COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger have both been recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week following the Buckeyes’ win at Furman to open the season. Withers is the league’s specialist of the week after winning 14 faceoffs and picking up nine groundballs, while Barger was tabbed the defensive player of the week after causing three turnovers.
Barger, from Baldwin, Md., and the Buckeye defense limited Furman to 19 shots and seven goals Saturday in Greenville, S.C. His three caused turnovers were a career high. He also picked up two groundballs in the win. He caused one turnover in the first quarter as the Buckeyes came back from a 2-0 deficit and then had two in the third quarter.
Withers, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, won 14-of-19 faceoffs (.737) and picked up a team-high nine groundballs in the Buckeyes' win. The nine groundballs were the third-most in his career, after 11 and 10 groundball games as a freshman in 2014. Withers won all nine of the faceoffs he took in the second and third quarters vs. Furman.
The Buckeyes host their home opener this weekend, taking on Detroit at noon Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. There are limited tickets remaining and fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to reserve a spot. Tickets can be purchased online HERE. A Power Pair deal is also available and includes a ticket to the Buckeyes’ games vs. both Detroit Feb. 13 and UMBC Feb. 27 and an Ohio State scarf. The deal must be purchased online before gameday and is available HERE.
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