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 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.