April 19, 2012
Ohio State vs. Air Force
2012 Showdown in the Shoe
Saturday, April 21 - 11 a.m.
Ohio Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
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Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday
Ohio State Game Notes: PDF
Listen: Coach Dobbins previews game vs. Air Force
Listen: Matt Kawamoto previews Showdown in the Shoe
ECAC Weekly: Notebook
Showdown in the Shoe: Gameday information | Tickets
Buckeye Notes to Know
• The game vs. Air Force marks the fifth Showdown in the Shoe for the Buckeye program. The event has set national attendance records, including 31,078 when Ohio State and the Falcons met in 2010. More than 46,000 tickets have been presold for the 2012 doubleheader with the LiFE Sports Spring Football Game.
• JJ Snider, who the Buckeyes adopted through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, will serve as the team’s honorary captain Saturday vs. Air Force.
• The Buckeyes are 10th in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.75 goals an outing.
• Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals, 14 assists and 48 points this season and enters the Air Force game on a 42-game point streak. He is in the Top 10 in the NCAA in points and goals per game and is third among all active players in career points per game (3.71), leading all current juniors with 156 career points.
• Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton is in the Top 10 in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage.
• Ohio State is playing back-to-back doubleheaders in Big Ten football stadiums. The squad faced Michigan after the Wolverines’ spring game last Saturday and kick off a doubleheader with the Buckeye football team’s spring game next week. Both games will be televised live by BTN.
• Ohio State players will wear a green band around their socks Saturday to help raise awareness of the need for registered organ donors. April is National Donate Life Month.
• 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. He is the only ECAC player among the 10 finalists.
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
In the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-6, 3-1 ECAC) hosts Air Force (6-5, 1-3 ECAC) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game opens a doubleheader with the Ohio State LiFE Sports Football Spring Game in Ohio Stadium, which begins about 1:30 p.m.
BTN will televise the contest between the Buckeyes and Falcons, with Tom Hart calling the action, Greg Bice, former Buckeye All-American and an MLL All-Star who now plays for the Ohio Machine, providing analysis and Lisa Byington reporting from the sideline. 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 History
The game Saturday vs. Air Force is the fifth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe. 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. The event was first held in 2008, when Ohio State defeated Denver in front of a then-record 29,601 fans. In 2009, the attendance for the Buckeyes’ game vs. Notre Dame was 30,192, with the football team setting a spring game record attendance mark of 95,772. The attendance mark was 31,078 in 2010 when Ohio State topped Air Force in the first men’s lacrosse game televised live by BTN. The 2011 edition, when Ohio State hosted Fairfield on a cold and rainy day, had an attendance of 12,000-plus, with a smaller than usual crowd on hand for football following the lacrosse contest. The football games starts approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the lacrosse game each year to allow the football team time to warm up on the field.
Matt Kawamoto, a fifth-year senior for the Buckeyes, has been a part of every Showdown in the Shoe in Ohio Stadium.
Showdown Tickets, Parking, Etc ...
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.
Detailed information is available online: http://go.osu.edu/showdowninfo12.
Become an Organ Donor
The Buckeye Lacrosse Family lost one of its own in March 2011 when Colleen Dobbins, the daughter of assistant coach Dave Dobbins and his wife Erin, passed away. That day, Colleen became an organ donor and saved the lives of two other infants.
April is National Donate Life Month. In 2010 approximately 28,000 Americans received a life-saving organ transplant and more than one million Americans received a life-changing tissue transplant. When just one individual makes the decision to donate, they can save eight lives and enhance the quality of life for more than 50 others. Only 54 percent of Ohioans and nearly half of Americans are registered donors. The Buckeye Lacrosse Family encourages everyone to change that statistic – register to be an eye, organ or tissue donor today by visiting donatelife.net and give hope to those who wait.
The Buckeye lacrosse team wears decals with Colleen’s initials (CJD) on their helmets in her memory. During the game vs. Air Force the lacrosse players will be wearing a band of green tape on their sock to help raise awareness of the need for registered organ donors.
As a team, Ohio State is scoring 8.83 goals a game while ranking 10th in the NCAA in team defense allowing 7.75 goals an outing. The squad has 12 goals on 37 man-up chances (32.4%) and has stopped 27-of-38 (71.1%) opponent opportunities, ranking 17th nationally. The Buckeyes are clearing at 90 percent (215-for-239), holding their opponents to 80.2 percent (195-for-243). The faceoffs are 44.2 percent (106-for-240).
Junior Logan Schuss, on the Tewaaraton Award Watch list, leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals, 14 assists and 48 points, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA in goals and points per game, and enters the matchup vs. Air Force on a 42-game point streak. Freshman Jesse King is second with 13 goals and 19 points. Senior Brock Sorensen follows with nine goals, with junior Dominique Alexander next with eight tallies. Alexander is third with 16 points, with Tyler Frederick, who is second with 10 assists, fourth with 15 points. Senior Nick Liddil has five goals and eight assists to rank fifth with 13 points. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan, who has won 62-of-130 (.477) faceoffs, is second with 31 groundballs, behind senior Joe Bonanni who has a team-best 32. Sophomore Steve Knezick has won 28-of-64 faceoffs to rank second on the team. Senior Keenan Ochwat leads the squad and is 13th nationally with 23 caused turnovers. In the cage, sophomore Greg Dutton has 11 starts and is in the Top 10 in the NCAA with a 7.45 goals-against average and .567 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, with games vs. Air Force and Fairfield (April 28) remaining. The Buckeyes are tied with Fairfield (3-1) for second place behind Loyola (5-0), which has clinched the ECAC tournament’s No. 1 seed and at least a share of the conference title. Denver is 3-2, with Air Force and Hobart both 1-3 and Bellarmine 0-6.
This week, in addition to the Buckeyes’ game vs. Air Force, Hobart hosts Loyola and Denver travels to Fairfield.
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. Air Force
In the all-time series with Air Force, Ohio State leads 16-11 and has won the last three matchups, as well as 14 of the last 15 meetings. On the road last season, the Buckeyes prevailed against the Falcons, 8-4. The last meeting in Columbus was the Showdown in the Shoe April 24, 2010, won by the Buckeyes, 10-6.
A Look at Air Force
Air Force enters the game with the Buckeyes 6-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference after a 12-10 loss at home to Fairfield last Saturday. The Falcons are 12th in the NCAA in team offense, averaging 11.82 goals a game, while allowing 9.36 a contest. The man-up offense is 11th nationally, converting 44.8 percent.
Keith Dreyer leads Air Force with 25 assists (fifth in the NCAA in assists per game) and 43 points. Mike Crampton is first with 24 goals and second with 29 points, followed by Tommy McKee with 20 tallies and 27 points. Bryan Price has won 65-of-124 faceoffs (52.4 percent), with Erik Smith winning 55-of-112 (49.1 percent). Kyle O’Brien is first with 44 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers. In the cage Austin Fox has started all 11 games and has a 10.07 goals-against average and .500 save percentage.
Last Time Out
Ohio State is coming off a 12-9 win at Michigan last week in the Battle at the Big House in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, the first meeting between teams as varsity programs. 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.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is playing in Ohio Stadium for the fourth time this year, after hosting UMass, Penn State and Virginia earlier this season. The squad has played on three fields in Columbus this year. In addition to the three games at Ohio Stadium, the squad hosted Detroit inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center and took on Robert Morris, Notre Dame and Bellarmine in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• The Buckeyes will be wearing throwback jerseys in their game vs. Air Force Saturday. The 1988 squad sported the scarlet mesh jerseys.
• 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. The squad’s game at Michigan last week was also carried by the network.
• 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. 10/12), then-No. 8/10 UMass (now No. 1t/2), then-No. 13 Penn State (now No. 16), then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (now No. 4/5), No. 1 Virginia (now No. 4/6) and then-No. 4/5 Loyola (now No. 1t/1). Fairfield, who the Buckeyes will take on April 28, is currently ranked 17th. Ohio State received votes in both the Inside Lacrosse media and USILA coaches polls this week.
• The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 32-19, in the first quarter and 60-42 in the first half this season. The squad has been outscored in the second half, 50-45, including 26-25 in the third and 24-20 in the fourth. The last two weeks combined, Ohio State has outscored its opponent 6-2 in the third quarter en route to two wins.
• Ohio State has held four of its last five opponents to 27 shots or less and has outshot each of its last eight foes. The Buckeyes are averaging 35.1 shots a game,while allowing 28.0 a contest. Michigan had 25 shots last week, the second-lowest total for a Buckeye opponent this year behind the 21 vs. Notre Dame March 21.
• 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 March 31.
• Sophomore Steve Knezick won a career-best nine faceoffs at Michigan last Saturday, topping the eight wins he had vs. Robert Morris earlier this year.
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and 10th in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.75 goals a game. The squad allowed double-digit goals for the only time this year in an 11-9 loss to then-No. 1-ranked Virginia March 17.
• Ohio State caused six turnovers vs. Michigan and has 97 on the year to rank second in the ECAC and 16th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (8.08). The Buckeyes are led by senior Keenan Ochwat with 23. Ochwat is 13th in the NCAA and second in the league with 1.92 caused turnovers per game, including four games with three or more. Classmate Joe Bonanni is second on the team with 14 caused turnovers, followed by sophomore Dominic Imbordino with 11.
• Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started 11 of the team’s 12 games, is second in the ECAC and eighth in the NCAA with a 7.45 goals-against average. He leads the league and is 10th nationally with a .567 save percentage. Dutton has six games this year with 10 or more stops, including in four of his last six outings. He is averaging 9.27 saves a game.
• A close defenseman, Ochwat had a career-high seven groundballs in the Buckeyes’ win at Michigan. His previous best was five, set four times prior (last April 23, 2011 vs. Fairfield).
• Bonanni scored a 65-yard goal Saturday at Michigan, his second career goal and first since April 10, 2010 at Hobart. It was the second goal by a long stick for Ohio State this season. Joe Meurer, a LSM, tallied vs. Bellarmine March 24.
• Dutton had the assist on Bonanni’s goal, the first point of his collegiate career.
• The Buckeyes are 17th in the NCAA and third in the league in man-down defense, stopping 71.1 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.
• Junior Logan Schuss, who was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List earlier this season, extended his point streak to 42 games (each game of his collegiate career) with three goals, two assists and five points at Michigan last week. His scoring streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA and he has multiple points in all 12 games this year, with three-plus points in all but two.
• Schuss is tied for first in the ECAC and 10th in the NCAA in points per game (4.00). In goals per game, his 2.83 average is second in the league and sixth nationally.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks sixth in program history with 156 points. He is behind Craig Cooper, who is in fifth with 164 points from 1974-78 and Jon Ewert, who stands in fourth with 165 points from 1983-86. With 59 assists, Schuss is ninth in career assists and he is tied for 10th with 97 career goals.
• In his career, Schuss is averaging 3.71 points a game to rank third among all current NCAA Division I players. He is seventh among current players in career goals per game (2.31) and 10th in assists per game (1.40). His 156 points rank ninth, with his 59 assists 15th and his 97 goals 13th. He is the highest scoring current junior, ahead of Will Manny of UMass (145/14th overall) and Peter Baum of Colgate (143/17th overall).
• Freshman Jesse King is second on the team with 13 goals and 19 points after two goals and three points at Mihcigan. He has five multiple-goal games this season and seven multiple-point outings. King has two goals in four of his last six 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 six games, with six goals, four assists and 10 points combined in the stretch.
• Junior Dominique Alexander had a career-high tying three assists Saturday at Michigan, matching the mark he had at Albany March 12, 2011. He has seven points in his last two games combined with three goals and four assists. Alexander’s eight assists this season have matched his career high, set in each of his first two seasons.
• Junior Kevin Mack has goals in back-to-back games, scoring at Hobart for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010 and then adding a goal at Michigan. He has a career-best two goals, two assists and four points this season.
• Sophomore Tyler Frederick scored twice vs. Michigan, his first two-goal game of the season and first multiple-goal outing since May 5, 2011 at Denver. Frederick, who has a point in all but three of his collegiate games, is second on the squad with 10 assists this year.
• Junior Patrick Toohey scored at Michigan and now has a career-high two goals, one assist and three points this year.
• Freshman David Planning had his first career multiple-point game with a goal and an assist against the Wolverines. He has four goals, three assists and seven points this season.
• Senior Brock Sorensen is third on the squad with a career-best nine goals. He has a goal in two of his last three games.
Buckeye Notes to Know• The game vs. Air Force marks the fifth Showdown in the Shoe for the Buckeye program. The event has set national attendance records, including 31,078 when Ohio State and the Falcons met in 2010. More than 46,000 tickets have been presold for the 2012 doubleheader with the LiFE Sports Spring Football Game.• JJ Snider, who the Buckeyes adopted through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, will serve as the team’s honorary captain Saturday vs. Air Force.• The Buckeyes are 10th in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.75 goals an outing. • Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals, 14 assists and 48 points this season and enters the Air Force game on a 42-game point streak. He is in the Top 10 in the NCAA in points and goals per game and is third among all active players in career points per game (3.71), leading all current juniors with 156 career points.• Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton is in the Top 10 in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage. • Ohio State is playing back-to-back doubleheaders in Big Ten football stadiums. The squad faced Michigan after the Wolverines’ spring game last Saturday and kick off a doubleheader with the Buckeye football team’s spring game next week. Both games will be televised live by BTN.• Ohio State players will wear a green band around their socks Saturday to help raise awareness of the need for registered organ donors. April is National Donate Life Month.• 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. He is the only ECAC player among the 10 finalists.
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