Nothing beats hearing your name on Selection Sunday.
— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioStateMLAX) May 9, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes learned their fate on Sunday evening, as Ohio State earned an at-large bid to the tournament on the strength of a 10-5 season that included wins over three teams ranked in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll in addition to a 3-2 record in Big Ten Conference play.
Ohio State will take on seventh-seeded Cornell in the first round next Sunday, May 15, in Ithaca, N.Y. The Buckeyes and Big Red played back on March 5 – also in Ithaca – as Cornell edged the Buckeyes 14-11. This will be the second meeting between Ohio State and Cornell in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes won the previous meeting, a 15-7 triumph in 2008. This will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools. Cornell leads the series, 4-2.
“We’re thrilled to be able to extend our season and play in the NCAA Tournament,” said head coach Nick Myers. “To be in this position is a huge credit to the leadership on this team. They’ve guided us through a very challenging schedule and the gauntlet that is the Big Ten. Having the reward of playing next weekend is significant and we’ll immediately get to work to tackle the task in front of us.”
This will be Ohio State’s seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the fourth under Myers. Previous trips came in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In each of the last four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State has advanced past the first round. In 2017, the Buckeyes made it all the way to the national championship game for the first time in program history.
The 2022 Buckeyes are led on offense by the trio of senior captains Jack Myers (36-44-80) and Jackson Reid (46-15-61) and fifth-year senior Colby Smith (39-6-45). Collectively, the Buckeyes possess the nation’s No. 13-ranked scoring offense (14.00 goals/game), the No. 3-ranked extra-man unit (.568), No. 9 man-down defense (.732) and No. 7-ranked face-off win percentage (.583). Myers is 10th nationally in assists per game (2.93) and No. 8 in points per game (5.33) while Reid is 20th with 3.07 goals per game.
Ohio State set a record this season for goals per game in the regular season and is 28 goals shy of tying the single season record for goals scored. Myers’ 80 points in the second most in a single season and the most by an Ohio State player in 43 years, since Terry Gilmore set the record with 90 in 1979.
On the defensive end of the field, goalie Skylar Wahlund is coming off a record-setting performance in the Big Ten semifinals where he stopped 21 shots. Over the last four games, the senior from Powell, Ohio has a .563 save percentage with 68 total stops.
The winner of the Ohio State/Cornell game will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals, which will be played at Ohio Stadium on Sunday, May 22. For more information on tickets to quarterfinal games at Ohio Stadium, CLICK HERE.