On Senior Day in the Shoe, No. 17 Buckeye men's lacrosse took down the top-ranked Denver Pioneers 16-7 to open the season 9-0 — and extend the program's best start since the 1966 team went an unbeaten 14-0.
Freshman attackman Tre Leclaire had a career-high day for the Scarlet and Gray, racking up seven points (five goals, two assists) in the victory. Senior attackman Eric Fannell and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson also found the back of the net three times each for Ohio State, and junior attacker Colin Chell registered three assists in the upset.
The Buckeyes third-ranked scoring defense was spectacular in the win, holding the Pioneers to just seven goals on 31 shots while redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey pitched in with 11 saves between the pipes.
Ohio State is one of four undefeated teams remaining in Division I lacrosse this season, including Big Ten squads Rutgers and Penn State. The Buckeyes will take on teams in the top-15 in five of their final six games, including No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Rutgers and No. 14 Johns Hopkins.
This stretch begins next Saturday, as the Scarlet and Gray travel to South Bend, Indiana for a clash with the Fighting Irish at 2 p.m.