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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A busy opening week for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team continues on Saturday when the Buckeyes make their first road trip of the season, traveling east to face Boston University at noon at Nickerson Field.
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Buckeyes in a Nutshell
- Ranked No. 13 in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll, Ohio State moved to 1-0 on the year thanks to a 23-9 win over Detroit Mercy on Tuesday evening at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
- The Buckeyes’ offense on Tuesday evening was spearheaded by the trio of Tre Leclaire, Jackson Reid and Jack Myers, who combined to produce 14 goals and 10 assists.
- The Leclaire-Reid-Myers trio is part of an offense that returns nearly 85 percent of its goal scoring and 82 percent of its total assists from last season.
- The Buckeyes’ defense features a mix of veteran and experienced players, led by senior captain Jeff Henrick and goalie Josh Kirson. Against Detroit, Kirson started and made seven saves in nearly 36 minutes of action.
- In the defensive midfield, senior Ryan Terefenko is a first-team preseason All-American and started off his final season in Scarlet and Gray with five ground balls and an assist vs. the Titans. He’s played in 28 straight games since the start of the 2018 season.
- In the face-off X, senior Christian Feliziani started out his final season by winning 13 of 24 draws on Tuesday. He was one of five players who took a face-off vs. Detroit, joined by freshmen James Hogan, Sam Faber and Stephen Zupicich along with sophomore Anthony Ameo.
History vs. Boston U
- Saturday will be just the third all-time meeting between Ohio State and BU with the previous two coming in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
- In 2018, the Buckeyes defeated the Terriers 15-9 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and then followed that up last year with a 17-10 victory, also in Columbus.
- Tre Leclaire has scored seven goals and added two assists in wins over the last two seasons while Jackson Reid’s contributed five goals.
- Two years ago, Feliziani won nine-of-16 face-offs vs. Boston U. and also scored a goal. Last year, he was four-of-five with two ground balls.
- Saturday will be Ohio State first-ever game at BU’s Nickerson Field.
Scouting the Terriers
- Boston University is 0-1 this season after dropping its season-opener last Saturday vs. Providence, 12-5.
- Senior Joe McSorley was named the Patriot League’s Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday for the seventh time in his career. He made 12 saves against Providence and had a .522 save percentage.
- Senior captain Lukas Buckley is from Walpole, Mass., which is approximately 30 miles south west of Boston.
- Goalie Josh Kirson is also from the Boston area. He grew up in Newton, Mass., located less than an hour west of BU’s campus.
- Sophomores T.J. Hendricks (Ohio State) and Jack Collins (BU) attended the same high school: Avon Old Farms.
- Head coach Nick Myers’ hometown of Kennebunk, Maine is two hours north of Boston.
- There are a total of eight Calvert Hall alumni on the two rosters: two from BU (Joe McSorley and Will Thompson) and six from Ohio State (Omari DeBerry, JT Bugliosi, George Walsh, Connor Mitchell, Grant Mitchell and Jacob Snyder).
Nine Home Games in 2020
- Ohio State’s 2020 schedule is highlighted by nine home games, six of which are against teams that are currently ranked in the USILA coaches poll.
- Following Saturday’s contest at BU, the Buckeyes return to Columbus for their first game at Ohio Stadium, hosting No. 18 Massachusetts at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15.
- Since 2017, Ohio State owns an 18-6 home record.
More About the 2020 Schedule
- Ohio State’s 2020 opponents had a combined record of 116-85 a year ago (.577) and an average RPI of 22.2.
- The Buckeyes’ opponents combined 2019 winning percentage is tied for seventh-best nationally and the overall average RPI is fifth.
- 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.
An Experienced Group
- Ohio State’s three captains in 2020 are Ryan Terefenko, Lukas Buckley and Jeff Henrick. Terefenko and Henrick were also captains last season, marking the first time since 2000 that Ohio State returns two captains from the previous season.
- Terefenko, Buckley and Henrick are three of the four players on the roster – Tre Leclaire is the other – who have played in 40 or more career games.
- Buckley and Henrick will be playing in their 50th career games on Saturday.
Career Records/Milestone Watch
- With six goals on Tuesday vs. Detroit, Tre Leclaire brought his career total to 115. He’s five goals shy of passing Jesse King (119 from 2012-15) for fourth place on Ohio State’s all-time list.
- Logan Schuss, who like Leclaire is also from British Columbia, Canada, holds the record with 147 goals from 2010-13.
- On the all-time points list, Leclaire ranks No. 12 with 147 (in 48 career games). He needs three points to tie Bill Rodgers (1978-81) for 10th place.
- Josh Kirson is 12 saves shy of 200 for his career. He’s played in 21 games since the start of the 2018 season with 19 starts.
- With a four-point outing on Saturday, Jack Myers can reach 50 career points in just 13 games.
Quite A Debut
- Eleven newcomers made their Ohio State debuts on Tuesday evening and two of them – Jacob Snyder and Ben Williams – earned a spot in the starting lineup.
- Grant Mitchell led the offensive effort amongst the newcomers, contributing five points (2G, 3A).
- Connor Mitchell also scored a goal in his debut game and James Cipolla had an assist.
- Snyder had a team-high two caused turnovers.
- Sam Farber, James Hogan and Stephen Zupicich each took face-offs while Carson Raney, Mitchell Pehlke, Garrett Nilsen and Carter Hilleary all also made their debuts.
- Ohio State’s 21 assists vs. Detroit on Tuesday were the most in a Division I game since Manhattan had 22 against Wagner in 2000.
- The Buckeyes’ 23 goals were their most in a game since they also scored 23 vs. St. Joseph’s during the 1995 season.
- Ohio State has begun a season 2-0 seven previous times under Nick Myers, including each of the last four years.
- The Buckeyes’ senior class has been a part of 33 wins in their careers, which makes them the 11th winningest senior class nationally.
Streaks and Such
- Tre Leclaire has scored at least one goal in 19 straight games with a total of 53 tallies in that span. That is the 14th longest active streak in the country. Additionally, he’s eighth nationally in career goals scored amongst active players.
- Leclaire also has an active points streak of 22 consecutive games with 67 points coming in that time.
- Jackson Reid has a five-game active goal scoring streak and five-game points streak.
- Jack Myers has points in six straight games and goals in three consecutive contests. In his six-game points streak, he has 13 assists.
- The Buckeyes have won eight straight games against non-conference opponents.
- Ryan Terefenko has picked up at least one ground ball in 26 of the last 28 games with three or more ground balls in seven consecutive games.