March 12, 2019

Buckeye Lacrosse Notebook: vs. Denver

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COLUMBUS – Ohio Stadium hosts a top-10 match-up on Saturday as eighth-ranked Ohio State welcomes 10th-ranked Denver to town for a 1 p.m. face-off. Prior to the game, the Buckeyes will hold their annual Senior Day and honor eight student-athletes who have left a lasting legacy for the program both on and off the field.

Ohio State vs. Denver: Tale of the Tape
Ohio StateStatDenver
6-0Record4-2
No. 8USILA RankingNo. 10
13.83Goals Per Game11.67
9.33Opponent Goals Per Game8.00
.392Shot Percentage.290
.316Man-Up Offense.231
.655Man-Down Defense.739
33.3Ground Balls Per Game33.0
.600Face-off Percentage.543
Ohio State Buckeyes

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
• Ohio State ranks in the top 15 nationally in four major statistical categories – scoring offense (11th – 13.83 goals/game), scoring defense (13th – 9.33 goals/game), face-off percentage (11th – .600) and shooting percentage (third – .392). The Buckeyes are one of just two teams in the country to be ranked in the top 15 in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
• Goalie Josh Kirson is among the top ten in two key stats – save percentage (fourth – .593) and goals-against average (eighth – 8.76).
Jack Myers’ 4.80 points per game is the most among freshmen nationally. The next highest is Brendan Nichtern (Army), who is averaging 4.33 ponts/game.
Tre Leclaire is 11th in the country and second in the Big Ten with an average of 3.33 goals per game.
• Ohio State has scored 11 or more goals in all six games thus far. Its 83 goals is ahead of the six-game pace it was on in 2017 when it broke the program’s single-season goal record.
Justin Inacio’s 88 face-off wins are the ninth most in the country.
Matt Borges has at least three ground balls and one caused turnover in five consecutive games.

HISTORY AGAINST THE PIONEERS
• The Buckeyes and Pioneers have one of the longest-running non-conference series’ in program history, having met 27 times previously. Ohio State leads the series, 15-12, with an 8-3 edge in Columbus.
• The two teams have met every season since 1997.
• Ohio State and Denver were conference members together in the Great Western Lacrosse League and ECAC. They’ve also played once before in the ECAC Tournament Championship Game (a 11-10 Ohio State victory on May 4, 2013) and once in the NCAA Quarterfinals (a 15-13 Denver victory on May 16, 2015).
• The Buckeyes have won the last two meetings between the two teams at Ohio Stadium – a 16-7 win over the then-No. 1 Pioneers in 2017 and a 13-11 triumph in 2015.

WINNING WAYS
• Saturday’s game will match two of the winningest teams in Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2015 season.
• In the last four-plus seasons, Denver ranks No. 2 nationally with 60 wins while Ohio State is tied for sixth with 49 victories.
• Denver’s .800 winning percentage since 2015 is second-best nationally and Ohio State’s .644 is No. 10.



RECAPPING LAST WEEK’S WIN
Tre Leclaire
scored four goals while freshman Jack Myers added six points (three goals, three assists) to lead a well-balanced offense that scored 10 times over a 23-minute span to build a 14-4 fourth-quarter lead. Jackson Reid, coming off a career-high five goals last week, scored twice and added an assist while Jack Jasinski, Johnny Wiseman, Nick Musci and Justin Inacio all found the back of the net. In all, seven different players scored and 10 finished with at least one point.

Defensively, the Buckeyes once again won the ground ball battle, 30-28, and held the Pride scoreless for nearly 28 minutes. Sophomore goalie Josh Kirson made 12 saves, his fifth double-figure save performance in the first six games.

SENIOR CLASS CANDIDATES

Ohio State’s two senior captains – defenseman Matt Borges and midfielder Logan Maccani – have been selected as candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced. Ohio State is one of just five schools nationally to have multiple Senior CLASS Award candidates.

Borges has started 42 consecutive games at close defense for the Scarlet and Gray and is the team’s active career leader with 93 ground balls. Already a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honoree this year, Borges also had 29 career caused turnovers to his credit. In the community, he’s been involved with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, Ronald McDonald’s House Charities of Central Ohio and “Grow the Game” initiatives with local high school physical education teachers and lacrosse coaches.

Like Borges, Maccani – a defensive midfielder – has played in every game since 2016 (57 in all) and has 70 career ground balls. He and Borges have helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in goals-against average the last two seasons. Off the field, Maccani is among the most active members in the community. He’s read to second grades as part of the 2nd and 7 Foundation, worked with the Upper Arlington Youth Lacrosse Clinic and volunteered with Slice of Columbus, an event in downtown Columbus that raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.