Buckeyes Host No. 6/7 Notre Dame Wednesday on Pay it Forward Day
The Buckeyes continue their six-game homestand Wednesday vs. Notre Dame.

March 20, 2012

Ohio State vs. #6/7 Notre Dame
4 p.m. - Wednesday, March 21  
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium - Columbus, Ohio

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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (3-4, 1-0 ECAC) hosts No. 6/7 Notre Dame (4-1, 0-0 Big East) in a non-conference game at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Pay It Forward
The game Wednesday marks Pay it Forward day. Fans who bring a children’s book to donate to the Reach Out and Read program at Nationwide Children’s will receive free admission. The program works to provide children 6 months through 5 years with a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s book to take home and keep during well-child visits in addition to having doctors speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to young children every day. For more information, visit www.nationwidechildrens.org/reach-out-and-read.

In addition, Lifeline of Ohio will be at the stadium. Fans can receive free admission by registering as an organ donor on gameday. The Ohio State men’s lacrosse program works with Lifeline of Ohio in honor of Colleen Dobbins, the daughter of assistant coach Dave Dobbins and his wife, Erin, who passed away suddenly at Nationwide Children’s Hospital March 24, 2011, at 5 ½ months old. With the help of Lifeline of Ohio and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Colleen became an organ donor and saved the lives of two other children. More information on the organization and donation is available online at http://www.donatelifeohio.org/.

At the Stadium
Tickets will be available on game day or they can be pre-purchased through OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Ohio State students with a valid BuckID and children 6 and younger are admitted free to all Ohio State men’s lacrosse regular-season home games throughout the season.

Follow Along The game vs. Notre Dame will be online through the enhanced Big Ten Digital Network streaming service, available as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Links to live stats and video can be found on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page online at go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday. In addition, the Ohio State lacrosse Twitter feed is updated throughout the game (@OhioState_MLAX).

Senior Day Saturday
Ohio State will close out the week, and its six-game homestand, when it returns to ECAC Lacrosse League play against Bellarmine at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The six Buckeye seniors - Eddie Bambino, Joe Bonanni, Matt Kawamoto, Keenan Ochwat, Mike Smail and Brock Sorensen - will be honored pregame.

Buckeye Snapshot
As a team, Ohio State is scoring and allowing 8.14 goals a game with 57 tallies this season. The squad is 11th in the NCAA in team defense and has allowed more than nine goals once. The team has nine goals on 24 man-up chances (37.5%) and has stopped 14-of-22 (63.6%) opponent opportunities. The team is clearing at 90.7 percent (127-for-140), holding its opponents to 78.9 percent (116-for-147). The faceoffs are 46.0 percent (64-for-139).

Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 21 goals and 27 points and enters the game vs. Notre Dame on a 37-game point streak. He is seventh in the NCAA in goals per game (3.0) and is 19th in points per game (3.86).

Senior Brock Sorensen is second with seven goals, followed by freshman Jesse King with six. Sophomore Tyler Frederick and junior Nick Liddil are first on the squad with seven assists each. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan, who has won 35-of-69 (.507) faceoffs, is first with 19 groundballs, followed by senior Joe Bonanni with 17. Senior Keenan Ochwat is first with 12 caused turnovers. In the cage, sophomore Greg Dutton has six starts and is 10th in the NCAA with a 7.68 goals-against average and 17th nationally with a .548 save percentage. Sophomore Scott Spencer has played 91:24 and has 10 saves on 25 shots.

Ohio State Vs. Notre Dame
This is the first time the Buckeyes and Irish will meet in Columbus since 2009 when they faced off as members of the Great Western Lacrosse League. The squads met in 2010 and 2011 in South Bend, both one-goal games won by Notre Dame.

Irish Info Notre Dame, a member of the Big East, enters the game Wednesday 4-1, coming off a 10-9 3OT win against Denver Sunday at home. The squad is first in the NCAA in scoring defense (5.2 goals allowed per game) and is scoring 6.4 goals a game. The team is third in the nation in man-down defense (.818) and has faced just 11 chances against. The squad is 2-for-10 on man-up chances.

Jim Marlatt and Sean Rogers lead the team with seven goals each, with Westy Hopkins first with four assists. Marlatt is first with 10 points. Goalie John Kemp is first nationally in goals-against average (4.97) and save percentage (.683). Liam O’Connor (20-for-49, .408) and Nick Ossello (15-for-29, .517) have shared time at the faceoff x. Kemp is first on the team with 15 groundballs.

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame in 2011
Ohio State suffered a tough 8-7 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame March 23, 2011 at Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes scored three goals in a 3:34 span late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-all but a Notre Dame goal with 33 seconds remaining gave the Irish the win. Ohio State opened the scoring and held a 2-1 lead in the first quarter but the Irish went on a four-goal run to take a 5-2 lead at halftime after shutting out the Buckeyes in the second stanza. Ohio State outscored the Irish, 2-1 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 6-4. After Notre Dame scored with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter to regain a three-goal lead (7-4), the Buckeyes scored three times in the final 4:35 to deadlock the score at 7. The winner came from Sean Rogers 28 seconds after Ohio State had evened the score. Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton had 12 saves for the Buckeyes to match his career high.

Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is taking on a team ranked in the Top 13 nationally for the fifth time in its last six games. It faced then-No. 5 Denver (now No. 8/9), then-No. 8/10 UMass (now No. 3/4), then-No. 13 Penn State (now No. 17/17) and Notre Dame enters the week ranked 6/7. The Buckeyes have No. 5 Loyola and No. 16 Fairfield on their remaining schedule.
• The Buckeyes are in the midst of the second six-game homestand in program history, matching the stretch in 1960 when the squad played six in a row at home. It is the longest since a five-game homestand to open the 1974 campaign.
• Senior Keenan Ochwat played in his 50th career game for the Scarlet and Gray Feb. 25 vs. UMass and leads the current Buckeyes in career games played with 53. Fellow senior Matt Kawamoto hit the 50-games played mark vs. Robert Morris March 9 and senior Brock Sorensen played in his 50th game for the Scarlet and Gray last Saturday vs. Virginia.
• Ohio State has played on three fields in Columbus this year. The squad opened the year inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center against Duke before hosting UMass and Penn State in Ohio Stadium. After a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium vs. Robert Morris (site of the matchup with Notre Dame), the squad returned to the Horseshoe last Saturday vs. Virginia. The team will host Bellarmine in JOMS Saturday and return to Ohio Stadium for the Showdown in the Shoe April 21 vs. Air Force.
• Freshman midfielder Turner Evans was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week after posting three points vs. No. 1 Virginia Saturday. Evans recorded the first points of his career in a narrow 11-9 loss to the Cavaliers, with two goals and an assist to lead the Buckeyes. He scored the team’s second goal for a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. His second tally came early in the third quarter, putting Ohio State ahead, 8-6. He also recorded a career-best two groundballs against the Cavaliers.

• The Buckeyes are third in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 8.14 goals a game. The squad allowed double-digit goals for the first time this year in an 11-9 loss to No. 1 Virginia last Saturday.
• The squad is fourth in the league and 18th in the NCAA, averaging 8.14 caused turnovers an outing.
• Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started six of the team’s seven games, is first in the ECAC and 10th in the NCAA with a 7.68 goals-against average. He is second in the league and 17th nationally with a .548 save percentage.
• Dutton had 11 saves vs. Virginia, his third game this season with 10 or more stops.
• Senior Keenan Ochwat is 21st in the NCAA with 1.71 caused turnovers a game, leading the Buckeyes with 12. He has 10 caused turnovers in his last three games combined, with four in back-to-back games vs. Penn State and Robert Morris. He had a team-best four groundballs vs. Virginia.
• Senior Matt Kawamoto made his first start of the season vs. Virginia Saturday. He missed the first three games of the season while recovering from an injury.
• Senior Joe Bonanni is second on the team with 17 groundballs and eight caused turnovers this season. He has started 36 games in the last two-plus seasons and has played in 57 games as a Buckeye, with 57 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers.

No. 18
• Junior Logan Schuss, who was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List earlier this season, extended his point streak to 37 games (each game of his collegiate career) with two goals vs. Virginia Saturday. His scoring streak is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA.
• Schuss is second in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA in goals per game (3.0). He is averaging 3.86 points an outing to rank 19th nationally and fifth in the league.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks 13th in program history with 135 points, Schuss is two back of Dean Curtis, who had 137 from 1990-93 and three behind Cliff Murray, who recorded 138 points from 1966-68.
• Schuss has 84 goals and 51 assists in 37 games as a Buckeye. He is 14th among all current NCAA players in career goals and 15th in career assists. Schuss is one of just three juniors in the career goals Top 14 and is the fifth junior in the assists Top 15.

Scoring Stuff
• Freshmen scored five of the Buckeyes’ nine goals vs. Virginia, led by Jesse King and Turner Evans with two each, with David Planning scoring once.
• Evans added an assist vs. UVA for a three-point game. The points were the first of his career.
• Junior Nick Liddil scored his first goal of the season vs. the Cavaliers and added an assist for his third multiple-point game of the season. Liddil, who has started all seven games, has a career-best seven assists and eight points.
• Sophomore Tyler Frederick had an assist vs. Virginia and has a point in all but one game this season, as well as a point in all but two of his collegiate games. Frederick is tied for second on the squad with nine points and tied for first with seven assists.
• King leads the Buckeye freshmen with nine points, tying for second on the team. He is third on the team with six goals this season.
• Senior Mike Smail had a goal and an assist vs. UVA, his second two-point game of the year.

Scoop It Up
• The Buckeyes rank 20th in the NCAA in groundballs per game (31.14).
• Sophomore Shawn Kaplan leads the team with 19 groundballs this season, including three vs. Virginia. He had a team season-best eight groundballs vs. Denver Feb. 19.
• Sophomore Darius Bowling has a career-high12 groundballs this year.
• Kaplan leads the Buckeyes in faceoff percentage (.507), with a team-best 35 faceoff wins and 69 faceoff attempts. He won five faceoffs vs. UVA.
• Sophomore Steve Knezick has 17 faceoff wins this year, including four vs. Virginia.
• Junior Kevin Mack is tied with goalie Greg Dutton for third with 16 groundballs this season. Mack had a career-high seven groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9
• Sophomore Joe Meurer has 11 groundballs this year, with three in three of the last four games.