April 14, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10/9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (10-2, 1-1 B1G) travels north for a game vs. Michigan (8-3, 0-2 B1G) Saturday. The teams will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Michigan Stadium prior to the Wolverines’ football spring game.
The game 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.
Periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX, are also available.
— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) April 14, 2017
In the Rankings
• Ohio State is ranked 10th in the USILA coaches poll, ninth in the Inside Lacrosse media rankings and eighth in US Lacrosse Magazine’s rankings this week.
• Starting with Towson and Denver over spring break, the Buckeyes are in a stretch of seven of eight games against teams currently in the Top 20 in the USILA poll (current rankings): No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Denver, No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 11 Rutgers, No. 12 Johns Hopkins and No. 16 Towson. In the Inside Lacrosse rankings, seven teams are in the Top 20: Maryland is No. 3, Denver No. 4, Penn State No. 7, Notre Dame No. 10, Rutgers No. 11, Johns Hopkins No. 13 and Towson No. 16.
B1G Play is Here
• This marks the third year of men’s lacrosse as a Big Ten sponsored sport. Each of the six teams play a five-game conference schedule, with the top four in the final standings earning a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tourney.
• Ohio State will host the 2017 Big Ten Tournament May 4 and 6 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• Through the first two weekends, Maryland is 2-0, Ohio State, Penn State, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers are all 1-1 and Michigan is 0-2.
• In addition to the Buckeyes vs. Wolverines this weekend, Penn State plays at Johns Hopkins and Rutgers hosts Maryland.
Last Time Out
• The Buckeyes topped Johns Hopkins, 13-7, Sunday night 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.
• The win was the Buckeyes’ second over the Blue Jays and the first since 2015.
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
• Ohio State and Michigan have faced off five times as Division I foes, meeting each year since the Wolverines became a Division I program in 2012. The Buckeyes have taken all five meetings, with three wins on the road and two victories in Columbus.
• Last season, Ohio State downed the Wolverines, 10-7, in Ohio Stadium. The last game in Ann Arbor was April 12, 2015, a 13-8 Buckeye win.
• The teams also met 12 times from 1966-1988 when Michigan was a club program and Ohio State was a varsity program. The Buckeyes were 9-3 in those games.
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines in 2016
• On a beautiful day in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State downed Michigan, 10-7, in the 2016 Showdown in The Shoe April 16, 2016. The crowd, which was announced as 24,581 based on halftime, grew to nearly 55,000 by the end of the game. The Buckeye football spring game followed, with Ohio Stadium at capacity, setting a national spring game attendance mark of 100,189.
• The Buckeyes trailed Michigan 3-2 after the first quarter but outscored the Wolverines 4-1 over the next two periods, shutting out Michigan for 29:06, to pull ahead. Michigan scored 1:10 into the fourth quarter to cut the lead to one (6-5) but Ohio State responded with a four-goal run to extend the lead to 10-5. The Wolverines scored the game’s final two goals for the 10-7 margin.
• The Wolverines are 8-3 this season, with losses to Maryland (15-8) and Rutgers (14-7) in Big Ten play.
• Michigan is averaging 10.82 goals per game while allowing 9.45 goals per contest. The team has averaged 35.1 shots per game while allowing 38.6. The Wolverines’ man-up unit is 12-for-27 (.444) to rank eighth nationally, while their man-down defense is 42-for-56 (.750).
• Brent Noseworthy has a team-best 33 goals, ranking sixth in the NCAA with 3.0 goals per game, while Ian King is first on the squad with 19 assists and 40 points and second with 21 goals. Mikie Schlosser is third with 15 goals and tied with Rocco Sutherland (7g, 13a) with 20 points each.
• Mike McDonnell has won 114-of-205 faceoffs and has 31 groundballs to rank behind Nick DeCaprio who has 39. In goal, Tommy Heidt has started all 11 games for the Wolverines and holds a 9.04 goals against average and .560 save percentage.
The Creator’s Trophy
• The game Saturday is part of the competition for the Creator’s Trophy, an annual traveling award among the first three Big Ten member schools that sponsored men’s lacrosse (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan) that was established in 2012. The trophy is awarded when a team is 2-0 against the other schools; on years the teams are all 1-1, the trophy is not awarded.
• The Buckeyes won the Creator’s Trophy in 2013 and ‘15, while Penn State claimed the inaugural title and the 2014 and ‘16 trophies.
• Penn State won the first Creator’s Trophy game of this season with a 9-4 win over Ohio State. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines will face off April 30 in Ann Arbor.
Just the Stats … Buckeyes among NCAA Leaders
• Ohio State is averaging 11.17 goals a game and is holding opponents to 7.5 an outing, ranking fourth nationally in scoring defense.
• Ohio State is sixth nationally and second in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.631).
• The squad is 10th in scoring margin (+3.67) and clearing percentage (.902) and ninth in man-up offense (.465).
• Tom Carey is 7-2 in goal and ranks third in the NCAA with a 7.02 goals-against average and is 10th with a .563 save percentage.
• Jake Withers has won 144-of-217 faceoffs (.664), ranking first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in faceoff winning percentage, and is first on the team with 80 groundballs, a mark that is second in the Big Ten and 15th nationally in groundballs per game (6.67).
• Eric Fannell has a team-high 18 assists and 33 points, with Tre Leclaire leading the way with 25 goals and ranking second with 31 points. Johnny Pearson is second with 16 goals, followed by Fannell with 15 goals each. Colin Chell has 13 and Lukas Buckley has scored 12 times. Chell is second with eight assists, followed by Jack Jasinski and Leclaire with six each.
• Fannell is sixth in the Big Ten with 1.64 assists per game and ranks 10th among B1G players with 3.0 points per game. Leclaire is sixth in the B1G with 2.08 goals per game.
• Erik Evans is first for the Buckeyes with 11 caused turnovers, followed by Ben Randall with seven and Freddy Freibott with six. Freibott is second with 31 assists, followed by Randall with 28.