March 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 4 Ohio State hits the road for the second consecutive weekend when it makes the top north to Detroit, Mich. for two games over three days at the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. The Buckeyes are slated to take on No. 18 Marquette on Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m. before taking on host Detroit Mercy on Sunday at 2 p.m.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State is 4-0 on the year after last Sunday’s 12-11 come-from-behind victory at Jacksonville punctuated by Tre Leclaire‘s three goals – two coming in the fourth quarter and then the game-winner in overtime.
• Eleven different players have multiple points so far this season for an offense that is averaging 12.25 goals per game.
• Leclaire leads the way with 15 points on 11 goals and four assists. Jackson Reid – a freshman – and John Kelly – a senior – are both second in scoring with eight points.
• The Buckeyes are among the national leaders in ground balls thanks to face-off unit that is winning 60 percent of the draws it takes and an experienced close defensive unit led by senior Erik Evans, Ben Randall and Matt Borges.
• In the face-off X, the tandem of Christian Feliziani and Justin Inacio are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the Big Ten, respectively, in face-off win percentage.
• On the wings, Freddy Freibott and Logan Maccani have combined to pick up 26 ground balls. Freibott is tops among all Big Ten non-face-off specialists in ground balls.
• Goalie Matthew Smidt has played all 242 minutes in the cage this year with a 8.17 goals-against average, .529 save percentage and 43 stops. He has nine or more saves in each of the last three games.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• Marquette, ranked No. 18 in this week’s USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coach’s Poll, is 2-0 this season with wins coming against Jacksonville and Detroit.
• The Golden Eagles are led offensively by the tandem of freshman Anthony Orsini (six goals, two assists) and junior John Wagner (five goals, three assists).
• In goal, Cole Blazer has a 7.84 goals-against average, .444 save percentage and 12 stops in nearly 115 minutes of action.
• Marquette won the Big East Tournament championship last spring with a 10-9 victory over Providence and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was the program’s second conference title in as many years.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
• Detroit comes into the weekend with a 1-3 record after a 13-6 loss on Feb. 24 to Marquette.
• The Titans’ leading scorer is Brett Erskine, who has a team-high six goals and three assists for nine points. Matthew Vangalen checks in with four goals and four assists for eight points.
• Logan Shamblin has played all 240 minutes this season in goal and has an 11.21 GAA, .444 save percentage and 36 stops.
HISTORY AGAINST THE GOLDEN EAGLES AND TITANS
• Ohio State owns a 4-1 record all-time against Marquette. The two teams have met every years since 2013 and last year, the Buckeyes picked up a 12-6 win over Marquette in Milwaukee at the Midwest Lacrosse Classic.
• The Buckeyes are 7-1 all-time against Detroit and this season the two teams will be meeting for the fourth consecutive year.
GAME NO. 900
• Friday’s game will be the 900th in program history. Ohio State has an all-time record of 481-413-5.
IN THE RANKINGS
• The Buckeyes remained No. 4 in this week’s USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coaches Poll and check in at No. 5 in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll.
• Starting with Friday’s contest, six of the final 10 games are against ranked opponents.
BEST 25-GAME STRETCH
• Ohio State is 20-5 since the start of last season, the best 25-game stretch since going 18-7 between 1978 and 1979. The best 25-game stretch in program history was in 1966 through 1967 when the Buckeyes went 22-3.
THIS AND THAT
• Ohio State is 8-4 over the past two season in road or neutral site games.
• Leclaire has scored at least one goal in 11 consecutive games and multiple points in 18 of 25 career games.
• Thirteen different players have scored goals thus far for the Buckeyes.
PRODUCTION AT BOTH ENDS
• Ohio State has scored 11 goals or more in 10 of the last 14 games, dating back to last season.
• Defensively, the Buckeyes have allowed nine or fewer goals in 16 of the last 25 games.
• Bo Lori, Logan Maccani, Ryan Terefenko, Freddy Freibott and Jeff Henrick have combined for 42 ground balls and nine caused turnovers while also contributing five goals and four assists.
• Ohio State leads the Big Ten in shooting percentage at .392 and ranks No. 6 nationally in the category. It’s also fourth nationally in No. 1 in the Big Ten in clearing percentage (.951).
• Feliziani is 18th nationally in face-off win percentage (.600).
• The Buckeyes are ranked in the top 25 nationally in both scoring offense (12.25 goals/game) and scoring defense (8.25 goals/game).