Ohio State vs. Detroit Mercy
Noon - Saturday - Woody Hayes Athletic Center
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COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-0, 0-0 B1G) plays host to Detroit Mercy (0-0, 0-0 MAAC) at noon Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Seating is limited inside WHAC and fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to guarantee a spot.
Parking is free in designated lots around the facility. The parking map can be accessed HERE. Construction is ongoing around the facility and entry for Buckeye home games is different in years past. Directions for entrance are HERE.
The game will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live scoring is also available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with periodic updates on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX as well.
• Single game, group, mini-plan and season tickets are all on sale now.
• Single game tickets are available for purchase online HERE, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. They are $8 for adults and $5 for students/youth/seniors, with Ohio State students admitted free with a valid BuckID.
• Season tickets can be purchased online HERE. Season ticket packages include a 20 percent discount over tickets bought game-by-game, a guaranteed seat for the Buckeyes’ indoor games and easy entry on game day.
• Group tickets are $4 each for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance of the event and are not available at the door.
• A Hat Trick miniplan is available for $21 and includes the games vs. UMass, Denver and Maryland.
• For more information or to purchase season tickets, mini plan packages or group tickets, fans can call 1-800-GO BUCKS (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu.
• The opportunity to rent a suite for any of the Buckeye’s games in Ohio Stadium is available for Buckeye lacrosse season ticket holders, members of the 11th Man Club and the contact for a group ticket purchase of 150 or more. For more information, fans can call the Ohio State Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS or email email@example.com.
The Buckeyes are in the midst of a four-game homestand. The squad will host UMass Feb. 18 and Jacksonville Feb. 25 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Buckeyes vs. Titans
• Ohio State is 6-1 all-time vs. Detroit, including a 6-0 ledger in Columbus.
• Last season, the Buckeyes opened their campaign with a 16-5 win over the Titans inside WHAC. • The Titans’ win came in Detroit, 9-8, to open the 2015 season.
• The teams met each season from 2009-13. The first meeting was Feb. 7, 2009 and marked the first game for Nick Myers as the Buckeyes’ head coach (and the first game for Detroit as a varsity program).
Buckeyes vs. Titans in 2016
• Ohio State defeated Detroit, 16-5, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center to open its home schedule last year.
• The Buckeyes led 4-1 after the first quarter and held a 7-3 advantage at halftime on the strength of three goals in the final 3:21 of the first half. The Buckeyes outscored Detroit 3-1 in the third for a 10-6 advantage and then pulled away in the fourth, notching six goals and allowing just one late score.
• JT Blubaugh led the Buckeyes with a career-high four goals, two assists and six points in the win. Eric Fannell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice, with Fannell adding an assist for a three-point day. Carter Brown and Ryan Hunter and Colin Chell each had a goal and an assist for two points. Jake Withers won 14-of-17 faceoffs, leading the team with seven groundballs, and Tae Kim won 5-of-8 faceoffs. Goalie Tom Carey made 10 stops in the Buckeye cage.
Buckeye This and That
• Jake Withers enters the game vs. Detroit with 198 career groundballs. He is looking to become the second Buckeye in history to hit the 200-groundball mark.
• JT Blubaugh is one game away from game No. 50 as a Buckeye. He leads the current Buckeyes in career games played.
• Johnny Pearson had the fourth four-goal game of his Buckeye career last Sunday vs. Furman. All four games have been in his last seven outing.
• Lukas Buckley made his first start – and notched his first goal – last Sunday vs. the Paladins.
• Ohio State is 18-0 all-time inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
• Freshmen Tre Leclaire and Ryan Terefenko both tallied in their first collegiate game last week, with Leclaire scoring twice.
Last Time Out: Ohio State 12, Furman 6
• The Buckeye opened the year with a 12-6 win over Furman Sunday.
• Furman opened the scoring but Ohio State went on a four-goal run, with two goals in the first quarter and the first two of the second, to go ahead 4-1. After the Paladins scored at 8:06 for a 4-2 game, the Buckeyes responded with three goals in a row for a 7-2 advantage. Furman scored the final goal of the first half for a 7-3 Buckeye lead at halftime.
• The Buckeyes outscored Furman 3-1 in the third quarter, including two goals in the final four minutes, to take a 10-4 lead into the final quarter. Each team scored twice in the fourth for the 12-6 final.
• Senior Johnny Pearson led the Buckeyes with four goals and points, while freshman Tre Leclaire scored twice. Seniors Austin Shanks and JT Blubaugh each had a goal and an assist. Senior Tom Carey had 11 saves in the Buckeye cage, while senior Jake Withers and freshman Christian Feliziani combined for 13 faceoff wins.
• Carey was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week for his 11-save performance.
Eyes on the Buckeyes
• The Buckeyes will have two games televised by ESPN networks this season.
• ESPNU will broadcast the Buckeyes March 19 game vs. Denver, while the April 22 game vs. Maryland will be televised by ESPNEWS.
• BTN’s complete broadcast schedule is expected to be released soon.
• The Buckeyes’ games inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, as well as games in Ohio Stadium not on television, will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Leading the Way
• Seniors JT Blubaugh, Tyler Pfister and Jake Withers are serving as captains for the Buckeyes this season.
• Blubaugh, from Galena, Ohio, has played in 49 games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 33 goals and 10 assists for 43 points. He is coming off a career-high 15 goals, seven assists and 22 points in 2016. He was a Bucks Go Pro intern in Summer 2016, working with the athletics compliance office.
• Pfister, a fifth-year senior from Columbus, Ohio, is in his second year as a captain for the Buckeyes. He has played in 36 games and has 12 goals, six assists and 18 points along with 15 groundballs. Pfister played in 10 games in 2016, starting two, and had two goals and an assist. He was honored with the 2016 Community Service award after volunteering a team-high 20 hours during the year. A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, he earned his communication degree at Spring Commencement and is now enrolled in graduate school for sport management.
• Withers, from Peterborough, Ontario, was the 2016 Big Ten Specialist of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten after winning 60.7 percent of his faceoffs and picking up 110 groundballs. He led the Big Ten in both faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game, ranking 12th and sixth in the NCAA, respectively. In his career Withers has taken 626 faceoffs, winning 349 (.558) and has 198 groundballs while playing in 44 games. The recipient of the team’s Bice Unsung Hero Award in 2016, Withers is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as an economics major.
• In the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, Maryland was the unanimous choice to finish first, followed by Johns Hopkins in second, with Penn State third, Ohio State and Rutgers tied for fourth and Michigan sixth.
• Seniors Eric Fannell, Johnny Pearson and Jake Withers have been selected as Big Ten Preseason Honorees, the Big Ten Conference announced.
• Fannell, an attackman from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, had 24 points for the Buckeyes last year, with 15 goals and nine assists, while playing in 15 games in his first year with the team. He was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in 2016.
• Pearson, a midfielder who hails from Langley, British Columbia, had 20 goals and 23 points while playing in 13 games a season ago. In his Buckeye career he has seen action in 23 games, starting six, with 22 goals, three assists and 25 points. Pearson is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice.
• Withers, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, was the 2016 Big Ten Specialist of the Year and a First Team All-B1G honoree. He led the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.607) and groundballs per game (7.27), ranking in the Top 12 in the NCAA in both categories. He has played in 43 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with a .558 faceoff winning percentage and 192 groundballs. A captain for the team this year, Withers is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
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