Ohio State and Michigan meet for the football field for the 115th time this Saturday, making it one of the oldest rivalries in all of college football. The traditions associated with the rivalry, however, extend far beyond the football field and in to many other sports at Ohio State, including the men’s lacrosse program.
For each win that the Buckeyes notch over “That Team Up North,” players receive a Golden Buckeye at their annual end of the season banquet. Since Michigan became a Division I program seven years ago, Ohio State owns a perfect 7-0 mark against the Wolverines and the last four senior classes have graduated with four golden Buckeyes.
Ohio State and Michigan began meeting annually in lacrosse in 2012 when the Buckeyes went to Ann Arbor and came away with a 12-9 win at Michigan Stadium. They returned there one year later and topped the Wolverines, 17-8, on the way to a 13-win season and No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2014, the game was played at Ohio Stadium for the first time as well over 17,000 fans packed The ‘Shoe and watched Ohio State come away with a 15-6 win. Big Ten lacrosse was officially adopted in 2015 and the first conference game between the two schools took place in Ann Arbor, a 13-8 Buckeye victory. In front of another large crowd of over 24,000 in 2016, the Buckeyes prevailed 10-7. The 2017 game saw Ohio State jump out to an early lead and earn a 18-7 win at Michigan Stadium.
Last year, The Buckeyes broke a 3-3 halftime tie with 4-1 third quarter run and pulled away from a 8-5 victory. The win helped catapult the Buckeyes’ late season surge, resulting in three straight wins over ranked opponents to close out the regular season.