COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nine home games, including three against Big Ten Conference opponents, highlights the 2020 Ohio State men’s lacrosse schedule, which was announced today.
“We couldn’t be more excited to release our 2020 schedule,” said head coach Nick Myers, who enters his 12th season leading the Buckeyes in 2020. “We’re thrilled to be playing a record number of home games right here in Columbus in front of Buckeye Nation. This is arguably one of the toughest schedules we’ve ever put together and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete every week.”
Season tickets will be available for purchase in December and more information can be found online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets. Single-game tickets are expected to go on sale in January.
Ohio State’s 2020 opponents had a combined record of 116-85 a year ago (.577) and an average RPI of 22.2. Five opponents finished with a final RPI in the top 15 and four of them played in the NCAA Tournament. Nine of the Buckeyes’ 13 opponents had a .500 or better record in 2019.
Following a pair of January scrimmages against Marquette (Jan. 18) and Lafayette (Jan. 25), the 2020 season officially kicks off with a home contest on Tuesday, Feb. 4 against Detroit Mercy. Four days later, the Buckeyes head to Boston, Mass. for a game against the Boston University Terriers, who finished 11-6 last year. Ohio State and Boston U. have played each of the last two seasons in Columbus.
Colonial Athletic Association regular season champion UMass comes to town on Feb. 15. Last year in Amherst, the Buckeyes defeated UMass 11-7 for their first-ever win at Garber Field.
Following a road game at Bucknell on Feb. 22, Ohio State begins a four-game homestand on March 1 against perennial Ivy League power Cornell. The Buckeyes and Big Red have not played in the regular season since 2001. The teams did face each other in the 2008 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments.
The homestand continues on March 7 against Hofstra followed by games against a pair of traditional non-conference foes: Notre Dame (March 10) and Denver (March 15). The Buckeyes and Irish have played every year since 1981 and the Denver series resumes in Columbus after a snowstorm in Denver forced the cancellation of last year’s game.
Ohio State will have a week off between its final non-conference game vs. Denver and the start of Big Ten play on March 28 at Rutgers. Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Penn State comes to Columbus on April 4 followed by Johns Hopkins on April 11. It will be the Blue Jays’ first visit to Columbus since 2017.
Big Ten regular season play concludes with back to back games at Maryland (April 18) and at home against rival Michigan (April 25). This year’s Big Ten Tournament is May 1-3 at Panzer Stadium on the campus of Penn State.