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Jan. 4, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was ranked 14th in the Face-Off Yearbook/Inside Lacrosse preseason coaches’ poll, while Buckeye senior midfielder Tom Randisi was a Face-Off Yearbook Division I Preseason All-America honorable mention choice.

Ohio State will take on eight teams ranked in the preseason in 2005, including No. 4 Navy, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 13 Duke, No. 16 Army, No. 20 Hobart, No. 21 Penn State and No. 24 Denver, as well as five teams that are receiving votes in the poll. The coaches’ poll, compiled from 56 surveys, had Johns Hopkins ranked first, followed by Syracuse, Princeton, Navy and Maryland.

The Buckeyes are coming off one of the most outstanding seasons in program history, as the squad won the outright Great Western Lacrosse League title and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, ending the season 12-4 overall.

Randisi, from Towson, Md., is a two-time All-GWLL second-team selection. He has started 43-of-44 games as a Buckeye and has 60 career points, including 43 goals. Last season, Randisi posted 20 goals and 26 points.

The Buckeyes open the season on the road at Penn State Feb. 19. The squad’s home opener is Feb. 26 against 2004 NCAA runner-up Navy at noon.

Face-Off Yearbook/Inside Lacrosse preseason coaches’ poll
1. Johns Hopkins – 1370 points (35 first place votes)
2. Syracuse – 1309 points (19 first place votes)
3. Princeton – 1207 points
4. Navy – 1195 points (2 first place votes)
5. Maryland – 1177 points
6. Georgetown – 1066 points
7. North Carolina – 1011 points
8. Virginia – 1007 points
9. Cornell – 818 points
10. Notre Dame – 746 points
11. Towson – 714 points
12. Rutgers – 634 points
13. Duke – 622 points
14. Ohio State – 604 points
15. UMass – 530 points
16. Army – 425 points
17. Loyola – 418 points
18. Penn – 387 points
19. Brown – 348 points
20. Hobart – 267 points
21. Penn State – 238 points
22. Villanova – 229 points
23. Dartmouth – 216 points
24. Denver – 209 points
25. Hofstra – 173 points
Others Receiving Votes: Albany 137, UMBC 133, Delaware 129, Harvard 100, Bucknell 77, Yale 63, Binghamton 24, Fairfield 22, Air Force 12, Stony Brook 7, Butler 5, Colgate 5, Vermont 5, Holy Cross 2, Marist 1, Quinnipiac 1