April 4, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (6-3, 1-2 ECAC) hosts Hobart (4-5, 1-2 ECAC) in an ECAC Lacrosse League game at noon Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game vs. Hobart will be televised live by BTN, with Dan Kelly and Buckeye All-American and Major League Lacrosse All-Star Greg Bice on the call. Visit btn.com/about/btn-channelfinder to find the channel on a specific cable system.
Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Statesmen 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).
Ohio State is closing the regular season with six-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League games. After this week, the Buckeyes wrap their 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.
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.
Saturday is the Buckeye men's lacrosse program's centennial game as the Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and membership in the Big Ten Conference. Throughout the season for all sports, fans can log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com/100 to learn more about the history of the Ohio State Athletics Department, including timelines, by the numbers, video and historical images from the past 100 years.
Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day
Saturday is Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, an opportunity to provide awareness of and information about Type 1 Diabetes and give children afflicted with the disease a day of fun-filled activities. Joining in and supporting the activities are the OSUMC Division of Endocrinology, Nationwide Children's Hospital Endocrinology/Metabolism/Diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Ohio Diabetes Association and COPEDs.
Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults and only five percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but believe autoimmune, genetic and environmental factors are involved. Type 1 diabetes is a disorder of the human immune system that makes it difficult for the body to produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Without insulin, the body cannot convert sugar from food into nutrients for cells and people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to stay alive.
In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 15th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and USILA Coaches Poll. The squad has been ranked as high as eighth in each poll this season.
Five opponents on Ohio State's regular-season schedule are also currently ranked (IL/USILA): Denver (3/3), Notre Dame (4/5), Loyola (5/6), Penn State (12/13) and Virginia (19/18). Ohio State's preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (11/10) and Syracuse (8/8) in the spring and North Carolina (6/4) and Lehigh (18/19) 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 were recognized, including all nine 2013 seniors. 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.
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 6-3 this season and coming off a 9-4 loss to Loyola Saturday in Columbus. The squad is averaging 9.78 goals per game and ranks 11th nationally in team defense, allowing 8.44 goals an outing. The Buckeyes are seventh in the NCAA in turnovers per game (13.44), eighth in man-up offense (.452), 13th in faceoff winning percentage (.566) and 20th in shooting percentage (.296).
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 21 goals and 31 points, while freshman Carter Brown and sophomore Jesse King are tied for second with 25 points each. King is second with 15 goals (followed by Brown with 13), while Brown has a team-best 12 assists, followed by Schuss and King with 10 each. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started all nine games and has an 8.32 goals-against average, ranking in the Top 15 nationally and third in the ECAC. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 88-of-151 faceoffs (.583) to lead the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage and rank eighth in the NCAA. Wilkes is first with 32 groundballs, followed by juniors Darius Bowling (26) and Michael Italiano (25). Bowling and junior Joe Meurer lead the squad with 10 caused turnovers each.
Buckeyes vs. Statesmen
Ohio State is 5-7 all-time vs. Hobart but has won the last three games, all ECAC conference matchups. Last season, the Buckeyes posted a 10-9 victory in overtime on the road vs. the Statesmen April 7, 2012. The last game in Columbus was April 9, 2011, an 11-4 Buckeye victory. The series dates to 1956, a 16-7 Hobart win in Geneva, N.Y.
A Look at Hobart
Hobart (4-5, 1-2 ECAC) averages 10.0 goals a game and allows 11.78 an outing. The team is 7-for-28 (.250) on man-up chances and has allowed 22 goals on 51 opponent opportunities. The Statesmen have won 102-of-224 faceoffs (.455). Alex Love is first in the nation averaging 3.56 goals a game and 10th nationally in points per game (4.22), scoring 32 goals and posting 38 points. Cam Stone is eighth in the NCAA with a 2.33 assists per game average, recording 21 assists. Goalie Peter Zonino has an 11.71 goals-against average and .488 save percentage.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Hobart in 2012
Ohio State posted a 10-9 overtime win at Hobart April 7, 2012 in Geneva, N.Y. Against the Statesmen, the Buckeyes led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and 5-4 at halftime. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the third quarter to take a four-goal lead (8-4) before the Statesmen then went on a four-goal run to tie the game with six minutes left in regulation. Ohio State briefly regained the lead but Hobart scored six seconds later to tie the game at 9-all with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, sending the contest to overtime. In overtime, the Ohio State defense was able to hold off Hobart after it won the opening faceoff to gain possession. Hobart's goalie stopped the Buckeyes' first attempt (one of 19 saves on the day) but Logan Schuss was able to come out of a scrum with a groundball and the ball came to Dominique Alexander, who netted the gamewinner. Alexander led the Buckeyes with three goals and four points in the win. Schuss and Mike Smail each scored twice and goalie Greg Dutton had 11 saves for the Buckeyes.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Fall to Loyola, 9-4
Ohio State lost to No. 5-ranked Loyola, 9-4, Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes' Logan Schuss opened the scoring just 55 seconds into the game but the Greyhounds netted the next two goals for a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. Ohio State tied the game at 2 on a Carter Brown goal at 13:39 of the second quarter before Loyola took a 3-2 lead at 6:11. Buckeye David Planning tied the game at 3 with a tally at 3:03 but the Greyhounds then took control of the game, scoring three times in the final 1:54 (including goals with 44 and 13 seconds remaining) of the second quarter for a 6-3 halftime lead. The Greyhounds scored the only two goals of the third quarter to lead 8-3 heading into the final stanza. Loyola tallied its final goal 13 seconds into the fourth quarter and Buckeye senior Nick Liddil closed the game with a goal with nine seconds remaining. Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton had 14 saves in the game.
Three ECAC Lacrosse League contests are scheduled for this weekend - Hobart at Ohio State, Fairfield at Loyola and Bellarmine at Denver. Loyola enters the week with a 4-0 mark, with Denver 3-0, Fairfield 2-1 and Bellarmine 3-2. Ohio State and Hobart are 1-2, Air Force is 1-3 and Michigan is 0-5. 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 first in the ECAC and entered the week 13th in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage. The squad has won more faceoffs than its opponent in five games this season and was even in two contests. The team has won 111-of-196 (.566) draws.
• The Buckeyes lead the ECAC and are seventh in the NCAA in turnovers per game, averaging 13.44 an outing. The squad had a season-low seven vs. Denver and eight in its win over Marquette.
• Ohio State played a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game in four of its last six outings, hosting No. 7 Denver and No. 5 Loyola and playing at No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Virginia and No. 3 Notre Dame.
• Ohio State has won six ECAC Player of the Week awards this season, including three of the last five 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.
• The Buckeyes are 14-for-31 (.452) on man-up chances this season, ranking first in the ECAC and eighth 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.
• More than half of the Buckeyes’ goals this season have been assisted, with 52 assists on 88 goals.
• In the second half this season, Ohio State has outscored opponents, 44-26 and outshot its foes, 153-126.
• Ohio State is third in team defense in the ECAC and 14th in the NCAA, giving up 8.44 goals a game. The team has allowed double-digit goals just twice in the last 17 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 33.0 shots per game, while holding opponents to 30.9 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 four games, including a season-low 23 vs. Loyola Saturday. The Buckeyes allowed Notre Dame an opponent season-high 42 March 20.
• Ohio State has cleared at 100 percent three times this season and was 18-for-19 vs. Loyola Saturday. On the year, the team is 165-of-180 (.917).
• The Buckeyes have scored on 29.6 percent of their shots this season, with 88 goals on 297 shots, to rank second in the ECAC and 20th in the NCAA.
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Hobart on a 54-game point streak (123g, 73a, 195p), while sophomore Jesse King is on a 15-game point streak (23g, 16a, 39p). Schuss had a 29-game streak of multiple-point outings ended vs. Loyola Saturday.
• Junior goalie Greg Dutton has eight or more saves in seven of nine starts and has 10+ in each of his last three outings, with a career-high tying 14 vs. Loyola Saturday (first set April 9, 2011 at Hobart). He has a .676 save percentage in the last three games combined. His 8.32 goals-against average is third in the ECAC and 14th nationally while his 20 career wins are just outside the Top 10 in the NCAA among current goalies. Against the Greyhounds, Dutton had a career-high seven groundballs (after seven games with four).
• Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in five of nine games this year and has 88 wins in 151 draws, winning 6-of-11 vs. Loyola Saturday. He is first in the ECAC and eighth in the NCAA with a 58.3 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with 32 groundballs this season, including eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011).
• With an assist vs. Loyola, sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 15 with a 23-16-39 line in the stretch. He has five multiple-goal outings and multiple points in all but two games. He is second on the squad with 15 goals and tied for second with 25 points.
• Freshman Carter Brown has a point in eight of nine games as a Buckeye (including a goal vs. Loyola) and multiple points in six outings. He is first on the team with 12 assists and tied for second with 25 points.
• Junior Michael Italiano has 18 groundballs in his last three games combined (8 vs. Denver, 5 vs. Notre Dame, 2 vs. Bellarmine, 3 vs. Loyola) and has two or more in each of his last six games. He already has a career-high 25 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman. He also has two goals on the year.
• Junior Darius Bowling won 3-of-4 faceoffs vs. Loyola and has won 14-of-26 draws this season. He is tied with Joe Meurer with 10 caused turnovers this year and ranks second with 26 groundballs, with at least one in each game.
• Sophomore Turner Evans had a six-game point streak ended against Loyola. He has five goals, eight assists and 13 points on the year to match his totals from last season and had multiple points in his first five games this season.
• Freshman Robby Haus, who has started all nine games at close defense, had a career-high tying two caused turnovers vs. Loyola and now has five this season, along with 18 groundballs.
• Sophomore David Planning has a point in all but one game this season and now has a career-high nine goals and 12 points this season, topping the six tallies and nine points he had as a rookie last year.
Schuss as a Senior
• Senior Logan Schuss leads Ohio State with 31 points, ranking sixth in the ECAC with 3.44 points per game. He is first on the team with 21 goals and second with 10 assists and has multiple goals in six of nine games with multiple points in eight of nine outings.
• Schuss has extended his point streak to 54 games (each game of his collegiate career). It is the third-longest active streak in the NCAA.
• 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 196 points and tied with Terry Gilmore (1976-79) for second among all Buckeyes with 123 goals. Schuss is three goals behind all-time leader Joel Dalgarno (126/2006-09). Gilmore is the all-time points leader with 250, with Dalgarno second with 227. Schuss is eighth with 73 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.