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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-6, 2-1 ECAC) continues ECAC Lacrosse League play when it travels to Geneva, N.Y., for a matchup with Hobart (2-6, 0-2 ECAC). The teams will meet at noon Saturday at Boswell Field.
Hobart’s official website, hwsathletics.com, will provide live stats and a paid video feed of the game Saturday. Links can be found on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page at go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday. In addition, the Ohio State lacrosse Twitter feed will be updated during the game (@OhioState_MLAX).
In ECAC Action
ECAC play continues this weekend with four games on the slate. In addition to Ohio State at Hobart, Bellarmine will play at Denver Friday and at Air Force Sunday. Fairfield hosts Loyola Saturday in a matchup of the last two undefeated teams in the league standings.
Loyola is in first place in the conference with a 3-0 mark, with Fairfield 2-0. Ohio State and Denver have posted matching 2-1 records. Air Force and Hobart are 0-2, with Bellarmine 0-3 in league play.
Ohio State will face off against Michigan, an affiliate member of the league this season as it begins play as a Division I member, April 14, next week. 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, with the title game televised live by ESPNU.
As a team, Ohio State is scoring 8.4 goals a game while ranking seventh in the NCAA in team defense allowing 7.5 goals an outing. The team has 10 goals on 33 man-up chances (30.3%) and has stopped 21-of-30 (70%) opponent opportunities. The squad is clearing at 90 percent (181-for-201), holding its opponents to 79 percent (158-for-200). The faceoffs are 45.6 percent (89-for-195).
Junior Logan Schuss, on the Tewaaraton Award Watch list, leads the Buckeyes with 29 goals, 11 assists and 40 points, ranking in the Top 13 in the NCAA in goals and points per game, and enters the matchup vs. Hobart on a 40-game point streak. Freshman Jesse King is second with 10 goals and 14 points, with senior Brock Sorensen third with eight tallies. Sophomore Tyler Frederick is second with 10 assists and third with 13 points and junior Nick Liddil is fourth with 12 points, including eight assists. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan, who has won 56-of-111 (.505) faceoffs, is first with 29 groundballs, followed by sophomore goalie Greg Dutton with 26 and senior Joe Bonanni with 25. Senior Keenan Ochwat has a team-best 17 caused turnovers, ranking 22nd in the nation. In the cage, Dutton has nine starts and is in the Top 10 in the NCAA with a 7.14 goals-against average and .577 save percentage. Sophomore Scott Spencer has played 95:04, with one start, and has 11 saves on 26 shots.
Ohio State vs. Hobart
Ohio State has won the last two meetings between the teams, with an 11-4 victory in Columbus last year and a 14-6 win on the road in 2010 in the first league contest between the squads. Ohio State trails the all-time series, 4-7, but leads in Geneva, N.Y., 3-2. The series dates to 1956 when Ohio State lost on the road, 16-7. Ohio State is 3-2 vs. the Statesmen since 2004, including a 13-12 overtime win that year. The squads met in a neutral-site game in Hershey, Pa., in 2006, with Hobart coming away with a 13-8 victory.
A Look at Hobart
Hobart is 2-6 this season and coming off a 15-8 ECAC loss at Denver last week. The team also lost at Fairfield, 17-12, the week prior in its first league game. The Statesmen are 19th in the NCAA averaging 10.88 goals a game while they allow 13.38 a contest. The team, averaging 37.1 shots a game while allowing 44.2, is 11-for-31 on man-up chances (35.5 percent).
Alex Love leads Hobart with 20 goals, while Cam Stone is first with 18 assists and the duo is tied for first in points with 25 each. Sam Miller has 16 goals and Taylor Vanderbeek is third with 13. Bobby Dattilo leads the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (.678) and is 11th in groundballs per game (6.0). Goalie Peter Zonino has an NCAA-best 14.43 saves per game, with a 13.43 goals-against average and .518 save percentage.
Buckeyes vs. Hobart in 2011
On Senior Day in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back, downing Hobart, 11-4, in an ECAC Lacrosse League game April 9, 2011. Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with four goals, three assists and seven points in the win. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton made a career high 14 saves in the contest as the Buckeye defense held Hobart to just four goals.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes lost their first ECAC game of the season, falling to 2-1 in the league, with an 8-7 loss at Loyola last Saturday 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. Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton made 12 saves for the Buckeyes, who were the first team to hold the Greyhounds to less than 11 goals this season. Junior leading scorer Logan Schuss and freshman Jesse King both scored twice and added an assist for a three-point day.
Buckeyes on BTN
After the game at Hobart, Ohio State’s next two games will be televised live by BTN. The contest at Michigan April 14, dubbed the Battle at the Big House, begins at 2:30 p.m. following the Wolverine football team’s spring game. The next week, Ohio State will host the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe, hosting Air Force at 11 a.m. April 21 in Ohio Stadium prior to the Ohio State football team’s spring game. BTN is available in up to 73 million homes nationwide. Visit http://btn.com/about/btn-channelfinder/ to locate the BTN channel on your cable system.
The games also will be available through BTN2Go, a free streaming service available through the BTNGo App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. More information is available on BTN2Go.com.
Ohio State appeared in the first men’s lacrosse game televised live by the network when BTN carried the Showdown in the Shoe between the Buckeyes and Air Force in 2010.
Showdown in the Shoe Two Weeks Away
Ohio State will host Air Force in the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe April 21 in Ohio Stadium. The game will begin at 11 a.m. prior to the Ohio State LiFE Sports Football Spring Game.
General admission tickets, which include both games, are $7 when prepurchased through OhioStateBuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center or at participating Donato’s restaurants in Central Ohio. On game day, tickets will be $15 each (cash only). Children 6 and under and Ohio State students who show their BuckIDs will be admitted free in general admission sections. Groups of 50 or more can purchase tickets for $5 each in advance.
Parking for the doubleheader is free in all open lots. Gates will open at 10 a.m. with nearly all seating general admission. The Ohio State band will perform both pregame and at halftime of the men’s lacrosse contest.
Kawamoto a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Finalist - Vote4Moto
Ohio State defender Matt Kawamoto is one of 10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Springfield, Va., native Kawamoto is a team captain for the Buckeyes this year. The 2011 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection, he also earned honorable mention USILA All-America accolades last season. Entering the 2012 campaign, he was named a third team preseason All-American by Faceoff Yearbook and preseason All-ECAC. A business: marketing and logistics management major, Kawamoto has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors and is scheduled to graduate this spring. The recipient of the 2011-12 Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship, Kawamoto has battled back from injury twice in his Buckeye career. For Kawamoto’s complete award biography, visit seniorclassaward.com/athletes/matt_kawamoto/.
Fans are encouraged to vote daily for the award through May 14. To vote for Kawamoto, visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Moto.
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.5 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.
• Ohio State has held its last three opponents to 27 shots or less and has outshot each of its last six foes. The Buckeyes are averaging 34.8 shots a game,while allowing 27.9 a contest.
• Ohio State caused 11 turnovers vs. Loyola and has 84 on the year to rank second in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are led by senior Keenan Ochwat with 17. Ochwat is 22nd in the NCAA and third in the league with 1.7 caused turnovers per game. Classmate Joe Bonanni is second on the team wtih 13 caused turnovers, followed by sophomore Dominic Imbordino with 11. Bonanni is eighth in the ECAC in caused turnovers per game (1.3).
• The squad is 13th in the nation and second in the league, averaging 8.4 caused turnovers an outing. • The Buckeyes are 18th in the NCAA, and second in the league, in man-down defense, stopping 70 percent of their opponents’ chances.
• Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started nine of the team’s 10 games, is first in the ECAC and sixth in the NCAA with a 7.14 goals-against average. He leads the league and is 10th nationally with a .577 save percentage.
• Dutton has five games this year with 10 or more stops, including in three of his last four games. He is averaging 9.11 saves a game.
• Junior Logan Schuss, who was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List earlier this season, extended his point streak to 40 games (each game of his collegiate career) with two goals and three points at Loyola last week. His scoring streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA and he has multiple points in each game this year.
• Schuss is fourth in the ECAC and 13th in the NCAA in points per game (4.0). In goals per game, his 2.9 average is third in the league and eighth nationally.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks tied for eighth in program history with 148 points, tying with Mike Avery (1988-91). Schuss is two behind Bill Rodgers, who had 150 from 1978-81 and seven behind Curtis Smith, who posted 155 from 2000-03.
• Schuss has 92 goals and 56 assists in 40 games as a Buckeye, averaging 3.70 points a game to rank third among all current NCAA Division I players. Hs is seventh among current players in career goals per game (2.30) and eighth in assists per game (1.40). His 148 points rank ninth, with his 56 assists 14th and his 92 goals 14th. He is the highest scoring current junior, ahead of Will Manny of UMass (138/13th overall) and Peter Baum of Colgate (134/1tth overall).
• Freshman Jesse King is second on the team with 10 goals and 14 points after two goals and an assist for three points at Loyola. He has four multiple-goal games this season, including two goals in three of his last four games.
• After not playing in the Buckeyes’ first three games and being held off the scoresheet for his first three games, freshman Turner Evans has a goal in each of his last four games, with six goals, two assists and eight points combined in the stretch.
• Junior Nick Liddil, who has a career-high 12 points this year, is on a five-game point streak (4g, 4a, 8p).
• Sophomore Tyler Frederick is second on the squad with 10 assists and ranks third with 13 points. He is on a six-game point streak and has a point in all but two of his collegiate games.
• Senior Brock Sorensen scored his career-best eighth goal of the year Saturday at Loyola.
Scoop It Up
• Sophomore Shawn Kaplan leads the team with 29 groundballs this season. He had a team season-best eight groundballs vs. Denver Feb. 19.
• Kaplan leads the Buckeyes in faceoff percentage (.505), with a team-best 56 faceoff wins and 111 faceoff attempts. He won a season-high 12 faceoffs (in 19 attempts) vs. Notre Dame March 21.
• Junior Kevin Mack is fourth with 23 groundballs this season. Mack had a career-high seven groundballs vs. Detroit Feb. 9.
Buckeye This and That
• The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 26-16, in the first quarter this year and 48-34 in the first half this season. The squad has allowed and scored 17 goals in the fourth quarter this year, but has struggled in the third quarter and been outscored 24-19.
• Ohio State has faced six teams ranked in the Top 13 nationally at the time of the game this season, with four currently ranked in the Top 6. It played then-No. 5 Denver (now No. 9/11), then-No. 8/10 UMass (now No. 2), then-No. 13 Penn State (now No. 15/16), then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (now No. 5) and then-No. 4/5 Loyola (now No. 4). Fairfield, who the Buckeyes will take on April 28, is currently ranked 14th.
• 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 56. 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 vs. Virginia March 17. Joe Bonanni played in his 50th game last week at Loyola.
• The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three-consecutive road games, the longest streak this season. The team’s game at Loyola last Saturday was its first true road game since Feb. 11 at Mercer. The Buckeyes took on Denver in a neutral-site game in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 19 before a six-game homestand.
• 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.
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