May 28, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will take on No. 1 Maryland for the NCAA Championship Sunday, with the Buckeyes looking for the first natinal crown in program history. The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-2 B1G) and Terps (15-3, 4-1 B1G) will meet at 1 p.m. Monday in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
ESPN2 will televise the game, with a SkyCam broadcast and the game broadcast online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN. Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will be on the call.
The game can also be heard through Westwood One radio, available on Sirius XM 84, online via westwoodonesports.com or ncaa.com or through the TuneIn mobile app. Dave Ryan, Mark Dixon and Jason Horowitz will be calling the action.
Live stats and periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX are also available.
NCAA Tourney Talk
• Ohio State earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and is making the sixth appearance in program history, including the third in five years.
• The team notched a 7-4 first round win over Loyola in Columbus, defeated Duke 16-11 in the quarterfinals in Hempstead, N.Y., and posted an 11-10 win over Towson in the semifinals in Foxborough, Mass.
• The quarterfinal and semifinal wins were the first in program history.
• The Buckeyes’ last appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2015 as an at-large selection, when it defeated Duke on the road in the first round, 16-11, before falling to eventual national champion Denver in the quarterfinals, 15-13, in Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High in Denver.
• Ohio State reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013 after earning the ECAC’s automatic berth into the field with the league’s tournament title. Ohio State was an at-large selection in 2008 (when it reached the quarterfinals for the first time) and 2003 and received the Great Western Lacrosse League’s automatic berth as the regular-season champion in 2004.
• The Buckeyes are 6-5 all-time in NCAA games, with a 5-2 mark under head coach Nick Myers.
— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) May 28, 2017
Buckeyes in the 2017 NCAA Tourney
• In the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Buckeye senior Eric Fannell has a team-best eight goals and 12 points, while Tre Leclaire is second with seven goals and eight points. Jack Jasinski and Austin Shanks each have scored four times, with Shanks tallying three man-up goals.
• Jake Withers has won 40-of-68 (.588) of his faceoffs and is first on the team with 26 groundballs.
• Tom Carey has an 8.33 goals-against average and .590 save percentage in NCAA play this year.
• As a team, the Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents 11.33-8.33 goals a game, including 12-5 in the third quarter. The man-up unit is 5-for-9 (.556) and man-down defense is 5-for-8 (.625). The team has been outshot, 43.0-29.3 shots a game, but has the edge in shooting percentage, (.386-.194).
In the B1G
• This is the third year men’s lacrosse has been a sport sponsored by the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State and Maryland are joined by Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers.
• Maryland won the 2017 Big Ten title with a 4-1 record in league games, while Ohio State, Johns Hopkins and Penn State finished tied for second with 3-2 records.
• Four Big Ten teams – No. 1 Maryland, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 6 Johns Hopkins and No. 7 Penn State – hosted NCAA First Round games.
Semifinal Recap – Ohio State 11, Towson 10
• Ohio State came back from a five-goal third-quarter deficit to top Towson, 11-10, Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the NCAA Tournament semifinals, advancing to the first national championship game in program history.
• After allowing the first goal of the game, the Buckeyes responded with a pair midway through the first 15 minutes before the Tigers answered late in the first quarter to knot the score at 2-2.
• Towson then scored five of the six second-quarter goals and used eight Buckeye turnovers to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
• The Tigers scored the first goal coming out of the half to make it an 8-3 game but Ohio State scored five of the six goals the rest of the quarter to cut the Towson lead to 9-8 after three quarters. The Buckeyes opened the fourth with a pair of quick goals by Tre Leclaire and JT Blubaugh before Johnny Pearson notched an insurance goal to put Ohio State up 11-9. Towson got one goal back with less than four minutes remaining but the Buckeyes were able to close out the one-goal victory.
• Leclaire, a freshman, had a team-high three goals and four points, while seniors Eric Fannell and Austin Shanks each had two goals and an assist for three points. Senior Jake Withers won 15-of-25 faceoffs and had a game-high 10 groundballs. Senior goalie Tom Carey had 10 saves in the Buckeye cage.
Buckeyes vs. Terps
• Ohio State and Maryland have met nine times, with the Terps holding a 7-2 advantage in the series.
• The Buckeyes won the regular season meeting this year, 11-10 in overtime, in Ohio Stadium April 22. The teams then faced off in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, a 10-9 Terp victory.
• In 2016, the Buckeyes lost on the road to Maryland, 10-8. The teams’ first meeting in Columbus (and as Big Ten foes) was in 2015, with Maryland winning 10-9 in overtime in the Showdown in The Shoe prior to the Ohio State football spring game. The teams met in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals that year, a 9-6 Buckeye win on Maryland’s home field.
• Maryland won three games against Ohio State from 1990-94, all in College Park, as well as a 2003 NCAA Tournament game in Maryland.
Championship Weekend Sunday
The Buckeyes were busy on the “off” day between the semifinals and final. The day included interviews with the ESPN crew and Westwood One radio, an autograph session during NCAA Lacrosse Fan Fest and practice at the Patriots’ indoor facility while the Division 1 women’s lacrosse championship was being played in Gillette Stadium.