May 5, 2013
NCAA Tournment Bracket
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State men's lacrosse team will host an NCAA tournament game for the first time in program history, taking on Towson (10-7) at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes (12-3), who won the 2013 ECAC Tournament title Saturday to clinch the league's automatic berth into the championship field, received the No. 3 seed in the NCAA bracket. The game between the Buckeyes and Tigers will be televised live by ESPNU and available on WatchESPN.
"Not only is it special for our men, the program and the university to host a game in Ohio Stadium, but it is also special for the community here in Columbus," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We are excited to share the NCAA tournament with Central Ohio. We look forward to a great atmosphere Sunday in the `Shoe."
The 2013 NCAA Championship field includes 16 teams, with eight automatic berths and eight at-large selections. The winner of the Ohio State vs. Towson game will take on the winner of a matchup between No. 6 seed Maryland (10-3) and Cornell (12-3) at 12:30 or 3 p.m. May 18 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The tournament semifinals and final will be at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., May 25 and 27.
The Buckeyes are 12-3 overall this year and on a six-game winning streak. In the ECAC Championship in Geneva, N.Y., the No. 3 seed Buckeyes defeated No. 2 seed and defending NCAA champion Loyola, 18-11, in the semifinals Thursday before downing top seed and No. 4-ranked Denver, 11-10, in the final Saturday. The title was the program's first postseason crown.
Ohio State is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA tournament. The squad was an at-large selection in 2008 (when it reached the quarterfinals) and 2003 and received the Great Western Lacrosse League's automatic berth as the regular-season champion in 2004.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Towson, 3-2, although the last meeting was in 2007 and the previous meetings were all prior to 1967, with all five games in Maryland. The last matchup was March 20, 2007, a 10-8 win by the Tigers in Towson, Md. Towson defeated Penn State 11-10 in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game to earn the league's berth into the NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes are one of three ECAC Lacrosse League squads to earn a spot in the 2013 NCAA field, joining No. 4 seed Denver, which will host Albany Saturday, and Loyola, which plays at No. 7 seed Duke Sunday.