Men's Lacrosse

No. 12 Buckeyes Set to Take on No. 9/11 Virginia Saturday in Road Matchup

The Buckeyes and Cavaliers will meet at 3 p.m.
The Buckeyes and Cavaliers will meet at 3 p.m.

March 15, 2013

No. 12/12 Ohio State vs. No. 9/11 Virginia
Saturday, March 16 - 3 p.m.
Klöckner Stadium – Charlottesville, Va.

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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 12/12-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-1, 0-1 ECAC) begins a stretch of three-consecutive road games when it takes on No. 9/11 Virginia (5-2, 0-0 ACC) at 3 p.m. Saturday in Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Follow Along
The game will be streamed live through the Buckeye Vision subscription service. Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Cavaliers 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).

In the Polls
In the polls released Monday, Ohio State moved to No. 12 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media and USILA Coaches rankings.

Five opponents on Ohio State’s regular-season schedule are also currently ranked (IL/USILA): Loyola (10/8), Notre Dame (4/3), Denver (3/5), Virginia (11/9) and Penn State (19/18), with ECAC schools Bellarmine, Fairfield and Hobart receiving votes. Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (5/4) and Syracuse (7/11) in the spring and North Carolina (8/6) and Lehigh (15/16) in the fall.

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 March 2, the squad fell to then-No. 7/7 Denver last Saturday, before traveling to No. 11/9 Virginia Saturday and then playing at No. 4/3 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 4-1 this season after losing its first game of the season to Denver last Saturday (10-9) in the ECAC opener.The squad is 12th in the NCAA with 12.00 goals a game and 14th in team defense allowing 8.2 an outing. The man-up offense is third nationally, converting 11-of-20 chances (.550) and the man-down defense has stopped 9-of-17 opportunities (.529). The team has won 70-of-120 faceoffs, ranking 14th nationally.

Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 14 goals and 21 points, while freshman Carter Brown is first with 10 assists and tied with Jesse King for second with 18 points each. King ranks second with 12 goals and Schuss is second with seven assists, followed by King with six. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started all five games and has a 7.97 goals-against average, ranking 14th nationally. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 54-of-88 faceoffs (.614) to lead the ECAC and rank 14th in the NCAA. Wilkes is first with 23 groundballs, followed by junior Darius Bowling with 20. Bowling leads the squad with nine caused turnovers and junior Joe Meurer has seven.

Former Buckeye Assistant to Join Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame Saturday in Charlottesville
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 Saturday. Stalfort and the class of 2013 will be recognized at Klöckner Stadium and officially inducted later that night at St. Anne’s in Charlottesville. More information and an RSVP form is available online: http://go.osu.edu/jshof0228.

Ohio State Vs. Virginia
Ohio State and Virginia have met six times, including an 11-9 Cavalier victory in Columbus last season. This marks the third-consecutive year the squads are facing off, with Virginia winning 12-7 in Charlottesville March 9, 2010. The series started in 1968 and was then renewed for three seasons, with two games in Charlottesville and a game in Columbus from 1999-02. Virginia is 6-0 all-time vs. Ohio State.

Cavalier Capsule
Virginia enters the game Saturday 5-2 this season and is coming off a 12-11 loss at home to No. 3-ranked Cornell last Saturday. The squad is eighth in the NCAA with 13.29 goals per game and is allowing 9.29 an outing. The squad has won 54.7 percent of its faceoffs and converted 30 percent of its man-up chances.

Mark Cockerton leads the NCAA with 3.67 goals per game and is averaging 4.0 points a contest. Nick O’Reilly has a team-best 15 assists and 25 points, followed by Cockerton with 22 goals and 24 points. Owen Van Arsdale is third with 20 points, including 12 assists, while Matt White is second with 13 goals, followed by Rob Emery with 12. Mick Parks has taken the majority of faceoffs, winning 89-of-157 (.567) and is first with 32 groundballs. Scott McWilliams has a team-best 20 caused turnovers. Dan Marino has started six games in the cage and has a 9.12 goals-against average and .450 save percentage.

The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Virginia in 2012
Ohio State lost to then-No. 1-ranked Virginia, 11-9, March 17, 2012 in Ohio Stadium in front of 2,369 fans. Against Virginia, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and extended the advantage to 6-1 by the end of the first quarter, with two goals in the final 13 seconds of the stanza. Virginia went on a five-goal run in the second quarter while holding the Buckeyes scoreless, allowing just two shots, to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. Ohio State scored the first two goals of the third quarter to regain the lead but the Cavaliers tied the game at 8-all before the end of the stanza and scored two early goals in the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game. The teams traded goals late for the 11-9 final.

For the Buckeyes, Turner Evans had two goals and an assist for a team-best three points. Logan Schuss and Jesse King each chipped in two goals and Mike Smail and Nick Liddil each had a goal and an assist. In the cage, Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton had 11 saves.

Last Time Out - Buckeyes Clipped by Denver, 10-9
Then-No. 8/11 Ohio State dropped its ECAC Lacrosse League opener to No. 7/7 Denver, 10-9, Saturday afternoon in front of 1,745 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes and Denver were tied at 2 after the first quarter and the Pioneers led 6-5 at halftime on a goal late in the second quarter. The Pioneers extended the lead to three (8-5) early in the third stanza before the Buckeyes were able to stop DU’s five-goal run on a goal from freshman Charlie Schnider to draw Ohio State within two (8-6) to close out the third quarter. In the fourth, Denver pushed its lead back to three (9-6) but Ohio State again cut the advantage to two at 6:45. Denver scored the eventual gamewinner at 4:38, again giving Denver a three-goal lead. Goals at 3:30 and 1:12 drew Ohio State within one for the first time since early in the third quarter. Ohio State was able to win the ensuing faceoff and had an offensive possession, but was unable to net a game-tying tally.

Senior Logan Schuss led Ohio State with three points, including two goals, while classmate Michael Italiano had two tallies and senior Dominique Alexander had two assists. Freshman Carter Brown and sophomores Jesse King and Turner Evans each had two points on a goal and an assist. Senior Trey Wilkes won a team-high 15 faceoffs and had a team-best eight groundballs. Junior Greg Dutton made nine saves in the Buckeye cage, including four fourth-quarter stops.

Noting the Buckeyes
- Senior Trey Wilkes has won 13 or more faceoffs in three of five games this year, with 54 wins in 88 draws. He is first in the ECAC and eighth in the NCAA with a 61.4 faceoff winning percentage. He leads the Buckeyes with 23 groundballs this season, including eight Saturday (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011). Wilkes was named ECAC Specialist of the Week after his game vs. Denver.
- Against Denver, junior Michael Italiano had the second two-goal game of his career and first since March 19, 2011 at Virginia. The goals were his first points of the season.
- Sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 11 with a 20-12-32 line in the stretch after a goal and an assist vs. the Pioneers. He has multiple points in each game this season and is tied for second on the squad with 18 points, standing second with 12 goals.
- With three points vs. Denver, senior Tewaaraton Watch List honoree Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 50 games and his streak with multiple points to 26. He has 116 goals, 70 assists and 186 points as a Buckeye, ranking second in program history in goals and points. Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 21 points and is second with seven assists.
- The game Saturday was the first Ohio State allowed double-digit goals in the last 13 games. The squad allowed more than nine goals just once last season.

Up Next
The Buckeyes have two games next week, with a 4 p.m. game at Notre Dame Wednesday and a 7 p.m. ECAC matchup with Bellarmine Saturday. The team will then be back in Columbus for a game vs. defending NCAA champion Loyola at 1 p.m. March 30.


 

 

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