Nov. 2, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – During the 2017 season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is slated to host eight regular-season games in Columbus, along with the Big Ten Tournament.
“We have put together a schedule that will challenge our men, including seven NCAA teams from last year,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We have a tough nonconference slate that we think will prepare us well to compete for a Big Ten championship.”
The season starts with two scrimmages. Jan. 20, the Buckeyes will welcome Hill Academy to campus, while Ohio State will head to North Carolina for a scrimmage with Duke, a 2016 NCAA Tournament team, Jan. 28.
All four Buckeye games in February will be at home. The regular season opens Feb. 5 vs. Furman, who the Buckeyes beat on the road last season, 8-7, in the first meeting between the teams. Feb. 11 marks the annual game between Ohio State and Detroit. The Buckeyes were 16-5 winners over the Titans last season and lead the all-time series, 6-1. UMass comes to town Feb. 18, with Ohio State looking to bounce back after falling on the road to the Minutemen in 2016. The month ends with a game vs. Jacksonville Feb. 25. The Buckeyes and Dolphins met in 2013 and ’14, with Ohio State prevailing in both.
The third Midwest Lacrosse Classic, which includes four Midwest teams from four different conferences, will be hosted by Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis., March 3 and 5. Ohio State will take on the host Golden Eagles, a 2016 NCAA team, on the first day, before a game vs. Bellarmine on day two. Ohio State topped both teams last year when it hosted the Classic.
March 11 Ohio State will host Cleveland State, which is in its first season as a Division I program. After a game at Towson March 14, the Buckeyes will face Denver March 19. Both the Tigers and Pioneers qualified for the NCAA Tournament a season ago, with Towson reaching the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes were clipped by Towson in overtime in 2016 and fell on the road at Denver in the 25th game between the teams. The Buckeyes’ final nonconference game is March 25 at Notre Dame, a 2016 NCAA Tournament participant. The Buckeyes fell to the Irish, 9-8, in Columbus last year.
This marks the third season of Big Ten lacrosse and the regular season ends with five consecutive conference games for the Buckeyes, with two in Columbus.
Ohio State travels to Penn State April 2 to open league play. The Buckeyes won the inaugural Big Ten game against the Nittany Lions in 2015 and have won four of the last seven games between the teams.
Johns Hopkins, a 2016 NCAA qualifier, comes to Columbus April 9. The Buckeyes downed the Blue Jays in the first game between the teams as conference foes but fell on the road to Johns Hopkins, 13-12, a season ago.
A road game at Michigan follows April 15. Ohio State has won all five games between the teams since the Wolverines moved to Division I in 2012, including a 10-7 victory last year. On April 22 the Buckeyes will welcome Maryland, the 2016 NCAA runner-up, to Columbus. The Terps won the first two regular season B1G games between the teams, with Ohio State topping Maryland in the 2015 conference tournament semifinals.
The regular season ends with a game at Rutgers April 29. The teams split the first two conference matchups, as Ohio State posted a 12-10 win in Ohio Stadium last year.
Again this season Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan will compete for the Creator’s Trophy, a competition between the first three Big Ten Conference schools to sponsor men’s lacrosse. The traveling trophy is only awarded when one team is 2-0 vs. the other schools. Penn State is the defending champion, while Ohio State won in 2015 and 2013.
The Big Ten Tournament is slated for May 4 and 6 and will be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The top four teams in the final conference standings earn a berth into the tournament.
This year the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes will not host the traditional Showdown in The Shoe, a doubleheader with the Buckeye football team spring game. Because of the fixed Big Ten lacrosse home and away schedule, the men’s lacrosse team will be playing on the road the weekend of the spring football game in 2017.
Single game tickets for all regular season home games 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.
Group tickets are now on sale, with single game tickets, season tickets and mini plans going on sale at a later date.
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.