May 3, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5/7-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (12-3, 3-2/t-2nd B1G) hosts the 2017 Big Ten Tournament this week in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The Buckeyes, the No. 2 seed, will face No. 3 seed and No. 9/10-ranked Johns Hopkins (8-5, 3-2/t-2nd B1G) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. The first semifinal features No. 1 ranked and top seed Maryland (10-3, 4-1/1st B1G) taking on No. 8-ranked Penn State (12-2, 3-2/t-2nd B1G), the No. 4 seed, at 5 p.m.
The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with the winner receiving the Big Ten’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
All three games in the tournament will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go online and for mobile devices for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
Live stats and periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX, are also available.
B1G Tourney Details
All-session tickets for the tournament are $25 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors. Single session tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for youth and seniors and $1 for college students and children 2 and under.
Parking for the tournament is available for free in the Gray Lots around the stadium.
— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) May 3, 2017
In the B1G
• Maryland won the Big Ten title with a 4-1 record in league games, while Ohio State, Johns Hopkins and Penn State finished tied for second with 3-2 records. Rutgers was 2-3 and Michigan was 0-5. The Top 4 teams clinched spots in this week’s Big Ten Tournament.
• All four Big Ten Tournament participants are ranked in the Top 10 entering the weekend. In the USILA poll, Maryland is No. 1, Ohio State is No. 5, Penn State is No. 8 and Johns Hopkins is No. 9.
• This is the third year men’s lacrosse has been a sport sponsored by the Big Ten Conference. Johns Hopkins won the inaugural tournament in 2015, while Maryland won the 2016 tourney.
• Ohio State competed in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in College Park, Md., in 2015. The No. 3 seed Buckeyes rallied for a win over No. 2 Maryland in the semifinals, 9-6, before losing to top seed Johns Hopkins, 13-8, in the final.
• Ohio State has qualified for its league postseason tournament all but one year a tournament has been held during the tenure of head coach Nick Myers (GWLL – 2008, ‘09; ECAC – 2011, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14; B1G – 2015, ‘17).
• The Buckeyes claimed the ECAC Tournament in 2013, winning against Loyola and Denver to capture the first postseason title in program history.
• Ohio State last hosted a conference tournament in 2014, welcoming the ECAC Tournament to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes lost to eventual tournament champion Air Force in the semifinals of that tourney.
In the Rankings
• Ohio State is ranked fifth in the USILA coaches poll, seventh in the Inside Lacrosse media rankings and eighth in the US Lacrosse Magazine poll this week.
• Johns Hopkins is slotted ninth by the USILA and 10th in the Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse Magazine rankings
• Five of the six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 12 of all three polls, with four in the Top 10.
• Starting with Towson and Denver over spring break, the Buckeyes are in a stretch of eight of nine games against teams currently in the Top 20 in the USILA poll (current rankings): No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Denver, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Johns Hopkins, No. 11 Rutgers and No. 12 Towson. In the Inside Lacrosse rankings, seven teams are in the Top 20: Maryland is No. 1 Denver No. 2, Notre Dame No. 4, Penn State No. 8, Johns Hopkins No. 10, Rutgers No. 12 and Towson No. 13.
Buckeye B1G Honorees
• Five Buckeyes were recognized with Big Ten honors Tuesday, with two player of the year awards and five players on the all-conference first and second teams combined.
• Senior Jake Withers earned Big Ten Specialist of the Year accolades for the second year in a row and Tre Leclaire was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Withers is the first Big Ten player to earn two player of the year awards. Leclaire is the first Buckeye named a conference rookie of the year since Carter Brown in 2013.
• Senior goalie Tom Carey and senior attackman Eric Fannell join Withers, a faceoff specialist, on the All-Big Ten First Team, while Leclaire, an attackman, and junior defenseman Ben Randall are both Second Team All-Big Ten.
• In addition, senior Tyler Pfister was the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State men’s lacrosse.
• Withers earned his second consecutive spot on the All-Big Ten First Team, while Carey was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten choice in 2015.
Last Time Out
• The Buckeyes fell at Rutgers, 12-11 in overtime, last Saturday in Piscataway, N.J., to close out the regular season.
• The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied seven times, including at the end of each quarter, and neither team held more than a two-goal lead during the game.
• Buckeye freshman Tre Leclaire had a game-high four goals and scored the last two in regulation to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but Rutgers won the draw to open overtime and scored, as the Buckeyes played a second consecutive overtime contest.
Buckeyes vs. Blue Jays
• The Buckeyes and Blue Jays have met nine times, with the Blue Jays holding a 7-2 advantage in those contests. Ohio State won the first game between the teams this season, 13-9, in Ohio Stadium.
• Ohio State’s first win came in Columbus April 5, 2015 by a score of 15-12. The game was the first Big Ten contest between the teams.
• The other matchup between the teams in Columbus was April 6, 2002, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, a 12-9 win by the Blue Jays.
• In 2016, Hopkins came away with a 13-12 win in Baltimore in a Big Ten regular season matchup. The teams met in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament final, with the Blue Jays winning, 13-8.
Ohio State vs. Hopkins in the Regular Season
• The Buckeyes topped Johns Hopkins, 13-9, April 9 in Ohio Stadium.
• The Buckeyes trailed 5-3 after the first quarter and 7-6 at halftime but shut out the Blue Jays in the third quarter while scoring three times to lead 9-7 after 45 minutes. The Buckeyes added four goals in the fourth quarter, while holding the Blue Jays to two, for the 13-9 victory.
• Jack Jasinski had a career day with a personal best four goals, three assists and seven points, earning Inside Lacrosse co-Player of the Week honors. Jake Withers won 19-of-26 faceoffs and had a game-high 10 groundballs, along with a goal. Lukas Buckley tallied twice and had an assist for three points and Johnny Pearson scored two goals. Erik Evans and Freddy Freibott each had four groundballs and a caused turnover in the victory.
Blue Jay Bullets
• No. 9/10 Johns Hopkins heads into the weekend with an 8-5 record this season and was 3-2 in Big Ten play, topping Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan and losing to Ohio State and Maryland.
• The Blue Jays are scoring 11.92 goals per contest, ranking 14th nationally, while allowing 10.62 a game. The squad’s man-up unit leads the nation with a .590 success rate (23-for-39) and its man-down defense is 21-for-35 (.600). Hopkins leads the country with the fewest turnovers per game (9.77).
• Kyle Marr is first with 24 goals and 41 points, ranking second with 17 assists. Shack Stanwick leads the team with 19 assists and is second with 21 goals and 40 points.
• Hunter Moreland has collected 86-of-143 faceoffs (.601) and Joel Tinney has a team-high 32 groundballs. Gerald Logan has started 11 games in goal for the Blue Jays, averaging 9.92 goals allowed per contest and a .496 save percentage. Brock Turnbaugh has played in 10 games, starting five, and has an 11.48 goals-gainst average and .431 save percentage.
Just the Stats … Buckeyes among NCAA and B1G Leaders
• Ohio State is averaging 11.6 goals a game and is holding opponents to 7.93 an outing, ranking sixth nationally in scoring defense.
• Ohio State is fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.641).
• The squad is seventh in man-up offense (.490), converting 24-of-49 chances, ranking second in the league.
• Senior Jake Withers has won 194-of-284 faceoffs (.683), ranking first in the Big Ten and third nationally in faceoff winning percentage, and is first on the team with 105 groundballs, a mark that leads the Big Ten and is 11th nationally in groundballs per game (7.0).
• Senior Tom Carey is 9-3 in goal and ranks fifth in the NCAA with a B1G-best 7.70 goals-against average and is 10th nationally with a .556 save percentage.
• Senior Eric Fannell has a team-best 23 assists and 48 points, ranking fifth in the league in assists per game (1.64) and sixth in points per game (3.43). He is second on the team with 25 goals, standing 11th in the B1G with 1.79 goals a game.
• Freshman Tre Leclaire is first with 32 goals, ranking sixth in the B1G with 2.13 goals a game. He has 45 points to rank second on the squad and 12th in the B1G in points per game (3.0).
• Senior Johnny Pearson is third with 21 goals and ranks fourth with 26 points. Junior Colin Chell is third with 13 assists and 28 points on the year.
• Erik Evans is first for the Buckeyes with 14 caused turnovers, followed by Ben Randall with eight and Jeff Henrick with seven. Freddy Freibott is second with 42 groundballs, followed by Randall with 34.
• In Big Ten games only, Ohio State led the league in save percentage (.539), groundballs per game (30.6), and faceoff winning percentage (.699) and was second in man-up offense (.545), man-down defense (.731) and team defense (9.25).
• Fannell and Leclaire were tied for sixth with 17 points and 3.4 points per game in B1G games only. Fannell was sixth wtih 11 goals, with Leclaire tied for seventh with 10. Leclaire’s seven helpers ranked sixth and Fannell was tied for seventh with six. Withers led the league with a .745 faceoff winning percentage (82-of-110), 42 groundballs and 8.4 groundballs a game (more than 2.0 a game higher than the No. 2 player).