Feb. 16, 2018
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A two-game homestand inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for Ohio State concludes on Saturday when the sixth-ranked Buckeyes host Hofstra beginning at noon. The game can be seen live on BuckeyeVision (subscription required) with former Ohio State captain JT Blubaugh on the call. Live stats will also be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Single-game tickets for Saturday have sold out. Parking is free in designated lots around the facility. Construction is ongoing around the facility and entry for Buckeye home games is different in years past. CLICK HERE for a gameday parking map.
MORE ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State ran its record to 21-0 all-time at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with a 15-9 victory last Saturday over Boston University.
• The Buckeyes scored the game’s first eight goals and jumped out to a 10-1 halftime advantage.
• A balanced offensive effort was led by Tre Leclaire (3G, 1A) and Jackson Reid (4G). In all, Ohio State saw nine different players score goals and seven dish out assists.
• On Tuesday, Reid was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. It was the second consecutive week that a Buckeye took home weekly conference honors, following Christian Feliziani winning the Specialist of the Week on Feb. 5.
• Nine players have multiple points so far this season. Leclaire leads with six goals and two assists for eight points while senior John Kelly had five goals, two assists and seven points.
• Ohio State’s defense – led by seniors Erik Evans and Ben Randall and junior Matt Borges along with senior goalie Matthew Smidt – held the Terriers scoreless for the first 20 minutes of the game. Smidt finished with a career-high 15 saves. He’s played all 120 minutes in goal thus far with a .595 save percentage, 7.50-goals against average and 22 stops.
• In the face-off X, the duo of Feliziani and Justin Inacio are winning nearly 70 percent of draws this season. Feliziani is 19 of 28 while Inacio is 15 of 19.
• Helping the Buckeyes control play in the face-off X have been Ryan Terefenko (four ground balls, two assists), Freddy Freibott (nine ground balls, one caused turnover), and Logan Maccani (six ground balls, two caused turnovers).
IN THE POLLS
• Ohio State moved up two spots this week in the USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coaches Poll to No. 6. The Buckeyes are also No. 6 in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll, up one spot from last week.
• Hofstra is receiving votes in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls.
• The Pride will be making their 2018 debut on Saturday. They finished 11-3 last season, falling in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament to UMass.
• Hofstra’s leading returning scorer is sophomore Ryan Tierney, who was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2017 after scoring 31 goals and handing out 16 assists.
• Senior Jack Concannon returns in goal. He was a second-team USILA All-American last season with a .571 save percentage and 8.56 goals-against average.
OHIO STATE/HOFSTRA HISTORY
• The Buckeyes and Pride have meet five times previously with the first match-up coming in 1955. Other games occurred in 1987, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
• In 2015, Jesse King scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 7:27 to play in the fourth quarter as the Buckeyes edged Hofstra 9-8 at Ohio Stadium. King scored four goals on the afternoon while goalie Tom Carey made 13 saves.
• In the first two games, three freshman have registered at least one point: Jackson Reid (5G, 1A, six points), JT Bugliosi (1G, 1A, two points) and Colby Smith (1G, one point).
• Eleven freshmen have played so far this season.
• Inacio is No. 1 nationally among freshmen in face-off winning percentage (taking a minimum of 35 percent of team’s face-offs) at .789.
• Nearly half of Ohio State’s 42 total points have been scored by either freshmen or sophomores.
THIS AND THAT
• Ohio State’s 38 wins over the last three years ranks eighth best nationally and is the second-most of any Big Ten program.
• Leclaire has scored at least two goals in 15 of his 23 career games.
• Ohio State ranks fourth nationally with 39 ground balls per game.
• The Buckeyes’ offense has produced 10 goals or more 16 times over the last two seasons and currently ranks 10th nationally in scoring offense (14.0 goals/game).
• In goal, Smidt ranks ninth nationally in save percentage (.595) and 13th in saves per game (11.0).
• Chell is 19 points shy of 100 in his career.
• Leclaire needs 27 more points to reach 100 in his career (55G, 18A).
• Freibott is 19 ground balls away from 100 in his 51-game career.
• Erik Evans will be making his 44th consecutive start on Saturday.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
• Quint Kessenich, ESPN and Inside Lacrosse: “I was able to watch a half hour of practice on Wednesday. Coach Nick Myers runs a high energy, high repetition, technically sound and strategically-planned practice. It is very impressive. If you are a high school or club coach, you need to get to Columbus and watch them operate. All the details matter. Nobody walks. The standards of operation are ideal. No doubt, the Buckeyes are a well-coached team with assistants Brad Ross and Travis Crane supporting.”
• Marisa Ingemi, US Lacrosse Magazine: “After last year’s national championship trip, Ohio State lost a lot of key pieces. But behind Tre Leclaire, now a sophomore, and the rest of the returning offense, the Buckeyes look like a team that can make another run.”
THE HOME SLATE
• Ohio State’s 2018 home schedule includes seven games — four of which are against teams that are currently ranked in either the USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coaches Poll or Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll.
• The Buckeyes are 33-10 at home since the start of the 2013 season.
• Like in past years, the Buckeyes will also play in The `Shoe prior to the Ohio State football spring game. This season, the game comes on April 14 against Michigan, beginning at 11 a.m.
• Last year, Ohio State was 10-1 overall at home and undefeated at both the Woody Hayes Athletic Center (3-0) and Ohio Stadium (6-0). Since they began playing early-season games at the WHAC in 2009, the Buckeyes are 21-0 indoors.
HOW TO WATCH THE BUCKEYES
• This week’s game can be seen live on BuckeyeVision (subscription required).
• For the second straight week, an Ohio State alum and captain will be one of the broadcasters. JT Blubaugh wrapped up his college career last May and played in a program-record 69 games. He was recently taken by the Ohio Machine in the MLL Supplemental Draft.
• Ohio State is slated for four appearances on ESPNU this season: vs. Notre Dame (March 25), Penn State (March 31), Johns Hopkins (April 7) and Maryland (April 22).
• With seven regular season contests on either ESPNU or BTN, the Buckeyes are set to appear on national television as many times as any program in the country.