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Feb. 18, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-0, 0-0 B1G) will take on Massachusetts (0-1, 0-0 CAA) at noon Saturday at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass.

Follow Along

  • The game between the Buckeyes and Minutemen will be streamed online through UMass All-Access for free. 
  • Gametracker live stats will be available for the contest on the Buckeyes’ website.
  • The links for both video and statistics 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.

Up Next – Buckeyes host UMBC in The Shoe

  • Next week, the Buckeyes will host UMBC at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in Ohio Stadium. Note the game time, date and location have been changed from earlier schedules.
  • ESPNU will televise the matchup from Columbus. 
  • Tickets with the original date and time will be valid to enter the rescheduled game. Guests unable to attend because of the date and time change may seek a refund from the original point of purchase.

In the Polls

  • This week, Ohio State holds down the No. 11 spot in the USILA coaches poll and in the Cascade/Maverik media Top 20. In the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine rankings, Ohio State is No. 12.

Buckeyes vs. Minutemen

  • Ohio State and Massachusetts have met three times, with the Minutemen winning the first three games. 
  • The teams last met Feb. 16, 2014 in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. UMass posted a 12-11 win in overtime. 
  • In the first two matchups, UMass topped the Buckeyes, 11-9, Feb. 26, 2011 in Amherst and posted a 9-3 win in Columbus Feb. 25, 2012.

Last Time Out – Buckeyes Post 16-5 Win over Detroit

  • With a solid all-around team effort, Ohio State defeated Detroit, 16-5, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center Saturday to open its home schedule.
  • The Buckeyes led 4-1 after the first quarter and held a 7-3 advantage at halftime on the strength of three goals in the final 3:21 of the first half. The Buckeyes outscored Detroit 3-1 in the third for a 10-6 advantage and then pulled away in the fourth, notching six goals and allowing just one late score.
  • Junior JT Blubaugh led the Buckeyes with a career-high four goals, two assists and six points in the win. Juniors Eric Fannell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice, with Fannell adding an assist for a three-point day. Seniors Carter Brown and Ryan Hunter and sophomore Colin Chell each had a goal and an assist for two points. Junior Jake Withers won 14-of-17 faceoffs, leading the team with seven groundballs, and senior Tae Kim won 5-of-8 faceoffs. Goalie Tom Carey made 10 stops in the Buckeye cage.
  • The Buckeyes stayed perfect inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, improving to 17-0 all-time.

UMass Minute

  • Massachusetts opened its season with a 9-5 loss at Army last week. 
  • The Minutemen were 5-10 a season ago, with a 2-3 ledger in the CAA, but advanced to the league tournament championship game. 
  • The squad returns six starters and 26 letterwinners from that team. Among the returnees are senior close defenseman Kyle Karaska and junior midfielder Gianni Bianchin, who both were named to the 2016 Preseason All-CAA Team. 
  • UMass is joined in the Colonial Athletic Association by Delaware, Drexel, Fairfield, Hofstra and Towson.

Noting the Buckeyes
On offense …

  • Senior Carter Brown had a goal and an assist for two points against Detroit, extending his goal and point streak to 11 games. He has 23 goals, nine assists and 32 points in the stretch. Brown now has 88 goals, 48 assists and 136 points in 52 games for the Scarlet and Gray to rank 15th all-time in points. 
  • Junior JT Blubaugh had a career-high four goals, two assists and six points against the Titans. The junior leads the Buckeyes with five goals and seven assists on the year. It was his third career game with multiple goals. 
  • Junior Johnny Pearson scored twice in each of the Buckeyes’ first two games this season, the first multiple point games of his Buckeye career. He had two goals in his first 10 games with the squad combined. 
  • Junior John Kelly had his point streak ended at 10 and Austin Shanks, a junior transfer, had his goal and point streaks stopped at 25 against Detroit.
  • Freshman Noah Best had an assist vs. Detroit for his first collegiate point. Sophomore Bo Lori, a transfer from Lehigh, had his first goal for the Scarlet and Gray against the Titans and Eric Fannell, who spent two seasons at Adrian, had two goals and an assist for three points vs. Detroit, marking his first Buckeye points. Sophomore Austin Seiple posted the first goal of his career with the Scarlet and Gray Saturday. On Faceoffs … 
  • Junior Jake Withers won 14 faceoffs in each of the Buckeyes’ first two games this season. He was 14-3 vs. Detroit and picked up a game-high seven groundballs. He is tied for third in the NCAA with a .788 faceoff winning percentage and is sixth in the NCAA with 8.0 groundballs per game. 
  • Senior Tae Kim took eight faceoffs Saturday vs. Detroit, winning five. They were the first draws in his collegiate career. 
  • As a team, the Buckeyes are third in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (.750).

On Defense …

  • Ohio State is sixth nationally in team defense, allowing 6.0 goals per game through the first two games. 
  • Two long poles scored for the Buckeyes vs. Detroit – senior Chris Mahoney tallied his third career goal, while Brendan Barger notched the first goal of his Buckeye career. 
  • Redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey made a season-high 10 saves in the win over Detroit. He has a 6.09 goals-against average and .556 save percentage this season, ranking in the Top 7 nationally.
  • Ohio State is seventh nationally and first in the B1G with 10.5 caused turnovers per game. Brendan Barger leads Ohio State with four and Kacy Kapionos has three to rank second.

Brown and Haus Top 20 Senior CLASS Award Candidates

  • Buckeyes Carter Brown and Robby Haus are two of 20 candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced this week. Ohio State, which has two of the four candidates from Big Ten schools, is one of just two programs with two candidates, joining Saint Joseph’s. 
  • An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 
  • The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 
  • Brown, an attackman from Bel Air, Md., and Haus, a defenseman and native of Lutherville, Md., both were 2016 Preseason Big Ten Players to Watch and selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft in January. They will both end their careers as three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections and four-tome Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades. In 2015 Haus was a USILA Third Team All-American and Brown was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.

Ticket Talk

  • Single game, season, mini plan and group tickets for the Buckeyes’ home games are all on sale now. 
  • Single game tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets or at the stadium on game day. All mini plans and promotions must be purchased online prior to game day. 
  • The March 26 game vs. Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium is part of the #Brutus50 Bobblehead promotion. A ticket ($20) includes both a ticket to the game and a Brutus Bobblehead that is available only to fans who prepurchase a ticket and pick up the bobblehead at that game. 
  • The B1G Deal ($10) is for the Buckeyes’ Big Ten home opener vs. Penn State April 3 in Ohio Stadium. The deal includes a ticket to the game vs. the Nittany Lions, a concessions voucher and a promotional item. 
  • Group tickets are also on sale now. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are available for $4 each when purchased prior to game day. Tickets for the Showdown in the Shoe doubleheader with the Buckeye football spring game are $5 each and $4.50 each for groups of 50 or more, with all tickets general admission. Fans can call 1-800-GO BUCKS (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu to purchase group tickets. More information is also available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets. Fans interested in season tickets can call 1-800-GO BUCKS (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu. More information is also available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets. Note service fees may apply to tickets purchased online.