Men's Lacrosse

Buckeyes Close Homestand vs. Jacksonville Saturday

The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three non-conference games.
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three non-conference games.

March 28, 2014

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OHIO STATE LACROSSE THIS WEEK
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-6, 1-0 ECAC) closes a three-game homestand when it hosts Jacksonville (1-6, 0-1 A- Sun) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The matchup is the Buckeyes’ Donate Life game, with all Ohio registered organ donors receiving free admission.

After the game Saturday, there will be a meet and greet with the 2014 Buckeyes along the fence by the field.

BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse program works with Lifeline of Ohio in honor of Colleen Dobbins, 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 donatelifeohio.org.

FOLLOW ALONG
The game between Ohio State and Jacksonville will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links for tv/video, audio and live stats (when applicable) are also on the Buckeye lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday2014, with in-game updates on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.

BUCKEYE BIO
Ohio State is 1-1 on its three-game homestand, with a 10-7 win over Bellarmine in its ECAC opener last Friday and a 13-7 loss to No. 7-ranked Notre Dame Tuesday. The team is averaging 8.25 goals a game, while allowing 9.5 an outing. The squad has converted 4-of-24 man-up chances and is 12-for-21 on man-down defense. The Buckeyes are 136-for-145 (.938) on clears and entered the week first in the nation in clearing percentage.

Junior Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with 15 goals and 24 points, with classmate Turner Evans second with 23 points and first with 14 assists. Sophomore Carter Brown and junior David Planning are tied for second with 10 goals each, with Evans fourth with nine and junior Reegan Comeault fifth with eight. Brown is third with 19 points and tied with King for second with nine assists each. Comeault has 15 points, including seven assists, and Planning has 13 points on the year. Senior goalie Greg Dutton started the first six games and has 54 saves, while freshman Nick Doyle made nine saves vs. Bellarmine in his first career start and senior Scott Spencer was in the cage vs. Notre Dame Tuesday and made eight saves. Freshman Jake Withers is first with 40 groundballs and leads the team with 57 faceoff wins, winning 50.4 percent of his draws. Senior Dominic Imbordino and sophomore Robby Haus are tied for first with 11 caused turnovers and senior Joe Meurer and junior Evan Mulchrone are tied for third with seven each.

OHIO STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE
Ohio State and Jacksonville have met just once, a 9-6 win by the Buckeyes at EverBank Field in Jacksonville in the 2013 Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.

Jacksonville is in its first season as a member of the Atlantic Sun conference, where it is joined by Furman, High Point, Mercer, Richmond and VMI. Ohio State is 2-0 all-time vs. Mercer and 10-1 vs. VMI and has not played Furman, High Point or Richmond, which are all recent additions to Division I lacrosse.

THE LAST TIME - OHIO STATE VS. JU IN 2013
In the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field, Ohio State defeated host Jacksonville, 9-6, Feb. 17, 2013. The Buckeyes, who were ahead by one goal at halftime and after the third quarter, outscored the Dolphins, 3-1, in the fourth quarter for the victory.

Individually, Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander and Jesse King each scored twice, while Adam Trombley and David Planning each had two points on a goal and an assist. Schuss added an assist for a three-point day. Goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes. The defense, led by Robby Haus, Joe Meurer and Dominic Imbordino, limited the Dolphins to six goals and 24 shots, with just two goals allowed and six shots against in the second half.

DOLPHIN DATA
Jacksonville is 1-6 this season and coming off a 13-9 loss at Robert Morris March 22. The squad faced ECAC member Air Force March 15, falling to the Falcons, 15-12. Jacksonville is averaging 8.29 goals a game while allowing 12.43 an outing. The squad is 11-for-34 (.324) on man-up chances and 13-for-31 (.419) on man-down defense.

Tom Moore has a team-best 12 goals and 20 points and Duncan Clancy is first with 10 assists, ranking second with 15 points. Quint Miller is second with nine goals, followed by Chase McIntyre with eight. Moore has eight assists to rank second and Ari Waffle has seven to rank third. In goals, Pete DeLuca has started all seven games and has a 12.92 goals-against average and .500 save percentage.

A LOOK AT THE ECAC
Ohio State plays non-conference games in its next two outings, facing Jacksonville and Delaware, before ending the regular season with ECAC league games vs. Michigan (April 12) and Air Force (April 19) in Columbus and at Fairfield (April 26). Ohio State is 1-0 in conference games with a win over Bellarmine.

In early ECAC play, Michigan and Air Force have already defeated Bellarmine, while Fairfield has yet to play a league game. This week, Fairfield travels to Bellarmine and Michigan heads to Air Force for ECAC matchups. The Top 4 teams in the final league standings will earn a spot in the ECAC tournament, with the winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

LAST TIME OUT - OHIO STATE FALLS TO NO. 7 IRISH
Ohio State lost to No. 7 Notre Dame, 13-7, Tuesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The start of the game was delayed nearly 30 minutes because of snow that covered the field quickly and made visibility difficult. The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first quarter. The Irish scored the next five goals but Ohio State (2-6) scored twice in the final minute of the half to trail 5-3 at halftime. The Buckeyes then scored the first two goals of the second half to tie the game at five, but the Irish went on a three-goal run to take an 8-5 lead with 14:22 left in the fourth quarter. Ohio State scored twice in 1:35 to draw within one (8-7), but the Irish responded with three goals in the next 2:21 to take an 11-7 lead with 8:43 remaining and scored twice in the last three minutes for the 13-7 final. Buckeye junior Turner Evans had a team-high four points, on two goals and two assists, in the game, while classmates David Planning scored twice and Jesse King had a goal and an assist.

TEWAARATON CANDIDATE KING LEADS THE WAY
Junior midfielder Jesse King has a team-high 15 goals and 24 points and is second with nine assists and is among the Top 10 in the ECAC in goals and points per game. He had a goal and an assist vs. Notre Dame Tuesday to extend his point streak to 30 games, with 55 goals, 38 assists and 93 points, in the stretch. King’s first-quarter assist at Hofstra March 8 was the 100th point of his Buckeye career and he now has 104 points on 63 goals and 41 assists. He is the 28th Buckeye to hit triple digits.

BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT
• Junior Turner Evans had a four-point day vs. Notre Dame with two goals and two assists. He has a team-high and career-best 14 assists this season after entering the year with 13 helpers in his first 27 games. He has at least one point in 14 of his last 15 games, with multiple points in six of eight games this year. Evans is second on the squad with 23 points this season.
• Ohio State entered the week leading the NCAA in clearing percentage. After going 19-for-25 in tough weather conditions Tuesday vs. Notre Dame, the Buckeyes are now 136-for-145 (.938) on the year.
• Junior David Planning had two goals vs. Notre Dame and now has six goals, two assists and eight points in his last three games combined. He has multiple points in all but three games this season and now has 10 goals, three assists and 13 points.
• All six teams the Buckeyes have lost to this season were ranked in the Top 20 in the Inside Lacrosse poll released Monday - No. 6 Denver, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 10 Johns Hopkins, No. 13 UMass, No. 19 Hofstra and No. 20 Penn State. All five were listed in this week’s USILA rankings as well - No. 6 Denver, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 9 Johns Hopkins, No. 14 UMass and No. 17 Penn State, with Hofstra receiving votes.
• Ohio State has allowed nine or fewer goals in four of its last six games.
• Sophomore Robby Haus, who has started all 25 games of his Buckeye career at close defense, has a career-high 11 caused turnovers this season, including two vs. Notre Dame Tuesday. He also picked up two groundballs vs. the Irish and has 18 on the year, with at least two in all but one game.
• Junior Reegan Comeault scored a goal vs. Notre Dame Tuesday, extending his point streak to eight. He has a career-high 15 points this season, with eight goals and seven assists, both career highs.
• Sophomore Carter Brown has at least one goal in six of eight games this year and has been held off the scoresheet completely just one time. He has 10 goals to tie for second on the team and ranks third with 19 points.
• Junior Evan Mulchrone has a career-high seven caused turnovers this season, including two vs. Notre Dame Tuesday.
• As a team, the Buckeyes have 54 caused turnovers this season, while their opponents have 35. Dominic Imbordino and Robby Haus share the lead with 11 each, while Joe Meurer and Evan Mulchrone each have seven.
• On the year, 47 of the squad’s 66 goals have been assisted. Tuesday vs. Notre Dame was the first time at least half of the squad’s goals in a game were unassisted.
• Freshman Jake Withers has won 57-of-113 (.504) faceoffs this season and has a team-best 40 groundballs. He had eight groundballs vs. Notre Dame, 11 vs. Marquette Feb. 22 and 10 vs. Bellarmine March 21, with the double-digit games the first for a Buckeye since 2007.
• Senior Dominic Imbordino is second for the Buckeyes with 21 groundballs this season, with two or more in all but one game and four in each of his last two outings.
• Ohio State was held to a season-low 22 shots Tuesday vs. Notre Dame. The team is now averaging 28.5 shots per game, while allowing 31.0 an outing, including 31 in each of the last two games.

FRESHMEN WITHERS AND DOYLE HONORED
Buckeye freshmen Jake Withers and Nick Doyle both received ECAC Player of the Week honors for their play in the win over Bellarmine. Withers was named the league’s specialist of the week, while Doyle picked up player of the week honors.

Against Bellarmine, Withers won 71.4 percent of his faceoffs, winning a career-best 15 (of 21), including 9-of-10 in the first half as the Buckeyes took a 5-3 lead into halftime. He had 10 groundballs in the contest, his second game with double-digit ground balls this year. He also scored his first career goal, giving Ohio State a 5-3 lead with a goal with just two seconds left before halftime. On the year, Withers has won 48-of-91 (.527) faceoffs, ranking second in the ECAC in winning percentage, and is first on the squad and tied for second in the ECAC with 32 groundballs (4.6 per game). Withers was named the league’s co-rookie of the week Feb. 25.

In his first collegiate game and start, Doyle stopped 9-of-16 shots, allowing just seven goals, to backstop the Buckeyes to a 10-7 ECAC win over Bellarmine. He had two saves in the first quarter as Ohio State took a 2-1 lead and three stops in the second to lead the Buckeyes to a 5-3 halftime advantage. He added three more saves in the third and one stop in the fourth en route to the victory. He also picked up three groundballs vs. the Knights.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES ABOUND
Twenty-one members of the men’s lacrosse program have earned invitations to this year’s Department of Athletics’ Scholar-Athlete Dinner: Lucas Bailey, Ryan Borcherding, Carter Brown, Nick Diegel, Kevin Duffy, Turner Evans, Sean Giampietro, Robby Haus, Kacy Kapinos, Gordie Koerber, Rick Lewis, Joe Meurer, Evan Mulchrone, Johnny Pearson, Tyler Pfister, Jake Sharick, Danny Simonetti, Scott Spencer, Cameron Stephens, Brian Ward and Jake Withers.

UP NEXT The Buckeyes will travel to Newark, Del., for a non-conference matchup with Delaware at noon April 6. The team will then return home to host Michigan April 12 in the Showdown in the Shoe (televised by BTN) and Air Force April 19 in Ohio Stadium.

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN - 2014 SHOWDOWN IN THE SHOE SET FOR APRIL 12
Tickets for the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe are on sale now. The Buckeyes will host Michigan at 11 a.m. April 12 in Ohio Stadium, preceding the Ohio State football team’s 2014 LifeSports Spring Game presented by Nationwide. General admission tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $12 for adults if bought in advance; $20 (cash only) if purchased day of game. Children 6 and under are free in the general admission sections only (everyone in club seating areas will be required to have a ticket). Tickets can be purchased online at go.osu.edu/SpringGameTix. Tickets can also be purchased in person at any TicketMaster outlet and at the OSU Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. Group tickets – $8 for groups of 50 or more – are only available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2). Current Ohio State students get in free with a valid BuckID. Students should enter the stadium through Gate 26.

The game will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008. The tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati. A record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men’s lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The 2009 football spring game set a national attendance record of 95,722.

ECAC TOURNEY COMING TO COLUMBUS
Ohio State will serve as host for the 2014 ECAC Tournament, slated for May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Top 4 teams in the final ECAC standings qualify for the event, with the winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Tickets for the tournament went on sale Monday and are available online: go.osu.edu/ecacchamptix2014.

FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
Keep up with Ohio State men’s lacrosse all season long through social media, including facebook (OhioStateMensLacrosse) and Instagram (@OhioState_MLAX). The team’s official Twitter feed is @OhioState_MLAX and you can keep up with Coach Myers (@MyersJMZ), Coach Dobbins (@DobbinsDave), Coach Koesterer (@squirerockwell), Coach Hall (@judsonhall) and Coach Bergey (@MBergey11).


 

 

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