Dec. 8, 2015
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the second season of Big Ten lacrosse, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will play host to nine games, highlighted by a nonconference battle with NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame and three Big Ten home games. The Scarlet and Gray will face off against all four 2015 NCAA Final Four teams, hosting the Irish and traveling to national champion Denver, Johns Hopkins and Maryland.
“Again this year, we have a schedule that will challenge our team each week,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It is a very competitive nonconference schedule and will prepare us well for tough Big Ten matchups. We are grateful for our outstanding facilities and look forward to two early games inside Woody Hayes before heading outdoors to The Shoe.”
Ohio State, which is ranked No. 13 in the Faceoff Yearbook preseason rankings, has six teams ranked in the preseason Top 20 on its schedule – No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Denver, No. 4 Maryland, No. 6 Johns Hopkins, No. 16 Marquette and No. 19 Towson.
Single game tickets for all home games (excluding the Showdown in the Shoe vs. Michigan) are $8 for adults and $5 for students/youth/seniors, with Ohio State students admitted free with a valid BuckID. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are available for $4 each when purchased prior to game day. Tickets for the Showdown in the Shoe doubleheader with the Buckeye football spring game are $5 each and $4.50 each for groups of 50 or more, with all tickets general admission.
Group tickets are now on sale, with season tickets, mini plans and the power pair going on sale Dec. 15. The power pair includes tickets to both games inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, guaranteeing a spot. Space is limited inside WHAC and games are expected to sell out prior to game day. Individual game tickets will be available starting Dec. 29.
For information or to purchase group or season tickets, fans can call 1-800-GO BUCKS (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu. More information is also available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets.
The Buckeyes open their season on the road Feb. 6 against Furman. The matchup marks the first time Ohio State will face off against the Southern Conference school. Ohio State will then open its home slate Feb. 13 against Detroit. The game, to be played inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, will be the seventh in the series, with Ohio State leading 5-1. The following weekend, Ohio State travels to Amherst, Mass., to take on Massachusetts of the Colonial Athletic Association Feb. 20. UMass won the first three games between the teams, with the last a 12-11 overtime victory in 2014 in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Scarlet and Gray will then open up a three game homestand, beginning against UMBC of America East Feb. 27. Ohio State will take on UMBC for the ninth time, with UMBC leading the series 6-2, including an overtime win in 2009 in the last game between the teams. The game is slated to be played inside WHAC.
The following weekend, the Buckeyes will play host to the second Midwest Lacrosse Classic, which includes four Midwest teams from four different conferences, includes a doubleheader each day and will be played in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes will take on Marquette of the Big East March 4 and Bellarmine of the Atlantic Sun Conference March 6. Marquette knocked off Ohio State in 2015, 10-9 in Louisville in the inaugural Midwest Lacrosse Classic hosted by Bellarmine. The Buckeyes have won eight of their nine matchups with Bellarmine in the series’ history, the latest coming a year ago, 8-7. The other games are Detroit vs. Bellarmine on day one and Marquette vs. Detroit on day two.
Next up, Ohio State will travel to Hempstead, N.Y., to take on Hofstra, a member of the CAA, March 12. Having dropped their previous three in the series, the Buckeyes knocked off the Pride in Columbus last year 9-8. The defending CAA champion Towson Tigers travel to Columbus March 15. Ohio State leads the series with the Tigers 5-2, with the last matchup a 7-6 Buckeye road victory last year.
Denver, the defending NCAA champion and a member of the Big East, will play host to the Buckeyes March 19 to mark the 25th time the schools have met. A year ago, the squads faced off twice, a 13-11 win for Ohio State in Columbus and a 15-13 victory for Denver in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Notre Dame of the ACC and Penn State of the Big Ten will travel to Columbus March 26 and April 3, respectively. The Irish, a 2015 NCAA semifinalist, lead the all-time season series against the Buckeyes, including a win in South Bend last season.
The matchup against Penn State marks the first Big Ten Conference game for Ohio State and also will open Creator’s Trophy play, a competition between the first three Big Ten Conference schools to sponsor men’s lacrosse (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan). In 2015, the Scarlet and Gray traveled to University Park, Pa., and knocked off the Nittany Lions, 10-8, their fourth win in the last six games between the teams.
The following weekend Ohio State will travel to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins, a 2015 NCAA semifinalist. Ohio State defeated the Blue Jays at home 15-12 during the regular season last year, but fell to Hopkins 13-6 in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game in College Park, Md.
The 2016 edition of the Showdown in the Shoe is slated for April 16 and features the Buckeyes taking on Michigan in a Big Ten game. The matchup closes out Creator’s Trophy play for the Buckeyes, who won the title in 2015 and 2013. Ohio State has taken all four matchups against the Wolverines since 2012, when Michigan joined Division I.
A game on the road April 24 against the Maryland Terrapins, the 2015 NCAA runner up, follows for Ohio State. Ohio State won its first game in the series last season, downing the Terps on their home field in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, 9-6.
On the final weekend of Big Ten play, Rutgers will travel to Columbus April 30 to take on the Buckeyes. It will be the first game between the teams in Columbus since 1998 and the eighth matchup vs. the Scarlet Knights in Ohio State history, with RU claiming the first B1G game between the teams last season.
Johns Hopkins will play host to the B1G Tournament, with the top four teams in the standings earning a spot to play in Baltimore. The semifinals will be held May 5 and the championship May 7. The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.