The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host Michigan in the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe April 12 in Ohio Stadium. The matchup is slated for 11 a.m. and will precede the Ohio State football team’s spring game.
“We are excited to again have our men’s lacrosse team play in front of what we hope is another record-breaking crowd,” Gene Smith, Ohio State vice president/director of athletics, said. “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.”
The game will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008. The tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati. A record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men’s lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The 2009 football spring game set a national attendance record of 95,722.
“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.
Tickets for the double header in Ohio Stadium April 21 - when the Ohio State men's lacrosse team hosts the Showdown in the Shoe and the Ohio State football team plays the 2012 Ohio State LiFE Sports Spring Game - will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The day begins with the Buckeye lacrosse team hosting Air Force at 11 a.m. in an ECAC Lacrosse League game, with the football team's game slated for a 1:30 p.m. start. This will be the fifth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe for the Buckeye men's lacrosse team and the second time Air Force will participate in the game. The game has set NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance records, reaching 31,078 at the 2010 event.
The fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe features the Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse team taking on Fairfield on April 23 in Ohio Stadium. The ECAC Lacrosse League game will begin at 11 a.m. and precedes the Ohio State football spring game.
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The fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield April 23 in Ohio Stadium, will have tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The ECAC Lacrosse League game will begin at 11 a.m. and precedes the Ohio State football spring game.
The Showdown in the Shoe has set NCAA men’s lacrosse regular-season and on-campus attendance records each of the first three seasons, reaching 31,078 at the 2010 event.
Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers
“We are thankful to the Ohio State athletics administration and the football program for again allowing us the opportunity to play in Ohio Stadium prior to the spring game,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It’s a special day for both our program and the sport of lacrosse, especially in Ohio and the Midwest. We are excited for the chance to make history in our sport by breaking the regular season attendance record again while introducing the sport to even more fans this year.”
The football program is happy to share the field with the lacrosse team each spring.
“The Showdown in the Shoe has quickly become a Buckeye tradition – an exciting, competitive and action-packed start to a day at Ohio Stadium that also includes our spring football game,” Jim Tressel, Ohio State head football coach, said. “Our players really enjoy getting to interact with the lacrosse Buckeyes, and our fans get a chance to see two of our Ohio State teams in action.”
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host the third-annual “Showdown in the Shoe” in Ohio Stadium prior to the football team’s spring game, Nick Myers, Ohio State men’s lacrosse head coach, announced Wednesday. Set for April 24, 2010, the lacrosse Buckeyes will take on Air Force in an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup before the football team takes the field for its intrasquad game.
In the inaugural “Showdown in the Shoe” matchup in April 2008, Ohio State downed Denver (20-13) in front of a then- NCAA regular-season and on-campus record crowd of 29,601. Last season, the Buckeyes and Notre Dame broke the mark when 30,192 filled the stands by halftime of an eventual Irish win (14-8). Fans continued to file into the stadium throughout the game, reaching upwards of 80,000 by the end of the lacrosse contest en route to the football spring game setting its own national attendance record of 95,722.