March 22, 2013
No. 8 Ohio State at Bellarmine
Saturday, March 23 - 7 p.m.
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (5-2, 0-1 ECAC) closes out a stretch of three games in a week with an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup at Bellarmine (6-1, 2-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Owens B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky. The game is the first of six-consecutive league contests for the Buckeyes.
Bellarmine will provide live stats and a video stream through its website. Both can be linked from the men's lacrosse gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com: http://go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday. Updates will be available on the men's lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX.
After this week, the Buckeyes will host back-to-back ECAC Lacrosse League games, taking on Loyola at 1:30 p.m. March 30 and Hobart at 1 p.m. April 6 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team wraps its regular-season slate with road games at Michigan (April 13) and Air Force (April 20) before the home finale and Senior Day vs. Fairfield April 27.
In the Polls
In the polls released Monday, Ohio State moved up to No. 8 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media and USILA Coaches rankings. It is the team's highest rank in the coaches poll since it was No. 6 May 3, 2004, while it reached eighth in the IL poll earlier this season.
Five opponents on Ohio State's regular-season schedule are also currently ranked (IL/USILA): Loyola (9/6), Notre Dame (3/3), Denver (5/5), Virginia (13/14) and Penn State (19/17), with ECAC school Bellarmine receiving votes. Ohio State's preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (9/6) and Syracuse (4/4) in the spring and North Carolina (13/14) and Lehigh (15/16) in the fall.
Ohio State just wrapped 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 March 2. It won at No. 11/9 Virginia last Saturday before losing at No. 3/3 Notre Dame Wednesday. Three of the four games were 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 5-2 this season and stands 0-1 in the ECAC. The Buckeyes lost at No. 3 Notre Dame, 9-4, Wednesday in their last time out. The squad averages 10.71 goals a game and is averaging 8.57 goals allowed an outing. The man-up offense was second nationally entering the week and has converted 14-of-25 chances (.560) and the man-down defense has stopped 10-of-19 opportunities (.526). The team has won 90-of-161 faceoffs (.559) to lead the ECAC and was 12th nationally after last weekend. The team leads the ECAC with 13.14 turnovers per game.
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 16 goals and 25 points, while freshman Carter Brown is first with 11 assists. Sophomore Jesse King is second with 15 goals and 22 points and Schuss is second with nine assists. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started all seven games and has an 8.41 goals-against average, ranking in the Top 15 nationally. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 72-of-123 faceoffs (.585) to lead the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes is first with 25 groundballs, followed by juniors Darius Bowling with 24 and Michael Italiano with 20. Bowling leads the squad with 10 caused turnovers and junior Joe Meurer has eight.
Ohio State Vs. Bellarmine
Ohio State and Bellarmine are meeting for the seventh time, with Ohio State 5-1 against the Knights. The Buckeyes posted a 13-2 win over the Knights in Columbus last season and won 13-7 in Louisville in 2011. The teams have met each year since 2007, first as members of the Great Western Lacrosse League and now as members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.
Bellarmine, in the midst of a four-game homestand, is 6-1 overall and 2-1 in ECAC play. The squad's lone loss was at Loyola, 8-6, with its wins over Mercer, Air Force, Detroit, High Point, Michigan and Robert Morris. The Knights score 10.29 goals a game and are among the nation's leaders in team defense, holding opponents to 6.57 goals a contest. The man-up is 5-for-23 (.217) and man-down has stopped 18-of-25 chances (.720). Bellarmine has won 73-of-144 faceoffs (.507).
Karsen Leung has a team-best 23 points and 17 assists, while Cameron Gardner is first with 19 goals and second with 22 points. Michael Ward is second with 12 goals and Lance Robinson is third with 19 points. Bobby Schmitt leads the team with 31 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers. Stephen Soriano has won 31-of-56 faceoffs (.554). In goal, Dillon Ward has started six games and leads the NCAA with a .725 save percentage and is second with a 6.00 goals-against average and 14.71 saves per game.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Bellarmine in 2012
The Buckeyes closed out a six-game homestand with a 13-2 win over Bellarmine under the lights in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 24 on Senior Night. The Buckeyes led 6-1 after the first quarter and 8-2 at halftime. The squad shut out the Knights for the final 32:32 en route to the 13-2 victory. Logan Schuss had a game-high five goals and seven points in the contest. Turner Evans and Nick Liddil each scored twice, with Evans adding an assist for a three-point game. Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton had 13 saves in the victory.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Fall to No. 3 Notre Dame, 9-4
Ohio State lost a midweek road game to No. 3 Notre Dame, 9-4, Wednesday afternoon inside the Loftus Sports Center. The Irish scored just 49 seconds into the game and Reegan Comeault tied the game at 12:14. Notre Dame then went on a five-goal run to close out the first half with a 6-1 lead, scoring twice in the first quarter and three times in the second stanza. The teams were scoreless in the third quarter and each scored three times in the fourth quarter. Ohio State scored three times - with goals from Comeault, David Planning and Jesse King (and two assists from Logan Schuss) - but the Irish responded each time. Ohio State was outshot 42-27 in the game. Junior goalie Greg Dutton had 10 saves.
Four ECAC Lacrosse League contests are scheduled for this weekend - Fairfield at Hobart, Loyola at Michigan, Air Force at Denver and Ohio State at Bellarmine.
Loyola enters the week in first with a 2-0 mark, with Denver, Fairfield and Hobart 1-0. Bellarmine is 2-1, Ohio State is 0-1, Air Force is 0-2 and Michigan is 0-3. The Top 4 teams in the final standings advance to the ECAC tournament, which will be hosted by Hobart in Geneva, N.Y., this year.
Back to Back (to Back) Points Senior Logan Schuss enters the game at Bellarmine on a 52-game point streak (118g, 72a, 190p). Sophomore Jesse King is on a 13-game point streak (23g, 13a, 36p) and team-high nine-game goal scoring streak (18). Schuss has multiple points in each of his last 28 outings. David Planning is on an eight-game point streak (10g, 3a, 13p). Turner Evans has points in each of his last four games (7g, 4a, 11p) since returning from injury. Freshman Carter Brown was held scoreless for the first time this season at Notre Dame, ending his six-game point streak.
Noting the Buckeyes
... As a team
• Ohio State is first in the ECAC and entered the week 12th in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage. The squad has won more faceoffs in three games this season and was even in two contests before winning 8-of-17 at Notre Dame. On the year, the squad has won 90-of-161 draws (.559).
• 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), Trey Wilkes (March 11) and Michael Italiano (March 18) all received specialist of the week mention.
• In the second half this season, Ohio State has outscored opponents, 39-20 and outshot its foes, 128-72.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 35.1 shots per game, while holding opponents to 29.1 a game. The team had a season-high 47 shots vs. Detroit in the season opener and 40 vs. Marquette. The Buckeyes allowed more than 30 shots for the first time at Virginia, with the Cavaliers taking 33 shots, and Notre Dame had an opponent season-high 42 Wednesday. The Buckeyes had a season-low 27 shots in the win at Virginia and in the loss at Notre Dame.
• The Buckeyes lead the ECAC and were in the Top 4 in the NCAA entering the week and now average 13.14 turnovers this year. The squad had a season-low seven vs. Denver and eight in its win over Marquette.
• The Buckeyes are 14-for-25 (.560) on man-up chances this season, ranking first in the ECAC. The squad was 1-for-3 at Notre Dame Wednesday and 2-for-2 at Virginia Saturday. The team was 5-for-6 vs. Marquette, 3-for-4 vs. Detroit scored on 2-of-5 opportunities vs. Denver. The Buckeyes were held scoreless on man-up chances in just one game, going 0-for-2 at Penn State.
• More than half of the Buckeyes' goals this season have been assisted, with 46 assists on 75 goals.
• Ohio State is second in team defense in the ECAC, giving up 8.57 goals a game. The team has allowed double-digit goals just twice in the last 15 outings.
• Against Virginia, the Buckeyes scored in the final 91 seconds of each quarter, including goals with 12, 4 and 1 second left in the stanza. The game-winning goal came with 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
• Thirteen Buckeyes have scored at least one goal this season, with 11 recording at least one assist. In all, 14 Buckeyes have at least one point on the year.
• Senior Dominique Alexander had his fifth career game with two caused turnovers Wednesday at Notre Dame. He also picked up a season-high three groundballs vs. the Irish.
• Sophomore Reegan Comeault scored twice at Notre Dame, his third two-goal outing and first since April 21, 2012 vs. Air Force. He has a 2-2-4 line this season. • Junior goalie Greg Dutton has eight or more saves in five of seven starts and had a season-high 10 at Notre Dame Wednesday. His 8.41 goals-against average is second in the ECAC.
• Sophomore Turner Evans has multiple points in each of his last five games, including three-consecutive two-point games. He had a goal and a helper vs. Denver and Virginia before a career-high two assists at Notre Dame. He has five goals, seven assists and 12 points on the year.
• Junior Michael Italiano has 13 groundballs in his last two games combined (8 vs. Denver, 5 vs. Notre Dame) and has three or more in each of his last four games. He already has a career-high 20 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman.
• Sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 13 with a 23-13-35 line in the stretch after a goal at Notre Dame (his first game with just one point this season). He has five multiple-goal outings and is second on the squad with 15 goals and 22 points.
• Sophomore David Planning scored a goal at Notre Dame and now has a point in all seven games this season, with four two-point outings to match his career high. He has a career-high eight goals and 11 points this season.
• Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in four of seven games this year, with 72 wins in 123 draws. he won 8-of-15 faceoffs at Notre Dame Wednesday and 10-of-20 at Virginia. He is first in the ECAC with a 58.5 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with 25 groundballs this season, including eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011).
• Junior Darius Bowling leads the Buckeyes with a career-high 10 caused turnovers this season, including three games with multiple CTs. He has multiple groundballs in all but one game, including six at Penn State March 2 when he won a career-high eight faceoffs.
Schuss as a Senior
• Senior Logan Schuss, who had two assists at Notre Dame, leads Ohio State with 25 points, ranking fifth in the ECAC with 3.57 points per game. He is first on the team with 15.
• He has extended his point streak to 52 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 28 games, with three or more points in four of seven games this year.
• Among current NCAA players, Schuss ranks fifth in career goals, seventh in career assists and fourth in career points.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first three seasons, is now third in program history with 190 points and ranks third among all Buckeyes with 118 goals. He is eighth with 72 career assists.
• 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. He was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week after adding three points at Jacksonville to lead the league in scoring after the first two weeks.
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