March 23, 2012
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Ohio State men's lacrosse team (3-5, 1-0 ECAC) closes out a six-game homestand when it returns to ECAC Lacrosse League action against Bellarmine (3-2, 0-1 ECAC). The Buckeyes and Knights will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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.
There are many events on campus Saturday and fans should allow extra time to reach the parking lots and stadium. Public parking for men's lacrosse is available in the Gray lots (just west of Bill Davis Stadium), the Fawcett Center lot and the Buckeye lots (corner of Fred Taylor and Ackerman).
The game vs. Bellarmine will be streamed as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with an audio-only feed on OhioStateSports.net. Links to live stats, audio 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 during the game (@OhioState_MLAX).
A Return to League Play
The Buckeyes closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule vs. Notre Dame Wednesday. The squad is 1-0 in ECAC Lacrosse League play after a 10-9 victory over Denver Feb. 19 in a neutral-site game in Jacksonville, Fla. After hosting Bellarmine Saturday, Ohio State will play its next three league games on the road, taking on Loyola March 31 and Hobart April 7. Ohio State and Michigan will face off April 14; the game is not included in the league standings as the Wolverines are an affiliate member this year. The Buckeyes will host Air Force April 21 in the Showdown in the Shoe and then close out ECAC play at Fairfield April 28.
Loyola leads all ECAC teams with a 2-0 record this year, posting wins over Bellarmine and Air Force. Ohio State and Denver are the only two other schools to play a league game so far. In addition to Ohio State vs. Bellarmine this week, ECAC action includes Hobart at Fairfield and Denver at Air Force.
The Top 4 teams in the final ECAC standings will travel to Denver for the second-annual ECAC tournament, set for May 2 and 4. The tournament winner receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
As a team, Ohio State is scoring 8.0 goals a game while among the nation's leaders in team defense allowing 8.12 goals an outing. The team has nine goals on 26 man-up chances (34.6%) and has stopped 17-of-25 (68%) opponent opportunities. The team is clearing at 90.8 percent (138-for-152), holding its opponents to 78.3 percent (130-for-166). The faceoffs are 48.1.0 percent (76-for-158).
Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 22 goals and 30 points and enters the game vs. Bellarmine on a 38-game point streak. He entered the week seventh in the NCAA in goals per game and 19th in points per game.
Freshman Jesse King is second with eight goals, followed by senior Brock Sorensen with seven. Sophomore Tyler Frederick, junior Nick Liddil and Schuss are first on the squad with eight assists each. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan, who has won 47-of-88 (.534) faceoffs, is first with 24 groundballs, followed by sophomore goalie Greg Dutton with 20 and senior Joe Bonanni with 19. Senior Keenan Ochwat is first with 13 caused turnovers. In the cage, Dutton has seven starts and is in the Top 20 in the NCAA with a 7.72 goals-against average. Sophomore Scott Spencer has played 91:24 and has 10 saves on 25 shots.
Ohio State vs. Bellarmine
Ohio State and Bellarmine are meeting for the sixth time, with Ohio State 4-1 against the Knights. The Buckeyes posted a 13-7 victory in Louisville last season. The squads met in Ohio Stadium in 2010, with Bellarmine winning in overtime, 14-13. 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 is 3-2 this year and 0-1 in the ECAC, with a loss to Loyola March 3. The team is coming off a 13-9 win at Michigan last Saturday. The Knights are averaging 10.8 goals an outing while allowing 8.8 a contest. Michael Ward leads the team with 11 goals and is second with 12 points. Colton Clark has a team-best nine assists and 16 points, ranking second with seven goals. Dillon Ward has started all five games in the cage and has an 8.88 goals-against average and .546 save percentage.
The Buckeyes are third in the ECAC, holding opponents to 8.12 goals a game. The squad allowed double-digit goals for the only time this year in an 11-9 loss to No. 1 Virginia last Saturday.
The squad is third in the league, averaging 7.88 caused turnovers an outing.
Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started seven of the team's eight games, is first in the ECAC with a 7.72 goals-against average. He is third in the league with a .537 save percentage.
Dutton had 11 saves vs. Virginia, his third game this season with 10 or more stops.
Senior Keenan Ochwat has a team-best 13 caused turnovers, with 11 in his last four games combined, including four in back-to-back games vs. Penn State and Robert Morris.
Senior Joe Bonanni is tied for third on the team with 19 groundballs and is second with 10 caused turnovers this season. He has started 37 games in the last two-plus seasons and has played in 58 games as a Buckeye, with 59 groundballs and 34 caused turnovers.
Junior Logan Schuss, who was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List earlier this season, extended his point streak to 38 games (each game of his collegiate career) with a goal and two assists vs. Notre Dame Wednesday. His scoring streak is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA and he has multiple points in each game this year.
Schuss is fourth in the ECAC in goals per game (2.75) and ranks fifth in points per outing (3.75).
Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks tied for 11th in program history with 138 points, matching the mark Cliff Murray recorded from 1966-68. Schuss is two points back of David Blue (1990-93), who had 102 goals and 38 assists for 140 points.
Schuss has 85 goals and 53 assists in 38 games as a Buckeye. He is 14th among all current NCAA players in career goals and tied for 14th th 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.
Freshman Jesse King has back-to-back two-goal games and is now second on the team with eight goals and 11 points. He is on a three-game point streak.
Junior Nick Liddil has a career-high eight assists and nine points this year. He extended his point streak to three with an assist vs. the Irish. Liddil shares the team assist lead with eight.
Sophomore Tyler Frederick is tied for the team lead in assist with eight and has a helper in each of his last three games, with a four-game point streak. He has a point in all but two of his collegiate games.
Freshman David Planning has a point in all four games of his Buckeye career, with a goal in three outings and an assist in the other. He has played in the Buckeyes' last three games, with goals vs. Virginia and Notre Dame.
Scoop It Up
Sophomore Shawn Kaplan leads the team with 24 groundballs this season, including five vs. Notre Dame. He had a team season-best eight groundballs vs. Denver Feb. 19.
Kaplan leads the Buckeyes in faceoff percentage (.524), with a team-best 47 faceoff wins and 88 faceoff attempts. Against the Irish, Kaplan won a season-high 12 faceoffs (in 19 attempts).
Junior Kevin Mack is tied with for third with 19 groundballs this season. Mack had a career-high seven groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9.
The Future is Bright