Men's Lacrosse

Ohio State vs. Michigan in the Battle at the Big House

Ohio State is coming off an overtime win at Hobart.
Ohio State is coming off an overtime win at Hobart.

April 11, 2012

Ohio State vs. Michigan
Saturday, April 14 - 2:30 p.m. 
Michigan Stadium - Ann Arbor, Mich.
 
Television: BTN 
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Livestats: Gametracker
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Buckeye Notes to Know
• The Buckeyes are seventh in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.64 goals an outing.
• Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 31 goals, 12 assists and 43 points this season and enters the Michgian game on a 41-game point streak. He is in the Top 14 in the NCAA in points and goals per game and is third among all active players in career points per game (3.68).
• Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton is in the Top 12 in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage. He has 10+ saves in four of his last five outings.
• Ohio State is playing back-to-back doubleheaders in Big Ten football stadiums, facing Michigan after the Wolverines’ spring game and kicking off a doubleheader with the Buckeye football team’s spring game next week.
• The game Saturday is the first between Ohio State and Michigan as varsity programs. It is part of the Creator’s Trophy compeition between OSU, UM and Penn State.
• Ohio State’s next two games both will be televised by BTN. The Buckeyes were part of the first live men’s lacrosse broadcast on the network in 2010.
• Defender Matt Kawamoto is a Top 10 finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the only ECAC player on the list. For more information, or to vote, visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Moto.

Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-6, 3-1 ECAC) travels north for the Battle at the Big House vs. Michigan (1-10). The teams will meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

The lacrosse matchup follows the Michigan football team’s spring game. Admission is free, with donations accepted for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital upon entering the gates.

Follow Along
BTN will televise the contest between the Buckeyes, with Matt Shepard calling the action and Greg Bice, former Buckeye All-American and an MLL All-Star who now plays for the Ohio Machine, providing analysis. 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 game 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.

The Gametracker live stats link can be found on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page at go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday and the Ohio State lacrosse Twitter feed will be updated during the game (@OhioState_MLAX).

Showdown in the Shoe Next Week
Ohio State hosts Air Force in the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe a week from Saturday (April 21) in Ohio Stadium. The game will begin at 11 a.m. prior to the Ohio State LiFE Sports Football Spring Game. The event has drawn record crowds, including an NCAA on-campus regular-season mark of 31,078 in 2010 when the Buckeyes downed the Falcons.

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.

The game vs. Air Force will be televised live by BTN and also be available on the BTN2Go App.

Buckeye Snapshot
As a team, Ohio State is scoring 8.55 goals a game while ranking seventh in the NCAA in team defense allowing 7.64 goals an outing. The squad has 11 goals on 36 man-up chances (30.6%) and has stopped 25-of-35 (71.4%) opponent opportunities, ranking 15th nationally. The Buckeyes are clearing at 90.1 percent (200-for-222), holding their opponents to 79.6 percent (176-for-221). The faceoffs are 43.8 percent (95-for-217).

Junior Logan Schuss, on the Tewaaraton Award Watch list, leads the Buckeyes with 31 goals, 12 assists and 43 points, ranking in the Top 14 in the NCAA in goals and points per game, and enters the matchup vs. Michigan on a 41-game point streak. Freshman Jesse King is second with 11 goals and 16 points. Senior Brock Sorensen and junior Dominique Alexander are tied for third with eight goals each. Alexander, sophomore Tyler Frederick, who is second with 10 assists, and senior Nick Liddil, who is third with eight assists, are all tied for third with 13 points. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan, who has won 60-of-125 (.480) faceoffs, is first with 31 groundballs, followed by senior Joe Bonanni with 30 and sophomore goalie Greg Dutton with 28. Senior Keenan Ochwat has a team-best 21 caused turnovers, ranking 15th in the nation. In the cage, Dutton has 10 starts and is in the Top 12 in the NCAA with a 7.28 goals-against average and .574 save percentage. Sophomore Scott Spencer has played 95:04, with one start, and has 11 saves on 26 shots.

In ECAC Action
Ohio State is 3-1 in ECAC play, while Michigan is an affiliate member of the league this season while in its first year as a varsity program. The Wolverines are not eligible for the conference tournament but will be full members for the 2013 campaign. Ohio State still has conference games vs. Air Force (April 21) and Fairfield (April 28) on its regular-season schedule.

Loyola leads the league with a 4-0 mark, with Ohio State and Denver posting 3-1 records and Fairfield 2-1. Air Force is 1-2, Hobart is 0-3 and Bellarmine is 0-5. This week, Bellarmine will host Hobart, Fairfield travels to Air Force and Denver hosts Loyola.

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.

Ohio State vs. Michigan
Ohio State travels to Michigan for the first game between the teams since 1988 and the first game between the teams as varsity programs. Ohio State is 9-3 vs. Michigan all-time, including 3-2 in Ann Arbor, with all prior games played when Michigan was a club team.

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 this 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. Penn State won the inaugural trophy with a 16-9 victory over Michigan in State College, Pa., and a 5-2 win against the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium March 3.

The night prior to each Creator’s Trophy game, the home squad hosts the visiting team for a meal. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will gather on Michigan’s campus Friday night in Ann Arbor. More information on the Creator’s Trophy is available online: http://go.osu.edu/mlaxct0216.

A Look at Michigan
Michigan is in its first year a varsity program, the first BCS conference school to add men’s lacrosse since Notre Dame added the sport in 1980 and started competition in 1981. The squad’s club program began in 1940 and was halted before World War II but was restarted in 1965 and continued on ever since.

The Wolverines are 1-10 this year, with their first varsity win coming at Mercer, 14-4, March 4. The squad is averaging 8.0 goals a game and allowing 12.64 per contest. The team is in the Top 20 nationally with a 31.1 shooting percentage and averages 25.7 shots a game while allowing 36.4.

Thomas Paras is first on the team with 22 points, ranking second with 15 goals. Trevor Yealy has a team-best 20 goals and is second with 21 points. Will Meter is first in assists with 12, followed by Willie Steenland with 11. Brian Greiner has won 98-of-227 faceoffs for the Wolverines and is first with 36 groundballs, followed by J.D. Johnson with 35. Two goalies have split the majority of minutes in the cage. Emil Weiss is 1-6, with an 11.00 goals-against average and .513 save percentage. Dylan Westerhold is 0-4, with a 15.02 gaa and .354 svpct.

Last Time Out
Ohio State is coming off a 10-9 overtime win at Hobart last Saturday 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.

Buckeye This and That
• Junior Dominique Alexander was named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after posting a hat trick (including the GWG) and four points in the Buckeyes’ win at Hobart last week. It was the Buckeyes’ third league weekly honor this season and the fourth for Alexander in his career.
• 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.
• 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. 8/10), then-No. 8/10 UMass (now No. 2), then-No. 13 Penn State (now No. 16), then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (now No. 6), No. 1 Virginia (then and now) and then-No. 4/5 Loyola (now No. 4). Fairfield, who the Buckeyes will take on April 28, is currently ranked 17th.
• The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 29-18, in the first quarter and 53-38 in the first half this season. The squad has been outscored in the second half, 46-40, including 25-22 in the third and 21-18 in the fourth. Against Hobart last Saturday, the Buckeyes outscored the Statesmen, 3-1, in the third quarter, but were outscored in the fourth, 4-1.
• Ohio State has held three of its last four opponents to 27 shots or less and has outshot each of its last seven foes. The Buckeyes are averaging 35.0 shots a game,while allowing 28.4 a contest.
• 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 57. 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 at Loyola.
• The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three-consecutive road games, the longest streak this season. The team’s game at Loyola March 31 was its first true road game since Feb. 11 at Mercer. The Buckeyes defeated 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.

De-Fense!
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.64 goals a game. The squad allowed double-digit goals for the only time this year in an 11-9 loss to No. 1-ranked Virginia March 17.
• Ohio State caused seven turnovers vs. Hobart and has 91 on the year to rank second in the ECAC and 16th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (8.27). The Buckeyes are led by senior Keenan Ochwat with 21. Ochwat is 15th in the NCAA and second in the league with 1.91 caused turnovers per game, including four vs. Hobart last week (his fourth game this season with three or more). Classmate Joe Bonanni is second on the team with 14 caused turnovers, followed by sophomore Dominic Imbordino with 11.
• The Buckeyes are 15th in the NCAA and second in the league in man-down defense, stopping 71.4 percent of their opponents’ chances. Ohio State did not allow a man-up goal in a four-game stretch March 9-24 and has allowed more than one in a game just once.
• Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started 10 of the team’s 11 games, is second in the ECAC and eighth in the NCAA with a 7.29 goals-against average. He leads the league and is 12th nationally with a .574 save percentage.
• Dutton has six games this year with 10 or more stops, including in four of his last five outings. He is averaging 9.3 saves a game.

No. 18
• Junior Logan Schuss, who was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List earlier this season, extended his point streak to 41 games (each game of his collegiate career) with two goals and three points at Hobart last week. His scoring streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA and he has multiple points in all 11 games this year, with three-plus points in all but two.
• Schuss is fourth in the ECAC and 14th in the NCAA in points per game (3.91). In goals per game, his 2.82 average is third in the league and seventh nationally.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks seventh in program history with 151 points. He is four points behind Curtis Smith, who posted 155 from 2000-03 to rank sixth. With 57 assists, Schuss moved into the Top 10 in program history, tying Todd Walker (1976-79) and one behind Anthony Gilardi (58 from 2001-04) in ninth. Schuss is three goals away for tying Kevin Buchanan (2005-08) for 10th in Ohio State history.
• Schuss has 94 goals and 57 assists in 41 games as a Buckeye, averaging 3.68 points a game to rank third among all current NCAA Division I players. He is eighth among current players in career goals per game (2.29) and 10th in assists per game (1.39). His 151 points rank ninth, with his 57 assists 16th and his 94 goals 14th. He is the highest scoring current junior, ahead of Will Manny of UMass (139/13th overall) and Peter Baum of Colgate (136/18th overall).

Scoring Stuff
• Freshman Jesse King is second on the team with 11 goals and 16 points after a goal and an assist at Hobart. He has four multiple-goal games this season and six multiple-point outings. He has two goals in three of his last five 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 at least one point goal in each of his last five games, with six goals, three assists and nine points combined in the stretch.
• Junior Nick Liddil, who has a career-high 13 points this year, is on a six-game point streak (5g, 4a, 9p) and a three-game goal-scoring streak.
• Junior Dominique Alexander had his first hat trick of the season and second four-point day (fourth of his career) Saturday at Hobart. Alexander now has eight goals to tie for third on the squad and has 13 points to tie for third. He scored the overtime gamewinner Saturday, his team-best second GWG this year.
• Junior Kevin Mack’s goal at Hobart was his first this season and the second of his career. His first was Feb. 27, 2010 vs. Detroit.
• Senior Mike Smail had his first two-goal game this season and his third two-point game of the year at Hobart. Smail has matched his career high, set as a sophomore, with eight points this year.


 

 

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