March 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore midfielder Jesse King and junior longstick midfielder Darius Bowling both earned ECAC Player of the Week honors, the ECAC Lacrosse League announced. King is the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week after five points, including the overtime game-winning goal, at Penn State last week while Bowling was named ECAC Specialist of the Week after winning a career-high eight faceoffs, picking up six groundballs and causing two turnovers in the win over the Nittany Lions.
King, from Victoria, British Columbia, paced the Buckeyes to their come-from-behind, overtime win at No. 8-ranked Penn State, scoring three goals and adding two assists for a five-point game. He tied the game at 1 in the first quarter and then had a point on three of the Buckeyes' six third-quarter tallies as the squad rallied to tie the game at 8. King scored 59 seconds into the third quarter to end PSU's six-goal run and then set up goals at 6:38 to cut the deficit to one (8-7) and 5:00 to tie the game (8-8) for the first time since the first quarter. With just :00.2 left in overtime, he netted the gamewinner in the 10-9 victory. He also had a caused turnover in the win.
The hat trick was the fourth of his career and third this season and he has 11 points, with six goals and five assists, in his last two games combined (marking the first multiple-assist games of his career).King is tied for second on the squad with 16 points this year, ranks second with 11 goals and is on a 10-game point streak (19g, 11a, 30p). He is tied for fourth in the ECAC and 19th in the NCAA with 4.0 points per game and is tied for fifth in the league (and 21st in the NCAA) with 2.75 goals an outing.
A native of Atlanta, Bowling had a career-high eight faceoff wins (his first game with multiple FOWs and the first faceoffs he took this season) and career-best six groundballs against Penn State. He won 5 of 8 faceoffs in the second half and overtime as Ohio State rallied. Bowing was 4-2 in the third quarter, as the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions, 6-0, to tie the game at 8-all and he then won 1-of-2 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and the draw to open overtime. Bowling's second caused turnover of the game came with just 56 seconds remaining in regulation with Penn State in the offensive zone (and the game tied at 9). His six groundballs were a career high, topping the five he had vs. Detroit to open the year.
Bowling is first on the squad with 18 groundballs and his seven caused turnovers are tied for the team lead. He has at least three groundballs in each game this year. He is fourth among ECAC players with 4.5 groundballs per outing and tied for second in the league with 1.75 caused turnovers per game.
King, Bowling and the No. 8/11 Buckeyes (4-0) return to action when they host No. 7 Denver (4-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The game marks the ECAC opener for both squads.