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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10/12 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to defend its home field at Ohio Stadium for the first time this season when it hosts Massachusetts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS or by visiting this link: http://go.osu.edu/20mlaxtix.
The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus (subscription required).
- The first 200 fans that enter Ohio Stadium on Saturday will receive a free winter alpine hat.
- $1 hot chocolate will be available at all concession stands.
- “Saturday In the Shoe” activities will be open beginning at noon on the concourse and include a schedule poster giveaway, inflatable Brutus, dress like a Buckeye photo station and more. Kids are encouraged to bring their lacrosse stick to The Shoe to join in on the fun!
Buckeye Lacrosse Podcast 🔊 Season 1 | Episode 2: Recruiting Process & Identifying Talent
In the second episode of the Buckeye Lacrosse Podcast, Coach Myers and Dominique Alexander cover a variety of topics, including family life, the Buckeyes’ first two wins of the 2020 season and the recruiting process. The pair also looks ahead to Saturday’s home game versus Massachusetts.
Buckeyes in a Nutshell
- Ohio State is 2-0 and coming off its first road win of the 2020 season, an 11-4 triumph last Saturday vs. Boston University.
- In the polls this week, Ohio State is No. 12 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
- The Buckeyes possesses the nation’s No. 7-ranked scoring offense, averaging 17.00 goals per game.
- Five players already have five or more points, led by the duo of sophomore Jack Myers (6G, 6A, 12 pts.) and Tre Leclaire (8-3-11). Junior Jackson Reid isn’t far behind with nine points (6-3) while Grant Mitchell (3-3-6) and Griffin Hughes (4-1-5) have also been steady contributors thus far.
- In all, a total of 10 different players have scored goals in the first two games and 15 have registered at least one point.
- Ohio State’s defense, which is seventh nationally in goals-against average, has been keyed by the play of goalie Josh Kirson, who is this week’s Big Ten Specialist of the Week.
- Kirson has a .735 save percentage and 5.71 goals against average, both of which lead the Big Ten and are in the top 10 nationally. He’s coming off an 18-save performance vs. BU last Saturday.
- The Minutemen, who were ranked No. 19 in the USILA preseason poll, opened their season with a 17-4 setback against Army last weekend at West Point.
- UMass’ goals came from Billy Philpott (two), Chris Connolly and Jeff Trainor.
- Connolly is UMass’ leading returning scorer. The junior posted a team-high 63 points on 27 goals and 36 assists a season ago. Trainor had 37 points (24-13) last spring as a junior.
- The Minutemen were picked first in the Colonial Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Head coach Greg Cannella is in his 26th season leading UMass and has a career record of 216-148 with nine NCAA Tournament berths.
History vs. the Minutemen
- Saturday will be the seventh all-time meeting between Ohio State and UMass. The Minutemen hold a 4-2 edge in the series.
- UMass won the first four games in the series, which dates back to 2011. Ohio State’s first win came in 2017, an 8-7 triumph at Ohio Stadium. Last season, the Buckeyes won 11-7 at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass.
- Three of the six games in the series have been decided by two goals or less.
More About the Offense
- The Buckeyes’ offense is off to a historically good start with 34 goals in their first two outings.
- The 34 goals scored are the most in the first two games of the season since the 1988 squad scored 39 goals in wins over the Columbus Lax Club and UCLA.
- Twenty-eight of the Buckeyes’ 34 goals have been assisted (82.3 percent), which is the most in the country.
- In a 23-9 season-opening win over Detroit Mercy, Ohio State had 21 assists – a single-game school record and the most in a NCAA game since Manhattan had 22 against Wagner in 2000.
- The Buckeyes are scoring goals on 41.5 percent of their shots, which is the best mark in the Big Ten and No. 3 in the country.
A Complete Effort
- Ohio State ranks in the top 10 in several important categories that underscore their efforts on offense, defense and in the ride game.
- The Buckeyes are No. 7 in scoring offense (17.00 goals/game), No. 7 in scoring defense (6.50 goals allowed/game), No. 7 in clearing percentage (.955) and No. 7 in opponent clearing percentage (.739).
- Ohio State is one of five teams in the country and ranks in the top 10 in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
- Senior Tre Leclaire has been one of the most remarkably consistent players over his 49-game career.
- The Surrey, British Columbia native ranks fifth all-time at Ohio State in goals scored (117) and is just three away from passing Jesse King (2012-15) for fourth place.
- Ohio State’s career record for goals scored is held by fellow Canadian Logan Schuss, who scored 147 goals from 2010-13. Leclaire is 31 away from passing that mark.
- Leclaire is No. 6 nationally in active career goals scored at least one in 20 straight games – the 14th longest streak in the country. His points streak is currently 23 consecutive games.
Filling Up the Stat Sheet
- Senior Ryan Terefenko had two assists at Boston University last week to give him three on the season to go along with nine ground balls from his defensive midfield position.
- Terefenko has two or more ground balls in eight straight games dating back to last season and is the Buckeyes’ active career leader with 118 GBs.
- He has 41 career points (13-18), 13 caused turnovers and has helped the Buckeyes to a .902 clearing percentage over the last two seasons (232-257).
More on Josh Kirson
- Josh Kirson’s big game at Boston University on Saturday earned him Big Ten Specialist of the Week honors from the Big Ten on Tuesday.
- Kirson made 18 saves against the Terriers, the most by an Ohio State goalie since Stefan Schroder had 19 stops against Bellarmine in 2007.
- The Newton, Mass., native, who was playing just 30 minutes away from his hometown, also registered his 200th career save.
A Challenging 2020 Slate
- Of the 11 regular season opponents left on Ohio State’s schedule, seven are ranked in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10 are either ranked or receiving votes.
- The Buckeyes face five teams that are ranked in the top 10 of this week’s poll.
- Five Big Ten Conference teams are ranked in this week’s poll, tied with the ACC for the most of any conference in the country.
Home Sweet Home
- Ohio State has eight home games remaining on its 2020 schedule, all of which are scheduled to be played at Ohio Stadium.
- The Buckeyes have a .750 home winning percentage at home since the start of the 2015 season with an overall record of 30-10.