Sept. 3, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joe Breschi, Ohio State men’s lacrosse head coach, announced the team’s 2005 schedule Wednesday. The two-time defending Great Western Lacrosse League champions will play host to seven games in Columbus, beginning with a game against 2004 national runner-up Navy Feb. 26. Five of the Buckeyes’ opponents ended last season ranked in the Top 20 in the nation, while another two were receiving votes in the national poll.

“This is a competitive schedule,” Breschi said. “The non-conference games will prepare us to defend our league title.”

The Buckeyes open regular season play Feb. 19 on the road against Penn State before returning to Columbus to take on the Midshipmen.

Ohio State then heads to Baltimore March 5 to take on UMBC on Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field in a game that will be televised by WMAR-TV in Maryland.

Following the game against the Retrievers, OSU opens a two-game homestand, taking on 2004 NCAA Tournament participant Hobart March 12 and Quinnipiac March 19.

The Buckeyes then will play five of their next six games on the road, beginning with a trip to Brown March 26, followed by a visit to Duke April 2. The Buckeyes open their GWLL title defense on the road at Butler April 9. The lone home game of this stretch will come April 15 against Robert Morris. Ohio State finishes the road swing with league games at Denver April 22 and at Air Force April 24.

The Buckeyes conclude regular-season play with three games in Columbus. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame come to town April 29 in a GWLL showdown and Ohio State will play host to Fairfield May 1 in the final league game of the season. The end of regular-season play will be highlighted with the home finale against 2004 NCAA tournament qualifier Army May 7.

Ohio State was 12-4 last season, won the outright GWLL title with a 5-0 ledger and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2005 Schedule February Sat. 19 at Penn State 1 p.m. Sat. 26 NAVY Noon March Sat. 5 vs. UMBC1 1 p.m. Sat. 12 HOBART Noon Sat. 19 QUINNIPIAC Noon Sat. 26 at Brown 1 p.m. April Sat. 2 at Duke 1 p.m. Sat. 9 at Butler* 1 p.m. Fri. 15 ROBERT MORRIS 4 p.m. Fri. 22 at Denver* 7:30 p.m. Sun. 24 at Air Force* Noon Fri. 29 NOTRE DAME* 7 p.m. May Sun. 1 FAIRFIELD* Noon Sat. 7 ARMY Noon

*Great Western Lacrosse League contest; 1at Johns Hopkins Home games in bold caps and played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium All times local Schedule subject to change