Ohio State and Marist unveiled their 2017 regular season schedules Wednesday, becoming the 13th and 14th teams in Division I to do so thus far. Let’s take a closer look at each team’s slate of games for the upcoming Spring.
The Buckeyes start with a pair of scrimmages, first against Hill Academy on January 20, followed by a trip to Durham to take on Duke on the 28th. The regular season officially kicks off at home on February 5 against Furman. It’s the first of four home games to start the season for the Buckeyes, as they also host Detroit (February 11), UMass (February 18), and Jacksonville (February 25).
Ohio State then heads to Marquette for the third annual Midwest Lacrosse Classic. They’ll play the Golden Eagles on the 3rd, followed by Bellarmine two days later. The first battle of Ohio takes place on the 11th as the Buckeyes host newcomer Cleveland State. Ohio State then has a big midweek showdown in Maryland as they take on defending CAA champion Towson on March 14. They return home on the 19th to host Bill Tierney and the Denver Pioneers, before wrapping up the month of March on the 25th in South Bend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Big Ten play takes over the entire month of April, as the Buckeyes alternate away and home games during their conference schedule. Brutus opens up at Penn State on April 2, followed by the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays coming to Columbus on the 9th. The Ohio State-Michigan game on the 15th is at the Big House in Ann Arbor this year, and could make or break the Buckeyes’ season. Ohio State ends with Maryland at home on April 22, followed by the regular season finale in Piscataway against Rutgers on April 29.
Unlike past seasons, the traditional Showdown in The Shoe will not happen this year, as the Buckeyes are on the road when the football team’s spring game occurs, which is sad. The Buckeyes return goaltender Tom Carey, along with senior attackman Austin Shanks, midfielder Johnny Pearson, and junior Colin Chell. The hope is that Nick Myers’ crew can improve from a 7-8 mark last season.
The Red Foxes have four consecutive road games to start 2017. The begin in Hamilton, New York as they take on the Colgate Raiders on February 11. The following week, the team travels west to Colorado to take on defending SoCon champion Air Force on the 18th, before quickly returning east to play Princeton on the 21st. Marist wraps up with a road game against Binghamton four days later.
The Red Foxes have their home opener March 4 against Drexel, before taking on UMBC in Poughkeepsie a week later. Marist quickly goes on the road on the 14th to take on defending America East champion Hartford, followed by their MAAC conference opener against Canisius on March 18. The team returns home on the 25th to host Holy Cross to end the month of March.
Monmouth comes to town April 1 for the team’s second MAAC conference game of the season. That will be a rematch of last year’s MAAC semifinal, where the Red Foxes edged the Hawks late, 9-8. Marist has their final two road games on April 8 against last year’s champion Quinnipiac and April 15 against Manhattan. In the MAAC title game last season, the Bobcats took down the Red Foxes, 13-9. Marist’s final two games of the season are home as they host Detroit on April 22, followed by Siena on April 29.
Marist hopes to return to the NCAA Tournament like they did two years ago. The team loses Joseph Radin, but does return J.D. Recor on attack and Gannon Morrison at midfield. Goaltender Brian Corrigan looks to improve on last year’s .588 save percentage.
Here’s who released their schedules so far: