COLUMBUS – Ohio State hosted the first of three CWPA Great Lakes division tournaments last weekend. The next tournament will be at Notre Dame this weekend, Sept. 23-24, followed by the division championships at Ohio State on Oct. 21-22.
The Scarlet team's first opponent of the weekend was the Dayton Flyers and the Buckeyes walked away with a 16-1 victory. The Buckeyes' second game of Saturday was against another in-state foe, Miami (OH). Overcoming a slow start, the Buckeyes won easily 14-5 to conclude their first day.
Sunday's main event would be a meeting between the Buckeyes and Lakers of Grand Valley, a rematch of last year's division championship game. Trading goals the whole game, the Buckeyes managed to score the final three goals of the game and take the victory, 9-7.
The Gray team went 0-3 over the weekend with losses to Cincinnati (5-8), Notre Dame (2-14), and Illinois State (4-8). With many 2016-17 Gray team members now contributing to the Scarlet team, the Gray Buckeyes were focused on becoming a cohesive unit and improvement was seen in every game.
The last scheduled game for the tournament was Scarlet vs. Gray, and is recorded as a 5-0 forfeit victory in favor of Scarlet to prevent goal manipulation, per CWPA guidelines.