No. 19/20 Buckeyes Open Regular Season vs. Detroit Saturday
Senior co-captain Logan Schuss is the Preseason ECAC Offensive Player of the Year
Feb. 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18/19-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team begins the 2013 campaign at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Detroit inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Tickets! Get Your Tickets!
A limited number of tickets remain for the Buckeyes’ game vs. Detroit.
Individual tickets to all Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each. Contact the Group Ticket Sales staff at 614-292-0043. (Note service charges may apply.)
Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster HERE, by calling Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the Ohio State Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center.
Note tickets for the Buckeyes’ next home game, Feb. 23 vs. Marquette, are sold out. Tickets remain for the final four regular-season home games, all scheduled to be played outdoors at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
All Buckeye home games are scheduled to be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. Gametracker live stats will also be available for each home matchup.
Matchup information, as well as links to follow each game, both home and away, are updated prior to each contest on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday)
Keep up with the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team 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), facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateMensLacrosse) and Instagram (instagram.com/OhioState_MLAX).
Ohio State is 4-0 in season openers under head coach Nick Myers, with a 21-1 victory over Detroit in 2009, a 10-8 win against Villanova in 2010, a 4-3 victory over the Titans in 2011 and an 11-6 win vs. Detroit last year. This is the seventh-consecutive year Ohio State is opening the campaign with a home game. The squad suffered an 8-7 loss in overtime to Navy to begin the 2008 season and won the 2007 opener, beating Robert Morris in Columbus, 13-5.
Ohio State is 10-0 in games played inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The first indoor game for the program came in March 2008 when a blizzard forced the Buckeyes and Penn State indoors and the Buckeyes downed the Nittany Lions, 17-6. In 2009 the Buckeyes defeated Detroit (21-1), Bucknell (10-9 OT) and Fairfield (11-6) inside the WHAC. The 2010 squad posted wins over Villanova (10-8), Detroit (16-7) and Penn State (11-10 OT) on the Woody Hayes turf and in 2011 the Buckeyes defeated Detroit (4-3) and Mercer (20-2) indoors. Last season the only indoor game was between the Buckeyes and Titans, an 11-6 Buckeye victory.
Buckeyes vs. Titans
Ohio State is 4-0 all-time vs. Detroit, with all four matchups in Columbus. Last year Ohio State won 11-6, with a 4-3 victory to open the 2011 season and a 16-7 Buckeye win Feb. 27, 2010. The squads first faced off Feb. 7, 2009, a 21-1 victory for the Buckeyes as Nick Myers began his tenure as Ohio State head coach. The game also was the inaugural contest for Detroit as a varsity program.
Detroit was picked to finish fourth in the MAAC in the preseason coaches poll, with senior Jamie Hebden and junior Shayne Adams, both second team All-MAAC selections last year, named to the preseason all-conference team.
Detroit was 6-9 last season, with a 3-3 conference ledger. Joel Matthews, a senior in 2012, led the team with 39 points, sharing the assist lead with now-junior Alex Maini with 15 each. Adams was first with 33 goals, followed by Matthews with 24 and Maini with 20.
Detroit is joined in the MAAC by Canisius, Jacksonville, Manhattan, Marist, Siena and VMI.
In the Polls
Ohio State was ranked in both of the preseason Top 20 polls. The squad is No. 19 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Six opponents on Ohio State’s regular-season slate are also ranked (IL/USILA): Loyola (1/1), Notre Dame (3/3), Denver (8/9), Virginia (9/7), Penn State (15/14) and Fairfield (16/16). Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (5/t-4) and Syracuse (12/13) in the spring and Lehigh (10/11) and North Carolina (7/t-4) in the fall.
ECAC Preseason Picks
In the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Ohio State was tied for third with Fairfield, behind defending league and NCAA champion Loyola and Denver. Air Force stands in fifth, with Hobart sixth, Bellarmine seventh and Michigan eighth.
Buckeye senior Logan Schuss was voted the league’s preseason offensive player of the year after he was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year for 2012. Schuss also earned a spot on the preseason all-league team.
Alexander and Schuss have both played in 45 games in their Ohio State careers. Schuss has 102 goals, 63 assists and 165 points for the Scarlet and Gray, while Alexander has scored 38 goals and added 28 assists for 66 points.
Next week, Ohio State will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to make a second-consecutive appearance at the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field. The Buckeyes will take on the Jacksonville Dolphins in the first meeting between the squad. The game, set for 3:15 p.m. Feb. 17, will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network.
The following week, Ohio State returns home to host Marquette inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center Feb. 23.
Buckeyes Drafted for the Future
In the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft Jan. 11, Buckeye seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack were all selected by the Ohio Machine. Schuss was a second-round pick (No. 11 overall), with Alexander selected in the fifth round (No. 33) and Mack in the eighth (No. 57).
This is the first time three Buckeyes have been selected in one year in the collegiate draft. Schuss is the Buckeyes’ second-highest draft pick, behind only first-round selection Kevin Buchanan, the No. 5 overall pick in 2008.
Schuss was selected second overall by the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the indoor Western Lacrosse Association draft earlier this week.
Join the 11th Man Club
With the regular season nearly here, fans still have time to join the Buckeye Lacrosse 11th Man Club, a fundraising initiative for the program which helps Ohio State lacrosse maintain the tradition, integrity and first-class status of the Buckeye Lacrosse Family. 11th Man Club contributions are used in a number of areas, including team trips and retreats, guest speakers, new uniforms and more. More information on the 11th Man Club is available HERE.
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