Feb. 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host Bucknell in a scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday on the turf field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Admission is free to the game, the Buckeyes’ last tuneup before opening the regular season with two games next week.
The Buckeyes begin the 2012 slate when they host the University of Detroit at 7 p.m. Thursday night (Feb. 9) inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The team then hits the road for a game at Mercer at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 in Macon, Ga.
Winter Festival and Scarlet vs. Gray Scrimmage a Success
Last Saturday, the Buckeye lacrosse programs held the inaugural Lacrosse Winter Festival between Scarlet vs. Gray games for the men’s and women’s teams. The event included autographs, prizes, hardest shot and accuracy stations and a bounce house. In the men’s intrasquad game, an even matchup saw Team Gray come away with a 7-6 victory on a late goal as time was running out. A crowd of nearly 400 was on hand for the day of lacrosse inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Ohio State is coming off an 8-8 season and returns 26 letterwinners. Among the returnees are Matt Kawamoto, Logan Schuss and Joe Bonanni, who all were named preseason All-ECAC by Face-Off Yearbook. Kawamoto also picked up third team preseason All-America accolades from Inside Lacrosse. All four Buckeyes who earned All-ECAC honors at the end of 2011 are back – Schuss, Kawamoto (the league’s defensive player of the year), Bonanni and Dominique Alexander.
Ohio State’s roster includes six seniors, nine juniors, 14 sophomores and 15 freshmen. The squad has players from 12 states and two Canadian provinces. Ohio leads the way with nine, followed by eight Maryland natives and seven who call New York home. Four Buckeyes are from Pennsylvania, with two from Georgia, Illinois and Virginia and one from Washington, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey and North Carolina. Three Buckeyes call British Columbia home, with two Ontario natives on the roster.
Lead the Way
Four seniors were selected team captains for the Buckeyes during the fall: Joe Bonanni (Harwood, Md.), Matt Kawamoto (Springfield, Va.), Mike Smail (Crofton, Md.) and Brock Sorensen (Peterborough, Ontario). Sorensen is in his second year as a captain for the squad.
Buckeyes vs. Bison
Ohio State and Bucknell have met seven times during the regular season. The teams last met in 2010, an 11-5 Bison win in Lewisburg, Pa. In Columbus in 2009, the Buckeyes won in overtime, 10-9 and the game in 2008 went to triple overtime, with Bucknell prevailing, 8-7. The 2007 game was also a one-goal contest, a 7-6 Bison win in Columbus.
Bucknell, ranked 12th in the preseason by the coaches and 14th in the media poll, was unanimously selected No. 1 in the Patriot League preseason poll. The squad was 14-3 a year ago, won both the Patriot League regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history. The team, under Frank Fedorjaka, returns seven starters and 26 lettermen.
Get Your Tickets
Now Ohio State men’s lacrosse single-game tickets are now on sale. Tickets for the first three games – vs. Detroit Feb. 9, vs. UMass Feb. 25 and vs. Penn State March 3 – are limited. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets as sellouts are expected. The games vs. the Minutemen and Nittany Lions will be moved outside to Ohio Stadium if weather conditions permit; however, that determination will not be made until close to gameday.
Tickets for the fifth annual Showdown in the Shoe went on sale Wednesday morning. The Buckeyes will host Air Force in the game, set for 11 a.m. April 21 in Ohio Stadium. The matchup precedes the Ohio State football team’s 2012 Ohio State LiFE Sports Spring Game, the first under new head coach Urban Meyer. More information on the Showdown in the Shoe is HERE.
Single-game tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or in person at the Ohio State Ticket Office or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
Follow the Buckeyes
Online Keep up with the Ohio State men’s lacrosse teams throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_MLAX) and facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateMensLacrosse).
For the first time, season tickets are available for Ohio State men’s lacrosse. Packages, which include all eight Buckeye regular-season games in Columbus, are $37.50 for adults and $24.50 for youth (including fees). To purchase season tickets, or for more information, contact Kathleen Dean in the Ohio State ticket sales office by phone (614-292-4797) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information, including season ticket holder benefits, is also available online HERE.
Group Tickets Group tickets are available for all Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games. Group tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Kathleen Dean at 614-292-4797 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, including group ticket holder benefits and deadlines, click HERE.