April 7, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (9-2, 0-1 B1G) hosts No. 11 Johns Hopkins (6-3, 1-0 B1G) at 7 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium in a Big Ten Conference game.
Ticket sales and player pass lists will be located at Gate 5. Fans who already have their tickets can enter through Gate 16. All seating will be on the east side of the stadium. Parking is free in designated lots around the stadium.
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.
Live stats and periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX, are also available.
👞👟 Bring your shoes to The Shoe. 👟👞
— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) April 4, 2017
• At the game Sunday, fans are encouraged to bring new or gently-used shoes to donate as part of Ohio State’s partnership with Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing worldwide.
• Since 2015, 30 Ohio State student-athletes have traveled with Soles4Souls to Costa Rica, Jamaica and Bolivia, distributing about 2,000 pairs of shoes to the less fortunate. This year, a group is headed to Ecuador in May.
• Buckeye junior goalie Matthew Smidt traveled to Bolivia last summer with Soles4Souls.
In the Rankings
• Ohio State is ranked ninth in the USILA coaches, Inside Lacrosse media and US Lacrosse Magazine rankings this week.
• Johns Hopkins is No. 11 in the USILA and IL polls and No. 14 in the US Lacrosse Magazine rankings.
• Starting with Towson and Denver, the Buckeyes are in a stretch of eight straight games against teams currently in the Top 20 or receiving votes in the USILA poll (current rankings): No. 1 Penn State, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 5 Denver, No. 6 Maryland, No. 11 Johns Hopkins, No. 12 Rutgers, No. 15 Towson and RV Michigan. In the Inside Lacrosse rankings, all eight teams are receiving votes: Penn State is No. 1, with Notre Dame No. 4, Denver No. 5, Maryland No. 8, Johns Hopkins No. 11, Rutgers No. 13, Towson No. 16 and Michigan receiving votes.
— Ohio State Men’s LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) April 7, 2017
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.
• Two of the Buckeyes’ five Big Ten games will be in Ohio Stadium, as the squad hosts Johns Hopkins and Maryland. The conference road games are at Penn State (L 9-4), Michigan and Rutgers.
• Ohio State will host the 2017 Big Ten Tournament May 4 and 6 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Last Time Out
• The Buckeyes fell to then-No. 2-ranked Penn State, 9-4, last Sunday in University Park, Pa.
• The teams traded goals twice in the first quarter for a 2-2 game after 15 minutes. The Buckeyes scored 10 seconds into the second quarter but the Nittany Lions scored the next two to lead 4-3 at halftime.
• In the third, Penn State scored the only three goals and it added a goal at 10:18 of the fourth for an 8-3 lead. Ohio State scored at 7:27 of the fourth to end a scoreless streak of more than 30 minutes. The Nittany Lions scored the final goal with 5:26 remaining.
• Tre Leclaire led the Buckeyes with two goals. Jake Withers won 13-of-17 faceoffs, had a game-high seven groundballs and had an assist. Jeff Henrick caused two turnovers and Tom Carey made 12 saves in the Buckeye cage.
Buckeyes vs. Blue Jays
• The Buckeyes and Blue Jays have met eight times, with the Blue Jays holding a 7-1 advantage in those contests. Last season, Hopkins came away with a 13-12 win at home.
• Ohio State’s win came in Columbus April 5, 2015 by a score of 15-12. The game was the first Big Ten contest between the teams.
• The other game between the teams in Columbus was April 6, 2002, a 12-9 win by the Blue Jays.
OSU vs. JHU in 2016
• The Buckeyes fell to Johns Hopkins, 13-12, April 9, 2016. The teams were tied at two after the first quarter before the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the second quarter for an 8-5 halftime lead. The Buckeyes drew within one four times in the second half but could not get the equalizer.
• Johnny Pearson led the Buckeyes with four goals, while Carter Brown and Eric Fannell each had four points with two goals and two assists. Jake Withers won 18-of-28 faceoffs and had a game-high eight groundballs.
Blue Jay Bio
• No. 11 Johns Hopkins heads into the weekend with a 6-3 record this season and is 1-0 in the Big Ten after opening conference play with a 12-6 win over Rutgers last Friday.
• The Blue Jays are scoring 12.11 goals per contest while allowing 10.33 a game. The squad’s man-up unit leads the nation with a .577 success rate (15-for-26) while its man-down defense is 12-for-19 (.632). Hopkins leads the country with the fewest turnovers per game (10.22).
• Shack Stanwick leads the team with 30 points and 15 assists and is second on the team with 15 goals. Kyle Marr is first with 19 goals, while sitting in second on the squad with seven assists and 26 points.
• Craig Madarasz is 51-for-130 (.392) on faceoffs while Hunter Moreland has collected 37-of-63 faceoffs (.587). Gerald Logan has started eight games in goal for the Blue Jays, averaging 10.44 goals allowed per contest and a .472 save percentage. Brock Turnbaugh has played in six games, starting one, and has a 10.07 goals-gainst average and .526 save percentage.
Just the Stats … Buckeyes among NCAA Leaders
• Ohio State is averaging 11.0 goals a game and is holding opponents to 7.36 an outing, ranking fourth nationally in scoring defense.
• Ohio State is sixth nationally and second in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.620).
• The squad is 11th in scoring margin (+3.64), 11th in man-up offense (.474) and 14th in man-down defense (.725).
• Tom Carey is 6-2 in goal and ranks third in the NCAA with a 6.77 goals-against average and is ninth with a .579 save percentage.
• Jake Withers has won 125-of-191 faceoffs (.654), ranking second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in faceoff winning percentage, and is first on the team with 70 groundballs, a mark that is second in the Big Ten and 15th nationally in groundballs per game (6.36).
• Eric Fannell has a team-high 17 assists and 31 points, with Tre Leclaire leading the way with 24 goals and ranking second with 30 points. Johnny Pearson and Fannell are tied for second with 14 goals each, followed by Colin Chell with 12 and Lukas Buckley with 10. Chell is second with seven assists, followed by Leclaire with six and Ryan Terefenko and Withers with five each.
• Fannell is fourth in the Big Ten and 30th in the NCAA with 1.70 assists per game and ranks ninth among B1G players with 3.10 points per game. Leclaire is sixth in the B1G with 2.18 goals per game.
• Erik Evans is first for the Buckeyes with 10 caused turnovers, followed by Ben Randall with seven and Freddy Freibott with six. Randall and Freibott are tied for is second with 27 groundballs each.
Freshman Leclaire Leading the Buckeyes in Goals
• Buckeye freshman Tre Leclaire is first on the team with 24 goals, tying for third in the Big Ten in goals and ranking sixth in goals per game among league players. He is tied for second in goals among league rookies, matching Kieran Mullins from Rutgers and behind Mac O’Keefe of Penn State.
• On the year, Leclaire is second on the squad with 30 points. He has at least one point in each of his first 11 collegiate games, with a goal in all but one (vs. Jacksonville). Leclaire is on a seven-game goal-scoring streak and has eight multiple goal outings this year.
Withers among Faceoff Leaders
• Senior Jake Withers set the Buckeye record for career groundballs vs. Cleveland State March 11, picking up groundball No. 239. He passed Anthony Kelly, who had 238 from 2000-03. Withers now has 262 as a Buckeye.
• Withers has won 464-of-798 career faceoffs, with a .581 winning percentage to lead Buckeyes since 2000. He is second (behind Anthony Kelly/480) in faceoff wins since that time.
• Withers is sixth nationally in faceoff winning percentage this year, winning 125-of-191 (.654), including 13 of 17 last week at Penn State. He has nine games with double-digit faceoff wins this season.
• He posted his fifth assist of the season at Penn State Sunday. The assists are the first of his Buckeye career.
Carey in the Cage
• Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey is third in the NCAA with a 6.77 goals-against average. He has allowed six or fewer goals in six of his nine starts this year and has two games with 11 saves, along with a season-best 12 saves at Penn State last week.
• In his Buckeye career, Carey has 395 saves and an 8.63 goals-against average in 43 games played (all starts). His start at Penn State was career start No. 50 for Carey, who played one season at Bryant.
Buckeye This and That
As a team …
• The Buckeyes have held their opponents to nine or fewer goals in all but two games this season. The squad is averaging 7.36 goals allowed per game, standing first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in team defense.
• Ohio State started the year 9-0, the second-best start in school history behind only the 1966 team that was a perfect 14-0 on the year. It was the longest winning streak since the 2004 team won 11 in a row.
• The squad held Penn State scoreless on three man-up chances Sunday and is now 29-for-40 (.725) on the year, ranking 14th in the NCAA.
• The Buckeyes outshot their first nine opponents but have been outshot in their last two games. The squad is averaging 36.4 shots a game, while giving up 30.5 per game.
• In all, 19 Buckeyes have combined for 121 goals this season. Sixteen players have at least one assist, with 23 total Buckeyes posting at least one point on the year.
• Senior Eric Fannell has a team-best and career-high 31 points this season, with 14 goals and 17 assists. He has multiple points in six of the 10 games he has played, including a hat trick and four assists for a career-high seven points vs. Denver and five points (2g, 3a) in both games of the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. Fannell has been added to the 2017 Tewaaraton Award Watch list.
• Freshman Ryan Terefenko has five goals and five assists for 10 points this season while playing in all 11 games. He has 18 groundballs, including two or more in seven games, and has five points (2g, 3a) in his last three games combined.
• Junior Ben Randall, who has started all 11 games in his first year as a Buckeye, is tied for second on the team with 27 groundballs (with at least two in all but one game) and seven caused turnovers.
• Junior Colin Chell and senior Austin Shanks are tied for 10th in the NCAA with five man-up goals each this season. Tre Leclaire has scored four times with the man advantage and senior Johnny Pearson has three EMO goals.
• Chell is third on the team with 19 points, including a career-high seven assists.
• Junior Freddy Freibott had a career-high five groundballs in the Buckeyes’ win over Denver and now has a career-best 27 on the year, with two or more in nine of 11 games played.
• Pearson has a point in all but three games season, including a hat trick vs. Denver. He is tied for second on the team with 14 goals and isfourth with 17 points.
• Junior Erik Evans has 10 caused turnovers on the year to lead the Buckeyes, including three vs. Detroit Mercy and two at Towson. He also has 13 groundballs.
• Freshman Jeff Henrick had a career-high two caused turnovers at Penn State and picked up a groundball. He has 11 gbs and four CTs this season while playing in all 11 games.
The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan at 10:30 a.m. April 15. BTN will televise the contest.