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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8/7-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (11-2, 2-1 B1G) hosts No. 2 Maryland (9-2, 3-0 B1G) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium in Columbus to close out its regular season home slate.
The game will be televised by ESPNEWS and available through Watch ESPN.
Live stats and periodic ingame Twitter updates at @OhioState_MLAX, are also available.
Ticket sales and player pass lists will be located at Gate 5. Fans who already have their tickets can enter through Gate 16. All seating will be on the east side of the stadium. Parking is free in designated lots around the stadium.
In the Rankings
• Ohio State is ranked eighth in the USILA coaches poll, seventh in the Inside Lacrosse media rankings and fifth in US Lacrosse Magazine’s rankings this week.
• Maryland is No. 2 in all three polls this week.
• Starting with Towson and Denver over spring break, the Buckeyes are in a stretch of seven of eight games against teams currently in the Top 20 in the USILA poll (current rankings): No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Denver, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 9 Johns Hopkins, No. 10 Penn State, No. 13 Rutgers and No. 15 Towson. In the Inside Lacrosse rankings, seven teams are in the Top 20: Maryland is No. 2, Denver No. 3, Notre Dame No. 6, Johns Hopkins No. 8, Penn State No. 9, Rutgers No. 14 and Towson No. 15.
In the B1G
• This marks the third year of men’s lacrosse as a Big Ten sponsored sport. Each of the six teams play a five-game conference schedule, with the top four in the final standings earning a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tourney.
• Ohio State will host the 2017 Big Ten Tournament May 4 and 6 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• Through the first three weekends, Maryland is 3-0, Ohio State and Johns Hopkins are both 2-1, Rutgers and Penn State have 1-2 ledgers and Michigan is 0-3.
• In addition to the Buckeyes vs. Terps this weekend, Michigan plays at Johns Hopkins and Penn State hosts Rutgers.
• The final week of the regular season features the Buckeyes playing at Rutgers, Maryland hosting Johns Hopkins and Penn State traveling to Michigan.
Last Time Out
• The Buckeyes posted an 18-7 win at Michigan Saturday in Ann Arbor.
• Ohio State led 7-1 after the first quarter and was up 11-3 at halftime. The Buckeyes added seven goals in the third to take an 18-6 lead into the final intermission. Michigan scored the only goal of the fourth.
• Tre Leclaire led the Buckeyes with five assists and eight points, while Eric Fannell had four goals and six points. Colin Chell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice and had two assists and Jack Jasinski and Jake Withers each tallied twice. Withers won 20 faceoffs and had a game-high 11 groundballs and Tom Carey had 13 saves.
• The Buckeyes are 6-0 vs. the Wolverines since Michigan moved to Division I in 2012.
— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioState_MLAX) April 21, 2017
Buckeyes vs. Terps
• Ohio State and Maryland have met seven times, with the Terps holding a 6-1 advantage in the series.
• Last year, the Buckeyes lost on the road to Maryland, 10-8. The Buckeyes led Maryland 4-3 after the first quarter but were outscored 7-2 over the next two quarters to trail 10-6 entering the fourth. Ohio State scored twice early in the final stanza, but the rally fell short.
• The teams first and only meeting in Columbus was in 2015, with Maryland winning 10-9 in overtime in the Showdown in The Shoe prior to the Ohio State football spring game.
• Maryland is 9-2 this season and 3-0 in the Big Ten with wins over Michigan (15-8), Penn State (15-11) and Rutgers (13-12 OT). The squad enters the weekend on a five-game winning streak.
• Maryland is eighth in the NCAA in scoring offense with 13.45 goals a game and is allowing 9.36 a contest. The squad is 11th in man-up offense (.458) and has stopped 71.4 percent of its opponents’ man-up chances.
• Matt Rambo leads Maryland with 27 goals, 24 assists and 51 points, ranking 11th in the NCAA in points per game. Connor Kelly is second with 23 goals and Dylan Maltz is third with 20. Colin Heacock is second with 13 points and third with 31 points, behind Kelly in second with 32.
• Austin Henningsen has won 94-of-187 (.503) faceoffs and Jon Garino, Jr., has won 47-of-74 (.635). Both have 35 groundballs to tie for second on the team behind Matt Neufeldt who has 39, along with a team-best 16 caused turnovers.
• Dan Morris has started all 11 games in goal and has a 9.32 goals-against average and .545 save percentage.
Just the Stats ... Buckeyes Among NCAA Leaders
• Ohio State is averaging 11.69 goals a game and is holding opponents to 7.46 an outing, ranking third nationally in scoring defense.
• Ohio State is third nationally and first in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.644).
• The squad is eighth in man-up offense (.478), converting 22-of-46 chances, ranking second in the league.
• Tom Carey is 8-2 in goal and ranks second in the NCAA with a 7.09 goals-against average and is eighth with a .574 save percentage.
• Jake Withers has won 164-of-240 faceoffs (.683), ranking first in the Big Ten and third nationally in faceoff winning percentage, and is first on the team with 91 groundballs, a mark that is second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in groundballs per game (7.0).
• Tre Leclaire and Eric Fannell are tied for first with 39 points each. Leclaire has a team-best 28 goals and Fannell is first with 20 assists. Fannell is second with 19 goals and Leclaire is second with 11 assists. Johnny Pearson is third with 18 goals and Colin Chell, who is third wtih 10 assists, ranks fourth with 15 goals.
• In points per game among Big Ten players, Fannell is ninth (3.25) and Leclaire is 11th (3.0).
• Erik Evans is first for the Buckeyes with 12 caused turnovers, followed by Ben Randall with eight and Freddy Freibott and Jeff Henrick with six. Freibott is second with 32 groundballs, followed by Randall with 29.
Withers, Big Specialist of the Week, Among NCAA Best
• Senior Jake Withers is first in the B1G and third nationally in faceoff winning percentage this year, winning 164-of-240 (.683) draws.
• One week after recording a then-career high 19 faceoffs vs. Johns Hopkins, Withers won 20 at Michigan last week (in 23 chances). They are the top two faceoff totals by a Buckeye in a single game since at least 2000.
• Withers set the Buckeye record for career groundballs vs. Cleveland State March 11, picking up groundball No. 239. He passed Anthony Kelly, who had 238 from 2000-03. Withers now has 283 as a Buckeye. This season, Withers has a team-best 91 groundballs, ranking second in the B1G and 11th in the NCAA in groundballs per game (7.0). He has 10 or more in four games, including a season-high 11 at Michigan last week.
• Withers has won 503-of-847 career faceoffs, with a .594 winning percentage to lead Buckeyes since at least 2000. He is first in faceoff wins since that time, passing Kelly who had 480, with win 500 coming at Michigan last week.
• Against the Wolverines, Withers scored twice, giving him three goals in his last two games (his first since the 2015 NCAA Tournament). He also has five assists this season, the first helpers of his Buckeye career.
• Withers, the 2016 B1G Specialist of the Year, was named B1G co-Specialist of the Week Tuesday for his performance at Michigan.
• In B1G play, Withers has won 52-of-66 faceoffs, leading the league at 78.8 percent. He is also first with 28 groundballs and 9.33 groundballs per game. Last season, he won 67-of-106 (.632) draws in B1G games to lead the conference.
Goals Leader Leclaire Earns B1G Honors
• Buckeye freshman Tre Leclaire is first on the team with 28 goals, ranking fourth in the Big Ten in goals and ranking sixth in goals per game among league players (2.15). It is the most goals for a Buckeye freshman since Logan Schuss had 31 in 2010.
• On the year, Leclaire is tied for first on the squad with 39 points. He has at least one point in each of his first 13 collegiate games, with a goal in all but one (vs. Jacksonville). Leclaire is on a nine-game goal-scoring streak and has nine multiple goal outings this year.
• At Michigan, Leclaire had three goals, five assists and eight points to earn B1G Freshman of the Week honors for the third time this season. It was the most assists and points for a Buckeye since Jesse King had five and nine respectively in the NCAA quarterfinals in May 2015.
• Leclaire has four of the Buckeyes’ 11 gamewinning goals this season, tying for first among B1G players, with two in B1G play.
Carey in the Cage
• Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey is second in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten with a 7.09 goals-against average. He has allowed seven or fewer goals in seven of his 11 starts this year and has four games with 11 or more saves, including 12 at Penn State and 13 at Michigan.
• In his Buckeye career, Carey has 415 saves and an 8.62 goals-against average in 45 games played (all starts). In his collegiate career, Carey, who played one season at Bryant, has an 8.69 gaa , 437 saves and a .527 save percentage in 57 games played (52 starts).
Fannell on the Scoresheet
• Senior Eric Fannell leads the Buckeyes with 20 assists and shares the team point lead with 39 points on the year. He is fifth in the Big Ten in assists per game (1.67) and ninth with 3.25 points per contest. He is second on the squad with 19 goals this season.
• Fannell notched a career-high four goals at Michigan Saturday and added two assists for six points.
• He has multiple points in eight of the 12 games he has played, including a hat trick and four assists for a career-high seven points vs. Denver and five points (2g, 3a) in both games of the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. Fannell is on the 2017 Tewaaraton Award Watch list.
Buckeye This and That
As a team ...
• The Buckeyes have held their opponents to nine or fewer goals in all but two games this season, including in six of the last seven games. The squad is averaging 7.46 goals allowed per game, standing first in the Big Ten and third nationally in team defense.
• Offensively, the Buckeyes have 13 or more goals in back to back games after they were held to 11 combined goals in two games (7 at Notre Dame, 4 at Penn State). The squad is averaging 11.69 goals a game on the year to rank 15th in the NCAA. The win at Michigan was the team’s first 18-goal game since May 2, 2013 vs. Loyola in the ECAC Tournament.
• Ohio State is eighth in the NCAA in man-up offense, converting 22-of-46 chances. The squad was 2-for-3 at Michigan last week and 2-for-5 vs. Johns Hopkins the week prior.
• Austin Shanks leads the B1G and is third in the NCAA with six man-up goals, while Colin Chell and Tre Leclaire each have five and Johnny Pearson has scored four times with the man advantage.
• The Buckeyes are 7-0 at home this season, with three wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center and four victories outside in Ohio Stadium. At home, the team is averaging 13.0 goals a game and allowing 7.0 a contest. Eric Fannell has a team-high 12 assists and 21 points, while Johnny Pearson is first with 15 goals, followed by Tre Leclaire with 13.
• Ohio State started the year 9-0, the second-best start in school history behind only the 1966 team that was a perfect 14-0 on the year. It was the longest winning streak since the 2004 team won 11 in a row.
• The Buckeyes are 11-2 overall, ranking third in the NCAA in winning percentage (.846). It is the third-most wins for the team since 2009 (13 in 2013, 12 in 2015).
• In all, 21 Buckeyes have combined for 152 goals this season. Sixteen players have at least one assist, with 23 total Buckeyes posting at least one point on the year.
Buckeyes Garner Preseason Accolades