May 31, 2017
Athletes of the Week
Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase, Women’s tennis
- The duo claimed the programs first NCAA Championship on Monday against Alabama. The pair finished the season with an outstanding mark of 23-1. For Kowase, she finishes her career with 213 singles and doubles victories and is just the second Buckeye with more than 100 singles and more than 100 doubles victories.
Tre Leclaire, Men’s lacrosse
- Leclaire, only a freshman, ended the season with a team-best 49 goals, the third-most in a single season in program history. He was second on the squad with 65 points, ranking 12th for a Buckeye in a season. Leclaire was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.
- On Thursday, Ohio State’s Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase pulled-off a comeback victory over the seeded team from host Georgia of Caroline Brinson and Ellen Perez on Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championship. The Buckeye pair fell behind an early break in the first but rallied to even the set at 5-5. Brinson and Perez then won the next two games to take the opening set 7-5. In the second, Di Lorenzo and Kowase won the first three games and would roll to a 6-1 victory, forcing a super-breaker to decide the match. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the breaker and would hold that edge throughout, winning the tiebreak 10-6.
- On Friday, The Buckeye doubles team of Di Lorenzo and Kowase won their round of 16 match on Friday at the NCAA Doubles Championship and in the process, earned All-America honors. Di Lorenzo and Kowase grabbed the only break of the first set and won the first 6-4 over the Auburn pair of Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo. They found similar success in the second, taking that set 6-3 and punched their ticket to the quarterfinals.
- Against Kentucky in the Elite Eight, Di Lorenzo and Kowase won the first three games of the match and would break the Wildcats in their first three service games to take a 5-1 lead. After a hold, they were broken at 5-3 but the Buckeyes broke yet again to win 6-4. In the second, the serving side held in the first three games before the Buckeyes went up a break at 3-1. The Wildcats broke back on a good deuce point to make it 3-2 but the Buckeyes again broke to go up 4-2. The next three games were all won by the receiving team before Adachi and Sutjiadi finally held to even the set at 5-5. Di Lorenzo and Kowase won a crucial deuce point to hold serve and go up 6-5 and then broke the Wildcats once again, this time on love, to win the set and match 7-5.
- Facing No. 34-ranked Maya Jansen and Maegan Manesse of Cal, the Buckeyes were broken to start and after a Cal hold were down 2-0. The Buckeyes then took control, winning the next six games to take the first set, 6-2. The teams held through the first six games of the second set. Ohio State won on the deuce point to go ahead 4-3, broke in the next game and held to win the match, 6-2, 6-3.
- In the championship match, the Buckeyes dropped the opening set to the No. 5 ranked team of Maddie Pothoff and Erin Routliffe of Alabama but rallied to win the second 6-4 and then took the upper hand midway through the super breaker and clinched the title with a 10-7 victory.
No. 2 Men’s Lacrosse (16-5)
- The Buckeyes registered an 11-10 win over Towson on Saturday to secure the program’s first appearance in the national championship game.
- 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 at 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.
- Ohio State dropped the national title game to Maryland, 9-6 on Monday. The Buckeyes concluded the season with a program-record 16 wins and the first NCAA semifinal and title game appearances in program history.
- In addition to the NCAA Tournament, a record six members of the team were selected in the Major League Lacrosse Draft on Sunday. Three Buckeyes – Johnny Pearson, Tyler Pfister and JT Blubaugh – were drafted by the Ohio Machine, the Atlanta Blaze picked Jake Withers, Tom Carey was drafted by the Denver Outlaws and Eric Fannell was a selection of the Rochester Rattlers.
No. 5 Women’s Rowing
- Ohio State scored 106 points at the NCAA Championships over the weekend in West Windsor, N.J., to earn a fifth-place finish at the national regatta. It marks the 11th time in the past 18 trips by the Buckeyes that they have finished fifth or better.
- The First Varsity Four registered the highest finish of the three Ohio State boats with a third-place showing. The 2V8 placed fourth and the 1V8 finished seventh overall.
Track and Field
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
- June 7-10 – NCAA Championships – Women’s/Men’s Track and Field – Eugene, Ore.