COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State heads towards the finish line of its regular season and hits the road for a key Big Ten game on Sunday when it tangles with No. 1 Maryland at 2 p.m. inside Byrd Stadium in College Park. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
– Ohio State is 6-6 on the year, 1-2 in the Big Ten, and receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
– A balanced Buckeye offensive attack has seen seven different players record double figure points thus far. Sophomore Tre Leclaire leads the way with 23 goals, 10 assists and 33 points on a team-high 80 shots. He has at least three goals in six games so far as is two points away from reaching 100 in his career.
– After Leclaire is freshman Jackson Reid, who has 15 goals and five assists for 20 points. He’s the third leading scorer amongst Big Ten freshmen and has at least one point in nine straight games.
– Junior Jack Jasinski, who had a goal to open up the game last week against Michigan, is third on the team with 18 points (13G, 5A) while senior John Kelly has 16 points in the 10 games in which he’s played.
– Five of the Buckeyes’ top seven scorers are underclassmen and 77 percent of its total point production have come from underclassmen.
– The close defensive unit is an experienced one, having started 33 consecutive games together since the beginning of last season. Seniors Ben Randall and Erik Evans, along with junior Matt Borges, have combined to cause 31 turnovers and scoop up 68 ground balls.
– In the defensive midfield, sophomore Ryan Terefenko is a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and has put together a full line of stats this year: 33 ground balls, eight caused turnovers, four goals, and three assists.
– Thanks to Terefenko and others, the Buckeyes are the nation’s No. 1 clearing team, successfully converting 94.8 percent of the time (184-of-194).
– Freshman Justin Inacio is No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 27 nationally in the face-off X, winning 55.6 percent of the draws that he’s taken. Over the last two weeks, he’s 29-of-41 (70.7 percent).
– Redshirt freshman Josh Kirson has started each of the last four games in goal and earned his first career win last Friday against the Wolverines. He made seven saves in the game and allowed just two second-half goals.
– The nation’s No. 1 team in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse Media polls, Maryland has won five straight games since an 11-10 setback against Albany of March 10.
– Senior Connor Kelly has 60 points on the season (32G, 28A) and is the top scorer for an offense that averages nearly 13 goals per game. Sophomore Jared Bernhardt is second with 40 points on 29 goals and 11 assists.
– Senior goalie Dan Morris has played nearly every minute this season in cage, stopping 54.2 percent of the shots he’s faced with a 8.57 goals-against average.
– Justin Shockey and Austin Henningsen have nearly evenly split the 267 face-offs this year and each are over 50 percent for the season.
HISTORY WITH THE TERPS
– Sunday will be the fourth meeting between Ohio State and Maryland in the last 12 months.
– Last season, the Buckeyes and Terps met three times – once in the regular season, in the Big Ten Tournament title game and again in the NCAA National Championship Game.
– Since the formation of Big Ten lacrosse in 2015, all six meetings between Ohio State and Maryland have been decided by three or less goals.
TWO MORE #PROBUCKS ADDED TO THE LIST
– On Wednesday evening, a pair of senior defensemen – Ben Randall and Erik Evans – were taken in the Major League Lacrosse Draft.
– Randall was the first defensemen off the board and went No. 14 overall (second round) to the Charlotte Hounds.
– Evans was the No. 47 overall pick in the sixth round by the Atlanta Blaze.
– Ohio State has now produced 10 MLL Draft picks in the last three years and 18 overall since the league began in 2001.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
– Last Friday’s win over Michigan gave the fourth straight senior class an undefeated record against their rivals.
– The Buckeyes’ defense held an opponent to eight or fewer goals for the sixth time this season.
– Ohio State’s offense produced a season-high 44 shots.
– Michigan’s Brent Noseworthy, the league leader in goals per game and ranked in the top five nationally, had just one point – a season-low.
THIS AND THAT
– Ohio State is averaging 2,431 fans per game in four dates thus far at Ohio Stadium, an increase of over 500 fans per game from last year and the highest in program history.
– The Buckeyes’ opponents this season have a cumulative record of 85-63, giving them the nation’s 12th toughest schedule.
– Ohio State’s final two opponents are a combined 18-5 this season, making the Buckeyes’ remaining schedule the second toughest in the country.
– In the last two weeks, 21 of Ohio State’s 28 points have been produced by freshmen or sophomores.
– In his current nine-game point streak, Jackson Reid has 10 goals and four assists.
– Jackson Reid is third among all Big Ten freshmen in both goals (15) and total points (20).
– Ryan Terefenko was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for the second time this season. Four different Buckeyes have earned five Big Ten weekly awards thus far.
– Justin Inacio ranks 27th nationally in face-off win percentage and second amongst freshmen. He’s 10-for-10 in the fourth quarter of the last two games and over 70 percent overall (29-for-41).