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With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team sits one game behind Bellarmine for the fourth and final Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament spot heading into this weekend’s matchup against Hobart.
A loss to Loyola (Md.) last weekend dropped Buckeyes’ conference record to 1-2 on the year.
Hobart sits at 4-5 overall on the year but is tied with OSU for fifth in the ECAC with a 1-2 conference record.
Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander knows that the season is coming to an end but isn’t worried about potentially being left out of the postseason.
“We’re not necessarily worried, we’re just going to take it one game at a time,” Alexander said. “Our focus is completely on Hobart right now and getting this win.”
Recent matchups have seen the Buckeyes struggle to find offensive production, only scoring eight goals total in contests against Notre Dame and Loyola (Md.).
A matchup with Hobart could be exactly what the Buckeyes need to get back on track.
On the year, Hobart is allowing nearly 12 goals a game.
Coach Nick Myers said he’s not concerned about OSU’s offensive well-being.
“We’ve proven that we can score goals, we have confidence in the guys that we have,” Myers said. “We’re sharing the ball well offensively. We just have to generate more quality shots and be more mindful of some of the turnovers.”
Senior attacker Nick Liddil said he’s noticed the offensive issues but thinks there’s an easy solution.
“We just have to play like a team,” Liddil said. “Play Buckeye lacrosse and play like we know how to. Hopefully we can have a better offensive output than last week.”
OSU is set to play the bottom two teams in the ECAC, Air Force and Michigan, on the road before finishing the season at home against Fairfield.
Saturday’s game against Hobart is set for noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.