March 14, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18/17 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-0, 0-0 B1G) takes on No. 10/11 Towson (4-1, 0-0 CAA) at noon Wednesday at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
Admission to the game, which was postponed from Tuesday because of weather, is free. Parking is available in lots 13 and 14, on the north side of the stadium.
The game will be broadcast on Lax Sports Network, with Brendan Glasheen and Buggs Combs calling the action. There will be a free audio call through TowsonTigers.com. Live stats and periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX, are also available.
• The Buckeyes wrap up a stretch of three games in nine days when they host No. 1-ranked Denver at 5 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
• The game marks Senior Day for the Buckeyes’ Class of 2017, with the 11 seniors recognized pregame.
Last Time Out
• The Buckeyes are coming off a 12-4 win over Cleveland State Saturday in Ohio Stadium, moving their record to 7-0, the best start in program history since the 1966 team went undefeated (14-0). The game was the first between the Buckeyes and Vikings, who joined Division I lacrosse this year.
• The Buckeyes led 4-1 after the first quarter and held a 6-1 lead at halftime. Ohio State added four goals in the third for a 10-2 advantage and each team scored twice in the fourth quarter for the 12-4 final.
• In all, 10 Buckeyes had a goal, with four picking up an assist. Eric Fannell had two assists and a team-high three points, while Austin Seiple and Tre Leclaire each scored twice. Jack Jasinski had two helpers.
In the Rankings
• Ohio State is No. 18 in the USILA poll this week and 17th in the Inside Lacrosse rankings. Towson is No. 10 in the coaches’ poll and No. 11 in the IL media rankings.
• The Buckeyes will play teams in the Top 15, including the Top 5 in both polls, in seven of their final eight games – No. 1 Denver, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Rutgers, No. 10 Towson and No. 14 Johns Hopkins (USILA rankings).
Buckeyes vs. Tigers
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Towson, 5-3, with a 4-2 lead in games played in Maryland.
• The teams split the last two meetings, with each squad posting a road win. Ohio State won at Towson 7-6 March 17, 2015 before the Tigers won in Columbus in overtime, 10-9, March 16, 2016.
• The first four games between the squads were prior to 1967. The Buckeyes lost the first meeting, 6-3, March 24, 1962. Ohio State then won the next three games, with an 8-7 overtime win March 23, 1963, a 13-3 victory March 27, 1965, and an 8-6 win March 25, 1966.
• The teams also met in Columbus May 12, 2013 in Ohio Stadium, a 16-6 Buckeye victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and March 20, 2007, a 10-8 win by the Tigers in Towson, Md.
Ohio State vs. Towson in 2016
• Ohio State lost to then-No. 10 Towson, 10-9, March 16, 2016, in Ohio Stadium.
• The Buckeyes trailed 4-0 at the end of the first quarter and 6-1 at halftime. The Buckeyes scored the first goal of the second half but Towson answered with three straight tallies to go ahead 9-2 with 10:42 left in the third quarter. Ohio State then went on a seven-goal run, making it a 9-5 game entering the fourth quarter, and deadlocked the game with 3:48 left in regulation. Towson scored with 34 seconds left in the first overtime for the win.
• Senior Jake Withers picked up three groundballs Saturday vs. Cleveland State to become the Buckeyes’ career groundballs leader with 239 He passed Anthony Kelly, who held the top mark after picking up 238 from 2000-03.
• This year, Withers leads the Buckeyes with 47 groundballs, ranking second in the Big Ten and 16th in the NCAA with 6.71 per game. He has nine or more groundballs in three games this year.
• Withers has won 77-of-116 faceoffs this season and is second in the Big Ten and sixth in the NCAA in faceoff wining percentage (.664).
• Withers marked the 50th game of his Buckeye career Saturday vs. Cleveland State. In his career, he has won 416-of-723, ranking first among Buckeyes since 2000 with a .575 faceoff winning percentage. He is in the Top 10 of current NCAA players in career groundballs, groundballs per game, faceoff wins and faceoff winning percentage.
Just the Stats
• The Buckeyes are averaging 12.57 goals a game, ranking fourth in the Big Ten and 15th in the NCAA in scoring offense, while allowing 7.14 a contest to rank second among B1G teams and seventh nationally in scoring defense. Ohio State is second in the B1G and sixth nationally in scoring margin (+5.43) and is 13th in the country in shooting percentage (.331). The man-up offense is 14-for-30 (.467), 17th highest in the NCAA. The squad is second among league teams and 10th nationally in turnovers per game (11.29). The Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (.613).
• Eric Fannell leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists and 22 points, ranking in the Top 4 in the Big Ten in assists and points per game. Tre Leclaire is first with 12 goals, followed by Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson with 10 each, while Lukas Buckley and Fannell each have nine tallies.
• Jake Withers has won 77-of-116 faceoffs (.664) and is first on the team with 47 groundballs. Freddy Freibott is second with 15 groundballs and Ben Randall is third with 15. Erik Evans has a team-high six caused turnovers, with Randall causing five.
• Tom Carey is 4-0 and Matthew Smidt is 3-0 in goal. Carey has a 5.95 goals-against average and .589 save percentage and Smidt has a 7.61 gaa and .553 sv%.
• Towson is 4-1 on the year and downed Johns Hopkins, 13-8, Saturday in its last time out. The Tigers average 10.4 goals a game and are 14th in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 8.0 goals a game. The man-up offense has converted 25 percent of its chances and the man-down defense has stopped 67.9 percent of its opponents’ chances.
• Ryan Drenner leads the Tigers with 12 goals and 19 points, while Joe Seider and Jon Mazza each have 10 goals, with Seider adding four assists to rank second with 14 points. Alex Woodall has won 70-of-103 (.680) faceoffs to rank third in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage and he is ninth in the nation with 8.0 groundballs a game. Josh Miller is ninth nationally with a 7.68 goals-against average and has a .500 save percentage.
Buckeyes Off to Best Start since 1966
• The Buckeyes are 7-0 this season, the second-best best start in program history behind only the 1966 team that went a perfect 14-0 on the year.
• Ohio State is one of five undefeated teams remaining in Division I lacrosse this season.
Buckeye This and That
• Freshman Tre Leclaire has at least one point in each of his first seven games for the Buckeyes, with 12 goals and four assists for 16 points. He scored twice vs. Cleveland State last Saturday and has seven goals in his last three games combined. On the year, he has multiple goals in five of seven games.
• Colin Chell shares the NCAA lead with five man-up goals this season, one of nine players to score five times with the man advantage. Austin Shanks is tied for 10th in the NCAA with four man-up goals, while Tre Leclaire has three.
• The Buckeyes have held their opponents to eight or fewer goals in all but one game this season. The squad is averaging 7.14 goals allowed per game.
• Senior Eric Fannell has 19 points in his last four games combined, with eight goals and 11 assists in the stretch. He leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists and 22 points this year. He has at least one assist in all six games he has played, with a goal in five contests.
• Senior captain JT Blubaugh has a goal in all but one game this year and at least one in each of his last five outings (six goals). He has seven goals and an assist for eight points on the year.
• Redshirt freshman Lukas Buckley has scored multiple goals in three games this year, including a hat trick vs. Detroit Mercy, and has four multiple point outings after a goal and an assist last week. He has a 9-4-13 line while starting all seven games.
• Senior Austin Shanks has a goal in all but one game this season, with a 7-2-9 total on the year. In his 46-game collegiate career, he has a point in all but two games.
• Senior Johnny Pearson has a point in all but one game and a goal in all but two games on the year. He is tied for second on the team with 10 goals and tied for third with 13 points.
• Junior Austin Seiple scored twice vs. Cleveland State, marking his first career multiple-point game. Sophomore Jack Jasinski has his first career game with two assists vs. the Vikings.
• Junior Freddy Freibott has 16 groundballs on the year, with two or more in six of his seven games.
• Freshman Nick Musci has a goal in three of the last four games, with the three coming on four shots.