The 13th-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ventures onto the road for the first time in 2019, heading east this weekend to take on Massachusetts at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday. Opening face-off is slated for 1 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE BUCKEYES
Saturday’s game will be carried live on LaxSportsNetwork.com. Travis Eldridge will handle play by play duties with Davey Emala as the color analyst.
THE BASICS ON THE BUCKEYES
|Goals Per Game||14.5|
|Opponent Goals Per Game||9.5|
|Shots Per Game||32.5|
|Opponent Shots Per Game||44.5|
|Opponent Shot Percentage||.213|
|Face Off Percentage||.564|
|USILA Coaches Poll Rank||No. 13|
|Inside Lacrosse Media Poll Rank||No. 12|
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN
• Under head coach Greg Cannella, who is in his 25th season guiding the Minutemen, UMass suffered a 12-11 overtime loss to Army in its season-opener last Saturday.
• Chris Connolly, the 2018 CAA Rookie of the Year, had seven points for UMass last week on two goals and five assists. He tied the game at the end of regulation by scoring with just one second left to force overtime. In 17 games last season, Connolly had 25 goals and 25 assists.
• Fellow attackman Gabriel Procyk scored a game-high four times and added one assist.
• UMass outshot Army 50-27 and won 21-of-25 face-offs.
• Senior goalie Sean Sconone, the 2018 CAA Championship Game MVP, returns in 2019 after earning second-team all-conference honors.
• The Minutemen started 1-4 last season but won 11 consecutive games and the CAA Tournament title to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. They fell to eventual national champion Yale in the opening round.
HISTORY AGAINST THE MINUTEMEN
• Saturday will be sixth all-time meeting between Ohio State and UMass. Two years ago, the two teams met at Ohio Stadium with the Buckeyes coming away with an 8-7 victory thanks to a fourth-quarter goal from Jeff Henrick and late save from goalie Matthew Smidt.
• Ohio State’s last trip to Amherst occurred in 2016, a 16-9 UMass victory.
• The Buckeyes and Minutemen are playing for the sixth time in the last nine years.
• Ohio State owns a 25-19 all-time record against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association.
|Ohio State vs. UMass: Tale of the Tape|
|No. 13||USILA Ranking||RV|
|14.5||Goals Per Game||11.0|
|9.5||Opponent Goals Per Game||12.0|
|34.0||Ground Balls Per Game||40.0|
OHIO STATE/UMASS CONNECTIONS
• Ohio State’s roster includes three players from Massachusetts: Lukas Buckley (Walpole, Mass / Xaverian Brothers), Josh Kirson (Newton, Mass. / The Rivers School) and Caleb Mahoney (Holliston, Mass.).
• UMass has two central Ohio natives on its roster: freshman goalie Dom Elmo (Dublin / Bishop Watterson) and Alex Shuster (New Albany / St. Charles).
• Ohio State’s Jeff Henrick, Justin Inacio and Josh Kirson and UMass’ Jackson Suboch were teammates together at The Hill Academy.
BORGES IN BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Borges was been named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Borges, from Garden City, N.Y., was key in Ohio State’s 17-10 win over Boston University last Saturday as he picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. He also led a defensive effort that kept Boston University off the scoreboard for 24:13 during the first half, in which time Ohio State scored six unanswered goals to build a 10-2 lead.
— Big Ten Lacrosse (@B1GLacrosse) February 12, 2019
PROBUCKS IN THE NLL
• There are currently nine former Buckeyes on active National Lacrosse League rosters: Jake Withers (Rochester), Austin Shanks (Rochester), Eric Fannell (Rochester), Turner Evans (San Diego), Johnny Pearson (San Diego), Logan Schuss (Vancouver), Kevin Buchanan (New England), Brock Sorensen (Toronto) and Jesse King (Calgery).
• Schuss leads among all former Buckeyes in points this season with 35 (12G, 23A). The seven-year veteran is closing in on 400 career points – he has 160 goals and 238 assists in his 160-game career. He also has at least 76 points in each of the last three seasons.
• Like Schuss, Sorensen is approaching a career milestone: he needs just four more ground balls for 400 in his career. Sorensen is in his fifth year with Toronto and has 70 or more ground balls in three of the previous four years.
• Turner Evans has played in all seven games for the league’s newest team – the San Diego Seals. Evans is fifth on the team with 21 points and fourth is assists with 14. Teammate Johnny Pearson recently scored his first two NLL goals in wins over Calgary and Vancouver.
• Withers’ .663 face-off win percentage is among the league leaders for Rochester. Teammate Austin Shanks had 14 goals and 10 assists – including a career high seven-goal outburst against Buffalo.