Feb. 28, 2014
OHIO STATE LACROSSE THIS WEEK
The No. 19-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-0 ECAC) hosts No. 9 Penn State (2-1, 0-0 CAA) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium in a Creator’s Trophy game.
OHIO STADIUM, PARKING DETAILS
Entrance for all fans attending the game will be through Gate 7, with the ticket office located near Gate 7. Parking will be free in lots surrounding Ohio Stadium. The OHSAA State Wrestling Championships are being held in the Schottenstein Center Saturday and will create extra traffic in the area. Fans should plan for extra travel time to reach the parking lots and Ohio Stadium for the lacrosse game.
The game between Ohio State and Penn State will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with a free audio broadcast through the Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio student-run station (OhioStateSports.net). 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
Single-game tickets for all Ohio State regular-season home games are now on sale, as are group tickets and experiences. For information on tickets, and a link to purchase, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on gameday.
For more information on group tickets and experiences, 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.
Ohio State students are admitted free to all regular-season games with a valid BuckID.
THE CREATOR’S TROPHY
The game between Ohio State and Penn State is part of the competition for the Creator’s Trophy, an annual traveling award among the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan) that was established in 2012. The trophy is awarded when a team is 2-0 against the other schools; on years the teams are all 1-1, the trophy will not be awarded.
Ohio State is the defending champion after a 10-9 overtime win at Penn State and 17-8 victory at Michigan last year. The Nittany Lions, who claimed the first title in 2012, opened Creator’s Trophy competition this season with a 22-7 win at home over the Wolverines. The Buckeyes host the Wolverines April 12 in the Showdown in the Shoe in Columbus.
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., Feb. 16. The team defeated Marquette, 11-7, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center Saturday for its first victory of 2014.
Junior Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with nine goals and 13 points, with classmate Turner Evans first with nine assists and second with 11 points. Sophomore Carter Brown is third with 10 points, ranking second with five assists and tying senior Adam Trombley for second with five goals each, followed by junior Reegan Comeault with four. In all, nine Buckeyes have at least one goal, six have at least one assist and nine have at least one point. Senior goalie Greg Dutton, who has started all three games and has 29 saves, is second with 11 groundballs. Freshman Jake Withers has a team-best 14 groundballs and 17 faceoff wins, including 14 last week vs. Marquette. Sophomore Robby Haus is first with seven caused turnovers, followed by senior Dominic Imbordino with six and senior Joe Meurer with five.
The game vs. Penn State is the first of three scheduled games for the Buckeyes inside Ohio Stadium. The team is also slated to take on Michigan April 12 (Showdown in the Shoe) and Air Force April 19 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State has played 12 games in The Shoe since 2008, with a 5-7 ledger in those contests. Last year, the Buckeyes hosted just one game in Ohio Stadium, downing Towson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 16-6, May 12, 2013. The Buckeyes took on Penn State in Ohio Stadium March 3, 2012, a 5-2 win for the Nittany Lions.
OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Penn State, 5-12, but is 5-2 vs. the Nittany Lions since 2007. The Buckeyes came from behind to beat Penn State, 10-9 in overtime, last season in a game played in University Park. Ohio State and Penn State have met each season since 2003. The teams will face off as league foes beginning in 2015 when men’s lacrosse is added as an official Big Ten Conference sport. They will be joined in the league by Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers and Johns Hopkins (affiliate member).
OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE IN 2013
Then-No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 Penn State in overtime, 10-9, March 2, 2012 at Penn State Lacrosse Stadium in University Park, Pa. Buckeye Jesse King led the Buckeyes with three goals and five points and netted the gamewinner with just :00.2 seconds left in the first overtime period. The teams were deadlocked at 2 after the first quarter before Penn State outscored the Buckeyes, 6-0, in the second quarter for an 8-2 halftime lead. Ohio State then posted its own 6-0 quarter to tie the game at 8-all after 45 minutes. Ohio State took its first lead of the game at 7:01 of the fourth quarter but the Nittany Lions tied the game with 4:04 left in regulation. King gave Ohio State the win on the Buckeyes’ fourth shot of overtime. Ohio State outscored Penn State, 8-1, in the second half and overtime and outshot the Nittany Lions, 21-10, in the final 34 minutes, including 9-1 in the fourth quarter and 4-0 in overtime.
Turner Evans had a hat trick and assist for four points, while Logan Schuss had three points on two goals and an assist. David Planning and Carter Brown each had a goal and an assist for two points. Greg Dutton made eight saves in the Buckeye cage. Darius Bowling won eight faceoffs for Ohio State and had a team-best six groundballs, along with two caused turnovers. Joe Meurer had a team-high three caused turnovers, as Ohio State had nine caused turnovers as a team.
NITTANY LION NOTES
Penn State is 2-1 this season, topping Michigan and Notre Dame and falling in overtime to Loyola. The squad is averaging 13.67 goals per game and allowing 8.67 an outing. Penn State has put 39.3 shots on goal per game and allowed 31.3 an outing.
Shane Sturgis leads Penn State with 14 goals, four assists and 18 points this season. TJ Sanders is second with nine goals and 10 points. In all, 13 Nittany Lions have scored at least one goal. Drake Kreinz is first on the team with 27 groundballs and has won 39-of-68 (.574) faceoffs. Goalie Austin Kaut has an 8.25 goals-against average and .532 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT - OHIO STATE 11, MARQUETTE 7
Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Ohio State defeated Marquette, 11-7, in front of a sellout crowd of 916 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes led 4-2 after the first quarter and 7-4 at halftime en route to the nonconference win over the Golden Eagles. Each team scored once in the third quarter for an 8-5 Buckeye lead after 45 minutes. Marquette outshot Ohio State, 29-26, in the game.
In the victory, Buckeye junior and leading scorer Jesse King had four goals and added two assists for a career-high tying six points, while sophomore Carter Brown had a team-high three assists and added a goal for a four-point day. Senior Adam Trombley and junior David Planning each scored twice. Freshman Jake Withers won 14 faceoffs and picked up 11 groundballs, while senior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves and senior Joe Meurer caused three turnovers.
KING NAMED TO TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Junior midfielder Jesse King was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which includes the Top 50 players from Divisions I, II and III. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by the Tewaaraton Foundation.
Players not named to the initial list have several opportunities to play their way into a spot as the season progresses. Additions will be announced March 20 and April 10. On April 24, the field will be narrowed to 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. Nominees can be players on the watch lists or players not on the watch lists, effectively allowing for a third round of additions for players who earn a spot. Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced May 8 and will be invited to the May 29 ceremony in Washington.
King leads the ECAC with nine goals and 13 points this season and is third with 4.33 points per game. He carries a 26-game point streak, with 49 goals, 33 assists and 82 points, into the game vs. Penn State.
In his Buckeye career, King has 57 goals, 36 assists and 93 points in 35 games for the Scarlet and Gray. He has two six-point outings this season, including a five-goal game at Johns Hopkins.
WITHERS PICKS UP ECAC AWARD
Jake Withers was named ECAC co-Rookie of the Week Monday. He won 14-of-21 (.667) faceoffs and picked up 11 groundballs in the Buckeyes’ victory over Marquette Saturday. After winning 50 percent (6-of-12) of his faceoffs in the first half to help the Buckeyes to a 7-4 halftime lead, Withers lost just one in the second half (8-1) as Ohio State limited Marquette to three goals. His 11 groundballs were the most for a Buckeye since Eric O’Brien had 10 in 2007.
IN THE POLLS
• In the national polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 19th 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 (5), Denver (6), Notre Dame (11), Penn State (9), Massachusetts (13) and Fairfield (17). Bellarmine is receiving votes in the poll.
• In the IL poll, Johns Hopkins (7), Denver (5), Notre Dame (11), Penn State (10), UMass (13) and Fairfield (18) are all in the Top 20, with Bellarmine receiving votes.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT
• Junior Turner Evans is second on the team with 11 points, with a team-high nine assists. He is on an 11-game point streak (20g, 12a, 32p). Evans is sixth in the NCAA with 3.00 assists per game.
• Sophomore Carter Brown has four points in back-to-back games, with a goal and three assists vs. Marquette, and is third on the team with 10 points. Brown has at least one point in each of his last eight games, with 13 goals, eight assists and 21 points in the streak.
• J.T. Blubaugh recorded the first goal for a Buckeye freshman this season when he tallied vs. Marquette Saturday.
• Ohio State has just one failed clear this year, converting 52-of-53 opportunities.
• The Buckeyes have 25 caused turnovers this season, while their opponents have 14. Robby Haus, with seven, leads the ECAC with 2.33 caused turnovers a game. Senior Dominic Imbordino is second in the league with 2.0 a game (6 caused turnovers) and senior Joe Meurer is fourth with 1.67 (5).
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 12 in 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.
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).
The Buckeyes will travel for their next two games, taking on Hofstra at 1 p.m. March 8 in Hempstead, N.Y., and Denver at 3 p.m. March 15 in Denver. The team will return home for its next three games, hosting Bellarmine March 21, Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29, all scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.