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COLUMBUS – A top-10 matchup. A pivotal game in the Big Ten standings. Senior Day. National television. Saturday inside of Ohio Stadium promises to have a little bit of everything as No. 7 Ohio State hosts No. 2 Maryland at 1 p.m. live on BTN. Mike Monaco and former Buckeye captain and All-American Greg Bice will be on the call.
|Ohio State vs. Maryland • The Basics|
|Date:||April 20, 2019|
|Venue:||Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|Game Notes:||Ohio State | Maryland|
|All-Time Series:||Maryland leads, 8-3|
|Last Meeting:||Ohio State won, 12-10, in College Park (April 22, 2018)|
“When we play Maryland, we know we have to play our very best. In a lot of ways, they force the best out of you. That’s what it’s going to take to be in a game with them.” | Head coach Nick Myers
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ranked No. 7 this week in the USILA Coaches Poll, Ohio State is coming off 14-13 come-from-behind victory at No. 16 Johns Hopkins last Sunday. The Buckeyes are 8-2 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.
• Ohio State is playing at home on Saturday for just the second time in the last seven weeks. Prior to the game, the Buckeyes will honor their senior class, a group that has been a part of 39 wins over the last four years and the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four.
• Key in the Buckeyes’ winning eight of 10 games this year has been the play of their offense. Ranked No. 22 in goals per game (12.20), Ohio State has three players with 30 or more points this year and a fourth with 29. They’ve scored 10 or more goals eight times in 10 games.
• Junior Tre Leclaire has been the most consistent offensive threat, scoring multiple goals in all 10 games with a team-high 32 on the season. His 3.20 goals-per-game average is eighth-best nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten.
• Sophomore Jackson Reid is coming off a six-point performance last week at Johns Hopkins and has 22 goals and eight assists on the year. Over the last six games, Reid is averaging 3.66 points per game.
• Jack Jasinski and Jack Myers have 30 and 29 points on the season, respectively. The pair has combined for 34 goals and 25 assists.
• Other double figure scorers through 10 games are Colby Smith (nine goals, six assists, 15 points) and Lukas Buckley (four goals, eight assists, 12 points).
• In the face-off X, sophomore Justin Inacio is winning .606 of the draws that he’s taken. Last week at Johns Hopkins, we won 10 of the game’s final 11 face-offs and six of seven in the fourth quarter.
• Goalie Josh Kirson has a .522 save percentage and 105 total stops on the year. His fourth-quarter save last week with just over 1:00 to play led to the game-winning goal in transition by Jackson Reid.
• The close defensive unit of Matt Borges, Jeff Henrick and Joey Salisbury has started for six consecutive games. Borges is third in the Big Ten with 1.40 caused turnovers per game.
• Ranked No. 2 this week in all three major polls, the Terrapins come to Columbus following a 16-13 win over Rutgers last Sunday in Piscataway. UMD in 10-2 on the season and 2-1 in Big Ten play.
• Like Ohio State, Maryland has balance on offense – four players have 30 or more points, led by the combination of Jared Bernhardt and Logan Wisnauskas, who each have 61. The duo collectively has 72 goals and 50 assists.
• The Terrapins average 13.42 goals per game – good for 13th best nationally – and give up 9.92, which ranks No. 16. Maryland’s scored 10 or more goals in all 12 of its games this season.
• Face-off specialist Austin Henningsen is ranked seventh nationally in win percentage (.644) and comes into Saturday’s game having won .705 in the last two games (36-of-51).
• Head coach John Tillman is in his ninth season at Maryland and owns a 120-35 record in College Park.
PROMOTIONS ON SATURDAY
• Saturday promises to be a busy day inside Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes have several recognitions occurring before the game.
• This week is the Buckeyes’ annual Military/Veterans Appreciation game. A special student veterans event will take place on the Huntington Club and the student-veterans will come down to the field and display a large American flag on the field.
• The first 250 youth can pick-up an OSU Camo Bag Tag.
• There will also be a variety of student giveaways: the first 50 students receive a Buckeye Lei, first 100 students receive a gray bucket hat and the first 200 students get an OSU Camo Bro Tank.
• Saturday is as Senior Day as the men’s lacrosse program will honor nine seniors and their families during a pre-game ceremony.
THE CLASS OF 2019
This year’s senior class has been a part of 39 victories to date since 2016 and has helped the Buckeyes earn berths to the Big Ten Tournament in both 2017 and 2018. Off the field, they’ve produced multiple Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten members. Two of this year’s seniors – Matt Borges and Jack Jasinski – were selected in the Major League Lacrosse Draft.
• Brandon Baker – A fourth year, junior Brandon Barker is from Pittsford, N.Y. and majoring in sport industry. He’s played in eight games this year with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
• Matt Borges – A native of Garden City, N.Y., Matt Borges has been a mainstay at defense for Ohio State since his freshman season. Borges has started 46 consecutive games and has 105 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers in his 61-game career. A captain and Senior CLASS Award candidate, Borges is a finance major who is an Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honoree.
• Lukas Buckley – A fourth year junior, Buckley has played in 46 career games with 26 goals, 19 assists and 45 points. His eight assists this season is a career high. A finance major, Buckley was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar last year for having a 3.7 or better grade-point average during the 2017-18 school year.
• Chase Bunce – Bunce is also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar who had a 3.7 or better GPA during the 2017-18 school year. An accounting major and native of San Jose, Calif., he is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
• Jack Jasinski – From Birmingham, Ala., Jack Jasinski is a veteran of 59 games with 95 points (60 goals, 35 assists). He’s currently the Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer with 30 points this season (20 goals, 10 assists) and has at least one point in 21 of the last 22 games. Jasinski is an exercise science education major.
• Carter Kistler – Kistler is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Agribusiness and Applied Economics major who is from Columbus. Kistler’s taken seven face-offs in his career, most recently this season at Hofstra.
• Brian Lang – From Hicksville, N.Y., Brian Lang will graduate with a degree in finance. An OSU Scholar-Athlete, he played in a pair of games during the Buckeyes’ 2017 season that ended with a trip to the national championship game.
• Logan Maccani – Maccani, a native of Shoreview, Minn., is a captain for the 2019 Buckeyes and has played in all 61 games over the last four years. A four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, he has 72 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers in his career to go along with five goals and seven assists from the defensive midfield position.
• Cullen Sowder – A native of Savage, Minn., Sowder is a fourth-year junior who is majoring in finance. He’s a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
HISTORY WITH THE TERRAPINS
• Ohio State and Maryland will be meeting for the eighth time since the formation of Big Ten lacrosse in 2015. The Buckeyes own three victories in that time over the Terrapins, including a 12-10 decision last season in College Park. It was the Buckeyes’ first-ever win on the road against the nation’s No. 1-ranked team.
• In 2015 and 2017, Ohio State and Maryland face each other in both the regular season and Big Ten Tournament. The 2017 season also included a meeting in the national championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
• Five of the last seven meetings between Ohio State and Maryland have been decided by two goals or less.
|Ohio State vs. Maryland: Tale of the Tape|
|8-2, 1-2 B1G||Record||10-2, 2-1 B1G|
|No. 7||USILA Ranking||No. 2|
|12.20||Goals Per Game||13.42|
|10.60||Opponent Goals Per Game||9.92|
|31.0||Ground Balls Per Game||30.6|
CAREER VS. MARYLAND
• In five career games against Maryland, Jack Jasinski has nine total points on three goals and six assists. Last year in College Park, he dished out a career-high five assists and also scored twice.
• Tre Leclaire has five career goals in four games, including three in the Big Ten Tournament title game as a freshman in 2017.
• Sophomore Justin Inacio won 17 of 26 face-offs against the Terps last year, including 10 in a row during the second and third quarters and went on to earn Big Ten Specialist of the Week honors.
LECLAIRE = MR. CONSISTANCY
• Not only has Tre Leclaire scored multiple goals in all 10 games this year, his streak of consecutive games with at least one goal dates back 17 games to last season.
• Leclaire is currently tied for 10th nationally with the longest active goal-scoring streak.
• During that time, Leclaire has 45 goals and 11 games with three or more scores.
AGAINST TOP 10 FOES
• Ohio State owns a 7-6 record against top-10 ranked opponents over the past three seasons.
• Against ranked teams, the Buckeyes are 13-11 since 2017.
• After finishing second in the nation last year in clearing percentage, Ohio State has picked up right where it left off in 2019.
• The Buckeyes are No. 1 with a successful clear percentage of 90.0 percent. They’ve had two games – including last week at Johns Hopkins (21-21) – when they’ve been perfect in the clearing game.
EXCELLENCE IN THE X
• Ohio State’s Justin Inacio will face off against a top-10 ranked specialist in the X for the third week in a row.
• In the last two games vs. Penn State’s Gerald Arceri and Johns Hopkins’ Kyle Prouty, Inacio’s more than held his own. He’s 26-of-49 (.530) with 13 ground balls. Arceri and Prouty are current No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, in win percentage.
THE BIG TEN ERA
• Since Big Ten lacrosse began in 2015, Ohio State and Maryland are the two winnigest programs in the conference. The Buckeyes are 51-29 while Maryland is 72-16.
• Ohio State’s 12-11 conference record since 2015 is the third-best in the conference.
• The Buckeyes own wins over every team in the league since 2015 and multiple wins over four teams.
|Most Wins in Big Ten (overall) Since 2015|
THE SENIOR CLASS
• Ohio State’s senior class owns a 39-22 record in their careers. Last year’s seniors graduated as the program’s all-time winningest with 43 victories.
• The Buckeyes’ 39 wins since the start of the 2016 season is the 10th most nationally.
REID GETTING HOT
• Jackson Reid is coming off a career-high six-point performance in last week’s win at Johns Hopkins. His fifth goal – which tied a career high in that category – was the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining.
• Reid previously scored five goals in a 13-8 win against Marquette on March 2.
• Over the last six games, Reid is the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 22 points (3.66 per game). He has 17 goals and five assists in that span.
• The NCAA men’s lacrosse selection committee announced its first top-10 ranking last Saturday and had the Buckeyes slotted in at No. 9. They are one of three Big Ten teams on the list.
• The initial RPI rankings for 2019 were released on Tuesday and Ohio State checks in at No. 7 and is the second highest-ranked Big Ten squad.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Ohio State owns a 29-9 record at home since the start of the 2015 season.
• The Buckeyes have won at least four home games in every season during that span.
• Ohio State is 18-9 inside Ohio Stadium over the past six seasons.
• The Buckeyes have won 17 of their last 22 home games since the start of the 2017 season.
OFFENSE, DEFENSE AND MORE
• Ohio State is one of just 11 teams in the country that ranks in the top 30 in scoring offense, scoring defense and face-off win percentage.
• The Buckeyes are No. 21 in scoring offense, No. 28 in scoring defense and No. 17 in face-off win percentage.
• Of the other 10 teams in this category, Ohio State plays – or will play – four of them: Penn State, Maryland, UMass and Boston University.