COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2009 “Thumbs Up” event will feature the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Johns Hopkins Oct. 9, Ohio State head coach Nick Myers announced Tuesday. The fall-ball scrimmage will be held at 7 p.m. under the lights at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Michael Robert Breschi Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund, the largest memorial scholarship endowment in the Ohio State athletics department. The scholarship was created in memory of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi, who passed away tragically in March 2004 when he was just 3 years old.

Myers is looking forward to going up against another STX-sponsored school to showcase lacrosse in the non-traditional season while also raising money for the MRB scholarship.

 “We are excited to welcome Coach Pietramala and the Blue Jay lacrosse family to Columbus for the 2009 ‘Thumbs Up’ event,” Myers said. “It gives our men an opportunity to play the nation’s best and honor the memory of Mike. The Michael Robert Breschi scholarship goes to a senior lacrosse player every year and is regarded by our men as one of the highest honors one can receive in our program. We want to thank the Upper Arlington community for hosting this special event and Coach Pietramala for bringing his team out.”

Dave Pietramala, JHU’s head coach who led the squad to NCAA titles in both 2005 and 2007, and the Blue Jays will remain in Columbus the following day to attend the Buckeye football game vs. Wisconsin Oct. 10 in Ohio Stadium.

“The Johns Hopkins lacrosse program is thrilled about our opportunity to join with the Buckeyes in an effort to promote lacrosse in Ohio and to contribute to the Michael Breschi Scholarship fund,” Pietramala said.