May 3, 2022

Buckeyes, Scarlet Knights Vie for Spot in Big Ten Tournament Title Game

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Ohio State vs. Rutgers • The Basics
Date:May 5, 2022
Time:8 p.m.
Venue: Maryland Stadium; College Park, Md.
Watch:BTN
Game Notes:Ohio State / Rutgers
All-Time Series:Rutgers leads, 12-3
Last Meeting:Rutgers won, 17-8, in Piscataway, N.J. (March 27, 2022)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio Following a pair of wins over its rivals in the span of six days, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s next challenge is in front of it at the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Thursday night. The Buckeyes (10-4), the tournament’s No. 3 seed, takes on second-seeded Rutgers (12-2) in front of a national audience on BTN.

Pete Medhurst and Mark Dixon will call the action from Maryland Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. Live stats will be available on the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Basics
No. 12 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Rutgers //
Thursday, May 5 // 8 p.m. // College Park, Md.
Watch Live: BTN // Live Stats // Twitter Updates // Game Notes

Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes picked up their 10th win of the season last Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the tournament by eliminating Michigan, 16-10, at Ohio Stadium.
  • Ohio State is ranked No. 12 in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll.
  • A quick look at the stats shows that the Buckeyes do a little bit of everything well: they have the nation’s No. 12 scoring offense (14.29 goals/game), No. 3 extra-man unit (.595 conversion percentage), No. 10 man-down defense (.725) and are No. 4 in shot percentage (.340).
  • Additionally, Ohio State has the nation’s No. 7 face-off unit, led by fifth-year senior Justin Inacio (.590) and Drew Blanchard (.560).
  • Five Buckeyes have double figures in goals scored: Jackson Reid (41), Colby Smith (39), Jack Myers (34), Jason Knox (24) and Scott White (12).
  • The attack trio of Myers, Smith and Knox have combined for 97 goals and 50 assists.
  • On defense, the trio of Bobby Van Buren, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Jacob Snyder, a junior who has started 32 consecutive games, and Tyler Gallagher, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on April 26, have held seven opponents to 10 goals or less this season.
  • Goalie Skylar Wahlund has started each of the last seven games. In that span, he has a .520 save percentage with 91 total stops and a 5-2 record.

More on the Matchup

  • The winner of Thursday’s game will move on to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, which will be played on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in College Park, Md.
  • The other semifinal pits No. 1-seeded Maryland versus fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.
  • The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Big Ten Tournament History

  • The Buckeyes own a 3-4 all-time Big Ten Tournament record.
  • They made championship game appearances in 2015 and 2017.
  • Thursday marks the first time that Ohio State and Rutgers have met in the Big Ten Tournament.

History vs. Rutgers

  • Ohio State is 3-12 in 15 lifetime matchups against Rutgers.
  • The teams first met in 1953, then six times in the 90s prior to becoming Big Ten Conference rivals.
  • Rutgers leads the series 6-2 since 2015.

Record Breakers and Record Watchers

  • Ohio State set a new regular season record for goals per game average in 2022.
  • The Buckeyes averaged 14.1 goals per game in 13 regular season games, breaking the old mark of 14.0 goals/game in 2008.
  • They’re also on pace to set the school record for total goals scored and goals per game average in a season.
  • At 200 goals currently, they’re 38 away from the previous record set in 2017.
  • The record for goals per game in a season is 13.4 by the 1966 team. Currently, the 2022 squad is averaging 14.3 per game.
  • And why is 14 goals per game significant? Because Ohio State is 10-0 this season when it scores 14 or more goals.

More Stats and Such

  • Fifth-year senior Justin Inacio is 10 ground balls away from breaking the career record in that category. Jack Withers holds in currently with 351 from 2014-17.
  • With 41 assists, Jack Myers is eight away from tying Terry Gimore’s single-season record, which has stood for 44 years. He had 49 helpers in 1978.
  • With 75 points on the season currently (34-41-75), Myers is 15 shy of Gilmore’s single-season record, set in 1979 with 90 points on 48 goals and 42 assists.
  • Three goals on Thursday night would give Myers 100 in his 44th career game.
  • He’s also 14 points shy of 200 for his career. Only five other players in Buckeye lacrosse history have reached 200 or more points (Gilmore – 250; Logan Schuss – 237; Joel Dalgarno – 227; Jesse King – 208 and Tre Leclaire – 204).
  • Jackson Reid, who will be playing in his 60th career game on Thursday, has 125 career goals and ranks fourth all-time in that category. His 126th goal will tie him with Joel Dalgarno for third place. Logan Schuss scored 146 from 2010-13 while Tre Leclaire is the all-time leader with 159.
  • Reid’s matched his career high with five goals in three of the last four games. Since playing Rutgers on March 26, Reid has 20 goals and five assists in the last five games.
  • Ohio State is 10-0 this year when it picks up more ground balls than its opponent.
  • The Buckeyes have 10 wins for the fourth time in head coach Nick Myers’ tenure; each previous time it has reach the 10-win mark, the Buckeyes have earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.