Nick Myers spent five seasons (interrupted by a two-year stint at now-defunct Butler) as Breschi’s assistant coach at Ohio State before Breschi left for UNC, his alma mater, after the 2008 season ended in an NCAA quarterfinal loss to Duke. Myers’ brother, Pat, is now Breschi’s top assistant at North Carolina and is largely responsible for assembling the current freshman class that includes studs like Nicky Galasso and Mark McNeill.
Ohio State men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers can’t help but reconnect with his past or consider the future, even when there’s so much to savor at present.
Two days ago, the Buckeyes earned arguably the biggest win in program history, certainly the biggest since Joe Breschi left for North Carolina. Unranked Ohio State defeated Breschi’s third-ranked Tar Heels, 13-8, on Saturday to improve to 3-0 and likely earn a spot in this week’s USILA Division I top 20 rankings. The victory came just 12 days after the Buckeyes managed just four goals in an ugly win over Detroit Mercy in their season opener.
A 20-goal performance against start-up Mercer helped in between, but Myers’ new practice philosophy, borrowed from the vaunted Ohio State football program and coach Jim Tressel, does not allow the Buckeyes much time to get too low or high on themselves. Ohio State follows Saturday games with Sunday film and conditioning sessions. Rather than spend Sunday morning on their futons watching “Jersey Shore” reruns, the men’s lacrosse players “get to revisit the game while its fresh in their head,” Myers said, “and guys that played in the game can work some of that soreness out.” The players get Monday off. “We just traditionally have not had good Monday morning practices. They’re tired, sore and talking about something that happened 48 hours ago.”