COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will return a large percent of its production on both ends of the field thanks to underclassmen that continue to produce when opportunities arise.
In 2018, seven of the Buckeyes’ top nine scorers were underclassmen, led by a sophomore (Tre Leclaire – 37 points), a freshman (Jackson Reid – 28 points) and a junior (Jack Jasinski – 28 points). A closer look at the numbers reveals that of Ohio State’s 204 total points, 110 were scored by either freshmen or sophomores (54 percent). Ten different freshmen or sophomores registered at least one point on the season.
Ohio State is also one of just two teams nationally that will enter the 2019 season with two juniors (Leclaire and classmate Ryan Terefenko) who have already earned more than one USILA All-America honor.
In the face-off X, freshman Justin Inacio ranked No. 1 among freshmen nationwide with his .613 winning percentage. He played his best lacrosse late in the season, as evidenced by his .735 win percentage over the final five games. Redshirt freshmen goalie Josh Kirson also hit his stride late in the season, finishing with a 7.00 goals-against average over the final four games – all against ranked opponents.