March 7, 2014
OHIO STATE LACROSSE THIS WEEK
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-3, 0-0 ECAC) travels for a game at Hofstra (2-2, 0-0 CAA) Saturday. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. in James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
The game between Ohio State and Hofstra will have both an audio and video stream online through GoHofstra.com. The matchup will also be televised by FiOS 1 Sports on a tape delay basis, airing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 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.
The Buckeyes will travel for a second consecutive road contest, heading to Denver for a game vs. the Pioneers March 15. Ohio State will then host three games in a row in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, facing Bellarmine March 21 to open ECAC play, Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29.
Ohio State is 1-3 and coming off an 11-8 loss to Penn State Saturday in Ohio Stadium. This is the team’s third game away from Columbus, with overtime losses at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9 (10-9 3OT) and vs. UMass Feb. 16 in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic (12-11 OT). The team defeated Marquette, 11-7, inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center Feb. 22 for its first victory of 2014.
Junior Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals and 19 points, with classmate Turner Evans first with nine assists and second with 13 points. Sophomore Carter Brown is third with 12 points, ranking second with six goals and tying King for second with six assists. Senior Adam Trombley is third with five goals, followed by Evans and junior David Planning with four each. Reegan Comeault also has four goals, and is fourth with four assists. Senior goalie Greg Dutton, who has started all four games and has 41 saves, is tied with freshman Jake Withers for first with 16 groundballs each. Withers leads the team with 21 faceoff wins. Senior Dominic Imbordino is first with nine caused turnovers, sophomore Robby Haus is second with seven and senior Joe Meurer is third with six.
OHIO STATE VS. HOFSTRA AND THE CAA
Ohio State and Hofstra have met just twice, with matchups March 24, 1955 and March 25, 1987. The Pride won both games in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Buckeyes already faced CAA teams UMass and Penn State this season and will take on Delaware on the road April 6. Ohio State is 15-21 all-time vs. current CAA schools, with eighteen of those matchups vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes are 4-0 vs. Drexel, 4-2 vs. Towson, 2-1 vs. Delaware, 0-3 vs. UMass, 0-2 vs. Hofstra and 5-13 vs. the Nittany Lions all-time.
Hofstra is 2-2 this season, with wins over Fairfield (9-7) and Georgetown (9-8 OT) in its last two games. The squad opened the year with losses to Marquette (11-9) and Princeton (12-10). The game vs. the Tigers is the only road game for the Pride so far this season. Sam Llinares leads Hofstra with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points. Brier Davis is second with six goals, while three players have scored five goals this season. Llinares is the only player with more than one assist, as 23 of the team’s 14 goals are unassisted. Kris Clarke has won 48-of-89 (.539) faceoffs and has a team-high 15 groundballs. Chris Selva has started all four games in goal and has a 9.36 goals-against average and .500 save percentage.
KING EARNS ECAC HONORS, LEADS ECAC IN SCORING
Junior midfielder Jesse King was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals and adding two assists for six points against Penn State Saturday.
King leads the ECAC with 13 goals and 19 points this season and is first with 4.75 points per game, ranking 12th nationally. He carries a 27-game point streak, with 53 goals, 35 assists and 88 points, into the game vs. Hofstra.
In his Buckeye career, King has 61 goals, 38 assists and 99 points in 36 games for the Scarlet and Gray. He has three six-point outings this season, including a five-goal game at Johns Hopkins and four-goal days vs. Marquette and Penn State.
IN THE POLLS
• In the national polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 19th in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media poll and was receiving votes in the USILA rankings.
• Five of Ohio State’s 2014 regular-season opponents are ranked by USILA: Johns Hopkins (3), Penn State (7), Notre Dame (8), UMass (9) and Denver (12). Bellarmine, Hofstra and Fairfield are receiving votes in the poll.
• In the IL poll, Johns Hopkins (4), Notre Dame (6), Penn State (7), UMass (10) and Denver (12) are all in the Top 20, with Bellarmine, Hofstra, Fairfield and Delaware receiving votes.
BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
• Ohio State leads the NCAA in clearing percentage, clearing 74-of-75 (.987) percent of its chances.
• The Buckeyes lead the ECAC and are 17th in the NCAA with 7.00 assists per game. Ohio State has 28 assists on 39 goals in its first four games.
• Ohio State has scored on 31.7 percent of its shots this year (39 goals on 123 shots), ranking first in the ECAC and 17th nationally.
• Jesse King is 12th nationally in points per game (4.75) and 14th in goals per game (3.25). Turner Evans is 12th nationally with 2.25 assists per outing.
• Dominic Imbordino is first in the ECAC and 17th in the NCAA with 2.25 caused turnovers per game.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT
• Junior Turner Evans is second on the team with 13 points, with a team-high nine assists. He is on a 12-game point streak (22g, 12a, 34p).
• Sophomore Carter Brown has six goals and six assists for 12 points this season after a goal and an assist vs. Penn State. He is on a nine-game scoring streak, with 14 goals, nine assists and 23 points in the stretch.
• The Buckeyes have 33 caused turnovers this season, while their opponents have 17. Dominic Imbordino has a team-best nine, while Robby Haus has seven and Joe Meurer has six.
• Reegan Comeault had two assists vs. Penn State, marking the first multiple-assist outing of his career. He has eight points this year (4g, 4a), with at least one point in each game.
• Senior goalie Greg Dutton had a season-high 12 saves vs. Penn State Saturday. He has nine or more stops in all four games this season and is fifth among current NCAA goalies with 444 career saves, ranking 10th with 9.25 saves a game.
The Buckeyes’ game vs. Notre Dame March 25 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium will be televised live by Fox Sports College. The network will also show all three games in the ECAC Tournament live from JOMS May 1/3.
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).