Feb. 9, 2018
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming off its eighth opening-day victory in the last 10 years, the eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team begins the home portion of its 2018 schedule with a noon showdown against No. 20 Boston University on Saturday inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The game will be streamed live on BuckeyeVision (subscription required) with former Buckeye captain Dominique Alexander on the call. Live stats will also be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Seating is limited inside WHAC and fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to guarantee a spot. 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 outscored Cleveland State 8-2 in the second half on its way to a 13-6 victory over the Vikings in the season opener at a sold out Krenzler Dome in Cleveland last Saturday.
• The Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in the USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll.
• Ohio State’s offense was spearheaded by the duo of John Kelly and Tre Leclaire, who combined for seven goals and an assist. Kelly scored twice in each half while Leclaire had a key transition goal off a feed from Ryan Terefenko as part of his first hat trick of 2018.
• In the faceoff X, sophomore Christian Feliziani and Justin Inacio keyed a third-quarter rally by winning eight of nine draws in the quarter. Overall, Feliziani was 10 of 12 while Inacio won eight of nine.
• Feliziani earned the Big Ten’s first Specialist of the Week honor for his performance on Saturday at Cleveland State.
• The Buckeyes’ defense limited Cleveland State to just five second-half shots. The group is a veteran unit comprised of seniors Erik Evans and Ben Randall along with junior Matt Borges.
• Other key midfielders include sophomore Ryan Terefenko, an All-American last season, and senior Freddy Freibott, who played in his 50th career game last Saturday.
• In the cage, senior Matthew Smidt made his third career start last weekend and stopped seven shots while allowing just two second-half goals.
• Ohio State’s ticket office already has a record number of season ticket purchases for the 2018 campaign. Single game, group, mini plan and season tickets are still available for purchase by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or the Ohio State Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS. More notables about tickets:
• Single game tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/youth/seniors, with Ohio State students admitted free with a valid BuckID.
• Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets for scheduled indoor contests against Boston University (Feb. 10) and No. 19 Hofstra (Feb. 17) as those games are expected to sell out.
• Season ticket packages include a 20 percent discount over tickets bought game-by-game, a guaranteed seat for the Buckeyes’ indoor games and easy entry on game day.
• Group tickets are $4 each for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance of the event and are not available at the door.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY
• The Terriers are 1-0 on the year following last Saturday’s 12-11 overtime victory against Providence.
• BU is in its fifth season at the Division I level and enjoyed its best-ever season in 2017, finishing 12-5 and advancing to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.
• Thirty returners are back from a year ago, including senior Jack Wilson, who was named to the preseason All-Patriot League Team.
THE HOME SLATE
• Ohio State’s 2018 home schedule includes seven games — six of which are against teams that are currently ranked in either the USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coaches Poll or Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll.
• 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.
• Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting between Ohio State and Boston University.
• The game is also the first this season between teams that are both ranked in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll.
• Ohio State has won nine consecutive home openers dating back to 2009.
• The Buckeyes own a 32-10 home record since the start of the 2013 season.
• Ohio State is 20-0 all-time in games played inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
HOW TO WATCH THE BUCKEYES
• The Buckeyes’ first two home games of the year — vs. Boston University and Hofstra — can be seen live on BuckeyeVision.
• 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).
• BTN is still finalizing its 2018 slate of men’s lacrosse broadcasts.
• Any home game that is not picked up by ESPN or BTN can be seen on BuckeyeVision.
THIS AND THAT
• Leclaire has scored at least two goals in 15 of his 22 career games.
• Senior Colin Chell is 19 points shy of 100 in his career (58G, 23A).
• In last Saturday’s win at Cleveland State, the Buckeyes’ offense produced 10 or more goals for the 15th time over the past two seasons.
• For his four-goal effort versus CSU, Kelly was named to the USILA Division I Team of the Week.
• Seven freshmen made their Scarlet and Gray debuts last weekend.
B1G PRESEASON WATCH LIST
• Three members of the Scarlet and Gray — Leclaire, Jack Jasinski and Ben Randall — were named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch List.
• In a vote of league coaches, Ohio State was picked second in the preseason poll.
IN THE RANKINGS
• A total of five Big Ten teams appear in the USILA/Nike Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll with three in the top 10 (No. 2 Maryland, No. 7 Rutgers, No. 8 Ohio State).
• The Big Ten’s five ranked teams are the most of any conference in the country.
• Ohio State’s roster represents 15 different states and provinces of Canada, making it one of the most diverse in college lacrosse.
• Eight players on this year’s roster hail from Ohio and five of them are local central Ohio products.
• Three Buckeyes are from Massachusetts: redshirt sophomore attack Lukas Buckley (Walpole, Mass.; Xaverian Brothers), sophomore goalie Josh Kirson (Newton, Mass.; The Rivers School/The Hill Academy) and defensemen Caleb Mahoney (Holliston, Mass.; The Rivers School).
THE SEASON 18
• The Buckeyes are being featured this year in a documentary entitled “The Season 18”, which will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at four prominent programs: Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse and Ohio State.
• The digital and video content series is being filmed and produced thanks to a partnership with STX and Inside Lacrosse.
• “The Season” will revolve around 10 episodes shared between the fall season in September to the conclusion of the postseason in May.
• Episodes will be posted and archived at theseason2018.com.
#PROBUCKS CONTINUE TO SHINE
• Last September’s National Lacrosse League Draft was a virtual parade of Scarlet and Gray, as four players were taken overall, including three with the first six picks. It was the first time in NLL history that one school had three of first six selections.
• The three first-round selections brings Ohio State’s total over the last 10 years to eight, which is tied for the most of any program nationally.
• The Buckeyes have produced nine first-round NLL selections in program history. They also have the distinctions of having players taken No. 1 overall (Logan Schuss), No. 2 (Withers), No. 3 (Jesse King), No. 5 (Shanks) and No. 6 (Fannell).
• Withers has started out his rookie campaign in Rochester with a bang, winning 83 of 126 faceoffs (.658) with a team-high 53 groundballs.
• Logan Schuss is second on Vancouver’s team with 36 total points on 19 goals and 17 assists.
• Jesse King, in his third year with the Georgia Swam, has 20 points on 12 goals and eight assists in six games.