Sept. 1, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The run that the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has enjoyed over the last three years – highlighted by two NCAA quarterfinal appearances along with the program’s first-ever trip to the Final Four and NCAA Championship Game – puts the Buckeyes in an elite category nationwide.
With 35 wins since the start of the 2015 season, Ohio State is seventh among 70 teams nationwide in total victories. That win total ranks as second in the Big Ten and is the second most over a three-year period in school history.
Ohio State’s run of success coincides with the inception of Big Ten lacrosse, which has been amongst the strongest leagues nationwide. The Buckeyes have a winning conference record in two of the last three years and have beaten every team in the league at least once. They own multiple wins over Johns Hopkins (three), Michigan (three) and Maryland (two). The conference has sent at least one team to the Final Four in each of the last three seasons and had multiple squads there in 2015 and 2017. The success culminated in 2017 with a Big Ten vs. Big Ten national championship game.
The Scarlet and Gray have also piled up an impressive amount of wins over top-ranked teams: On its way to winning a school-record 16 games in 2017, the Buckeyes knocked off seven ranked teams and had 10 wins over opponents that finished with a RPI of No. 10 or better. Ohio State finished with a final RPI of No. 2 – its best in program history – and had a strength of schedule ranking of No. 5.
In 2015, a year that saw Ohio State win 12 games and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals, the Buckeyes had a final RPI of No. 12 and boasted four wins over RPI top-10 teams. In all, the Buckeyes have 14 wins over ranked teams over the past three years.