Men's Lacrosse

No. 12 Ohio State Faces Air Force Saturday

April 19, 2013

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No. 12 Ohio State (8-3, 3-2 ECAC) at Air Force (6-6, 1-4 ECAC) 
Date/Time Saturday, April 20, 2013 | noon MT/2 p.m. ET 
Location Falcon Stadium -- USAFA, Colo.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 12/12t-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (8-3, 3-2 ECAC) travels to Air Force (6-6, 1-4 ECAC) for its final regular-season road contest. The Buckeyes and Falcons will meet at noon MT/2 p.m. ET Saturday in Falcon Stadium in USAFA, Colo.

FOLLOW ALONG

  • The game vs. Air Force will be streamed for free through GoAirForceFalcons.com and will also be available through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
  • Gametracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Falcons 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).

LOOKING AHEAD
Ohio State is closing the regular season with six-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League games. Next Saturday (April 27), the Buckeyes will host Fairfield at 1p.m. The game, which marks Senior Day for the Buckeyes, 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 12th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and tied for 12th in the USILA Coaches Poll. The squad has been ranked as high as eighth in each poll this season.

Four opponents on Ohio State’s regular-season schedule also are currently ranked (IL/USILA): Denver (1/1), Notre Dame (2/3), Loyola (8/8) and Penn State (9/9), while  Bellarmine is receiving votes in the IL poll. Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (11/11) and Syracuse (3/5) in the spring and North Carolina (5/2) and Lehigh (14/16) in the fall.

SCHUSS IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior leading scorer and two-time All-American Logan Schuss became the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State history last Saturday at Michigan. He scored twice in the first six minutes of the game vs. the Wolverines to tie Joel Dalgarno, who scored 126 goals from 2006-09, and then set the record when he completed his hat trick in the final minute of the first quarter. Schuss added two goals in the matchup and enters the game at Air Force with 129 career tallies.

Schuss is just the third Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79) and Dalgarno (227/2006-09). After crossing the 200-point barrier vs. Hobart April 6, he had a 10-point game vs. Michigan and now has 211 points as a Buckeye, trailing only Dalgarno and Gilmore. His 82 assists are fourth all-time for a Buckeye, with Cliff Murray third (97/1966-68), Dalgarno second (101) and Gilmore first (127). Schuss is on a 56-game point streak, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. Nationally, he is tied for third in career points among all active players and fourth in points per game and goals.

BUCKEYES ONLINE
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).

BUCKEYE BIO
Ohio State is 8-3 this season and coming off a 17-8 win at Michigan Saturday in Ann Arbor. The squad is averaging 10.45 goals per game and ranks 11th nationally in team defense, allowing 8.18 goals an outing. The Buckeyes are second in the NCAA in man-up offense (.500), seventh in the NCAA in turnovers per game (13.18), eighth in faceoff winning percentage (.586) and 17th in shot percentage (.303).

Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 27 goals, 19 assists and 46 points, leading the ECAC in points per game and ranking ninth nationally (4.18). Sophomore Jesse King is second with 14 assists and 33 points and tied with Carter Brown, who ranks third with 13 assists and 32 points, for second on the squad with 19 goals each. 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 111-of-189 faceoffs (.587) to lead the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage and rank ninth in the NCAA. Wilkes is first on the squad with 45 groundballs, followed by juniors Michael Italiano (32) and Darius Bowling (28). Junior Joe Meurer leads the squad with 14 caused turnovers and Bowling is second with 11.

BUCKEYES VS. FALCONS
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Falcons, 17-11, including a 14-4 victory over Air Force in the Showdown in the Shoe April 21, 2012. The Buckeyes, who have won the last four games vs. the Falcons, posted an 8-4 victory April 17, 2011 in the last game between the teams in Colorado.

A LOOK AT AIR FORCE
Air Force is 6-6 this season and 1-4 in the ECAC, topping Michigan and falling to Bellarmine, Loyola, Denver and Fairfield. The squad’s games vs. BU, DU and FFD all were one-goal decisions. The Falcons average 10.33 goals a game and allow 9.5 an outing. The team is eighth in the NCAA in man-down defense (.758) and 20th in man-up offense (.366).

Mike Crampton leads the team with 28 goals and 45 points and is second with 18 assists. Tommy McKee is second with 27 goals and 30 points. Keith Dreyer has a team-best 18 assists and is third with 27 points. Erik Smith also has crossed the 20-point mark, with a 17-8-25 line. Bryan Price is seventh in the NCAA and first in the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage (.593). Goalie Austin Fox has a 9.58 goals-against average and .530 save percentage.

THE LAST TIME - OHIO STATE VS. AIR FORCE IN 2012
Ohio State clinched a spot in the ECAC tournament with a 14-4 win over Air Force April 21, 2012 in the fifth annual Showdown in the Shoe in Ohio Stadium in front of 19,213 fans. More than 30,000 fans were in the stands by the end of the lacrosse game, as the Buckeye football team played the LiFE Sports Spring Game following. The Buckeyes shut out the Falcons for the first 42:03, holding a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and an 8-0 advantage at halftime. Ohio State outscored the Falcons in the second half, 6-4, for the final 14-4 final. Logan Schuss led Ohio State with four goals and five points, with classmate Dominique Alexander posting four points on two goals and two assists. Tyler Frederick had a team-best three assists and added a goal for a four-point game. Reegan Comeault and Brock Sorensen each scored twice and Comeault had an assist for a three-point outing. Steve Knezick won 11 faceoffs for the Buckeyes and had a team-best seven groundballs

LAST TIME OUT - BUCKEYES BEAT WOLVERINES, 17-8
The No. 13-ranked Buckeyes claimed the 2013 Creator's Trophy after downing Michigan, 17-8, last Saturday in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In the victory, senior Logan Schusshad five goals, a career-high five assists and a career-high tying 10 points and became the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State history. Sophomore Turner Evans had a career-best four goals, while classmate Jesse King had two goals and three assists for five points and freshman Carter Brown netted a hat trick. Junior goalie Scott Spencer had 10 saves in the Buckeye cage. The Buckeyes won 22-of-28 faceoffs, led by senior Trey Wilkes who won 13-of-18 and had a team-high six groundballs.

CONFERENCE CAPSULE
In ECAC play this week, Ohio State plays at Air Force, Hobart hosts Loyola and Fairfield travels to Denver.

Denver leads the ECAC with a 5-0 ledger after winning at Loyola last week. The Greyhounds are 5-1, with Ohio State and Fairfield 3-2. Bellarmine ended league play 3-4, while Hobart is 2-3, Air Force is 1-4 and Michigan is 0-6. An Ohio State win at Air Force would clinch a spot for the Buckeyes in the league tournament, where they would join the Pioneers and Greyhounds, who have already secured a Top 4 spot. The ECAC tournament is slated for May 2 (semifinals) and May 4 (championship) in Geneva, N.Y.

Noting the Buckeyes
... As a team
• The Buckeyes are 19-for-38 (.500) on man-up chances this season, ranking first in the ECAC and second in the NCAA, after a 3-for-6 outing vs. the Wolverines. The team was 5-for-6 vs. Marquette Feb. 23 and 3-for-4 vs. Detroit Feb. 9. Six Buckeyes have man-up goals, led by Logan Schuss with five and Jesse King, Carter Brown and Turner Evans with four each.
• The Buckeyes are 4-1 on the road this season and 5-1 overall in games away from Columbus, with a neutral-site win in Jacksonville. The game at Air Force marks the team’s final road game of the regular season.
• Ohio State is third in team defense in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA, giving up 8.18 goals a game. The team has allowed double-digit goals just twice in the last 19 outings.
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA in turnovers per game, averaging 13.18 an outing. The squad had a season-low seven turnovers vs. Denver March 9 and eight in its win over Marquette Feb. 23.
• Ohio State is first in the ECAC and entered the week eighth in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage. The squad has won more faceoffs than its opponent in six games this season and was even in three contests. The team has won 143-of-244 (.586) draws on the year, including a season-high 22 (of 28) at Michigan Saturday.
• More than half of the Buckeyes’ goals this season have been assisted, with 73 assists on 115 goals. Saturday vs. Michigan, Ohio State had 13 assists on 17 goals. The squad is third in the ECAC with 6.64 assists per outing.
• Ohio State’s 17 goals at Michigan were one shy of the season-best 18 the team scored vs. Marquette Feb. 23. The team is averaging 10.45 goals a game, ranking third among ECAC teams. The squad is 6-0 when scoring 10+ goals this year.
• The Buckeyes won the groundball battle vs. Michigan Saturday, picking up 31 (compared to the Wolverines’ 21). The squad has had 30 or more groundballs in four games this year. The Buckeyes are averaging 28.27 groundballs an outing.
• In the second half of games this season, Ohio State has outscored opponents 60-36 and outshot its foes, 200-160.
• The Buckeyes have scored on 30.3 percent of their shots this season, with 115 goals on 380 shots, to rank second in the ECAC and 17th in the NCAA in shooting percentage. • Sixteen Buckeyes have scored at least one goal this season, with 14 recording at least one assist. In all, 18 Buckeyes have at least one point on the year.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 34.5 shots per game, while holding opponents to 31.1 a game. After a stretch with 28 or less in four-consecutive games March 16-30, the team has had 40-plus in its last two outings, with 42 vs. Hobart April 6 and 41 at Michigan Saturday.
• Ohio State has cleared at 100 percent three times this season and the team is 194-of-216 (.898) on the year.
• Ohio State played a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game five times this season, 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 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.

... Individually
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Air Force on a 56-game point streak (129g, 82a, 211p), while sophomore Jesse King is on a 17-game point streak (27g, 20a, 47p). Schuss and freshman Carter Brown both are on four-game goal-scoring streaks, with Schuss totaling 11 goals and Brown scoring nine times. King is on a four-game assist streak with seven helpers in the stretch. Brown has a 9-2-11 line in his last four games combined.
• Junior goalie Scott Spencer is coming off the first back-to-back starts of his career, with double-digit saves in each. He had a career-high 12 saves (passing the five he had in a win vs. Denver last season in his only other start) and four groundballs in a win over Hobart April 6 and then made 10 stops against the Wolverines.
• 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 14th nationally while his 20 career wins are just outside the Top 10 in the NCAA among current goalies. He did not play vs. Hobart and Michigan because of injury.
• Sophomore Turner Evans has a point in eight of nine games this season and four multiple-goal games after scoring a career-high four goals at Michigan Saturday. He has a career-high 14 goals and 19 points this season after eight goals and 13 points as a freshman. Evans is fifth in the NCAA and second in the ECAC with a .536 shooting percentage, with his 14 goals coming on 27 shots.
• Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in seven of 11 games this year and has 111 wins in 189 draws, including 13 wins in 18 faceoffs at Michigan. He is second in the ECAC and ninth in the NCAA with a .587 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with 45 groundballs this season, including eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011) and six at Michigan Saturday.
• With two goals and three helpers at Michigan - his ninth multiple-point game this season - sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 17 with a 27-20-47 line in the stretch. He has seven multiple-goal outings and is second on the team in both assists (14) and points (33), tying for second with 19 goals. He has set career highs in goals, assists and points this season after a 16-9-25 line as a freshman.
• With a hat trick at Michigan, freshman Carter Brown has a point in 10 of 11 games as a Buckeye. He has six career multiple-goal games and three outings with four or more points. Brown is tied for second on the team with 19 goals and ranks third with 13 assists and 32 points.
• At Michigan, senior Patrick Riffee’s goal was his first of the season. Junior LSM Darius Bowling and senior FO Trey Wilkes both recorded the first assist of their Buckeye careers.
• Freshman Kacy Kapinos has a personal-best six faceoff wins (losing just one) and three groundballs against the Wolverines.
• Junior Michael Italiano has two or more groundballs in each of his last eight games, including eight vs. Virginia March 16, five at Notre Dame March 20 and four vs. Hobart April 6. He already has a career-high 32 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman. He also has three goals on the year, with a tally at Michigan.
• After an assist at Michigan, sophomore David Planning has a point in all but two games this season and has a career-high nine goals, four assists and 13 points this year, topping the six tallies and nine points he had as a rookie.
• Junior defenseman Joe Meurer is ninth in the ECAC with 1.27 caused turnovers per game, leading the Buckeyes with 14.

Schuss as a Senior
• Senior Logan Schuss leads Ohio State with 46 points, ranking first in the ECAC with 4.18 points per game. He is first on the team with 27 goals and 19 assists and has multiple goals in seven of 11 games with multiple points in 10 of 11 outings.
• Against Michigan, Schuss had a career-high five assists after tying his career high with four vs. Hobart the week before. It is tied for the sixth-highest single game total in program history and was the 17th five-assist game for a Buckeye.
• He had his second career 10-point game vs. the Wolverines, with the first in the season opener vs. Detroit. His 10-point days tie for sixth in program history and he is the third to have at least two games with double-digit points.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first three seasons, is now third in program history with 211 points, first with 129 goals and fourth with 82 assists.


 

 

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