The Ohio State men's lacrosse team wasn't able to secure a Big Ten Tournament Championship, losing to Johns Hopkins, 13-6, in College Park, but that doesn't mean their season is over. After sweating out a night on the bubble, the Buckeyes were awarded an at-large birth to the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes will face five seed and defending national champion Duke in the first round.
Ohio State's resume ultimately helped them become one of three Big Ten teams in the field during the league's inaugural season. Ohio State defeated Johns Hopkins in the regular season, and also knocked off top ten squads in Denver and Maryland, and also beat Towson on the road, who also qualified for the tournament.The Buckeyes also had a few bad losses, to Detroit at the start of the season, and Rutgers near the very end, but their superior quality wins were enough.
The Buckeyes are joined in the tournament by Johns Hopkins and Maryland. OSU lacrosse last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013, when they lost to Cornell in the quarterfinals, 16-6.
With Ohio State baseball also in contention for an NCAA bid, this could be a spring to remember for Buckeye fans.
Here's the full 2015 NCAA Tournament field: