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COLUMBUS – Another chapter of the Michigan-Ohio State men’s lacrosse rivalry will be written on Friday night as the Wolverines and Buckeyes square off at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor. The game will be carried live on ESPNU with Chris Cotter and former Princeton All-American Ryan Boyle on the call.
|Ohio State vs. Michigan • The Basics|
|Date:||April 26, 2019|
|Venue:||U-M Lacrosse Stadium; Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|Game Notes:||Ohio State | Michigan|
|All-Time Series:||Ohio State leads, 7-0|
|Last Meeting:||Ohio State won, 8-5, in Columbus (April 13, 2018)|
“This isn’t a week-long affair. This is something that we talk about and is on our hearts every day of the year.” | Head coach Nick Myers
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State stands at 8-3 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten following last week’s 10-9 overtime setback against No. 2 Maryland. The Buckeyes are No. 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll, Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. Ohio State’s RPI stands at No. 9.
• The Buckeyes’ offense, which ranks No. 28 nationally in goals per game, features four players who have 30 or more points on the season. First among them is junior Tre Leclaire, who is third in the Big Ten averaging 3.09 goals per game.
• Leclaire’s 37 points are complimented by 33 from freshman Jack Myers (15 goals, 18 assists) and 32 from sophomore Jackson Reid (24 goals, eight assists). The fourth member of the 30-point club is Jack Jasinski, who this third on the squad in goals (21) and second in assists (11).
• The two other double figure scorers for Ohio State thus far are junior Lukas Buckley (five goals, eight assists, 15 points) and sophomore Colby Smith (nine goals, six assists, 15 points). Overall, 13 different players have scored multiple goals and eight have multiple assists.
• Sophomore Justin Inacio has followed up his Big Ten Freshmen of the Year season in 2018 with another strong showing in 2019. He’s currently 19th in the country in face-off win percentage (.610) and has won 10 or more in all 11 games this season.
• The defense is led by this season’s four captains – close defensemen Matt Borges and Jeff Henrick along with defensive midfielders Ryan Terefenko and Logan Maccani. As a unit, the group has accounted for 91 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers.
• In goal, sophomore Josh Kirson has started 10 of 11 games with a 10.32 goals against average, .518 save percentage and 114 total stops. Kirson’s goals-against average is third best in the Big Ten and his save percentage is fourth.
• The Wolverines enter Friday’s game with a 3-9 record (0-4 B1G) after a hard-fought 11-9 loss at Rutgers last Saturday.
• Michigan owns wins this year over Cleveland State (10-8), Jacksonville (11-10) and St. John’s (16-11) with narrow losses to Drexel (17-16 in 3 OT), Notre Dame (12-9), Marquette (16-13) and Delaware (16-13).
• Sophomore Alex Buckanavage has multiple points for UM is 10 of 11 games and leads the team in both goals (24), assists (19) and points (43). His teammate on attack is Kevin Mack, who is second with 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists).
• On defense, senior Nick DeCaprio leads the team with 17 caused turnovers, including eight two weeks ago in a 17-7 loss to No. 1 Penn State.
• Goalie Gunner Garn has started each of the last four games and has a .437 save percentage, 14.77 goals-against average and 45 total stops.
• The head coach of the Wolverines is Kevin Conry, who is in his second season in Ann Arbor after spending five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Maryland.
HISTORY AGAINST THE WOLVERINES
• Since Michigan’s arrival as a Division I program in 2012, the Buckeyes own a 7-0 record against the Maze and Blue. Four senior classes have gone undefeated against UM in their careers.
• Last year in Columbus, Tre Leclaire scored three goals and the Buckeyes went on a 4-1 run in the third quarter to come away with an 8-5 victory.
• Friday will be the first game in the series that’s been played at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium. The Buckeyes’ four previous wins in Ann Arbor came inside Michigan Stadium. Ohio State has played once at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium – in the semifinals of last year’s Big Ten Tournament.
CAREER VS. MICHIGAN
• As a freshman in 2017, Tre Leclaire enjoyed the most productive day of his career, finishing with eight points on three goals and five assists. In two games against the Wolverines, he has 11 points (six goals, five assists) – the most against any opponent on Ohio State’s schedule.
• Jack Jasinski has four goals and an assist in three games vs. the Wolverines.
• In last year’s game, goalie Josh Kirson was making his fourth career start and held the Wolverines to just two second-half goals. The five total goals that he gave up is still a career low for game’s that he’s started.
|Ohio State vs. Michigan: Tale of the Tape|
|8-3, 1-3 B1G||Record||3-9, 0-4 B1G|
|No. 10||USILA Ranking||NA|
|11.91||Goals Per Game||11.25|
|10.55||Opponent Goals Per Game||13.75|
|31.0||Ground Balls Per Game||28.5|
LECLAIRE CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS
• Tre Leclaire has at least two goals in every game this season and earlier in the year scored his 100th career goal. He currently ranks fifth all-time in goals scored (109) and is 10 back from fourth place (Jesse King – 119).
• Leclaire’s scored in 18 consecutive games, the 10th longest streak nationally.
|Ohio State All-Time Leading Goal Scorers|
• Ohio State has twice erased deficits of five goals to come back and win games this season: March 23 at Notre Dame (trailed 7-2 in the third quarter; won 11-10 in overtime) and April 14 at Johns Hopkins (trailed 8-2 in the second quarter; won 14-13).
• The Buckeyes have trailed by 3-5 goals at halftime in each of the last five games but have outscored opponents 20-9 in the third quarter of those games.
BORGES FINISHING STRONG
• Senior captain Matt Borges is enjoying one of the most statistically productive seasons of his career. He is currently ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of 1.36 caused turnovers per game. He’s caused at least one turnover in 10 straight games.
• Borges’ caused turnovers per game is the most by an Ohio State defensemen since Keenan Ochwat (1.87) in 2012.
LEADERSHIP ON DEFENSE
• All four captains of the 2019 Buckeyes play on the defensive side of the ball – close defensemen Matt Borges and Jeff Henrick along with SSDM’s Ryan Terefenko and Logan Maccani.
• Terefenko and Henrick are the first set of junior captains in 19 years.
• With the help of Ohio State’s four captains, the Buckeyes were the first team to hold Maryland under 10 goals in regulation this season.
AN INSTANT IMPACT
• Freshman Jack Myers ranks second in the Big Ten amongst freshmen with 3.30 points per game and is first in total assists (18).
• Myers’ 18 assists are the most by an Ohio State freshman since Logan Schuss had 25 during the 2010 season.
• Among freshmen nationally, Myers is 10th in points per game and fourth in total assists.
INACIO VS. THE ELITE
• Justin Inacio has shown no signs of a sophomore slump, as the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year has more than held his own in the face-off X against some of the nation’s best.
• Three weeks ago against Penn State’s Gerard Arceri (No. 13 nationally), Inacio won 12-of-23. A week later at John’s Hopkins and vs. Kyle Prouty (No. 17), he won 14-of-26, including 10 of the game’s last 11. Finally, last week vs. Maryland, Inacio went 11-of-17 against Austin Henningsen (No. 13) and 15-of-23 overall.
• Over the last three games against opponents who rank in the top 20 nationally – Inacio is 37-of-66 (.560).
HUNTINGTON BUCKS GO PRO 1.0
• Five members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will spend this summer in Columbus as part of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 intern class, which in total is comprised of a program-record 46 student athletes representing 24 different Buckeyes sports programs.
• The five Buckeye lacrosse representatives are: Anthony Ameo – camps; Omari DeBerry – Buckeye Leadership Fellows; Brandon Fisher – Sports Administration; Jack Rennillo – Student Life and Ryan Terefenko – Coaching
• The Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 Internship program, which is the most tenured program in the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute, runs eight weeks over the summer and allows student-athletes to gain important hands-on professional experience.
• Half of Ohio State’s total point production this year has come from underclassmen (99 of 198).
• The Buckeyes’ sophomore class has accounted for just over 30 percent of Ohio State’s point production (60 points, led by 32 from Jackson Reid).
• 86 of Ohio State’s 131 goals scored this year have some from either sophomores or juniors.