2014 OSU Football Spring Game Set, to Follow Michigan vs Ohio State Lacrosse
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In what has become tradition, the Ohio State men's lacrosse team will again play in Ohio Stadium prior to the Buckeye football team's annual Spring Game. In 2014, the lacrosse Buckeyes will face the Michigan Wolverines on April 12 at 11:00 a.m.
“We are excited to again have our men’s lacrosse team play in front of what we hope is another record-breaking crowd,” said OSU director of athletics Gene Smith. “Our fans embrace the rivalry with Michigan so this is a special chance to introduce even more of Buckeye Nation to the sport of lacrosse.”
This will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which was on hiatus this past spring as Ohio Stadium was undergoing renovations. Ohio Stadium has twice set on-campus attendance records for lacrosse, with 29,601 in 2008 and 30,192 in 2009.
The 2009 Showdown in the Shoe preceded the single-most attended spring game in college football history, when 95,722 showed up to get their first glimpse at the Buckeye football team.
“We would like to thank Mr. Gene Smith and Coach Meyer for the opportunity to play in Ohio Stadium in conjunction with the spring football game,” Nick Myers, in his sixth year as the head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “The event provides our men with a venue and crowd that is like no other in the sport of lacrosse. We understand the responsibility and we have embraced the opportunity as Buckeyes to prepare for this great rivalry game on April 12, 2014.”
The game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, who elevated their program to Division I status for the 2012 season, will be an ECAC Lacrosse League contest. The teams will face off as Big Ten foes beginning in 2015, when lacrosse will be added as an official conference sport and Ohio State and Michigan will be joined by Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers and Johns Hopkins.
Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are again competing for the Creator’s Trophy, an annual award that goes to the team with wins against the other Big Ten schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse. Ohio State is the defending champion after topping the Wolverines (17-8) and Nittany Lions (10-9 OT) on the road last year. The Buckeyes host Penn State March 1 and the Wolverines play at Penn State Feb. 8 in the other 2014 Creator’s Trophy contests.
Information on tickets to the doubleheader, including the Showdown in the Shoe lacrosse game between Ohio State and Michigan and the football spring game, will be released at a later date.
The Buckeye men’s lacrosse team opens its season with exhibition games vs. Hill Academy Jan. 18, Navy Jan. 25 and Robert Morris Feb. 1 before beginning the regular season at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9. The squad will host seven regular-season games in Columbus, as well as the ECAC Tournament. Single-game tickets to all men’s lacrosse home games (excluding the matchup with Michigan) go on sale Dec. 16.
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