April 18, 2017

Withers and Leclaire Earn B1G Weekly Honors


April 18, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jake Withers and Tre Leclaire of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have been recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week for their performances in the Buckeyes’ 18-7 win over Michigan Saturday in Ann Arbor. Withers was named Big Ten co-Specialist of the Week, while Leclaire was tabbed B1G Freshman of the Week.

Leclaire, at attackman from Surrey, British Columbia, had eight points, on three goals and five assists, in the Buckeyes’ win at Michigan. It was the most points and assists for a Buckeye since Jesse King had nine and six, respectively, in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Against the Wolverines, Leclaire had a point on five of six goals to help the Buckeyes to an 8-1 lead just 1:45 into the second quarter.

A three-time B1G Freshman of the Week, Leclaire leads the Buckeyes with 28 goals and is tied for first with 39 points this season. He has a point in each of his first 13 games as a Buckeye, with a goal in all but one, and multiple points in 10 outings.

A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Withers won a career-high 20 faceoffs (on 23 chances, .870), had 11 groundballs and scored two goals for his first career multiple goal game in the Buckeyes’ win at Michigan. He topped the career best 19 faceoff wins he had last week vs. Johns Hopkins. Withers’ goals came just 13 seconds into the game and with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. Included in his faceoff wins was victory No. 500 of his Buckeye career, the most for a Buckeye since at least 2001.

On the year, Withers has won 164-of-240 faceoffs (.683), ranking first in the Big Ten and third nationally in faceoff winning percentage. He is second in the B1G and 11th in the NCAA with 7.0 groundballs a game, leading Ohio State with 91. His 11 groundballs marked the fourth time this season he had 10 or more and he has won double digit faceoffs in 11 of 13 games. In his career, Withers has won 503-of-847 (.594) faceoffs and has 283 groundballs. He entered this season with two goals in his first 43 games and has three goals and five assists for eight points this year. This is his fourth career B1G weekly honor and his second this season.

The No. 8/7 Buckeyes close their regular season home schedule Saturday when they host No. 2/2 Maryland at 2 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.