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COLUMBUS -- With parents, family and friends looking on Nick Myers and younger brother Pat finally competed against each other. Yet no one was keeping score.

Nick Myers Ohio State lacrosse team was scrimmaging Pat's Lafayette Leopard squad in a friendly if you will at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The regular season begins for both in the coming week.

Myers' Buckeyes played for the NCAA Div. I National Title in 2017 against Maryland. Pat, a respected recruiter at stops including Penn and North Carolina, is the second-year head coach at Lafayette College of the Patriot League.

The brothers were teammates on three teams in high school and confirmed they would never schedule the other in a regular season game. Pat said his team was using the scrimmage as a barometer of what it takes to compete on the Div. I level.

Not only were the pair teammates at their Maine high school playing football, basketball and lacrosse together, from 2002-03, Nick was the volunteer assistant at Ohio State and actually coached Pat while the latter was an all-league selection for the Buckeyes and a future pro with the Boston Cannons.

"I will say that even though we were on the same team as kids, the refs had to break us up occasionally for arguing during the games. You know there was some competitive fire there between brothers," Nick revealed. As for Pat, "he was the big brother and I was always trying to keep up with him."

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The Buckeyes open against Detroit Mercy Feb. 4th while Lafayette will open with top-ranked Penn State Saturday Feb. 1st.

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