Aubrey Nelson, who spearheaded hockey coverage, had other commitments that prevented her from delivering the usual quality content. Haven't had anyone else step into the role.
Really interesting "analytics" preview. Gives OSU a 41% chance to get into the tournament at the end of the year, overwhelmingly as an at-large bid. Which is probably mostly fair. Buckeyes are picked at 3rd-likeliest B1G participant, behind PSU and Maryland.
I think that's pretty fair. The offense will certainly be different, hopefully for the better. I think the odds should be about 50-50, but the stats aren't good on O since 2017. Still, should be a fun ride to watch things play out.
Buckeyes beat Lafayette something like 13 or 14 to 5 today in the final tune-up scrimmage before the 4th of February comes. Jackson Reid had 5 goals, Leclaire a hat trick. Kirson started in net, and apparently played well. Has been his MO to stifle lesser teams and be a sieve in the B1G. Guess we will see. No more waiting. Next game is the real deal!
BIG NEWS. Ohio State is starting a lacrosse podcast. That's pretty cool. It's a very nice genre right now, but I am really interested in the insight this might give. Myers isn't really a transparent coach in-season with the media, so this is awesome.
Buckeye Laxfest this weekend after the Lafayette scrimmage.
Starting to prime the commitment klaxon. Monitoring a HUGE in-state prospect who may have pulled the trigger on becoming a Buckeye.
Per Twitter (I know), OSU won their scrimmage with an unofficial score of 15-9 today. Leclaire had 4 or 5 goals, Jackson Reid had 2, and the middies had a bunch of single goal scorers. Inacio didn't start at FOGO, and the starting poles were Jacob Snyder, Joey Salisbury, and Ben Williams. Wahlund started in goal. Zach Ludd, a sophomore attackman out of Governor's Academy in Massachusetts, got a lot of time today. Big question is what is happening with Justin Inacio.
Pretty much agree across the board, UA! Goalie will really determine just how good this team can be. Under 40% save percentage isn't going to cut in the B1G. Hopefully somebody steps up! That BU game should be a banger.
His best comparison is Mac O'Keefe. Leclaire is better with the ball in his stick than O'Keefe, but as a shooter, the two are nearly identical. If the staff can use him like PSU schemes for O'Keefe, look out Big Ten!
OSU is scrimmaging Marquette today at the WHAC. Admission is free, as is parking. Faceoff is at noon.
I wondered to myself, but it's now officially official: top 100 recruit Eli Ensor has quit lacrosse altogether and is pursuing a music career.
Much appreciated, Kasino! I try to be as informative as possible. Thanks for getting through the wall of text.
Didn't realize that Tre Leclaire only needs 40 goals to be OSU's all-time leading goalscorer. Pretty cool,given the talent that has come through Columbus.
Fantastic breakdown as always, Brutus! It's really interesting to see Coach Myers' coaching tree take root. This year's scrimmages are against a former Buckeye player (Andrew Stimmel, Marquette) and coach (Pat Myers, Lafayette). It's obvious Coach Myers can coach, just need to get the talent for some deep postseason runs.
Appreciate you slogging through, Seattle! I debated breaking it up, but the defensive bit would be really short, so I just left it in one piece. Maybe next time I will cut it up better.
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Another potential late addition at goalkeeper: Sam Matusek. 2020 prospect right now, seems to be on the upswing with the staff. Interesting to say the least.
The Buckeyes sorted out the schedule situation, so here is the updated B1G schedule:
Sun. 5 .................... PENN STATE* Columbus, Ohio TBA
Sat. 11 ......................at Maryland* College Park, Md TBA
Sun. 19 .................... JOHNS HOPKINS* Columbus, Ohio TBA.
Sat. 25 .................. MICHIGAN* Columbus, Ohio TBA
HOW FIRM THY FRIENDSHIP!
2021 commit Dante Bowen survived the cut down to 32 for Canada's 2020 U19 World Championship roster. He is the only Buckeye to do so. Congratulations, Dante!
Fantastic breakdown, Brutus. Will be fun watching Coach Bokker make her mark on the program!
Already looking forward to it, Brutus! Nearly time...
It's a bit like football, but there are some real flaws. Inside Lacrosse is the only outlet that does player ratings, so if you don't get seen by them at big HS games or on the club circuit, chances are you won't ever be ranked.
As for OSU, they're pretty much right in the middle of the B1G. The 2020 class fell apart, going from contending for #1 to a very distant 4th due to Hopkins and Maryland sniping the best Buckeye commits.
In 2021, OSU is likely to be 5th. They've got the top end talent, but aren't getting the depth 4-star kids that Maryland, Hopkins, and Penn State are getting. Plus, TTUN has been recruiting at a pretty elite level. They've reeling in 5 star Ohio talent all over the place, and getting serious depth as well. It's only going to get tougher in the B1G as the facilities and coaching continue to improve.
Another BOOM! Matt Fritz, a FOGO from Philly, committed to the Buckeyes yesterday! I will have some more on Mr. Fritz in a bit, after checking out his film. In any case, welcome aboard!