Feb. 10, 2009

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mike Pires, a sophomore midfielder on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Pires, a native of Saanichton, British Columbia, had a team-best five goals in the Buckeyes’ 21-1 season-opening win last Saturday vs. Detroit-Mercy.

Against Detroit-Mercy, Pires needed just six shots to tally his career-high five goals, marking the first multiple-point game of his career. He opened the scoring at 9:25 of the first quarter with a man-up goal and added a second tally at 12:45 of the second quarter. He scored twice in the third (14:17, 8:38/man-up) and closed out his day with a man-up goal just 26 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Three of Pires’ five goals vs. the Titans were man-up tallies, tying for the most by a Buckeye in a single game since 2003. His five goals in the game tie for the fifth-most over that time span. Pires had four goals and five points while playing in nine games a year ago.

No. 19-ranked Ohio State, 1-0 on the year, will take on No. 9/12 Navy at noon Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.