March 29, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
After three-consecutive road games, the No. 13/12-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (6-2, 1-1 ECAC) returns to Columbus for back-to-back home games, beginning Saturday with a matchup against No. 5/5 Loyola (7-2, 3-0 ECAC) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game is a doubleheader with the Ohio State women's program, which hosts Hofstra at 11 a.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game vs. Loyola will be streamed live through the Buckeye Vision subscription service.
Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Greyhounds will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Updates will be available on the men's lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX.
Matchup information, as well as links to follow each game, both home and away, through available live stats, audio and video, are updated prior to each contest on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday).
Become a Registered 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.
All Ohioans who are registered organ donors, or register at the stadium, will receive free admission to the game Saturday vs. Loyola. The men's lacrosse players will wear green tape in honor of the Donate Life initiative and fans who register to be an organ donor at the game will receive a green wrist band from the Buckeye for Life and Donate for Life organizations.
Tickets! Get Your Tickets!
Individual tickets to all Ohio State men's lacrosse home games are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each but must be purchased before game day. Contact the Group Ticket Sales staff at 614-292-0043. (Note service charges may apply.)
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on gameday, online through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the Ohio State Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State is closing the regular season with six-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League games. After this week, the Buckeyes will host Hobart at 1 p.m. April 6 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a game televised live on BTN. 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, which will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTN.com), with potential to be replayed on BTN television at a later date. The BTN.com contest is available as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package.
In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and No. 12 in the USILA Coaches Poll. The squad has been ranked as high as eighth in each poll.
Five opponents on Ohio State's regular-season schedule are also currently ranked (IL/USILA): Notre Dame (1/1), Denver (4/4), Loyola (5/5), Virginia (15/17) and Penn State (17/16). Ohio State's preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (10/8) and Syracuse (9/9) in the spring and North Carolina (7/6) and Lehigh (18/18) in the fall. ECAC member Bellarmine is receiving votes in both polls this week.
Buckeyes Pick Up Scholar-Athlete Accolades
At the 46th-annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner Monday, 22 members of the Buckeye lacrosse program will be recognized. Seniors Dominique Alexander (physical education), Nick Liddil (communication), Kevin Mack (physical education), Patrick Riffee (physical education), Logan Schuss (physical education) and Patrick Toohey (English) are now four-time honorees, Mark Crawford (special education), Tyler Frederick (finance), Joe Meurer (finance), Jake Sharick (communication), Dan Wertz (sport and leisure studies) and Trey Wilkes (communication) are three-time recipients, Ryan Borcherding (marketing), Nick Diegel (physical education), Turner Evans (psychology) and Evan Mulchrone (marketing) are receiving the honor for the second time and Carter Brown (exploration), Eric Chadderdon (exploration), Robby Haus (exploration), Shawn Kaplan (communication), Tyler Pfister (exercise science education) and Chad Stritmatter (management and industry exploration) are first-time selections. Congrats to all.
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 6-2 this season and coming off a 9-7 win at Bellarmine Saturday night to even its conference record at 1-1. The squad is averaging 10.50 goals per game and ranked 14th nationally in team defense, allowing 8.38 goals an outing. The Buckeyes are fifth in the NCAA in man-up offense (.538) and turnovers per game (13.13), 12th in faceoff winning percentage (.567) and 13th in shot percentage (.307). (Note all NCAA rankings are through games of March 24.)
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 20 goals and 30 points, while freshman Carter Brown and sophomore Jesse King are tied for second with 24 points each. King is second with 15 goals (followed by Brown with 12), while Brown has a team-best 12 assists, followed by Schuss with 10 and King with 9. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started all eight games and has an 8.23 goals-against average, ranking in the Top 15 nationally and second in the ECAC. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 82-of-140 faceoffs (.586) to lead the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage and rank 11th in the NCAA. Wilkes is first with 29 groundballs, followed by juniors Darius Bowling with 25 and Michael Italiano with 22. Bowling and junior Joe Meurer lead the squad with 10 caused turnovers each.
Ohio State Vs. Loyola
The Buckeyes are looking for their first win vs. Loyola. Ohio State dropped an 8-7 game at Loyola last season and fell 12-9 in Columbus in 2011. The 2010 meeting was the first between the teams as conference foes, with Loyola winning 11-9 in Baltimore. The series dates to 1961, a 15-8 Loyola win, followed by a 3-2 Greyhound victory in 1962 and Loyola's 18-6 win in 1998.
A Look at Loyola
Loyola, the defending NCAA and ECAC champion, is 7-2 on the year and stands 3-0 in league play with wins over Michigan (10-3), Air Force (13-7) and Bellarmine (8-6). The squad is coming off two road wins last week, beating Georgetown (13-8) Wednesday and Michigan Saturday. The team is in the Top 15 in the NCAA in scoring offense (11.78) and defense (7.89), ranking fourth in man-down defense (.833) and caused turnovers per game (10.44).
Justin Ward leads Loyola with 21 goals, 20 assists and 41 points. Nikko Pontrello is second with 13 assists and 23 points and Mike Sawyer is second with 16 goals, followed by Pontrello, Chris Layne and Zach Herreweyers with 10 each. Blake Burkhart has won 71-of-133 faceoffs (.534), with Brendan Donovan second (35-of-68, .515). Scott Ratliff is first with 50 groundballs, followed by Joe Fletcher with 37. In goal, Jack Runkel has an 8.36 goals-against average and .511 save percentage.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Loyola in 2012
The Buckeyes lost, 8-7, at Loyola March 31, 2012 in Baltimore, Md. Ohio State and Loyola were tied at 3 at halftime before the Greyhounds scored the only three goals of the third quarter for a 6-3 advantage. Ohio State drew within one (6-5) at 8:19 of the fourth quarter but two goals from the Greyhounds in a 1:16 span (2:30, 1:14) pushed Loyola back ahead by three, 8-5. Ohio State scored twice in the final nine seconds to cut the deficit to one but was unable to get another shot after the final faceoff with just three seconds remaining. Greg Dutton made 12 saves for the Buckeyes. Logan Schuss and Jesse King both scored twice and added an assist for a three-point day.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Win at Bellarmine, 9-7
With four goals and five points from senior Logan Schuss and 13 saves from junior goalie Greg Dutton, Ohio State posted a 9-7 road win at Bellarmine in an ECAC Lacrosse League game Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. Ohio State led 3-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 4-2 early in the second quarter. Back-to-back goals from Bellarmine tied the game at 4-all with 5:09 left in the first half but sophomore Turner Evans scored with just one second left before halftime to push Ohio State back ahead (5-4). The Knights scored the first goal of the second half to tie the game for the third time, but the Buckeyes went on a three-goal run to regain the lead and did not relinquish it the rest of the way. Bellarmine scored twice in the final 6:30 to draw within one, but a goal from Schuss with 2:20 left in regulation helped seal the victory.
Four ECAC Lacrosse League contests are scheduled for this weekend - Denver at Hobart, Bellarmine at Fairfield, Loyola at Ohio State and Air Force at Michigan.
Loyola enters the week with a 3-0 mark, with Denver and Fairfield 2-0. Bellarmine is 2-2, Ohio State and Hobart are 1-1, Air Force is 0-3 and Michigan is 0-4. 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.
Noting the Buckeyes
... As a team
Ohio State is coming off a season-high stretch of three-consecutive road games. The squad played a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game in four of its last five outings, hosting No. 7 Denver and playing at No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Virginia and No. 3 Notre Dame. The squad is taking on its fifth Top 10 team of the season when it hosts Loyola Saturday.
The Buckeyes are hosting the defending NCAA champion for the second-consecutive season after taking on Virginia, the 2011 NCAA champion, March 17, 2012 in Ohio Stadium (an 11-9 UVa win). The game last year marked the first time the Buckeyes faced the defending national champion in Columbus.
Ohio State has won six ECAC Player of the Week awards this season, including three of the last four 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.
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 than its opponent in four games this season and was even in two contests. The team has won 102-of-180 (.567) draws.
The Buckeyes lead the ECAC and were in the Top 5 in the NCAA entering the week in turnovers per game, averaging 13.13 an outing. The squad had a season-low seven vs. Denver and eight in its win over Marquette.
The Buckeyes are 14-for-26 (.538) on man-up chances this season, ranking first in the ECAC and fifth in the NCAA. The team was 5-for-6 vs. Marquette, 3-for-4 vs. Detroit and scored on 2-of-5 opportunities vs. Denver. The Buckeyes were held scoreless on man-up chances in just two games, going 0-for-2 at Penn State and 0-for-1 at Bellarmine.
More than half of the Buckeyes' goals this season have been assisted, with 50 assists on 84 goals.
In the second half this season, Ohio State has outscored opponents, 43-23 and outshot its foes, 143-109.
Ohio State is third in team defense in the ECAC and 14th in the NCAA, giving up 8.38 goals a game. The team has allowed double-digit goals just twice in the last 16 outings.
Fourteen 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.
The Buckeyes are averaging 34.2 shots per game, while holding opponents to 29.6 a game. The team had a season-high 47 shots vs. Detroit in the season opener and 40 vs. Marquette but has 28 or less in each of its last three games. The Buckeyes allowed Notre Dame an opponent season-high 42 March 20. Bellarmine outshot the Buckeyes, 33-28, Saturday night.
Ohio State did not have a failed clear at Bellarmine (22-of-22), the third time this season the squad was perfect. On the year, the team is 147-of-161 (.913).
The Buckeyes have scored on 30.7 percent of their shots this season, with 84 goals on 274 shots, to rank second in the ECAC and 13th in the NCAA.
Junior goalie Greg Dutton has eight or more saves in six of eight starts and had a season-high 13 at Bellarmine Saturday, one shy of the career-best 14 he had at Hobart April 9, 2011. His 8.23 goals-against average is second in the ECAC while his 20 career wins are tied for 10th in the NCAA among current goalies.
With two assists at Bellarmine, sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 14 with a 23-15-38 line in the stretch. He has five multiple-goal outings and multiple points in all but one game. He is second on the squad with 15 goals and tied for second with 24 points.
Freshman Carter Brown has a point in seven of eight games as a Buckeye and multiple points in six outings. He is first on the team with 12 assists and tied for second with 24 points. He had two goals and an assist for three points at Bellarmine.
Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in five of eight games this year, with 82 wins in 140 draws. He won 10-of-17 faceoffs at Bellarmine Saturday. He is first in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA with a 58.6 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with 29 groundballs this season, including eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011).
Sophomore Turner Evans has a point in each of his last six games, including five multiple-point outings. He has five goals, eight assists and 13 points on the year to match his totals from last season.
Junior Joe Meurer had two caused turnovers at Bellarmine (along with two groundballs), his fourth game with multiple caused turnovers this season. He is tied for the team lead with 10 CTs this season, starting all eight games.
Senior Dominique Alexander had two caused turnovers in each of his last two games and now has five on the year.
Sophomore Reegan Comeault has a point in each of his last three games after a goal at Bellarmine Saturday. He had an assist at Virginia before scoring twice at Notre Dame.
Freshman Robby Haus, who has started all eight games at close defense, had a career-high four groundballs in the win at Bellarmine. He has 17 groundballs on the year.
Junior Adam Trombley scored his first goal since Feb. 23 vs. Marquette at Bellarmine, with the goal standing as the gamewinner.
Freshman Kacy Kapinos won both faceoffs he took at Bellarmine, his second 2-for-2 day as a Buckeye after winning both draws vs. Jacksonville.
Junior Michael Italiano has 15 groundballs in his last three games combined (8 vs. Denver, 5 vs. Notre Dame, 2 vs. Bellarmine) and has two or more in each of his last five games. He already has a career-high 22 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman.
Sophomore David Planning was held scoreless for the first time this season at Bellarmine. He has eight goals and 11 points this season, already topping the six tallies and nine points he had as a rookie last year.
Schuss as a Senior
Senior Logan Schuss, who had four goals and five points at Bellarmine, leads Ohio State with 30 points, ranking fifth in the ECAC with 3.75 points per game. He is first on the team with 20 goals and second with 10 assists and has multiple goals in six of eight games.
He has extended his point streak to 53 games (each game of his collegiate career). It is the third-longest active streak in the NCAA. He has multiple points in each of his last 29 games, with three or more points in five of eight games this year.
Among current NCAA players, Schuss ranks fifth in career goals, tied for eighth 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 195 points and ranks third among all Buckeyes with 122 goals. He is eighth with 73 career assists. Schuss is one goal behind second-place Terry Gilmore (123/1976-79) and four back of all-time leader Joel Dalgarno (126/2006-09). Gilmore is the all-time points leader with 250, with Dalgarno second with 227.
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.