Men's Lacrosse

No. 13/16 Buckeyes Face No. 8/8 Nittany Lions

David Planning has a point in each game this season.
David Planning has a point in each game this season.

March 1, 2013

No. 13/16 Ohio State at No. 8/8 Penn State
Saturday, March 2 - 1 p.m.
Penn State Lacrosse Field - University Park, Pa.

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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (3-0) heads to University Park, Pa., this weekend for a game against No. 8/8 Penn State (2-1). The teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Penn State Lacrosse Field. Admission is free.

Follow Along
Game tracker live stats for the matchup between Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. No video stream will be available for the contest.

Matchup information, as well as links to follow each game, both home and away, through available live stats, audio and video, are updated prior to each contest on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday).

In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State moved up four spots in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll to No. 13 and was up three to No. 16 in the USILA Coaches Poll.

Six opponents on Ohio State's regular-season schedule are also ranked (IL/USILA): Loyola (4/4), Notre Dame (2/2), Denver (10/10), Virginia (6/6), Penn State (8/8) and Fairfield (14/13). Ohio State's preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (3/3) and Syracuse (16/18) in the spring and North Carolina (11/9) and Lehigh (16/17) in the fall. Air Force and Bellarmine, ECAC members, both are receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse poll.

Ohio State will take on ranked opponents in each of its next four games (in an 18-day span), facing No. 8/8 Penn State this weekend, No. 10/10 Denver March 9, No. 6/6 Virginia March 16 and No. 2/2 Notre Dame March 20. Three of the four games will be on the road, with the Pioneers coming to Columbus.

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).

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 3-0 this season, with wins over Detroit (14-8), Jacksonville (9-6) and Marquette. The team is 12th in the NCAA, scoring 13.67 goals a game, and ranks eighth nationally with 7.33 goals allowed per game. The squad is averaging 39.3 shots per game while holding opponents to 23.7 an outing and is 11th in the NCAA with a .347 shooting percentage. The man-up unit is 9-for-13, ranking third in the NCAA (.692) while the squad has stopped 6-of-11 (.545) opponent chances. The squad has won 43-of-75 faceoffs (.573) and cleared at 91.7 percent (55-of-60).

Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 10 goals and 15 points, while freshman Carter Brown is first with eight assists and second with 14 points. Sophomore Jesse King is second with eight goals and third with 11 points. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started all three games and has a 7.07 goals-against average and .500 save percentage. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 36-of-62 faceoffs (.5181) and is first with 15 groundballs, followed by junior Darius Bowling with 12 and senior Kevin Mack with 11. Bowling is first on the team with five caused turnovers and classmate Joe Meurer has four.

Ohio State vs. Penn State
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Penn State, 4-12, but is 4-2 vs. the Nittany Lions since 2006 when it ended a 10-game losing streak vs. PSU. The squads met in Columbus a year ago, with the Nittany Lions coming away with a 5-2 victory March 3, 2012. Ohio State won the last game in State College, 6-5 in three overtimes March 5, 2011. Ohio State and Penn State have met each season since 2003.

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 (OSU, PSU, Michigan) that was established last year. 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.

Penn State is the defending champion after a 16-9 victory over Michigan and 5-2 win over Ohio State last year. The Nittany Lions opened play for the Creator's Trophy with an 11-6 win at Michigan Feb. 9. The Buckeyes will face the Wolverines April 13 in Ann Arbor.

Penn State Preview
Penn State is 2-1 this season, opening the year with an 11-6 road win at Michigan before topping Denver, 15-12, in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Last Sunday, the Nittany Lions lost in overtime to Notre Dame, 10-9. The squad, averaging 11.67 goals a game while allowing 9.33 goals a contest, has averaged 44.3 shots per game. The man-up unit is 2-for-11 (.182) and has stopped 7-of-10 (.700) opponent chances.

Jack Forster leads Penn State with nine goals and 11 points and TJ Sanders is second with eight goals and 10 points. Shane Sturgis also has eight tallies and ranks third with nine points. Danny Henneghan has won 42-of-71 faceoffs (.592) and has a team-best 13 groundballs, followed by Steven Bogert with 12. Austin Kaut has started all three games and has a 9.21 goals-against average and .533 save percentage.

Last Time Out - Buckeyes Defeat Marquette, 18-8
Ohio State moved to 3-0, and remained undefeated all-time inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (12-0), with an 18-8 victory over Marquette last Saturday in Columbus. Freshman Carter Brown led the Buckeyes with four goals and seven points, while sophomore Jesse King had three goals and six points. Both Brown and King had three assists. In all, 10 Buckeyes found the back of the net as the team scored the most goals since a 20-2 victory over Mercer Feb. 12, 2011.

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.

Brown Tabbed ECAC and Cascade/Inside Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
After scoring four goals and seven points Saturday vs. Marquette, Buckeye freshman attackman Carter Brown was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week and the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse Rookie of the Week. Brown had a point in all five of Ohio State's man-up goals, as the squad converted 5-of-6 chances en route to an 18-8 victory over Marquette. Against the Golden Eagles, Brown scored three goals (and added two assists) in the second quarter, with a hand in five-consecutive Buckeye tallies, to break the game open.

Second Half Standouts
Ohio State has outscored opponents, 20-7, in the second half this season and outshot its opponents 62-26, in the third and fourth quarters combined. The Buckeyes have 10 goals in both the third and fourth quarters, while allowing three third-quarter scores and four goals in the final quarter.

Back to Back (to Back) Points
Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Marquette on a 48-game point streak (112g, 68a, 180p). Dating back to last season, sophomore Jesse King is on a nine-game point streak (16g, 9a, 25p) and junior Adam Trombley is on a seven-game streak (6g, 4a, 10p). Schuss is on an 11-game assist streak (17a) and has multiple points in each of his last 24 outings. David Planning is on a four-game point streak (5g, 2a, 7p) and freshmen Carter Brown (6g, 8a, 14p) and Tyler Pfister (4g, 1a, 5p) both have a point in each of the first three games this year. Senior Dominique Alexander had a seven-game point streak ended vs. Marquette, with an 8-9-17 line in the stretch.

Among the Leaders
Through games of Feb. 24, Ohio State was eighth in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing 7.33 goals a game, while ranked 12th in scoring offense with 13.67 goals an outing. The squad was sixth in scoring margin (+6.33) and third in man-up offense (.692).

Noting the Buckeyes
• Sophomore Jesse King had a career-high three assists and six points vs. Marquette, his first game with multiple helpers as a Buckeye. His six points topped the four he had vs. Detroit Feb. 9, 2012. Against the Golden Eagles King had his third career hat trick and second of the year after scoring three times vs. the Titans Feb. 9.
• Sophomore Turner Evans scored twice vs. Marquette, his third career two-goal game and first since March 24, 2012 vs. Bellarmine.
• Sophomore David Planning had his second career two-goal game vs. Marquette, matching his performance May 2, 2012 vs. Fairfield in the ECAC Tournament. He now has four career two-point games, with two this season.
• Senior Dan Wertz had a goal and an assist vs. Marquette, his fourth career two-point game but first since March 12, 2011 at Albany.
• Junior Darius Bowling had a career-high five groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9, with four vs. Marquette last week. He is second on the team with 12 groundballs this year.
• Freshman defenseman Robby Haus has started all three games at close defense. Against Marquette, he had a career-best three groundballs and two caused turnovers.
• Senior Kevin Mack had a personal-best seven groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9 and is third on the team with 11 groundballs.
• Freshman Tyler Pfister had his second career two-goal game in his first three games as a Buckeye vs. Marquette. He also scored twice in the season opener vs. Detroit.
• Senior Trey Wilkes, who is first in the ECAC with a .581 faceoff winning percentage, won 17-of-25 faceoffs vs. Detroit to match his career high and then won 13-of-21 vs. Marquette. He leads the team with 15 groundballs.
• Junior Nick Diegel scored his second career goal, and first since Feb. 9, 2012 vs. Detroit, against Marquette last week.

Shot Stuff
The Buckeyes are averaging 39.3 shots per game, while holding opponents to 23.7 a game. The team had a season-high 47 shots vs. Detroit in the season opener and 40 vs. Marquette last week. The Buckeyes have not allowed more than 27 shots this year, including limiting the Titans to 20 attempts.

The squad is 11th in the NCAA in shooting percentage, converting 34.7 percent of its shots (41 goals on 118 shots).

Schuss as a Senior
• Senior Logan Schuss leads Ohio State with 15 points, ranking eighth (tied) in the NCAA and tying for first in the ECAC with 5.0 points per game.
• He has extended his point streak to 48 games (each game of his collegiate career) with multiple points in each game this season. It is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.
• Schuss had a career-high 10 points, with a career-high tying seven goals, in Ohio State’s season-opening win vs. Detroit, the most points by an individual in a single game this season (through Feb. 24). 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. The seven-goal game matches the best output for a player in Division I this season.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first three seasons, is now third in program history with 180 points and ranks third among all Buckeyes with 112 goals, passing Bill Rogers. Schuss is eighth with 68 career assists.
• Among current NCAA players, Schuss ranks third in career goals, seventh in career assists and third in career points.

Former Buckeye Assistant to Join Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Jay Stalfort, who spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team and was a standout at Brown University, will be inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Charlottesville Chapter of US Lacrosse announced. Stalfort and the class of 2013 will be inducted Saturday, March 16 at St. Anne’s in Charlottesville.

The 2013 Ohio State lacrosse squad will also be in Charlottesville that day, as the Buckeyes will take on the Virginia Cavaliers at 3 p.m. More information and an RSVP form is available online: http://go.osu.edu/jshof0228.

Senior CLASS, Tewaaraton Mention for Schuss
Buckeye senior Logan Schuss was named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlights the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award. 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. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot alongside these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Schuss was named one of 20 candidates for the 2013 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. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the 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. For more information, visit seniorclassaward.com.

Up Next
Ohio State will return home to host Denver in an ECAC game March 9. The game is scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team will then play its next three games on the road before returning to host Loyola March 30.


 

 

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