Feb. 20, 2014
No. 17 Ohio State vs. Marquette (Noon, Saturday, WHAC)
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 17-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (0-2, 0-0 ECAC) takes on Marquette (1-1, 0-0 Big East) in its home opener at noon Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The game between Ohio State and Marquette will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links for video, audio and live stats are on the Buckeye lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday2014, with in-game updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
Get Your Tickets
Seating inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center is extremely limited and fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to the game vs. Marquette Saturday, as it is expected to sell out prior to gameday.
Group tickets and experiences are also on sale now. For more information, call the Athletic Ticket Sales Team at 1-800-GoBUCKS (select option 2, then option 7) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive.
For information on single-game, group and season tickets, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets.
Ohio State is 12-0 all-time 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. Each of the last two seasons Ohio State has played just one game inside WHAC, beating Detroit (11-6) in 2012 and Marquette (18-8) in 2013.
Ohio State opened its 2014 campaign with overtime losses away from Columbus, falling 10-9 in triple overtime at No. 11 Johns Hopkins Feb. 9 and 12-11 in overtime to Massachusetts in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday. Junior Turner Evans leads the Buckeyes with eight assists and 10 points this season, while classmate Jesse King is first with five goals and second with seven points. Sophomore Carter Brown and junior Reegan Comeault are tied for second with four goals each, followed by senior Adam Trombley with three. Brown and King each have two assists to tie for second. In all, seven Buckeyes have at least one goal, six have at least one assist and eight have at least one point. Senior goalie Greg Dutton, who has started both games and has 20 saves, is first with eight groundballs. Brown is second with six groundballs, followed by sophomore Robby Haus, senior Dominic Imbordino and King with five each. Haus and Imbordino are tied for first with five caused turnovers each.
Buckeyes vs. Golden Eagles
Ohio State and Marquette met last season in the first Division I game for the Golden Eagles, with Ohio State winning 18-8 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.
Marquette is a member of the Big East Conference, where it is joined by Georgetown, Rutgers, St. John's, Denver, Providence and Villanova. Ohio State is 19-16 all-time vs. the current Big East schools (1-0 vs. Marquette, 1-2 vs. Georgetown, 1-6 vs. Rutgers, 13-8 vs. Denver and 3-0 vs. Villanova; Ohio State has never faced St. John's or Providence).
Ohio State vs. Marquette in 2013
Ohio State topped Marquette, 18-8, Feb. 23, 2013, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Carter Brown led the Buckeyes with four goals and seven points, while Jesse King had three goals and six points. In all, 10 Buckeyes found the back of the net. Ohio State led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter before breaking the game open in the second with seven goals, heading into halftime with a 10-5 advantage. Ohio State added four goals in both the third and fourth quarters, while limiting the Golden Eagles to three second-half tallies.
Marquette is 1-1 this season, with a 13-6 loss at Lehigh to open the year before an 11-9 win on the road at Hofstra last Saturday. The squad is led in scoring by Tyler Melnyk, who has five goals and six points. Kyle Whitlow has four goals and an assist for five points and Conor Gately is first with three assists, ranking third with five points. JJ Sagl started both games in goal and has 12 saves. The squad was 5-8 last season in its first year as a Division I program. Melnyk is the leading returning scorer after posting 38 points, with 23 goals and 15 assists, last year, while Gately had 16 goals and 20 assists for 38 points.
Last Time Out - UMass 12, Ohio state 11 OT
In the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Ohio State fell in overtime to UMass, 12-11. The Buckeyes trailed 2-1 after the first quarter and 5-4 at halftime. Two quick goals from UMass to open the second half made it a 7-4 lead and the teams traded the next two goals for an 8-5 game. The Buckeyes’ Carter Brown then scored twice in 10 seconds in the final 24 seconds of the third quarter to again draw within one (8-7). The Minutemen opened the fourth stanza with back-to-back goals by Adam Trombley scored the next two for the Buckeyes for a 10-9 score. After a UMass goal at 6:20 put the Minutemen ahead by two (11-9), Trombley scored at 4:29 and Reegan Comeault tallied at 2:38 (both assisted by Turner Evans) to tie the game for the first time since early in the second quarter. In overtime, the UMass goalie made two saves before Nick Mariano netted the gamewinner with seven seconds left in the first OT. Evans led the Buckeyes with five assists and six points, while Comeault, Brown and Trombley each had hat tricks.
Evans Named ECAC POTW, Has Career Days
Junior Turner Evans was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week Monday after recording eight assists and 10 points in the Buckeyes’ first two games of the season combined.
In the Buckeyes’ season opener at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9, Evans had a then-career high three assists, marking just the second multiple assist outing of his career. He added a goal vs. the Blue Jays for the fifth four-point outing of his Buckeye career and also picked up four groundballs. Against UMass Sunday in Jacksonville, Evans topped those marks, setting up five goals and adding a tally of his own for a personal-best six points. In the matchup with the Minutemen, Evans assisted on the Buckeyes’ final three goals of the game as the squad came back to force overtime in the fourth quarter. His five assists matched the eighth-best single-game total in Ohio State history.
This season, Evans is first among ECAC players with eight assists and 10 points. He is on a 10-game point streak, with 20 goals, 11 assists and 31 points in the stretch. Evans entered 2014 with 13 career assists, along with 34 goals, for 47 points in his first 27 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Last season, Evans had 26 goals, eight assists and 34 points in 15 games played.
In the Polls
• In the national polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 17th by both the coaches in the USILA poll and in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media poll.
• Six of Ohio State’s 2014 regular-season opponents are ranked by USILA: Johns Hopkins (8), Denver (5t), Notre Dame (4), Penn State (12), Massachusetts (14) and Fairfield (19t).
• In the IL poll, Johns Hopkins (8), Denver (6), Notre Dame (4, Penn State (12) and UMass (15) are all in the Top 20, with Bellarmine and Marquette receiving votes.
Meurer Senior CLASS Top 20 Candidate
Senior defenseman Joe Meurer has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. 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.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.
Meuer, a native of Towson, Md., has started both games for Ohio State this season at close defense. He was a 2014 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason First Team All-American after earning USILA Honorable Mention All-America and First Team All-ECAC accolades in 2013. Meurer started all 17 games a season ago, 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). Voted team captain for 2014, he has played in 49 career games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 90 groundballs and 34 caused turnovers, along with two goals and 10 faceoff wins. Meurer was drafted by the Florida Launch in the second round of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft with the 10th overall pick, the second-highest pick in Ohio State history. A finance major, he is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.
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.
King, who had a career-high five goals at Johns Hopkins, carries a 25-game point streak, with 45 goals, 31 assists and 76 points in the stretch, into the game vs. Marquette, the 14th-longest active streak in the nation. King has 87 points as a Buckeye, with 53 goals and 34 assists.
Have a Game
• Junior Reegan Comeault, sophomore Carter Brown and senior Adam Trombley each had a hat trick vs. UMass.
• Comeault’s three goals were a career high after three two-goal games. It was the third three-point night of his Buckeye career.
• Trombley had his second hat trick and first since Feb. 11, 2012 at Mercer.
• Brown had his fourth hat trick and 10th multiple-goal outing. It was his third four-point day; he has 14 multiple-point outings as a Buckeye.
• Sophomore Robby Haus had a career-high three caused turnovers vs. UMass, along with three groundballs.
Ohio State will take on Penn State at 1 p.m. March 1. The game is scheduled to be played in Ohio Stadium.