ECAC Play Opens for No. 8/11 Buckeyes as Squad Hosts No. 7/7 Denver
The Buckeyes defeated Denver, 10-9, last season.
March 8, 2013
No. 8/11 Ohio State vs. No. 7/7 Denver
Saturday, March 9 - 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 8/11-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-0) opens its ECAC slate at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts No. 7/7 Denver (4-1) in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The game will be streamed live through the Buckeye Vision subscription service.
Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Pioneers will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Updates will be available on the men’s lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX.
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).
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Tickets can be purchased at the gate on gameday, online through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the Ohio State Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center.
In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State moved up five spots in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll to No. 8 and was up five to No. 11 in the USILA Coaches Poll. The No. 8 ranking marks the first time the Buckeyes have been in the Top 10 of the Inside Lacrosse poll since they entered the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament in early May 2008 at No. 10. The team’s highest ranking in the IL poll was sixth late in the 2004 campaign.
Six opponents on Ohio State’s regular-season schedule are also ranked (IL/USILA): Loyola (4/4), Notre Dame (2/2), Denver (7/7), Virginia (9/8), Penn State (12/13) and Fairfield (19/17). Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (6/6) and Syracuse (10/12) in the spring and North Carolina (11/t-9) and Lehigh (17/17) in the fall. ECAC memeer Bellarmine is receiving votes in both polls.
Ohio State is in a stretch of four-consecutive games vs. ranked opponents (in an 18-day span). After beating then-No. 8/8 Penn State last Saturday, the squad will take on No. 7/7 Denver Saturday, No. 9/8 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.
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).
Ohio State is 4-0 this season, the first time the team has opened the year with wins in its first four games since 1966 and the second time in program history. The squad is ninth in the NCAA with 12.75 goals a game and 11th in team defense allowing 7.75 an outing. The man-up offense is first nationally, converting 9-of-15 chances (.600) and the man-down defense has stopped 7-of-13 opportunities (.538). The team has won 54-of-97 faceoffs.
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 12 goals and 18 points, while freshman Carter Brown is first with nine assists and tied with Jesse King for second with 16 points each. King ranks second with 11 goals. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started all four games and has a 7.45 goals-against average. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 39 of-67 faceoffs (.582), with Darius Bowling 8-for-15 (.533). Bowling is first with 18 groundballs, followed by Wilkes with 15 and senior Kevin Mack with 13. Bowling and Joe Meurer share the team lead with seven caused turnovers each.
Ohio State vs. Denver
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Denver, 12-7, including 6-2 in Columbus, but have lost three of the last four meetings. Last season, the Buckeyes topped DU in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, 10-9. The teams last met in Columbus April 7, 2010, a 10-9 DU victory.
The game Saturday opens ECAC play for the Buckeyes and Pioneers. Loyola is 1-0 in league action with a win over Bellarmine, while the BU Knights are 1-1 after defeating Michigan. Other league action this week has Air Force playing at Bellarmine and Michigan at Hobart.
Last year, Loyola won the 2012 ECAC regular season and tournament titles en route to the NCAA championship. The Greyhounds were 6-0 in ECAC play, with Ohio State finishing second with a 5-1 ledger (and its lone loss to the Greyhounds). In the tournament, Loyola beat Denver in the semifinals and Fairfield, which topped Ohio State in the semis, in the championship game.
The Top 4 teams in the final ECAC standings earn a berth in the league tournament. Hobart will host the semifinal and championship games May 3 and 5 in Geneva, N.Y.
No. 7-ranked Denver is 4-1 this season, with wins over Duke, Lehigh, Canisius and Penn and a loss to Penn State in Jacksonville. The Pioneers are averaging 14.0 goals a game to rank fifth nationally and allowing 10.6 a contest. The man-up is 8-for-21 (.381) and the man-down defense is 8-for-10 (.200). The team is first in the NCAA in shooting percentage (.414).
Eric Law leads the Pioneers with 14 assists and 24 points, while Wes Berg is first with 10 goals and second with 20 assists. Eric Adamson is second with 12 goals, followed by Gordie Koerber with 10. Chace Calkin has won 53-of-11 faceoffs (.477) and is second with 13 groundballs behind Jeremy Noble, the team leader with 15. Kyle Hercher has a team-high eight caused turnovers. Ryan LaPlante has started four games in goal, with a 10.95 goals-against average and .543 save percentage.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Denver in 2012
Ohio State opened its 2012 ECAC Lacrosse League slate with a 10-9 victory over then-No. 5-ranked Denver Feb. 19, 2012 in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Buckeyes trailed by two goals three times in the game and were down 8-6 with 2:29 left in the third quarter. A four-goal Ohio State run, with two goals in the final 32 seconds of the third quarter and two tallies in the first 2:55 of the fourth, led the Scarlet and Gray to victory.
Logan Schuss led Ohio State with five goals and points, with Dominique Alexander scoring twice and adding two assists for a four-point game. Tyler Frederick had a goal and two assists, with all three points on the Buckeyes’ final three goals. In the cage, Scott Spencer had four saves in his first start for the Buckeyes. Shawn Kaplan won nine faceoffs for Ohio State.
Last Time out - Buckeyes Top Penn state in Overtime, 10-9
Then-No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 Penn State in overtime, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Penn State Lacrosse Stadium in University Park, Pa. Buckeye sophomore 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.
Sophomore Turner Evans had a hat trick and assist for four points, while senior Logan Schuss had three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore David Planning and freshman Carter Brown each had a goal and an assist for two points. Junior Greg Dutton made eight saves in the Buckeye cage. Junior Darius Bowling won eight faceoffs for Ohio State and had a team-best six groundballs, along with two caused turnovers. Junior Joe Meurer had a team-high three caused turnovers, as Ohio State had nine caused turnovers as a team.
The game was part of the competition for the Creator’s Trophy, determined based on results between the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse - Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. The Buckeyes can win the trophy with a victory at Michigan April 13. Both the Nittany Lions and Wolverines have been eliminated from the championship with a loss in Creator’s Trophy play; Penn State, the 2012 winner, beat Michigan earlier this year.
Bowling, King Earn ECAC Honors
Sophomore midfielder Jesse King and junior longstick midfielder Darius Bowling both earned ECAC Player of the Week honors after the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State. King was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week after five points, including the overtime game-winning goal, while Bowling received ECAC Specialist of the Week accolades after winning a career-high eight faceoffs, picking up six groundballs and causing two turnovers in the win over the Nittany Lions.
Second Half Standouts
Ohio State has outscored opponents, 27-8 in the second half this season and outshot its opponents, 79-36. Saturday at Penn State, Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to just one fourth-quarter shot.
Back to Back (to Back) Points
Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Denver on a 49-game point streak (114g, 69a, 183p). Sophomore Jesse King is on a 10-game point streak (19g, 11a, 30p) and team-high six-game goal scoring streak (14). Schuss is on a 12-game assist streak (18a) and has multiple points in each of his last 25 outings. David Planning is on a five-game point streak (6g, 3a, 9p) and freshman Carter Brown (7g, 9a, 16p) has a point in each of the first four games this year, with at least one assist in each game.
Among the Leaders
Through games of March 3, Ohio State was first in the NCAA in man-up offense (.600), tied for first in winning percentage (1.00), sixth in scoring margin (+6.0), seventh in shot percentage (.331), ninth in scoring offense (12.75), 10th in points per game (20.25), 11th in scoring defense (7.75), 12th in assists per game (7.5) and 13th in turnovers per game (13.75).
Through ECAC action of Wednesday night, the Buckeyes were first among ECAC teams in extra-man offense, turnovers and faceoff winning percentage and second in goals, assists and points per game, shooting percentage and goals-against average.
Noting the Buckeyes
• Sophomore Turner Evans Evans had the first hat trick and four-point game of his Buckeye career at Penn State after three two-goal games and two three-point outings. He has five goals and an assist for six points in the last two games after missing the first two games because of injury.
• Sophomore Jesse King has a hat trick in three of the Buckeyes’ four games this year after recording just one as a freshman last season. He has 11 points in his last two games combined, with a 3-3-6 line vs. Marquette and a 3-2-5 ledger vs. Penn State. He had 16 goals and nine assists for 25 points as a freshman and already has 11 goals, five assists and 16 points this season. He has five assists in his last two games combined, the first multiple-assist outings of his Buckeye career.
• Sophomore David Planning has two points in each of his last three games and had a goal and an assist at Penn State. He has five career two-point outings.
• Junior Darius Bowling leads the Buckeyes with 18 groundballs this season and has ast least three in each outing. He had a personal-high six groundballs at Penn State and won a career-high eight faceoffs. He has at least one caused turnover in each game this season, with three vs. Detroit and two at Penn State.
• Freshman Carter Brown, who leads the Buckeyes with nine assists and is second in the ECAC in assists per game, has multiple points in all four games this year, including seven vs. Marquette and six vs. Detroit. He has at least one assist in each game, with four vs. the Titans and three vs. the Golden Eagles. Two of his seven goals have been gamewinners.
• Junior goalie Greg Dutton has eight or more saves in three of four starts and his 7.45 goals-against average is second in the league and 11th in the NCAA.
• Senior Kevin Mack had a personal-best seven groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9 and is third on the team with 13 groundballs, with two or more in three games.
• Junior Joe Meurer, who has started all four games at close defense, is tied for second on the team with seven caused turnovers, including a career-high tying three at Penn State, matching the total he had vs. UMass Feb. 25, 2012. He also has 10 groundballs, with a season-best four at PSU.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 38.5 shots per game, while holding opponents to 24.8 a game. The team had a season-high 47 shots vs. Detroit in the season opener and 40 vs. Marquette. The Buckeyes have not allowed more than 28 shots this year, including limiting the Titans to 20 attempts. Ohio State outshot Penn State, 36-28, last week.The squad is seventh in the NCAA in shooting percentage, converting 33.1 percent of its shots (51 goals on 154 shots).
Schuss as a Senior
• Senior Logan Schuss leads Ohio State with 18 points, ranking 11th (tied) in the NCAA and third in the ECAC with 4.5 points per game. He is third in the leauge and 11th in the NCAA with 3.0 goals an outing.
• He has extended his point streak to 49 games (each game of his collegiate career) with multiple points in each game this season. It is the third-longest active streak in the NCAA. He has multiple points in each of his last 25 games.
• 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 183 points and ranks third among all Buckeyes with 114 goals, passing Bill Rogers. Schuss is eighth with 69 career assists.
• Among current NCAA players, Schuss ranks fourth in career goals, seventh in career assists and third in career points.
Ohio State will hit the road for its next three games, taking on Virginia at 3 p.m. March 16, Notre Dame at 4 p.m. March 20 and Bellarmine at 7 p.m. March 23. The team will then be back in Columbus for back-to-back ECAC games, hosting Loyola March 30 and Hobart April 6.