Men's Lacrosse

Buckeyes Head to Jacksonville to Face UMass in Moe's Classic

Greg Dutton had 11 saves vs. Johns Hopkins in the season opener.
Greg Dutton had 11 saves vs. Johns Hopkins in the season opener.

Feb. 14, 2014

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The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2012
Columbus, Ohio
No. 11/12 Buckeyes Defeated by No. 8/10 UMass, 9-3
The No. 11/12-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to No. 8/10 UMass, 9-3, Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium. The game opened a six-game homestand for Ohio State, who will host No. 20 Penn State at 1 p.m. next Saturday (March 3) in Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 ECAC) travels to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on Massachusetts (1-0) in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic, where the teams will meet at 9 p.m. Sunday at EverBank Field. The game is the second of a doubleheader, with No. 5 Notre Dame facing Jacksonville at 7 p.m.

Follow Along
The game between Ohio State and UMass will be televised by NBCSN, with Mike Corey, Mark Dixon and Evan Washburn on the call. The game will also be available online through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Links for live stats can be found on the men's lacrosse schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday). Updates also will be available on the men's lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX.

Moe's Classic
Ohio State is playing in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic for the third time in the four-year history of the event. The Buckeyes downed Denver, 10-9, in 2012 and defeated Jacksonville, 9-6, last season. The event started in 2011.


 

 

At the 2013 Moe's Classic - Buckeyes Top Dolphins, 9-6
In the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field, Ohio State defeated host Jacksonville, 9-6, Feb. 17, 2013. The Buckeyes, who were ahead by one goal at halftime and after the third quarter, outscored the Dolphins, 3-1, in the fourth quarter for the victory. Individually for the Buckeyes, Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander and Jesse King each scored twice, while Adam Trombley and David Planning each had two points on a goal and an assist. Goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes. The defense, led by starters Robby Haus, Joe Meurer and Dominic Imbordino, limited the Dolphins to six goals and 24 shots, with just two goals allowed and six shots against in the second half.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State opened its 2014 campaign with a 10-9 triple overtime loss at No. 11 Johns Hopkins last Sunday. The team returns eight starters and 32 letterwinners from the 2013 squad that was 13-4, won the ECAC tournament and Creator's Trophy titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Starters returning include senior goalie Greg Dutton and the close defense trio of seniors Joe Meurer and Dominic Imbordino and sophomore Robby Haus, midfielders juniors Jesse King and David Planning and attackmen sophomore Carter Brown and junior Turner Evans. Other key returnees include LSM senior Darius Bowling, junior Evan Mulchrone and sophomore Chris Mahoney and SSDM senior Michael Italiano and sophomore Kacy Kapinos. Buckeyes back and expected to contribute from the midfield include sophomore Charlie Schnider, junior Reegan Comeault and senior Rick Lewis, with senior Adam Trombley, who started four games at attack last year, also back.

In 2013, Ohio State averaged 11.18 goals a game in 2013 while allowing 8.82 a contest. The squad converted 46 percent of its man-up chances to rank fourth nationally and scored on 33.2 percent of its shot attempts. The Buckeyes return five of their Top 7 leading scorers from a season ago, including King (32g, 23a, 55p in 2013), Brown (27g, 16a, 43p), Evans (26g, 8a, 34p), Planning (17g, 9a, 26p) and Trombley (6g, 4a, 10p). Meurer led the 2013 team with 18 caused turnovers, with Bowling second with 14, and Italiano was second on the team with 49 groundballs, followed by Dutton and Bowling with 40 each.

Buckeyes vs. Minutemen
The game Sunday will be the third between Ohio State and UMass, with the Buckeyes looking for their first win. UMass topped the Buckeyes, 11-9, Feb. 26, 2011 in Amherst and posted a 9-3 win in Columbus Feb. 25, 2012.

UMass Update
UMass opened its 2014 season with a 6-5 win at Army last Saturday. The Minutemen, picked to finish fourth in the CAA preseason coaches poll, are coming off a 7-8 season when they finished fourth in the CAA with a 2-4 ledger. Leading the way for the Minutemen are faceoff specialist Joe Calvello, midfielder Connor Mooney and goalie Zach Oliveri, who all were named to the 2014 Preseason All-CAA Team. Calvello was 11th in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage in 2013 (58.2 percent), while Oliveri started all 15 games in 2013 and had an 8.63 goals-against average and .559 save percentage. Mooney had 29 points, with 22 goals and seven assists, in 2013. Attackman Grant Whiteway is the leading returning scorer with 32 points in 2013.

Ohio State vs. the CAA
UMass is a member of the CAA, where it is joined by Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, Penn State and Towson for 2014. Ohio State is 15-19 vs. current CAA schools (2-1 vs. Delaware, 4-0 vs. Drexel, 0-2 vs. UMass, 5-12 vs. Penn State and 4-2 vs. Towson). The Buckeyes will take on Hofstra, Delaware and Penn State later this season.

Last Time Out - JHU 10, OSU 9 3OT
Ohio State opened the 2014 season with a 10-9 triple overtime loss at No. 11 Johns Hopkins Sunday at Homewood Field. The Buckeyes scored the first goal of the game and led 2-1 after the first quarter, but the Blue Jays tallied the only goal of the second for a 2-2 contest at halftime. In the third, JHU scored twice in the first two minutes for a 4-2 lead and outscored the Buckeyes, 6-3 overall, in the stanza to carry an 8-5 advantage into the final 15 minutes of regulation. In the fourth, Ohio State scored early to draw within one. The Blue Jays scord at 7:50 to make it 9-6 but the Buckeyes then scored three in a row (in a 3:45 span) to tie the game with 3:07 left in regulation. Neither team was able to score through the first two overtimes and the Blue Jays' Brandon Benn netted the gamewinner 59 seconds into the third overtime.

Junior Jesse King led Ohio State with five goals and an assist for six points. Junior Turner Evans had a goal and career-best three assists for four points and sophomore Carter Brown and junior Reegan Comeault each had two points on a goal and an assist. Goalie Greg Dutton made 11 saves and had a team-high tying five groundballs, sharing the lead with Brown. Senior Dominic Imbordino had three caused turnovers to lead the squad, with sophomore Robby Haus and junior Luke Howard causing two each.

In the Polls
• In the first USILA poll of the year, Ohio State was ranked No. 14, while it was No. 9 in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media poll. In Face-Off Yearbook, the Buckeyes were slotted seventh, the first time the team has been in the Top 10 of the poll, produced each year by Inside Lacrosse.
• Four of Ohio State's 2014 regular-season opponents are ranked by USILA: Johns Hopkins (11), Denver (4), Notre Dame (5) and Penn State (9). In addition, Fairfield, UMass, Hofstra and Air Force Academy are all receiving votes.
• In the IL poll, Johns Hopkins (13), Denver (4), Notre Dame (5) and Penn State (7) are all in the Top 20, with UMass receiving votes. In Face-Off Yearbook, Johns Hopkins (14), Denver (5), Notre Dame (4) and Penn State (8) were all in the preseason Top 20.
• New polls will be released Monday.

King Picks Up Where He Left Off
Junior midfielder Jesse King is the leading returning scorer for the Buckeyes after posting a career-best 32 goals, 23 assists and 55 points last season en route to First Team All-ECAC and USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors.

Against Johns Hopkins Sunday, he had a career-high five goals, besting the two four-goal outings he had last season, and matching his career high of six points, set twice before (last May 4, 2013 vs. Denver).

King carries a 24-game point streak, with 45 goals, 30 assists and 75 points in the stretch, into the game vs. UMass, the 10th-longest active streak in the nation. King has 86 points as a Buckeye, with 53 goals and 33 assists.

At the Helm
Nick Myers, who agreed to a five-year contract extension over the summer, is in his sixth year at the helm of the Buckeyes and as a collegiate head coach. He has a career record of 44-35 and led Ohio State to just the second NCAA quarterfinal appearance in school history a season ago. Under Myers', Ohio State has had nine players garner USILA All-America honors, 21 earn all-conference nods and five collect conference player of the year accolades. Under his tutelage, members of the lacrosse program have earned 87 Academic All-Big Ten accolades, 124 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete awards and 27 Academic All-ECAC honors, along with the first five USILA Scholar All-America selections in program history.

A native of Kennebunk, Maine, Myers is a 2001 graduate of Springfield College, where he was the 2000 NEWMAC Player of the Year and a 2001 All-American, finishing his career with 221 points (including 91 as a senior). Myers began his coaching career as the volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State in 2002 and `03 before serving as an assistant coach at Butler for two years. He returned to the Ohio State sidelines as a full-time assistant in 2006, remaining in that position for three seasons until he was named Ohio State's 13th head coach in July 2008. Myers was on staff for the Buckeyes' first NCAA tournament appearance in 2003 as well as when the squad reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2008.

Ohio State 1st in ECAC Coaches Poll
The Ohio State men's lacrosse team was slotted first in the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse preseason poll, as voted by the conference coaches. The Buckeyes, who were 13-4 last season and reached the NCAA quarterfinals, are the defending league tournament champions.

Fairfield was second in the preseason coaches poll, followed by Air Force, Bellarmine and Michigan. The Top 4 teams in the regular-season standings earn a spot in the 2014 ECAC Tournament, which will be hosted by Ohio State May 1 and 3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The tournament winner receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

Preseason Honors for the Buckeyes
Junior midfielder Jesse King and senior defenseman Joe Meurer were recognized as Preseason First Team All-Americans, the first time Ohio State has had two players named to the first team and the first Buckeyes to receive first-team honors since Joel Dalgarno in 2009. Seniors long stick midfielder Darius Bowling, goalie Greg Dutton and defenseman Dominic Imbordino all were Honorable Mention All-Americans in Face-Off Yearbook.

Buckeye This and That
• Sophomore transfer Gordie Koerber and freshmen J.T. Blubaugh, John Kelly and Jake Withers all saw their first game action Sunday at Johns Hopkins.
• Ohio State is opening its season with two games away from Columbus for the first time since 2006 when the team lost vs. North Carolina in Baltimore and then fell at Navy.
• The game vs. Johns Hopkins was the seventh three-overtime contest for Ohio State and the first since March 5, 2011 vs. Penn State.

Leading the Way
Seniors goalie Greg Dutton and defenseman Joe Meurer were selected after a vote by the team to serve as captains of the 2014 Buckeye squad.

Dutton is a two-time Second Team All-ECAC selection and was a 2013 ECAC All-Tournament Team choice, backstopping the Buckeyes to the league tournament title and an NCAA berth. He was 16th nationally in goals-against average in 2013 (8.96) and had a .523 save percentage, while in 2012 he ranked in the Top 7 in the NCAA in both goals-against average (6.92) and save percentage (.575). Dutton has started 44 games as a Buckeye, with a career goals-against average of 8.11 and save percentage of .536, along with 25 wins.

Meurer was voted the team's Defensive MVP in 2013 when he was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American and a First Team All-ECAC selection. He started all 17 games a season ago in his first year playing close defense, leading Ohio State with 18 caused turnovers, and helping the squad to a Top 15 national ranking in team defense (8.82 goals allowed per game). He has played in 47 career games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 90 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers, along with two goals and 10 faceoff wins. Meurer, a finance major, is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. He was drafted by the Florida Launch in the second round of the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft with the No. 10 pick, the second-highest draft choice in program history.

Ohio State vs. Michigan - 2014 Showdown in the Shoe Set for April 12
Tickets for the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe are on sale now. The Buckeyes will host Michigan at 11 a.m. April 12in Ohio Stadium, preceding the Ohio State football team's 2014 LifeSports Spring Game presented by Nationwide.

General admission tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $12 for adults if bought in advance; $20 (cash only) if purchased day of game. Children 6 and under are free in the general admission sections only (everyone in club seating areas will be required to have a ticket). Club seats are $20 and can only be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased online at go.osu.edu/SpringGameTix. Tickets can also be purchased in person at any TicketMaster outlet and at the OSU Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. Group tickets - $8 for groups of 50 or more - are only available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2).

Current Ohio State students get in free with a valid BuckID. Students should enter the stadium through Gate 26.

The game will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008. The tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati. A record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men's lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men's lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The 2009 football spring game set a national attendance record of 95,722.

Up Next
Ohio State will open its home slate when it hosts Marquette at noon Feb. 22 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Space is limited inside and fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to secure a spot.

Facility Tour
Ohio State will play in three facilities on the Ohio State campus this spring. The first four - vs. Hill Academy, Navy, Robert Morris and Marquette - are slated for inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes will host Penn State in Ohio Stadium March 1 before three games in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium vs. Bellarmine (March 21), Notre Dame (March 25) and Jacksonville (March 29). The squad will take on Michigan and Air Force in Ohio Stadium April 12 and April 19, respectively. (Note sites are schedule to change pending weather/field conditions.)

ECAC Tourney Coming to Columbus
Ohio State will serve as host for the 2014 ECAC Tournament, slated for May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Top 4 teams in the final ECAC standings qualify for the event, with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Follow the Buckeyes
Keep up with Ohio State men's lacrosse all season long through social media, including facebook (OhioStateMensLacrosse) and Instagram (@OhioState_MLAX). The team's official Twitter feed is @OhioState_MLAX and you can keep up with Coach Myers (@MyersJMZ), Coach Dobbins (@DobbinsDave), Coach Koesterer (@squirerockwell), Coach Hall (@judsonhall) and Coach Bergey (@MBergey11).

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