Lacrosse’s History in Columbus

Central Ohio’s lacrosse history includes outstanding players and teams at the high school, college and professional levels, and multiple championships.


Fast Facts | Local Teams | Notable People | Venues

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NCAA Quarterfinals

The NCAA DI Men's Lacrosse quarterfinals were hosted at Ohio Stadium recently in 2022 and 2016,

OHSAA Boys Lacrosse

Columbus is home to the boys lacrosse state championships. Since 2022, they've been played at Historic Crew Stadium.

OHSAA Girls Lacrosse

Columbus is home to the girls lacrosse state championships. They've been played at Historic Crew Stadium since 2022.

Fast Facts


  • Ohio State opened a new dedicated lacrosse stadium in 2023, featuring 2,100+ seats, heated turf and terrific vantage points

  • The Ohio Machine won the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) championship in 2017

  • Historic Crew Stadium hosted the first round of the playoffs during the Premier Lacrosse League's debut season in 2019

  • Columbus has hosted every girls and boys state championship since OHSAA started sanctioning lacrosse in 2017.


Local Teams

The Ohio Machine were members of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) from 2012-18. Led by two-time league MVP Tom Schreiber, the Machine won the 2017 championship.

The Buckeyes have made several NCAA tournament appearances in recent years and were national runners-up in 2017.

Ohio State has made the NCAA tournament four times and finished a season ranked in the top 25 on several occasions.

As of 2022, three Columbus schools have won state titles in both girls and boys - Upper Arlington (DI; girls three times, boys once), Dublin Coffman (DI; girls once, boys once) and St. Francis DeSales (DII; girls once, boys twice).

Notable People

Greg Bice

Two-time All-American who led the Buckeyes to two NCAA Tournaments. He played 13 seasons in MLL and was a four-time All-Star.

Alayna Markwordt

OSU all-time leader in points (314) and goals (181). Third in career assists (133). She was a two-time, Second Team All-American.

Paul Hartman

The first All-American for OSU later coached the Buckeyes before moving into athletics administration. He was named Man of the Year by…

Tom Schreiber

The No. 1 overall draft pick for the Ohio Machine in 2014 went onto win two MVPs and helped lead the team to its only championship.

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