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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 71st season of Ohio State men’s lacrosse begins on Tuesday night as No. 12 Ohio State welcomes Detroit Mercy to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for its “white out” game. The first 500 fans who arrive at The Woody will receive a free “Buckeye Lacrosse” white-out t-shirt.
For those who can’t attend, Tuesday opening will be broadcast live on BTN Plus with Brendan Gulick and former Ohio State captain Dominique Alexander on the call. BTN Plus is available through the Fox Sports app and requires a subscription.
Live stats will be available on the men’s lacrosse homepage and schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Twitter updates can be found at @OhioStateMLAX.
- Due to a concert at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday evening, heavier than usual traffic is expected.
- Lacrosse fans should park in the lot surrounding the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and Schumaker Complex and enter off of Irving Schottenstein Drive via Olentangy River Road.
|Ohio State vs. Detroit Mercy • The Basics
|Date:||February 4, 2020
|Venue: ||Woody Hayes Athletic Center; Columbus, Ohio
|Game Notes:||Ohio State | Detroit Mercy
|All-Time Series:||Ohio State leads, 8-1
|Last Meeting:||Ohio State won, 8-7, in Pontiac, Mich. (March 4, 2018)
“This team has been very coachable. We’ve got a long way to go, but I think this coaching staff has been really energized by their hunger and desire to get better.” | Head coach Nick Myers
Nine Home Games in 2020
- Tuesday’s contest vs. Detroit Mercy will be the first of nine home games for the Buckeyes in 2020.
- It is also the only game currently scheduled to be played indoors. The remaining eight home games will be played at Ohio Stadium.
- The Buckeyes will be home for the entire month of March, hosting four key non-conference games: vs. Cornell (March 1), Hofstra (March 7), Notre Dame (March 10) and Denver (March 15) prior to opening Big Ten play.
- Ohio State hosts six teams that are ranked in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Preseason Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll.
- For more information on tickets and promotions, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Buckeyes in a Nutshell
- Ohio State enters the 2020 season ranked No. 12 in both the USILA preseason coaches poll and Inside Lacrosse media poll.
- The Buckeyes welcome back eight starters, 10 of their top 11 scorers from last season, their primary face-off specialist and starting goalie.
- Head coach Nick Myers begins his 12th season guiding the Scarlet and Gray and has a 101-74 career record. Last season, he became the first coach in program history to reach 100 career wins.
- Three players who earned All-America accolades in 2019 and back for 2020, including second-team selection Ryan Terefenko at short stick defensive midfield. The other two are attacker Tre Leclaire (34G, 3A, 37 points in 2019) and Justin Inacio (Big Ten-leading .637 face-off win percentage).
- Jackson Reid, a junior, and Jack Myers, a sophomore, tied with Leclaire for the team lead in points last year with 37. Reid had 29 goals and eight assists while Myers handed out a team-high 20 assists to go with 17 goals.
- At close defense, Ohio State must replace two starters as Jeff Henrick has moved to long stick midfield. Joey Salisbury, who started eight games last year and had 13 ground balls, is the returner.
- Goalie Josh Kirson played in all 12 games last year with 11 starts as a third-year sophomore and had 120 saves with a 10.56 goals-against average and .502 save percentage. Sophomore Skylar Wahlund saw action in three games and started once.