Schedule Released
• This season, at least eight Buckeye games are slated to be nationally televised (including all five B1G contests), beginning with today’s game vs. UMBC. BTN will televise home contests vs. Towson March 15, Michigan April 16 and Rutgers April 30 and a road game at Maryland April 24. ESPNU will televise the home game vs. Penn State April 3 and the game at Johns Hopkins April 9. Fox College Sports will carry the Buckeyes’ game at Denver March 19.
• BTN will carry the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, with the tournament final shown live on ESPNU.
Buckeye Bullet Points
– Ohio State is 2-1 this season, with a road win at Furman and home victory over Detroit before a loss at UMass last week.
– The team is averaging 11.0 goals a game and allowing 9.33 a contest. The Buckeyes have attempted 38.3 shots per game, holding opponents to 27.0 an outing.
– Juniors JT Blubaugh and John Kelly lead the squad with seven points each. Blubaugh shares the team goal scoring lead with junior Eric Fannell, followed by Kelly and junior Johnny Pearson with four each. Kelly and junior Austin Shanks are first on the team with three assists each. Fannell is third on the team with six points and senior Carter Brown (3g, 2a) is fourth with five points.
– Junior Jake Withers has won 40-of-60 (.667) faceoffs and has a team-best 25 groundballs. Senior Chris Mahoney is first with five caused turnovers, followed by sophomore Brendan Barger with four. Tom Carey has started all three games in goal.
Buckeyes vs. Retrievers
– Ohio State and UMBC have met eight times, with six of the matchups since 2003. The Retrievers hold a 6-2 ledger in games between the teams. Five of the eight games have been decided in overtime and six of the first eight were in Baltimore.
– The Buckeyes are looking to end a three-game losing streak to the Retrievers. UMBC won 9-8 in overtime March 21, 2009, in the last meeting between the teams. The squads last met in Columbus March 22, 2008, a 12-11 UMBC victory in double overtime.
– The series started in 1992, a 14-13 UMBC win in triple overtime.
Midwest Classic Up Next
– Next week, Ohio Stadium will play host to the Midwest Lacrosse Classic, which includes four games featuring teams from four conferences: Ohio State (Big Ten), Detroit (MAAC), Marquette (Big East) and Bellarmine (Southern).
– March 4, Bellarmine and Detroit will meet at 3 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. contest between Ohio State and Marquette. March 6, the Golden Eagles and Titans will face off at noon, with the Buckeyes and Knights meeting at 3 p.m.
– This is the second edition of the classic, which was hosted by Bellarmine last season.
– UMBC opened its 2016 slate with a 7-5 loss at home to Richmond last Saturday. In the game, goalie Connor Gordon made 12 saves and attackman Max Maxwell had a goal and an assist to lead the Retrievers.
– The squad’s season opener was set for Feb. 13 vs. Johns Hopkins but was delayed because of weather and will now be played March 30.
– The Retrievers were 5-8 last season and 1-5 in America East play. Five starters and 25 letterwinners return from that squad.
– UMBC is joined in America East by Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Stony Brook and Vermont.
Haus named to Tewaaraton Watch List
– Defenseman Robby Haus was one of 50 players named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch list, which was released earlier this week.
– The senior was a 2015 USILA Third Team All-American and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten choice. He has played in – and started – 53 games for the Buckeyes and has 107 groundballs and 39 caused turnovers.
Complete notes in the PDF above