April 10, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team (7-3, 2-2 ECAC) heads north for a matchup with Michigan (0-11, 0-5 ECAC). The teams will meet in the second annual Battle at the Big House at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The game vs. Michigan will be streamed through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Wolverines 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 play at 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 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 (3/4), Notre Dame (4/5), Loyola (5/6), Penn State (10/11) and Bellarmine (20/rv). Ohio State's preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (15/15) and Syracuse (7/8) in the spring and North Carolina (6/3) and Lehigh (19/18) in the fall. Virginia, a Buckeye opponent earlier this spring, is receiving votes in both polls.
Schuss in the Record Books
Senior leading scorer and two-time All-American Logan Schuss had a goal and career-high tying four assists vs. Hobart Saturday, notching the 200th point of his Ohio State career. He is just the third Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79) and Joel Dalgarno (227/2006-09). Schuss now has 124 goals (two behind all-time leader Dalgarno), 77 assists and 201 points as a Buckeye, with at least one point in all 55 career games (the second-longest active streak in the NCAA). Nationally, he is fourth in career points among all active players and fifth in points per game and goals.
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 7-3 this season and coming off a 10-6 victory over Hobart Saturday in Columbus. The squad is averaging 9.8 goals per game and ranks 13th nationally in team defense, allowing 8.2 goals an outing. The Buckeyes are sixth in the NCAA in turnovers per game (13.2), fifth in man-up offense (.485) and 12th in faceoff winning percentage (.560).
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 22 goals, 14 assists and 36 points, while freshman Carter Brown is second with 13 assists and 29 points and third with 16 goals. Sophomore Jesse King is second in goals (17) and third in assists (11) and points (28). In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started 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 98-of-171 faceoffs (.560) to lead the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage and rank 11th in the NCAA. Wilkes is first on the squad with 39 groundballs, followed by juniors Michael Italiano (29) and Darius Bowling (26). Junior Joe Meurer leads the squad with 14 caused turnovers and Bowling is second with 10.
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
The Buckeyes are 10-3 all-time vs. Michigan and posted a 12-9 win last season in the first matchup as varsity opponents. The series dates to 1966 and was discontinued in 1988. Ohio State is 4-2 all-time in Ann Arbor.
The Creator's Trophy
The game between Ohio State and Michigan is part of the competition for the Creator's Trophy, an annual traveling award among the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men's lacrosse (OSU, PSU, Michigan) that was established last year. The trophy is awarded when a team is 2-0 against the other schools; on years the teams are all 1-1, the trophy will not be awarded.
Ohio State defeated Penn State in overtime earlier this season in Creator's Trophy competition, while the Nittany Lions won at Michigan. A Buckeye win over Michigan would give Ohio State the trophy.
A Look at Michigan
In its second year as a varsity program, Michigan (0-11, 0-5 ECAC) averages 6.09 goals a game and allows 11.64 per outing. The man-up is 11-for-43 (.256) and the squad has stopped 28-of-37 (.757) opponent chances to rank ninth in the NCAA. The squad allows 41.0 shots a game while attempting 31.1 an outing. Kyle Jackson leads the squad with 13 goals and 20 points and is second with seven assists. Mike Hernandez is second with 10 goals and 18 points and has a team-best eight assists. Brad Lott has won 77-of-162 faceoffs (.475). In goal, Gerald Logan has started all 11 games and is first in the NCAA with 15.36 saves per game, ranking 14th with a .571 save percentage.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Michigan in 2012
In the first meeting between Ohio State and Michigan as varsity foes, the Buckeyes posted a 12-9 win at Michigan April 15, 2012 in the Battle at the Big House in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes led 3-1 after the first quarter and were ahead 7-5 at halftime. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the third quarter to extend the advantage to 10-5 with 6:02 left in the stanza. Michigan outscored the Buckeyes, 4-2, the rest of the way for the 12-9 final.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Top Hobart, 10-6
Ohio State, behind five points from senior Logan Schuss, a hat trick from freshman Carter Brown and 12 saves from junior goalie Scott Spencer, defeated Hobart, 10-6, Saturday on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a game televised by BTN. Ohio State and Hobart were scoreless after the first quarter. The Statesemen opened the scoring early in the second quarter but the Buckeyes responded with a six-goal run, including three goals in the final 5:56 of the second quarter for a 3-1 halftime lead. Ohio State scored the first three goals of the third quarter, part of a 5-1 third stanza, to lead 8-2 after 45 minutes. Hobart outscored the Buckeyes, 4-2, in the fourth quarter for the 10-6 final. For the Buckeyes, Brown had a hat trick and assist for four points. Sophomores Jesse King and Turner Evans each scored twice, with King adding an assist for a three-point day. Junior defenseman Joe Meurer had four of the Buckeyes' 10 caused turnovers, with freshman Robby Haus adding two. Senior Trey Wilkes won 10 faceoffs and had a team-high seven groundballs.
Four ECAC Lacrosse League contests are scheduled for Saturday - Ohio State at Michigan, Air Force at Fairfield, Denver at Loyola and Hobart at Bellarmine.
Loyola enters the week with a 5-0 mark and has clinched the first spot in the league tournament. Denver is second with a 4-0 ledger while Bellarmine is 3-3 and Ohio State and Fairfield both are 2-2. Air Force and Hobart are 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.
Meurer, Brown Pick Up ECAC Weekly Awards
Following a win over Hobart Saturday in a conference game, junior defenseman Joe Meurer and freshman attack Carter Brown both received ECAC Lacrosse League weekly honors. Meurer was named the league's defensive player of the week after recording four caused turnovers and three groundballs while holding the NCAA's leading goal scorer off the scoresheet. Brown had a hat trick and four points in the Buckeyes' victory.
Noting the Buckeyes
... As a team
• The Buckeyes lead the ECAC and are sixth in the NCAA in turnovers per game, averaging 13.2 an outing. The squad had a season-low seven vs. Denver March 9 and eight in its win over Marquette Feb. 23, with 11 in its last time out vs. Hobart.
• 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 five games this season and was even in three contests. The team has won 121-of-216 (.560) draws on the year.
• Ohio State has received eight ECAC Player of the Week honors this season. Logan Schuss (Feb. 18) and Jesse King (March 4) were named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week, Joe Meurer was the defensive player of the week April 8, Carter Brown was a two-time rookie of the week (Feb. 25, April 8) and Darius Bowling (March 4), Trey Wilkes (March 11) and Michael Italiano (March 18) all received specialist of the week mention.
• The Buckeyes are 16-for-33 (.485) 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 Feb. 9 and scored on both opportunities vs. the Statesmen Saturday.
• More than half of the Buckeyes' goals this season have been assisted, with 60 assists on 98 goals. Saturday vs. Hobart, eight of the team's 10 goals were assisted.
• The Buckeyes won the groundball battle vs. Hobart Saturday with a season-high 41, just the third time this season the squad had 30 or more groundballs in a game. The squad is averaging 28.0 groundballs an outing, compared to its opponents' 27.4 average.
• In the second half of games this season, Ohio State has outscored opponents, 51-31 and outshot its foes, 167-147.
• Ohio State is third in team defense in the ECAC and 13th in the NCAA, giving up 8.2 goals a game. The team has allowed double-digit goals just twice in the last 18 outings.
• Fifteen Buckeyes have scored at least one goal this season, with 12 recording at least one assist. In all, 15 Buckeyes have at least one point on the year.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 33.9 shots per game, while holding opponents to 31.2 a game. The team had a season-high 47 shots vs. Detroit in the season opener, 42 vs. Hobart and 40 vs. Marquette but had 28 or less in each of four of its last five games, including a season-low 23 vs. Loyola March 30. 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 19-of-21 vs. Hobart Saturday. On the year, the team is 184-of-201 (.915).
• The Buckeyes have scored on 28.9 percent of their shots this season, with 98 goals on 339 shots, to rank third in the ECAC and 23rd in the NCAA in shooting percentage. The squad had 10 goals on 42 shots vs. Hobart Saturday.
• Ohio State played a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game in four of its last seven outings, hosting No. 7 Denver and No. 5 Loyola and playing at No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Virginia and No. 3 Notre Dame.
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Michigan on a 55-game point streak (124g, 77a, 201p), while sophomore Jesse King is on a 16-game point streak (25g, 17a, 42p). Schuss and freshman Carter Brown both have six goals in the last three games and King is on a three-game assist streak (4 assists). Brown has a 6-2-8 line in his last three games combined.
• Junior goalie Scott Spencer made his first start of the season (and since Feb. 19, 2012 vs. Denver) Saturday vs. Hobart. He had a career-high 12 saves (passing the five he had in a win vs. the Pioneers) and four groundballs in the win.
• 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 March 30 (first set April 9, 2011 at Hobart). He has a .676 save percentage in his last three games combined. His 8.32 goals-against average is third in the ECAC and 15th nationally while his 20 career wins are just outside the Top 10 in the NCAA among current goalies. He did not start vs. Hobart Saturday because of injury.
• Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in six of 10 games this year and has 98 wins in 171 draws, winning 10-of-20 vs. Hobart Saturday. He is first in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA with a 57.3 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with 39 groundballs this season, including eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011) and seven vs. Hobart Saturday.
• With two goals and an assist vs. Hobart - his eighth multiple-point game this season - sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 16 with a 25-17-42 line in the stretch. He has six multiple-goal outings and ranks second on the team with 17 goals, ranking third with 28 points and 11 assists, all career highs.
• Freshman Carter Brown has a point in nine of 10 games as a Buckeye and had a hat trick, adding an assist for a four-point game, vs. Hobart. he has five career multiple-goal games and has three outings with four or more points. Brown is second on the team with 13 assists and 29 points and third with 16 goals.
• Junior defenseman Joe Meurer had a personal-best four caused turnovers vs. Hobart after two games with three caused turnovers. He is eighth in the ECAC with 1.4 caused turnovers per outing, leading the Buckeyes with 14. He also had three groundballs vs. Hobart, one shy of the season-best four he had at Penn State March 2. Meurer has 19 groundballs this season.
• Sophomore Turner Evans has a point in seven of eight games this season and three multiple-goal games after scoring twice vs. Hobart. He has a career-high 10 goals and 15 points this season after eight goals and 13 points as a freshman.
• Senior d-middie Kevin Mack scored vs. Hobart, his first tally this season and his first goal since April 14, 2012 at Michigan.
• Senior Dominique Alexander had an assist, season-high four groundballs and a caused turnover in the win vs. the Statesmen. He has three goals, four assists, seven points and 15 groundballs this season, along with six caused turnovers.
• Freshman Robby Haus, who has started all 10 games at close defense, has a career-high tying two caused turnovers in each of his last two games. He also had three groundballs vs. Hobart, the fourth time this season he had three or more. Haus has at least one groundball in all 10 games, totaling 21 for the year, and has seven caused turnovers.
• Junior Michael Italiano has two or more groundballs in each of his last seven games, including eight vs. Virginia March 16, five at Notre Dame March 20 and four vs. Hobart Saturday. He already has a career-high 29 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman. He also has two goals on the year.
• Senior Nick Liddil has a point in three of his last four games, including a goal vs. Loyola March 30 and an assist vs. Hobart Saturday. Classmate Dan Wertz scored his first goal since Feb. 23 vs. Marquette against Hobart and now has three tallies this season.
• Sophomore David Planning has a point in all but two games this season and 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 36 points, ranking sixth in the ECAC with 3.6 points per game. He is first on the team with 22 goals and 14 assists and has multiple goals in six of 10 games with multiple points in nine of 10 outings.
• Against Hobart, Schuss had a career-high tying four assists, matching his totals vs. Penn State March 6, 2010 and March 27, 2010 vs. Quinnipiac. He added a goal vs. the Statesmen for his second five-point game of the year.
• Schuss has extended his point streak to 55 games (each game of his collegiate career). It is the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.
• Among current NCAA players, Schuss ranks fifth in career goals, eighth in career assists and fourth in career points (one of only four players with 200-plus points).
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first three seasons, is now third in program history with 201 points and second with 124 goals. Schuss is two 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 sixth with 77 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.
Buckeyes Pick Up Scholar-Athlete Accolades
At the 46th-annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner, 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.