COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sports fans in central Ohio will have the unique opportunity to see two of the premier lacrosse programs compete against each other on Sunday, as reigning NCAA finalist Ohio State takes on the newly-crowed MLL champion Ohio Machine at Fortress Obetz at 1 p.m. as part of the inaugural Ohio Lacrosse Fall Classic.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Ohio Machine | 1 p.m. | Fortress Obetz | Obetz, Ohio
Admission: FREE | Parking: FREE
Watch Live: Lax Sports Network (subscription required)
Prior to the start of the Buckeye-Machine contest, both teams will participate in a free youth clinic at Fortress Obetz. Registration is required. To sign up, click here.
ABOUT THE GAME
Sunday's game will be played using MLL rules, which includes a 60-second shot clock and two-point goal arc.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is coming off its most successful season in school history, which included 16 wins and a trip to the NCAA Final Four and national championship game. The team had six All-Americans and the program's first first-teamer: defenseman Ben Randall, a native of Mason, Ohio. Ohio State returns three All-Americans in 2017 and welcomes one of the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes to Columbus.
FOUR SELECTED AS CAPTAINS
Four members of Ohio State's senior class have been elected team captains for the 2017-18 season, head coach Nick Myers announced on Thursday. This year's Buckeye squad will be led by midfielder John Kelly, attacker Colin Chell, defender Erik Evans and midfielder Bo Lori. The foursome has combined to play in 187 career games with 101 starts. They've also all been OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten selections.
A program-record six Buckeyes were taken in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Draft, including three bu the Ohio Machine: Johnny Pearson, Tyler Pfister and JT Blubaugh. Last month, the Scarlet and Gray made his NLL history when they produced three of the first six overall picks in the draft: Jake Withers (No. 2), Austin Shanks (No. 5) and Eric Fannell (No. 6).
ABOUT THE OHIO MACHINE
The Ohio Machine return to Fortress Obetz after winning the Major League Lacrosse Championship for the first time in franchise history. Coming off the team's most successful season, including nine wins, Machine midfielder Tom Schreiber was voted MLL's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. Ohio defense dominated statistically throughout the league, snagging the number one spot, in all defensive categories. Midfielder, Peter Baum, was another All-Star for the Ohio Machine sitting tied for number one in points for MLL with 52 (33G, 19A). The Ohio Machine looks to defend the Championship title in 2018, welcoming back MLL standouts, Kyle Harrison, Marcus Holman, Brian Karalunas and Kyle Bernlohr.
OHIO STATE/OHIO MACHINE CONNECTIONS
There are eight players on the Ohio Machine roster today that played their college lacrosse at Ohio State: Austin Shanks, Stephan Schroeder, JT Blubaugh, Ryan Hunter, Eric Fannell, Dominique Alexander, Johnny Pearson and Tyler Pfister.