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No. 19/20 Buckeyes Headed to Jacksonville for Moe's Southwest Grill Classic

The Buckeyes defeated Denver in the 2012 Moe's Classic at EverBank Field.
The Buckeyes defeated Denver in the 2012 Moe's Classic at EverBank Field.

Feb. 15, 2013

No. 19/20 Ohio State vs. Jacksonville
2013 Moe's Southwest Grill Classic
Sunday, Feb. 17 - 3:15 p.m.
EverBank Field - Jacksonville, Fla.
TV: NBC Sports Network
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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 19/20-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team heads to Jacksonville, Fla., to make a second-consecutive appearance in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ohio State (1-0) will take on the Jacksonville Dolphins (0-1) at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, preceded by a 1 p.m. matchup between No. 15/15 Penn State and No. 8/9 Denver.

Live on TV
Both games of the Moe’s Classic will be televised by NBC Sports Network. Mike Corey will provide play-by-play, with Mark Dixon serving as the analyst in the booth and Evan Washburn providing analysis from the sideline.

Up Next 
The Buckeyes will return home to face Marquette next Saturday (Feb. 23) inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Note, the game is SOLD OUT. Tickets remain for the team’s final four home games, scheduled to be played outdoors at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium: March 9 vs. Denver, March 30 vs. Loyola, April 6 vs. Hobart and April 27 vs. Fairfield. 

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. 20 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.

Buckeyes Online
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).

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).

OSU Opens Season with 14-8 Win vs. Detroit
Behind seven goals and 10 points from senior co-captain Logan Schuss, Ohio State opened its season with a 14-8 victory over Detroit inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center Saturday afternoon. The teams were tied at 6 at halftime but Ohio State outscored the Titans, 8-2, in the second half, including 5-1 in the third quarter, for the non-conference victory.

Freshman Carter Brown had six points, with two goals and a team-best four assists, while sophomore Jesse King had a hat trick and freshman Tyler Pfister scored two goals. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves for the squad. Senior Trey Wilkes was 17-8 on faceoffs and had six groundballs, while senior Kevin Mack had seven groundballs and junior Darius Bowling picked up six loose balls while causing three turnovers.

Preseason Honors
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.

Schuss and junior goalie Greg Dutton both were mentioned in Face-Off Yearbook’s preseason accolades. The duo were preseason All-ECAC, while Schuss was a preseason second team All-American and Dutton was lauded as an honorable mention preseason All-American.

Last Year at the Moe’s Classic
Ohio State opened its ECAC Lacrosse League slate with a 10-9 victory over No. 5-ranked Denver Feb. 19, 2012 in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Buckeyes trailed by two goals three times in the game and were down 8-6 with 2:29 left in the third quarter. A four-goal Ohio State run, with two goals in the final 32 seconds of the third quarter and two tallies in the first 2:55 of the fourth, led the Scarlet and Gray to victory.

Logan Schuss led Ohio State with five goals and points, with Dominique Alexander scoring twice and adding two assists for a four-point game. Tyler Frederick had a goal and two assists, with all three points on the Buckeyes’ final three goals. In the cage, Scott Spencer had four saves in his first collegiate start.

Ohio State vs. Jacksonville and the MAAC
The game Sunday marks the first meeting between Ohio State and Jacksonville. The Buckeyes are 25-3 all-time vs. current members of the MAAC: 5-2 vs. Canisius, 5-0 vs. Detroit (including a 14-8 win last week), 2-0 vs. Manhattan, 3-0 vs. Marist and 10-1 vs. VMI. The Buckeyes have never played MAAC school Siena.

A Look at Jacksonville
Jacksonville opened its campaign last Sunday with a 21-9 loss to No. 6-ranked Duke on the road. TJ Kenary led the team with three goals, two assists and five points. Dan McNulty won 14-of-30 faceoffs and the team’s goalies combined for seven saves. Senior midfielder Cameron Mann and junior goalie Peter DeLuca, who did not play vs. Duke, were preseason All-MAAC selections by the league’s coaches. The Dolphins were 6-7 last year, averaging 10.08 goals a game while allowing 9.69 an outing. Mann led the squad with 41 points and 22 assists. Ari Waffle had a team-best 23 goals and was second with 33 points.

A Look Back at 2012
Ohio State was 8-7 in 2012 and finished second in the ECAC with a 5-1 ledger, advancing to the semifinals of the league tourament. The squad averaged 9.00 goals a game and ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 7.2 goals a game. Logan Schuss led the team with 39 goals, 18 assists and 57 points, ranking in the Top 20 in the NCAA in points and goals per game. Jesse King was second with 16 goals and 25 points. Dominique Alexander was third with 23 points, including 12 assists. In the cage, Greg Dutton had a 6.92 goals-against average to rank third in the NCAA, while his .575 save percentage was seventh nationally.

Leading the Charge
Seniors Dominique Alexander and Logan Schuss are serving as captains for the 2013 season. The duo was selected after a vote by their teammates.

Alexander and Schuss have both played in 46 games in their Ohio State careers. Schuss has 109 goals, 65 assists and 175 points for the Scarlet and Gray, while Alexander has scored 38 goals and added 29 assists for 67 points.

Break It Down
The Buckeye roster includes nine seniors, 11 juniors, 13 sophomores and 10 freshmen.

Players on the Ohio State roster come from 14 states and provinces. Ten Buckeyes hail from both Ohio and Maryland, with seven New York natives on the roster. Three call British Columbia home and Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania are all the home for two Buckeyes. Buckeyes also come from Michigan, Ontario, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia.

Schuss as a Senior
• Junior Logan Schuss had a career-high 10 points, with a career-high tying seven goals, in Ohio State’s season-opening win vs. Detroit. His first seven-goal game was May 8, 2010 at North Carolina and it topped the eight-point outing he had vs. the Tar Heels in that 2010 matchup.
• Schuss extended his point streak to 46 games (each game of his collegiate career) against Detroit. It is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. He has multiple points in each of his last 16 games.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first three seasons, now ranks tied for third in program history with 175 points, matching the total posted by Kevin Buchanan (97g, 78a) from 2005-08. He is third in program history with 109 goals, passing Bill Rogers, who had 107 from 1978-81. Schuss is eighth with 66 career assists.
• Among current NCAA players, Schuss ranks third in career goals, sixth in career assists and third in career points.
• Against Detroit, Schuss had the seventh 10-point game in program history (tying for sixth in a single game) and the seventh seven-goal game for a Buckeye (tying for seventh in a singel game). His 17 shots vs. Detroit are a career high and rank third (tied) all-time for a Buckeye.

Buckeye This and That
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Jacksonville on a 46-game point streak (109g, 66a, 175p). Dating back to last season, sophomore Jesse King is on a seven-game point streak (11g, 6a, 17p), senior Dominique Alexander has points in his last six games (6g, 9a, 15p) and junior Adam Trombley is on a five-game streak (4g, 3a, 7p). Schuss is on a nine-game assist streak (15a) and Alexander has nine assists in a six-game stretch.
• Junior Darius Bowling had five groundballs vs. Detroit, marking a career best and topping the four he had vs. Mercer last year. Bowling also had a career-high and team-high three caused turnovers.
• Senior Kevin Mack tied his career high with seven groundballs vs. Detroit, first set last year vs. the Titans.
• Against Detroit, freshmen Carter Brown, Robbie Haus, Charlie Schnider and Tyler Pfister all saw action in their first collegiate games, with Haus and Brown making their first career starts.
• Junior Joe Meurer made his first start at close defense and had two caused turnovers and two groundballs vs. UDM.
• Senior Trey Wilkes was one shy of his career best with 17 faceoff wins Saturday vs. Detroit and picked up six groundballs.
• The Buckeyes were 3-for-4 on man-up chances vs. the Titans. Schuss, Pfister and King had the EMO goals.
• Sophomore Jesse King had his second career hat trick, and first since last year vs. Detroit, Saturday in the win vs. the Titans.

IL Gear
Ohio State was featured on the ILGear.com section of InsideLacrosse.com earlier this week. The post showcased the Buckeyes’ gear - both for on the field and off - for 2013. To see the complete collection, vist: http://go.osu.edu/osu_ilgear.

Future Plans
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.

The Buckeye Staff
Ohio State head coach Nick Myers is in his fifth year at the helm of the Buckeyes. He is joined by fourth-year coach Dave Dobbins and Jamison Koesterer, who is in his first year at Ohio State. Jud Hall is in his second campaign as the squad’s volunteer coach. Mark Bergey is in his fourth year as the team’s director of operations.


 

 

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