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Previewing Ohio State’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Can the Buckeyes return to the NCAA Tournament after reaching the National Championship game in 2017?

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are the 30th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the Big Ten. The Buckeyes finished 8-7 in 2018 and 3-2 in Big Ten play. Ohio State lost to Johns Hopkins in the Big Ten semifinals, which ended their hopes of potentially reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Ohio State’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/18 Hill Academy Ohio State Scrimmage
1/19 Robert Morris Ohio State Scrimmage
1/26 Duke Ohio State Scrimmage
2/2 Cleveland State Ohio State
2/9 Boston University Ohio State
2/16 Ohio State UMass First meeting since 2017
2/23 Bucknell Ohio State First meeting since 2010
3/2 Ohio State Marquette Patriot Cup at SMU (Dallas, Texas)
3/9 Ohio State Hofstra
3/16 Denver Ohio State
3/23 Ohio State Notre Dame
3/30 Rutgers Ohio State Big Ten
4/7 Ohio State Penn State Big Ten
4/14 Ohio State Johns Hopkins Big Ten
4/20 Maryland Ohio State Big Ten
4/27 Ohio State Michigan Big Ten

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .588
  • Nonconference: .552
  • Big Ten: .645

Circle These Dates

  • 2/23 (vs. Bucknell): Bucknell looked like a team that would make a run for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Boston University. The Bison might look a little different without Will Sands and other key contributors, but still will be a good challenge for the Buckeyes early in the season.
  • 3/2 (vs. Marquette in the Patriot Cup in Dallas, TX): This was an interesting game last year, with the Golden Eagles winning 8-7 in double overtime. That started Ohio State’s low part of the season as they would lose six of their next seven games. Marquette has built themselves as a pretty good team with Joe Amplo leading the way, and they got better with the additions of Andrew Romagnoli and John Hulsman.
  • 3/16 (vs. Denver): Ohio State got ahead of the Pioneers early in last year’s meeting before Denver scored nine straight goals to take home the win. Two years ago in Columbus, the Buckeyes crushed Denver in a surprising 16-7 victory. Ohio State returns both of their FOGOs, while Denver loses one of the best in Trevor Baptiste.
  • 3/23 (at Notre Dame): These two teams have met at least once a year since 1981, one of the longest-running “western” most annual matchups in college lacrosse. But the Fighting Irish have gotten the best of the Buckeyes in recent years, winning the last 15 meetings. A win over Notre Dame would be big for the program.
  • 4/27 (at Michigan): The best college football rivalry got even bigger in college lacrosse. Just like their gridiron counterparts, this game is now at the end of the regular season as it should be, creating a rivalry weekend in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have never beaten the Buckeyes since they started an NCAA program, but with some recent progress over the past few years, 2019 could be their time to win.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.