Nov. 23, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the 2016 Showdown in the Shoe, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host Michigan in a Big Ten Conference game. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet April 16, 2016, in Ohio Stadium prior to the Ohio State football spring game.
“The annual Showdown in the Shoe has become the largest stage for a regular season lacrosse game,” Gene Smith, Ohio State Vice President/Director of Athletics, said. “It gives us the chance to showcase the great sport of lacrosse as it continues to grow across the Midwest. For fans who are not yet familiar with the game, the rivalry matchup will be a great introduction to the sport and sets the table for the NCAA Quarterfinals that will be held in Ohio Stadium in May.”
The game will be the eighth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008, and the second vs. Michigan. In 2014, Ohio State hosted Michigan in the first game in Columbus between the rivals as varsity foes. The Buckeyes shut out the Wolverines for the final 35:24 en route to a 15-6 win in front of an announced crowd of 17,641, with more than 31,000 fans in the stands by the end of the game.
Ohio State is 4-0 vs. Michigan since the program moved to Division I status in 2012. Three of the four matchups have been in Ann Arbor, with Ohio State winning 12-9 in 2012, 17-8 in 2013 and 13-8 in 2015, with the other Buckeye win the 15-6 victory in the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe.
Last season, the Buckeyes hosted Maryland in the Showdown in the Shoe’s first Big Ten Conference game. The Terrapins prevailed in overtime, 10-9, in front of a crowd of 21,604, with about 40,000 fans in the stands by the end of overtime.
An NCAA record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game in 2008 drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men’s lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The Showdown in the Shoe tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati.
“Facing the Wolverines in the Showdown in the Shoe makes the event even more special,” Nick Myers, in his eighth year as the head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “We know how much our fans embrace the rivalry and we are thankful for the opportunity to highlight our sport in front of Buckeye Nation. The crowd and venue are like no other in lacrosse.”
Information on tickets to the doubleheader, which includes the Showdown in the Shoe lacrosse game between Ohio State and Michigan and the football spring game, will be released at a later date.