COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's lacrosse team will take part in the Ohio Lacrosse Fall Classic in on Sunday, Oct. 8, creating an opportunity for lacrosse fans from across central Ohio and neighboring areas to grow the game while watching high-level competition.
Gates are scheduled to open to the public at 10 a.m. with the first game - featuring Capital University and an opponent to be determined - beginning at 10:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., the Buckeyes take the field against the Ohio Machine, which recently won its first-ever Major League Lacrosse championship. The games during this event will incorporate MLL rules, which includes a 60-second shot clock and two-point arc.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with a championship-winning organization like the Machine to put on an event that will help grow the game in central Ohio," said head coach Nick Myers. "Between the success that both the Buckeyes and Machine have enjoyed this year, lacrosse in Ohio has never been stronger. For us, the fall is all about getting better, and having the chance to compete against the MLL champions and use MLL rules will help to accomplish that. I can't thank coach Bear Davis and the Machine organization enough for including us. This will truly be a win-win for everyone involved."
Other event highlights include a free youth clinic in conjunction with Columbus Parks and Recreation. All of the events will take place at Fortress Obetz, home of the Ohio Machine. Admission is free and players will be available for a meet and greet at approximately 3 p.m.
The Buckeyes and Machine are both coming off the most successful seasons in their respective histories. Ohio State won a program-record 16 games and advanced to the NCAA Championship game, while the Machine defeated Denver last Saturday in the MLL title game. Ohio's active roster includes two former Buckeyes: midfielder's Dominique Alexander and Tyler Pfister. A total of three players were taken by the Machine in last May's draft: Pfister, JT Blubaugh and Johnny Pearson.