February 3, 2020

2020 Season Starts Tuesday vs. Detroit Mercy


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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.

Parking Advisory

  • 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
Time:7 p.m.
Venue: Woody Hayes Athletic Center; Columbus, Ohio
Watch:BTN Plus
Live Stats:OhioStateStats.com
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.
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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.

Ohio State is 24-0 all-time in games inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center

History vs. Detroit Mercy

  • Tuesday’s game will be the 10th all-time between Ohio State and Detroit Mercy with the last coming in 2018, a 7-6 Ohio State victory in Pontiac, Mich.
  • All nine of the games have come in the last 11 years, as they played five times between 2009-13 and then once annually between 2015-18.
  • The Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time against Detroit in Columbus with all of those wins coming inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Scouting the Titans

  • The Titans are 1-0 following a season-opening 15-14 come-from-behind win at Jacksonville on Saturday.
  • Last season, Detroit was 8-7 overall and qualified for the MAAC Tournament, falling 10-9 to Quinnipiac in the semifinals. It was the Titans second consecutive winning season.
  • Head coach Chris Kolon is in his 12th season at Detroit and sixth as head coach. His 2013 squad won the MAAC Tournament and faced Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Detroit’s leading goal scorer from a year ago, Seth Mendell, returns for his senior season. He led the MAAC and was 28th nationally with 2.64 goals per game last season.

More on the 2020 Schedule

  • Ohio State’s 2020 opponents had a combined record of 116-85 a year ago (.577) and an average RPI of 22.2.
  • The Buckeyes’ opponents combined 2019 winning percentage is tied for seventh-best nationally and the overall average RPI is fifth.
  • Five opponents finished with a final RPI in the top 15 and four of them played in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Nine of the Buckeyes’ 13 opponents had a .500 or better record in 2019.

Preseason All-America Honors

  • Inside Lacrosse announced its 2020 preseason All-America teams and two Ohio State Buckeyes – Ryan Terefenko and Justin Inacio – appear on the lists.
  • Terefenko is a first-team choice at short stick defensive midfield while Inacio is an honorable mention selection at face-off.
  • Terefenko and Inacio are two of 14 players from Big Ten schools who earned preseason All-American honors, the second most of any conference.
  • Terefenko is coming off a junior season in which he was a second team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). He had 36 ground balls, four goals, four assists and two caused turnovers.
  • Inacio earned Big Ten co-Specialist of the Years honors last season after he led the Big Ten in face-off win percentage (.637), ground balls (120) and ground balls per game (10.00).
  • A junior and honorable mention USILA All-American in 2019, Inacio has won 311 of 496 career face-offs.
  • Inside Lacrosse also announced its pre-season All-Big Ten team. Buckeyes on that squad were Terefenko, Inacio and senior LSM Jeff Henrick, who started all 12 games last season at close defense. He had 17 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Two Buckeyes Seeking a First

  • Seniors Tre Leclaire and Ryan Terefenko are seeking to become the first four-time All-Americans in Buckeye lacrosse history.
  • Leclaire has a third-team All-American as a freshman and honorable mention each of the last two years. Terefenko earned honorable mention honors in 2017, third team in 2018 and second team last spring.
  • The program’s only other three-time All-Americans were also produced during the 12-year tenure of head coach Nick Myers.
  • Logan Schuss, Ohio State’s second all-time leading scorer with 237 points, earned honorable mention honors in 2010, third team accolades in 2012 and was a second-team selection in 2013.
  • Jesse King, who was two years young than Schuss and graduated in 2015, is fourth all-time in points with 208 and was an All-American in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Ohio State All-Time Leading Goal Scorers
Logan Schuss1472010-13
Joel Dalgarno1262006-09
Terry Gilmore1231976-79
Jesse King1192012-15
Tre Leclaire1092017-pres.

Red, White, Blue and Scarlet

  • A trio of freshmen – Connor Mitchell, Grant Mitchell and Jacob Snyder – are among the 24 players on the latest U.S. men’s U19 roster.
  • The current roster will need to be reduced by just one player before it’s finalized for the 2020 World Lacrosse U19 World Championships, which take place July 9-18 in Limerick, Ireland.
  • Ohio State’s Nick Myers is the head coach of the U19 squad for his second stint – in 2016, he led the United States to gold at the World Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
  • In June of 2020, the U.S. team will have a training camp at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md. and then a short training camp in early July before heading to Ireland for the World Championships.

A Note On The Captains

  • Ryan Terefenko and Jeff Henrick are beginning their second seasons as team captains and it makes the first time in 20 years – since 2000 – that Ohio State returns multiple captains from the previous season.
  • In the fall, the Buckeyes added a third captain: senior Lukas Buckley.
  • Terefenko, Buckley and Henrick have combined to play in 141 career games. They are three of Ohio State’s four active players with 40 or games of career experience (Tre Leclaire, with 47 games played, is the other).

Buckeyes Debut New Podcast

  • There’s a new way to learn about all things Buckeye lacrosse this spring – the Buckeye Lacrosse Podcast.
  • Hosted by 2013 captain and All-American Dominique Alexander, this weekly show will feature insights not just on what happens on the field, but also the many aspects of the program off the field that makes it unique.
  • Listeners can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. Episodes will also be uploaded to the podcast’s homepage at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Off the Field Success

  • 42 of Ohio State’s 49 players – that’s 86 percent of the roster and the most-ever in program history – finished the fall semester with a 3.0 or better grade-point average.
  • The freshmen class completed their first college semester with another impressive number: 13 of the 15 student-athletes had a 3.0 or better GPA and three of them – Grant Mitchell, Connor Mitchell and Jake Snyder – had perfect 4.0s.
  • Ohio State’s fall semester grade-point average was a 3.25. The Buckeyes have had over a 3.20 team GPA for seven consecutive semesters.
  • During the fall semester, student-athletes spent well over 220 hours of community service doing things such as reading with 2nd and 7 Foundation, arts and crafts nights with patients at Nationwide Children’s, activities with residents at Heinzerling Foundation, served meals to the homeless at the Columbus Dream Center.
  • The Outside the Crease program brought in speakers from various companies and fields to provide the young men with the necessary tools to be successful after lacrosse. Topics ranged from mental health to financial wellness, interview preparation and execution and building a brand to resume and career workshops.