COLUMBUS, Ohio – A week after opening its conference schedule inside Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has another first this Saturday: it’s first Big Ten road contest. The Buckeyes meet No. 5 Johns Hopkins for a noon face-off that can be seen live on ESPNU. Mike Corey will handle play by play duties with Matt Ward as the color analyst.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
– Ohio State is 5-5 on the year and 0-1 in Big Ten play following last Saturday’s setback against Penn State.
– On close defense, Ohio State’s starting trio of Erik Evans (20 ground balls, eight caused turnovers), Matt Borges (28 ground balls, seven caused turnovers) and Ben Randall (16 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers) have started 31 consecutive games together.
– On the other end of the field, six different players have double digit points this far. Sophomore Tre Leclaire leads the way with 27 (17G, 10A) while next in line are senior John Kelly (10G, 6A), junior Jack Jasinski (11G, 4A), freshman Jackson Reid (12G, 2A) and senior Colin Chell (7G, 4A).
– In the face-off X, freshman Justin Inacio has taken 110 draws and won 55 while sophomore Christian Feliziani is 55-of-96. Inacio took a team-high 14 face-offs last week vs. Penn State.
– Josh Kirson has started in goal in each of the last two games and has 25 saves in those appearances his credit. Last week against the Nittany Lions, he made 12 saves just one week after stopping a career-high 13 shots versus Notre Dame.
– Ohio State’s group of short stick defensive midfielders and long stick midfielders is led by Ryan Terefenko (23 ground balls, seven caused turnovers, three goals, three assists), Freddy Freibott(team-high 30 ground balls) and Logan Maccani (14 ground balls, one goal, two assists).
SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
– John Hopkins (7-2), ranked No. 6 in this week’s USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coaches Poll, has won six straight games and is coming off a 13-12 victory at No. 9 Rutgers last Sunday night.
– The Blue Jays have the nation’s No. 5-ranked scoring offense, averaging 13.22 goals per game. Shack Stanwick is the squads leading scorer with 35 points on 14 goals and 21 assists. He has multiple points in eight of nine games this season.
– Three players – Cole Williams, Kyle Marr and Joel Tinney – are tied for second on the team with 29 points.
– Goalie Brock Turnbaugh has started all nine games this year with a 9.42 goals-against average, 82 saves and .494 save percentage.
– Johns Hopkins has scored 11 or more goals in eight consecutive games.
SERIES HISTORY VS. THE BLUE JAYS
– While Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series against Ohio State 7-3, the Buckeyes are 3-2 against the Blue Jays since they became conference foes in 2015.
– Last year, Ohio State defeated Johns Hopkins twice – a 13-9 victory on April 9 at Ohio Stadium followed by a 15-13 triumph on May 4 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
– The last time the two squads met at Homewood Field, Johns Hopkins came away with a 13-12 victory.
– 98 of Ohio State’s 133 total points this year have been scored by underclassmen.
– Four of the Buckeyes’ top six scorers are non-seniors.
– Jackson Reid‘s 12 goals are second highest amongst Big Ten freshmen.
A MARYLAND HOMECOMING
– Ohio State’s roster features nine players from the state of Maryland: JT Bugliosi (Forest Hill/Calvert Hall), John Kelly (Towson/Calvert Hall), Omari DeBerry (Woodstock/Calvert Hall), Colin Chell (Bel Air/Boys’ Latin), Joey Salisbury (Damascus/Damascus), Erik Evans(Baldwin/Calvert Hall), Brandon Barger (Baldwin/Gilman School), Jed Manning (Cockeysville/The Hill Academy) and Evan Riss (Columbia/Oakland Mills).
– The Buckeyes’ roster is represented by 15 different states and provinces, with Maryland and Ohio being the most prominent (nine each).
PACKIN’ THEM IN
– Prior to the 2018 season beginning, Ohio State secured a record number of season ticket purchases.
– The Buckeyes sold out both of their games inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, with over 900 fans attending victories over Boston University and Hofstra.
– In three contests at Ohio Stadium, Ohio State is averaging 2,300 fans per game, an increase of nearly 500 per game from last year.
– The crowd of 3,218 versus Notre Dame on March 25 was a non-Spring Game record.
– Ohio State ranks No. 8 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in total attendance.
– Ohio State ranks No. 15 in the country – and No. 2 in the Big Ten – in scoring defense.
– The Buckeyes have given up eight or fewer goals five times in 10 outings.
SOME NOTES ON THE B1G
– Five Big Ten schools appear in this week’s USILA/Nike Lacrosse Coach’s Poll, including three in the top 10 – the most of any conference in the country.
– The Buckeyes’ four remaining Big Ten opponents have a combined record of 29-9 (.763), making Ohio State’s remaining schedule the toughest in the country.
– Big Ten schools went 38-14 in non-conference games (.730), the best mark of any league in the country.
THIS AND THAT
– Tre Leclaire is nine points shy of 100 in his career and is on pace to become the second fastest Buckeye to reach the century mark for career points.
– Ohio State, Villanova and Providence are tied for the most overtime games played time year with three.
– Erik Evans will be making his 52nd consecutive start on Saturday.
– Jackson Reid has at least one point in seven straight games, the longest active streak on the team.
– Ohio State has caused 10 more turnovers (62) this year than it did last year through 10 games last season.