Feb. 17, 2012
Ohio State vs. #5 Denver
Moe's Southwest Grill Classic
Sunday, Feb. 19 - 2 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live Stats: JUSports.com
EverBank Field - Jacksonville, Fla.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State and Denver are playing in the first ECAC Lacrosse League game of the 2012 campaign. This marks the third year in the conference for both squads.
• After the game vs. Denver, Ohio State will open a six-game homestand. Included in the stretch are games vs. four ranked teams - No. 1 Virginia, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 13 UMass and No. 18 Penn State
• Junior Logan Schuss was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list earlier this week. He leads the Buckeyes with 10 points this year and brings a 32-game point streak into the matchup with the Pioneers.
• Schuss was joined by senior defenseman Matt Kawamoto on the preseason all-conference team as voted by the league's coaches. Schuss, Kawamoto and senior defenseman Joe Bonanni were preseason all-league picks in Faceoff Yearbook and Kawamoto was a preseason third team All-American by the publication.
• The Buckeyes opened the year 2-0, with a home win over Detroit and a road victory at Mercer last week, playing the two games in a three-day span.
• Ohio State returns 26 letterwinners from a season ago when the squad was 8-8 and advanced to the ECAC Lacrosse League tournament semifinals.
• Ohio State's four captains this season are seniors Matt Kawamoto, Brock Sorensen, Mike Smail and Joe Bonanni.
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
Ohio State men's lacrosse team (2-0, 0-0 ECAC) opens ECAC play when it takes on No. 5-ranked Denver (0-0, 0-0 ECAC) in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Buckeyes and Pioneers will face off at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by a game between Jacksonville and Navy at 4 p.m.
Both games in the Classic will be televised by NBC Sports Network. The network, formerly Versus, is available nationally in 75 million homes. To find the channel listing for NBC Sports Network on your cable or satellite provider, go online to http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/30092015/ns/sports/.
On the broadcast, Brent Harris will provide play-by-play, Evan Washburn is on the call with color commentary and Amber Theoharis is the sideline reporter.
Live stats for the game can be found on Jacksonville's website, JUDolphins.com, with links also on OhioStateBuckeyes.com on the men's lacrosse schedule page and on the Gameday page (http://go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday).
Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday
A new addition to OhioStateBuckeyes.com this season is the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page. Prior to each matchup, the website is updated with links for audio, video and live stats (as available), as well as information on both teams. Visit go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday before each game.
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) and facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateMensLacrosse).
Ohio State, under fourth-year head coach Nick Myers, opened the year 2-0, with two wins in three days. The squad defeated Detroit, 11-6, Feb. 9 in Columbus in the second Division I game of the 2012 campaign and then won 15-8 at Mercer Feb. 11 in Macon, Ga.
Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with five assists and 10 points, with senior Brock Sorensen first with six goals. Schuss is second with five tallies, followed by sophomore Adam Trombley and freshman Jesse King with three each. Junior Nick Liddil is second with four assists and sophomore Tyler Frederick is third with three. Sorensen is second with six points, with King, Trombley and Liddil each tied for third with four. Greg Dutton has started both games in goal and has 12 saves in 90 minutes of play, allowing eight goals. Junior Kevin Mack is first with nine groundballs, with Schuss and sophomore faceoff specialist Shawn Kaplan tied for second with seven each. Kaplan has won 12-of-20 (.600) faceoffs this season. Senior Joe Bonanni leads the Buckeyes with four caused turnovers.
Schuss on Tewaaraton Watch List
Buckeye junior attackman Logan Schuss has been named to the watch list for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlights the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. The watch list was generated by the award's selection committee, which is made up of collegiate coaches and is appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award. The selection committee will make additions to the list as the season progresses. In late April, the list will be narrowed to 25, who will be named Tewaaraton Nominees. In mid-May, five finalists will be announced. The finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, held May 31 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Schuss, a Ladner, British Columbia, native, is a two-time first team All-ECAC selection and was an honorable mention USILA All-American as a freshman in 2010. In 2011, Schuss ranked 13th nationally with 3.12 points per game, leading the Buckeyes with 52 points. The junior, who has at least one point in each collegiate game, is an Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete and ECAC All-Academic Team selection. He had 10 points in the Buckeyes' first two games of 2012 and now has 118 points, with 68 goals and 50 assists, in 32 career games to rank 22nd in program history.
Kawamoto a Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidate
Ohio State defenseman Matt Kawamoto is one of 20 candidates for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Wednesday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Springfield, Va., native Kawamoto is a team captain for the Buckeyes this year. The 2011 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection, he also earned honorable mention USILA All-America accolades last season. Entering the 2012 campaign, he was named a third team preseason All-American by Faceoff Yearbook and preseason All-ECAC. He has played in 47 games at Ohio State and has 63 groundballs and 29 caused turnovers. A business: marketing and logistics management major, Kawamoto has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors and is scheduled to graduate this spring. The recipient of the 2011-12 Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship, Kawamoto has battled back from injury twice in his Buckeye career. For Kawamoto's complete award biography, visit seniorclassaward.com/athletes/matt_kawamoto/
More Preseason Honors
Junior Logan Schuss and senior Matt Kawamoto, both first team All-ECAC selections at the end of last year, were voted by the league's coaches to the preseason all-conference team. Schuss and Kawamoto, along with senior Joe Bonanni, all picked up preseason all-league honors in Faceoff Yearbook and Kawamoto was a preseason honorable mention All-American in the publication.
Ohio State Vs. Denver
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Denver, 11-7, but is looking to end a three-game losing streak to the Pioneers. The teams met twice last year. In the regular season the squads faced off at INVESCO Field in Denver April 16, an 11-6 win for the Pioneers. The squads then met in the ECAC tournament semifinals, hosted by Denver at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, where the Pioneers posted an 11-4 victory. Denver, the league's outright champion in the regular season, went on to win the tournament and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.
The teams last met at a neutral site May 2, 2008, a 15-8 Ohio State victory in the Great Western Lacrosse League semifinals at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich. It is the only true neutral-site game between the teams.
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.
• Junior Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 32 games (each game of his collegiate career) with six points vs. Detroit and four points at Bellarmine. It is tied for the fourth-longest active point streak in the nation.
• After he was held scoreless in the first game of his collegiate career, sophomore Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last 16 games, including two assists last Saturday at Mercer.
• Junior Nick Liddil has assists in each of the first two games this season, including a career-high three in the opener vs. Detroit last Thursday.
• Senior Brock Sorensen has back-to-back hat tricks to open the year, already setting a career high for goals in a season with six.
• Sophomore Michael Italiano is the other Buckeye with points in both games this season, with an assist in the opener and a goal at Mercer.
Buckeyes in the U-19 Championships
Four Buckeyes have been named to their national teams for the 2012 FIL Under 19 Men's Field World Championship, set for July 12-21 in Turku, Finland. Luke Howard will play for Team USA, while Turner Evans, Reegan Comeault and Jesse King will represent Canada.
Moving Up the Charts
Junior Logan Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks 22nd in program history with 118 points. He is four points back of Rob Grim (1979-82) and Kevin Johnson (1997-99) in 20th place with 122 points each. Schuss has 68 goals and 50 assists in 32 games as a Buckeye.
All Over the Field
Senior Brock Sorensen has played nearly every position in his Ohio State career and started at midfield last Saturday vs. Mercer. He has three goals in each game and leads the squad with three man-up tallies. Sorensen had five goals in 15 games a year ago, with all five coming in man-up situations.
• Freshman Jesse King got his college career started on the right foot against Detroit, recording a hat trick and adding an assist for a four-point night in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Rookie Reegan Comeault had three points, with two goals and an assist, at Mercer last Saturday for his first career points.
• David Planning saw his first career action Saturday at Mercer and tallied his first career goal. Sophomore Nick Diegel, in his first year at Ohio State, scored in the opener vs. Detroit.
• Other newcomers to see playing time this season include goalie Scott Spencer, Rick Lewis, Luke Howard and Eric Chadderdon. Spencer played the second half at Mercer and had four saves.
• Seniors Joe Bonanni and Keenan Ochwat and sophomore Dominic Imbordino have started the first two games for the Buckeyes at close defense this season.
• Bonanni leads the Buckeyes with four caused turnovers and is fourth with six groundballs. Imbordino is next with five groundballs.
• Junior Kevin Mack led the Buckeyes with a team season-best seven groundballs and added three caused turnovers in the season opener vs. Detroit. He leads the Buckeyes with nine groundballs this year.
The Buckeyes are 5-for-12 (.417) on man-up chances this season, including a 4-for-10 night vs. Detroit last Thursday. The squad has allowed three goals on 10 chances.
• Sophomore Adam Trombley, who played in nine games as a freshman last year, netted a hat trick and added an assist at Mercer for his first career points.
• Junior Nick Liddil, who had three goals, an assist and four points in his firsrt 21 games at Ohio State, has four assists through the first two games this season. He had a career-high three assists vs. Detroit and added a helper at Mercer.
Buckeyes Off the Field
• Ohio State had a program-record 28 players invited to the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner last season. A league-high 10 Buckeyes were named to the ECAC All-Academic Team and 21 earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
• Community service remains an important goal of the men's lacrosse program. The squad volunteered more than 600 hours during 2010-11 and got off to a strong start this year. In October, the team led all Ohio State athletics programs with 307 hours of service. The Buckeyes work with a number of different organizations, including Lacrosse the Nations, Military Kids Hero Camp, Operation Buckeye, Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House.
• The Buckeyes have had a special member on the sideline since last season. JJ Snider, now a fifth grader, was adopted by the team through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. JJ and his family - his parents Jodi and Mike, sisters Mary and Joanna and brothers Rudy and Michael - have spent time with the team throughout the year.
The Buckeye Captains
Four Buckeye seniors - Brock Sorensen, Mike Smail, Matt Kawamoto and Joe Bonanni - have been voted team captains for the 2011-12 Buckeye squad. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates and the five selected were part of a group of players who indicated an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp. Sorensen is in his second year as a captain.
On the Sidelines
Nick Myers is now in his fourth year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, also in his fourth year with the squad, and Dave Dobbins, who is in his third campaign. The newest addition to the staff is Jud Hall, who joined the team as the volunteer assistant coach after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan in the spring. Mark Bergey is in his third year as the team's director of operations.
Ohio State will host the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe April 21 when it takes on Air Force in Ohio Stadium prior to the football team's LiFE Sports Spring Game. The game has set national on-campus and regular-season attendance records.
Doubleheader on Deck
Next week, the Ohio State lacrosse programs will play a doubleheader in Columbus. The women's team will take on Brown at 11 a.m., followed by a men's game between the Buckeyes and UMass at 1 p.m. The games are scheduled for Ohio Stadium but could be moved inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center in the event of unplayable weather and/or field conditions. Fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to the men's game to ensure a spot should the game be moved inside.
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