COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State and Michigan will write another chapter of their rivalry inside Ohio Stadium on Friday night as the Buckeyes and Wolverines tangle. Opening face-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on BTN with Mike Monaco and Mark Dixon on the call.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
– Ohio State is 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten following last week’s hard-fought 13-10 setback at No. 4 Johns Hopkins.
– One of the bright spots in last week’s contest was the strong play of freshman Justin Inacio in the face-off X. Inacio won 19-of-27 draws against Hopkins — many against Hunter Moreland, who came into the game winning over 60 percent on the year. The 19 face-off wins were the most-ever by a Buckeye freshman and the second most in single-game program history.
– Ohio State’s offense saw seven different players score last week, led by a hat trick from sophomore Tre Leclaire. The Surrey, British Columbia native leads the Buckeyes in every offensive category, including goals (20), assists (10), shots (71) and EMO goals (three).
– Freshman Jackson Reid had two goals and an assist last week to bring his season point total to 17 (14G, 3A). He has at least one point in seven straight games.
– The other two players who have already reached double digit goals so far this season are junior Jack Jasinski (12) and senior John Kelly (10).
– Freshman Omari DeBerry saw his first extended action last week and chipped in his first two points on the season with a goal and an assist. In total, 17 different players have at least one goal while 16 have at least one assist.
– The close defensive unit of junior Matt Borges and seniors Erik Evans and Ben Randall have started 32 consecutive games together. All three of them have at least eight caused turnovers and 17 ground balls.
– A large reason why the Buckeyes have won nearly 55 percent of their face-offs this year has been the wing play of Freddy Freibott (team-high 31 ground balls), Logan Maccani (18 ground balls, seven caused turnovers, one goal, two assists) and Ryan Terefenko (28 ground balls, five caused turnovers, four goals, three assists).
– Redshirt freshman Josh Kirson has started each of the last three games in goal and made a total of 32 saves.
SOME MORE NOTES FOR FRIDAY
– Gate 5 will be open for fans looking to purchase tickets, pass lists and will call.
– Gate 7 will be open at 5 p.m. for the lacrosse alumni group only.
– Gate 14 will be open for fans who already have tickets in hand.
– Tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new date and time. Fans who are not able to attend the rescheduled date may obtain a refund at point of purchase.
– Or, an unused ticket will be honored at any remaining men’s lacrosse or baseball game this season. After Friday night, the Buckeyes have one remaining home game inside Ohio Stadium: Saturday, April 28 versus No. 8 Rutgers at 4 p.m.
HONORING THE PAST
– The Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse program will welcome back a record number of alumni this weekend to celebrate its considerable history and tradition.
– In addition to in-game recognitions that will honor some of the Buckeyes’ best teams, the program also plans to host alums for a dinner on Friday evening prior to the game versus Michigan.
– Michigan comes to Columbus with a 7-4 mark (0-2 Big Ten) following last Sunday’s 16-8 loss at No. 8 Rutgers.
– The Wolverines’ one-two punch on offense consists of junior Brent Noseworthy (34G, 6A) and freshman Kevin Mack (17G, 19A). Ale Buckanavage (16G, 10A) and Decker Curran (15G, 8A) are the two other Wolverines that are north of the 20 point last this season for an offense that averages 10.73 goals per game.
– Connor Cronin is 94 of 173 in the face-off X (.543) and teammate Michael McDonnell is 37 of 72 (.513).
– After starting the season 2-2, Michigan won five straight games — including a win at then-No. 4 Notre Dame — to enter the national rankings for the first time in program history.
HISTORY WITH THE WOLVERINES
– Since Michigan became a Division I program in 2012, the Buckeyes are 6-0 against the Maze and Blue.
– Last year in Ann Arbor, Ohio State jumped out to a 7-1 first quarter lead and never looked back in an 18-7 victory. Tre Leclaire had three goals and a career-high five assists to pace the offense.
– The last time the two teams met in Columbus, Trevor Hodgins scored three times in a 10-7 victory in front of a Spring Game crowd of 24,581.
THE CREATOR’S TROPHY
– The game Friday is part of the competition for the Creator’s Trophy, an annual traveling award among the first three Big Ten member schools that sponsored men’s lacrosse (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan) that was established in 2012. The trophy is awarded when a team is 2-0 against the other schools; on years the teams are all 1-1, the trophy is not awarded.
– The Buckeyes won the Creator’s Trophy in 2013 and `15, while Penn State claimed the inaugural title and the 2014, ’16 and `17 trophies.
– Penn State won the first Creator’s Trophy game of this season with a 12-4 win over Ohio State. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines will face off April 28 in State College.
– Eight of Ohio State’s 10 goals scored last week came from either freshmen or sophomores.
– Two of those tallies from by Jackson Reid, who is currently third among all Big Ten freshmen in goals with 14.
– On three occasions, a pair of freshmen connected to put points on the board for the Scarlet and Gray: Inacio to Reid (10:07 first quarter) Reid to Smith (1:04 first quarter) and DeBerry to Reid (1:07 second quarter).
– Inacio is No. 1 among Big Ten freshmen in face-off wins (74) and win percentage (.540).
– 106 of Ohio State’s 149 total points have been scored by underclassmen this year (71 percent).
THIS AND THAT
– Leclaire is just five points from reaching 100 in his career. He’s on pace to be the second fastest Buckeye to reach that milestone.
– Ohio State’s game this week is its sixth on national television with two more to come — at Maryland (ESPNU) and home vs. Rutgers (BTN). The eight national TV appearances are as many as any program in the country.
– The Buckeyes have played five one-goal games and three contests that were decided in overtime.
– This past Monday, a program-record 36 players were honored as OSU Scholar-Athletes. That numbers represents 80 percent of the total roster.
– The Autumn 2017 semester GPA of 3.32 is the team’s highest since Ohio State moved from quarters to semesters in 2012 and it’s the fifth straight semester the Buckeyes achieved a GPA higher than the previous semester.
– Ohio State is the only team in the country that has faced or will face the No. 1, No. 2 and no. 4-ranked teams in this week’s Inside Lacrosse all on the road.