Buckeyes Hit the Road for ECAC Game at No. 4/5 Loyola
The Buckeyes are coming off a 13-2 victory over Bellarmine.
March 30, 2012
Ohio State vs. #4/5 Loyola
Saturday, March 31 - 1 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex - Baltimore, Md.
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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
In an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-5, 2-0 ECAC) hits the road for a game at No. 4/5 Loyola (8-0, 2-0 ECAC). The teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md.
Loyola’s official website, LoyolaGreyhounds.com, will provide live stats and a free audio and video feed of the game Saturday. Links can be found on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page at go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday, with the direct link http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/loyola.portal#. In addition, the Ohio State lacrosse Twitter feed will be updated during the game (@OhioState_MLAX).
ECAC Play Underway
Ohio State and Loyola enter the weekend at the top of the ECAC standings with matching 2-0 records. The Buckeyes have wins over Denver and Bellarmine, while Loyola has defeated Bellarmine and Air Force. Fairfield is 1-0, with a win over Hobart in the first league game for both schools. Denver is 1-1, including a victory over the USAFA Falcons.
In addition to the Ohio State vs. Loyola matchup this week, Bellarmine hosts Fairfield and Denver hosts Hobart.
After the game vs. the Greyhounds, Ohio State will travel for a contest at Hobart April 7 before facing off against Michigan, an affiliate member of the league this season as it begins play as a Division I member, April 14. The Buckeyes will return home to host Air Force in the fifth annual Showdown in the Shoe April 21 and then close league play at Fairfield April 28.
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 championship field.
As a team, Ohio State is scoring 8.56 goals a game while ranking seventh in the NCAA in team defense allowing 7.44 goals an outing. The team has 10 goals on 31 man-up chances (32.3%) and has stopped 19-of-27 (70.4%) opponent opportunities. The team is clearing at 91 percent (162-for-178), holding its opponents to 77.7 percent (143-for-184). The faceoffs are 46.6 percent (82-for-176).
Junior Logan Schuss, on the Tewaaraton Award Watch list, leads the Buckeyes with 27 goals, 10 assists and 37 points, ranking in the Top 13 in the NCAA in goals and points per game, and enters the matchup vs. Loyola on a 39-game point streak. Freshman Jesse King is second with eight goals, followed by senior Brock Sorensen with seven. Sophomore Tyler Frederick is second with nine assists and 12 points, with King and junior Nick Liddil tied for third with 11 points each. Liddil is third with a career-high eight assists. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan, who has won 51-of-99 (.515) faceoffs, is first with 27 groundballs, followed by sophomore goalie Greg Dutton with 23 and senior Joe Bonanni with 22. Senior Keenan Ochwat has a team-best 16 caused turnovers, ranking in the Top 20 in the nation. In the cage, Dutton has eight starts and is in the Top 12 in the NCAA with a 7.03 goals-against average and .574 save percentage. Sophomore Scott Spencer has played 95:04, with one start, and has 11 saves on 26 shots.
Ohio State vs. Loyola
Ohio State is looking for its first win against the Greyhounds in the sixth meeting between the teams. The squads met the last two years in ECAC games, with Loyola winning 11-9 at home in 2010 and 12-9 in Columbus last season. The teams also met in 1998, an 18-6 Loyola win in Baltimore and had two games in the 60s, with the Greyhounds winning 15-8 March 21, 1961 and 3-2 March 23, 1962.
A Look at Loyola
The Greyhounds enter the game Saturday 8-0 overall, coming off a 13-5 win at UMBC last weekend. The squad is fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.0 goals a game and has scored at least 11 goals in each game. The team also is fifth in the nation in defense, allowing 7.13 goals an outing. The man-up unit is fifth nationally at 56 percent and the team is third, winning 61.1 percent of its faceoffs.
Mike Sawyer is third in the nation in goals per game (3.63) and fifth in points per outing (4.63). He has 29 goals and 36 points on the year. Eric Lusby is second in scoring for the team with 24 goals and 32 points, coming in sixth nationally in goals per game (3.0). Goalie Jack Runkel has played in seven games and has a 7.32 goals-against average and .549 save percentage. J.P. Dalton has won 112-of-181 faceoffs and is second on the team with 34 groundballs, behind Scott Ratliff who has 37.
Buckeyes vs. Loyola in 2011
In its first ECAC game of the season, Ohio State fell to Loyola, 12-9, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus April 2, 2011. The Greyhounds led 3-0 after the first quarter before the Buckeyes tied the game with three-straight goals in the second quarter. A goal from Loyola with 2:37 remaining in the second (ending a 21:15 scoreless streak) regained the lead for the Greyhounds, giving them a 4-3 advantage at halftime. The Greyhounds scored two quick goals to open the second half and outscored the Buckeyes 5-2 in the third quarter to lead 9-5 entering the fourth. Ohio State scored four of the next five goals to cut the lead to one (10-9) with 3:57 left in regulation but Loyola responded 16 seconds later for a two-goal lead and added a late goal for the 12-9 final. Ohio State had goals from eight players, led by Dominique Alexander with two. Tyler Frederick led the Buckeyes with three assists and four points.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes closed out a six-game homestand with a 13-2 win over Bellarmine under the lights in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday 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. Junior Logan Schuss had a game-high five goals and seven points in the contest. Freshman Turner Evans and junior Nick Liddil each scored twice, with Evans adding an assist for a three-point game. Buckeye sophomore goalie Greg Dutton had 13 saves in the victory.
Buckeye This and That
• Loyola is the sixth team ranked in the Top 13 nationally at the time of the game Ohio State will face this year. It faced then-No. 5 Denver (now No. 10), then-No. 8/10 UMass (now No. 2/3), then-No. 13 Penn State (now No. 18/18) and then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (now No. 3/2). After the matchup with No. 4/5 Loyola, the Buckeyes will also face No. 15 Fairfield to close out the season.
• The game at Loyola is the Buckeyes’ first true road game since a win at Mercer Feb. 11. The team defeated Denver in a neutral-site game in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 19, the team’s last game outside of Columbus.
• Eight current Buckeyes call the state of Maryland home - Joe Bonanni (Harwood/St. Mary’s), Greg Dutton (Timonium/Calvert Hall), Tyler Frederick (Reisterstown/McDonogh), Luke Howard (Potomac/Landon), Joe Meurer (Towson/McDonogh), Mike Smail (Crofton/DeMatha), Patrick Toohey (Lutherville/McDonogh) and Trey Wilkes (Ijamsville/Urbana).
• 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 55. 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. Joe Bonanni enters the weekend with 49 games played. • 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, the squad returned to the Horseshoe vs. Virginia March 17. The team played back-to-back games in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, hosting Notre Dame March 17 and Bellarmine March 24. The final home game will be in Ohio Stadium for the Showdown in the Shoe April 21 vs. Air Force.
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.44 goals a game. The squad allowed double-digit goals for the only time this year in an 11-9 loss to then-No. 1 Virginia March 17.
• The squad is 14th in the nation and second in the league, averaging 8.11 caused turnovers an outing. • Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started eight of the team’s nine games, is first in the ECAC and sixth in the NCAA with a 7.01 goals-against average. He leads the league and is 12th nationally with a .577 save percentage.
• Dutton had a season-best 13 saves, allowing just two goals, vs. Bellarmine last week. He has four games this year with 10 or more stops.
• Senior Keenan Ochwat has a team-best 16 caused turnovers, including three vs. Bellarmine Saturday and four in back-to-back games vs. Penn State and Robert Morris. He is 16th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game, ranking second in the conference. Ochwat has played in 55 games and has 107 groundballs and 61 caused turnovers in his career with the Scarlet and Gray.
• Senior Joe Bonanni is third on the team with 22 groundballs and is second with 11 caused turnovers this season. He has started 38 games in the last two-plus seasons and has played in 49 games as a Buckeye, with 62 groundballs and 35 caused turnovers.
• The two goals scored by Bellarmine Saturday night were the fewest allowed by the Buckeyes since a 20-2 win over Mercer Feb. 12, 2011.
• Junior Logan Schuss, who was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List earlier this season, extended his point streak to 39 games (each game of his collegiate career) with five goals and a season-best seven points vs. Bellarmine. His scoring streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA and he has multiple points in each game this year.
• Schuss is second in the ECAC and 13th in the NCAA in points per game (4.11). In goals per game, his 3.0 average is tied for second in the league and sixth nationally.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks tied for ninth in program history with 145 points, tying with Tim McCabe (1986-89). He is three points behind Mike Avery (148 from 1988-91) and five in back of Bill Rodgers, who had 150 from 1978-81.
• Schuss has 90 goals and 55 assists in 39 games as a Buckeye, averaging 3.72 points a game to rank second among all current NCAA Division I players. Hs is sixth among current players in career goals per game (2.31) and eighth in assists per game (1.41). His 145 points rank seventh, with his 55 goals 12th and his 90 goals 14th. He is the only junior in the Top 14 for career points.
• Junior Nick Liddil had his first career two-goal game Saturday vs. Bellarmine. He has a career-high eight assists and 11 points this year and is on a four-game point streak, with three two-point games in the stretch.
• Freshman Turner Evans had his second game with two goals and three points vs. Bellarmine. After not playing in the Buckeyes’ first three games, he has seen action in each of the last six and has five goals, two assists and seven points in his last three games combined.
• Freshman Jesse King is second on the team with eight goals and tied for third with 11 points. He has two goals in two of his last three outings.
• Sophomore Tyler Frederick had a goal and an assist vs. Bellarmine and now is second on the team wtih 12 points. He is on a five-game point streak and has a point in all but two of his collegiate games. • Junior Dominique Alexander is on a four-game point streak (2g, 2a). He has five goals, four assists and nine points this season.
• Sophomore LSM Joe Meurer recorded his first career goal and point Saturday vs. Bellarmine. Junior d-middie Patrick Toohey had the first assist of his career vs. the Knights after scoring his first career goal earlier this season.
Scoop It Up
• Sophomore Shawn Kaplan leads the team with 27 groundballs this season. He had a team season-best eight groundballs vs. Denver Feb. 19.
• Kaplan leads the Buckeyes in faceoff percentage (.515), with a team-best 51 faceoff wins and 99 faceoff attempts. He won a season-high 12 faceoffs (in 19 attempts) vs. Notre Dame March 21.
• Junior Kevin Mack is fourth with 20 groundballs this season. Mack had a career-high seven groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9.
Showdown in the Shoe
Ohio State will host the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe April 21 when it takes on Air Force in Ohio Stadium prior to the football team’s LiFE Sports Spring Game. The game has set national on-campus and regular-season attendance records. Tickets are on sale now for the game through Ticketmaster outlets. General admission tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $7 each in advance. Tickets will be $15 on game day (cash only). As in the past, Ohio State students (with BuckID) and children 6 and under will be admitted free of charge in all general admission sections.
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