May 13, 2022

Ohio State Heads to Cornell for NCAA Tournament Matchup

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is back in the NCAA Tournament, and its opponent in the first round is a familiar one. The Buckeyes (10-5) travel north to Ithaca, N.Y. for a date with seventh-seeded Cornell (11-4) on Sunday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. Opening faceoff is set for 2:30 p.m. in front of a national audience on ESPNU.

Chris Cotter and Paul Carcaterra will have the call on ESPNU. Additionally, live stats will be available on the schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Twitter updates at @OhioStateMLAX.

The Basics
Ohio State at Cornell // Sunday, May 15 // 2:30 p.m. // Schoellkopf Field; Ithaca, N.Y.
Watch: ESPNU // Live Stats // Twitter Updates

Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • Ohio State is 10-5 this season and finished 3-2 in the Big Ten. It’s ranked No. 12 in this week’s USILA poll, the final one of the 2022 season.
  • The Buckeyes are led on offense by the tandem of Jack Myers (36-44-80), Jackson Reid (46-15-61) and Colby Smith (39-6-45).
  • Myers is fourth nationally in assists per game (2.93) and sixth in points per game (5.33). Reid, meanwhile, ranks No. 17 in goals per game (3.07).
  • In the faceoff circle, Ohio State’s unit has been ranked in the top 10 all season and currently sits at No. 6, winning at a 58 percent clip.
  • Fifth-year senior Justin Inacio sits at No. 9 nationally (.591) and is Ohio State’s all-time leader with 716 face-off wins.
  • The Buckeyes’ close defense consists of two underclassmen – Big Ten Freshman of the Year Bobby Van Buren and junior Jacob Snyder – along with graduate student Tyler Gallagher.
  • In goal, senior Skylar Wahlund is coming off a 21-save effort vs. Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. He’s started each of the last eight games.
  • Head coach Nick Myers is in his 14th year leading the Buckeyes. He’s the program’s all-time winningest coach and his teams are making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Scouting Cornell

  • The Big Red earned the No. 7 national seed on the strength of an 11-4 season that’s included wins over four ranked teams and a share of the Ivy League regular season title.
  • Three players have 50 or more points on the season: John Piatelli (53-14-67), CJ Kirst (42-22-64) and Michael Long (27-27-54).
  • On the defensive end of the field, Gavin Adler has 25 caused turnovers, which is tops in the Ivy League and 18th nationally.

Ohio State/Cornell Series History

  • When Ohio State and Cornell meet, it’s always a big game.
  • Earlier this season – on March 6 – fifth-ranked Ohio State dropped a hard-fought 14-11 decision to No. 9 Cornell at Schoellkopf Field.
  • On March 1, 2020 the Big Red came away with a 17-16 win at Ohio Stadium in what was arguably the most entertaining game in the abbreviated 2020 college lacrosse regular season.
  • In 2013 and 2008, the Buckeyes and Big Red met in the NCAA Tournament.
  • In fact, Ohio State’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win came on May 10, 2008 when it defeated Cornell, 15-7, in Ithaca.
  • Sunday will be the seventh meeting all-time between Ohio State and Cornell. The Big Red has won four of the first six.

What a Win Would Mean

  • Ohio State would advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time in program history.
  • It would set up a meeting between either second-seeded Georgetown or the play-in game winner between Delaware and Robert Morris.
  • The Buckeyes would get to play their quarterfinal game at home, as Ohio Stadium is one of two host sites next weekend (Sunday, May 22).
  • It would be the fifth-straight first round win, dating back to a 15-7 triumph over Cornell in 2008.

Regular Season Rewind

  • Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then twice fought back from four-goal deficits to tie the score at 10-10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
  • Freshman Ed Shean had a career-high four points while Jason Knox finished with two goals.
  • The Buckeyes’ 11 goals came from nine different players.
  • For Cornell, CJ Kirst and John Piatelli combined to score eight goals (four each).

Buckeye This and That

  • Jackson Reid scored five goals for the third straight game last Thursday vs. Rutgers and has 22 tallies in his last five games.
  • He’s currently tied for sixth in program history in single-season goals (46). Bill Haagenson also scored 46 in 1963.
  • Reid’s 130 career goals is No. 3 on Ohio State’s all-time list. The No. 2 spot is held by Logan Schuss (146 from 2010-13) and Tre Leclaire is the all-time leader (159 from 2017-21).
  • Jack Myers’ 80 points is tied with Terry Gilmore (1979) and Brian Driscoll (1966) for second-most in single-season history. Gilmore also holds the No. 1 spot on the list with 90 points in 1978.
  • With 44 assists, Jack Myers is five away from tying Terry Gimore’s single-season record, which has stood for 44 years. He had 49 helpers in 1978.
  • Over his last four games, goalie Skylar Wahlund has 68 saves and a .562 save percentage.
  • Ohio State is 10-0 this season when scoring 14 goals or more and also 10-0 when it picks up more ground balls than its opponent.

All-Big Ten Honors

  • Jack Myers earned first team All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career earlier this month. Myers led the Big Ten this year is assists and assists per game.
  • Jackson Reid picked up second team all-conference honors for the first time in his career. He was also Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Honoree.
  • Bobby Van Buren was also a second-team selection and additionally was voted as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
  • Van Buren is the third Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, joining Tre Leclaire (2017) and Justin Inacio (2018).
  • Additionally, he’s the first close defenseman to be chosen for the award in the eight-year history of Big Ten lacrosse.