March 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michael Italiano, a junior on the No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Specialist of the Week, the conference announced Monday. The native of Waxhaw, N.C., picked up eight groundballs and caused a turnover in the team’s 11-10 win at Virginia Saturday.
A d-middie, Italiano’s eight groundballs were a career high, topping his four career games with three groundballs (last March 9 vs. Denver). He also had a caused turnover late in the fourth quarter vs. the Cavaliers. His wing play helped the Buckeyes win 12 faceoffs in the victory at UVa.
Italiano has played in all six games this season and has 15 groundballs, with 14 in the last three games combined, along with a two-goal game vs. Denver March 9.
Ohio State has won six ECAC Player of the Week awards this season, including the last three specialist of the week honors. Logan Schuss (Feb. 18) and Jesse King (March 4) were named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week, Carter Brown was the rookie of the week Feb. 25 and Darius Bowling (March 4) and Trey Wilkes (March 11) both received specialist of the week mention.
The Buckeyes (5-1, 0-1 ECAC) have two games this week. The squad will face No. 3 Notre Dame (4-1) at 4 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend, Ind. - its third-consecutive game vs. a Top 10 ranked opponent - before an ECAC game at Bellarmine (6-1, 2-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday night. Links to live stats and a webcast can be found on the Buckeye lacrosse gameday page prior to each matchup: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday.