April 25, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 13 ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (9-3, 4-2 ECAC) closes the regular season this weekend when it hosts No. 20 Fairfield (8-5, 4-2 ECAC). The teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The game vs. Fairfield 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. Former Buckeye All-American and MLL All-Star Greg Bice will call the game alongside Neil Sika.
Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Stags 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).
In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and tied for 13th 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 are also currently ranked in both polls (IL/USILA): Denver (5/4), Notre Dame (1/2), Loyola (8/7) and Penn State (9/8). Fairfield is No. 20 in the USILA poll and joins Hobart as teams receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse rankings, while Virginia is receiving votes in the USILA poll. Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (11/11) and Syracuse (7/9) in the spring and North Carolina (3/1) and Lehigh (14/16) in the fall.
ECAC Tourney Up
Next With conference wins over Bellarmine, Hobart, Michigan and Air Force, Ohio State clinched a spot in the ECAC tournament for the third year in a row. The Buckeyes (4-2 ECAC) will be joined by Denver (5-1), Loyola (6-1) and Fairfield (4-2). Final seeds will be set after this week, after Denver hosts Michigan and the Buckeyes and Stags face off. Hobart will host the tournament in Geneva, N.Y., with the semifinals set for May 2 and the championship May 4. The ECAC tournament games will be televised by Fox, including on Fox College Sports and Fuel TV.
Thank You Seniors
Saturday marks Senior Day for the Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Class of 2013. The group includes: Dominique Alexander, Mark Crawford, Nick Liddil, Kevin Mack, Patrick Toohey, Patrick Riffee, Logan Schuss, Dan Wertz and Trey Wilkes.
The nine members of the Class of 2013 have left their mark on the Ohio State program in all areas – on the field, in the classroom and in the community. All nine seniors were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes this year, while the group has compiled 33 scholar-athlete awards over the last four years, along with 17 Academic All-Big Ten accolades and 11 ECAC All-Academic honors. In the community, the nine have contributed nearly 540 hours of volunteer work, involved with everything from reading to elementary school students to volunteering with the World War II Honor Flight. The senior class was part of the first team that adopted JJ Snider into the Buckeye Lacrosse Family through the Friends of Jaclyn program, welcoming him as one of their own and spending time with him often. Entering the game vs. Fairfield, the seniors have been a part of 32 wins, leading the team to the ECAC tournament each year of its existence. The group has combined for two All-America nods, two league player of the year awards and four all-league accolades, along with 14 league player of the week honors.
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 at Michigan April 13 and added four goals at Air Force last week to move the record to 133.
Schuss, who has 20 points in his last three games combined, is third in program history with 216 points, just the third Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79) and Dalgarno (227/2006-09). His 83 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 57-game point streak, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. Nationally, he is fourth in career points and points per game (3.79), third in goals and fifth in goals per game (2.33) among all active NCAA players.
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 enters the game vs. Fairfield on a three-game winning streak and is 9-3 overall, the most regular-season wins for the program since the 2008 team posted nine. The squad averages 10.41 goals a game and is 13th in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 8.25 goals a game. The team is first in the NCAA in man-up offense (.513), third in turnovers per game (12.83) and seventh in faceoff winning percentage (.594).
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 31 goals, 20 assists and 51 points, leading the ECAC in points per game and ranking eighth nationally (4.25). Sophomore Jesse King is second with 15 assists and 34 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 10 games and has an 8.39 goals-against average, ranking 13th nationally and second in the ECAC. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 126-of-210 faceoffs (.600) to rank first in the ECAC and ninth in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes is first on the squad with 49 groundballs, followed by juniors Michael Italiano (34) and Darius Bowling (29). Junior Joe Meurer leads the squad with 14 caused turnovers and Bowling is second with 11.
Buckeyes vs. Stags
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Fairfield, 6-5, with a 3-2 mark in Columbus. The teams met back-to-back weeks last year, with the Buckeyes winning on the road, 8-3, before falling in the ECAC semifinals, 8-7, in Denver. The last meeting in Columbus was April 23, 2011, an 11-9 Fairfield win in Ohio Stadium.
A Look at Fairfield
Fairfield is coming off a 10-9 OT win at then-No. 1 ranked Denver Saturday. The squad also has league wins over Air Force, Hobart and Michigan. The team averages 9.09 goals a game and gives up 9.31 an outing. Jordan Greenfield has a team-high 27 goals and 34 points and Colin McLinden is first with 15 assists, ranking second with 25 points. Sam Snow and Tristan Sperry are tied for second with 17 goals each, with Snow second on the squad with 10 assists and 27 points. Jack Murphy has been the only goalie to see game action and has a 9.30 goals-against average and .547 save percentage.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Win at Air Force, 10-9
Behind 15 saves from junior Greg Dutton and five-point games from senior co-captains Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander, No. 12-ranked Ohio State defeated Air Force, 10-9, Saturday in Falcon Stadium. After the teams ended the first quarter tied at 4, Air Force outscored the Buckeyes 3-2 in the second quarter to carry a 7-6 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, Schuss scored three times and the Buckeyes shut out the Falcons to gain a 9-7 lead. Air Force scored early in the fourth to make it a one-goal game but sophomore Turner Evans tallied with 6:48 left for a 10-8 Buckeye advantage. Air Force again drew within one with a tally in the final minute, but Dutton stopped the final Falcon attempt and Ohio State held on for the conference win. Schuss had four goals and an assist for five points and now has 51 points on the year, his fourth season with 50-plus points. Alexander had two goals and three assists for a career-high five-point game. Senior Trey Wilkes won 15-of-21 faceoffs and Dutton made a career-high 15 saves in the game, including six stops in the third quarter as Ohio State pulled ahead.
Noting the Buckeyes
... As a team
• Ohio State’s nine regular-season wins are the most for the squad since the 2008 team had nine. A win Saturday vs. Fairfield would give the squad double-digit regular-season wins for just the fifth time in program history, joining the 1974 (11), 1978 (14), 1988 (12) and 2004 (12) teams.
• The Buckeyes are 20-for-40 (.500) on man-up chances this season, ranking first in the NCAA. The team was 5-for-6 vs. Marquette Feb. 23, 3-for-4 vs. Detroit Feb. 9 and 3-for-6 at Michigan April 13, while converting its one chance at Air Force. Seven Buckeyes have man-up goals, led by Logan Schuss with five and Jesse King, Carter Brown and Turner Evans with four each.
• Ohio State is first in the ECAC and entered the week seventh in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage. The squad has won more faceoffs than its opponent in seven games this season and was even in three contests. The team has won 158-of-266 (.594) draws on the year, including 15-of-22 at Air Force Saturday.
• Ohio State is third in team defense in the ECAC and 13th in the NCAA, giving up 8.25 goals a game. The team has allowed double-digit goals just twice in the last 20 outings.
• The Buckeyes are first in the ECAC and third in the NCAA in turnovers per game, averaging 12.83 an outing. The squad had a season-low seven turnovers vs. Denver March 9 and eight in its win over Marquette Feb. 23, with nine at Air Force Saturday.
• More than half of the Buckeyes’ goals this season have been assisted, with 78 assists on 125 goals. At Air Force, the team had five assists on 10 tallies. The squad is third in the ECAC (and 21st in the NCAA) with 6.50 assists per outing.
• The Buckeyes won the groundball battle at Air Force, picking up 28 (compared to the Falcons’ 20). The squad has had 30 or more groundballs in four games this year. The Buckeyes are averaging 28.25 groundballs an outing.
• Ohio State is 7-0 when scoring 10+ goals this year. The team has scored 10 or more goals in each of its last three games and is averaging 10.42 goals a game on the year.
• In the second half of games this season, Ohio State has outscored opponents 66-386 and outshot its foes, 208-174. At Air Force, Ohio State outscored the Falcons 4-2 in the second half, outshooting the Falcons, 18-14. The team’s best quarter has been the third, when it has outscored its foes 37-14.
• The Buckeyes have scored on 30.3 percent of their shots this season, with 125 goals on 413 shots, to rank third in the ECAC and 19th 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 34.4 shots per game, while holding opponents to 31.0 a game. After a stretch with 28 or less shots in four-consecutive games March 16-30, the team has had 40-plus in two of its last three outings, with 42 vs. Hobart April 6 and 41 at Michigan April 13. Ohio State attempted 33 shots at Air Force Saturday.
• Ohio State has cleared at 100 percent three times this season and the team is 211-of-236 (.894) 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.
• The Buckeyes were 5-1 on the road this season and 6-1 overall in games away from Columbus, with a neutral-site win in Jacksonville.
• Ohio State has received nine 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), Robby Haus picked up rookie accolades Monday and Darius Bowling (March 4), Trey Wilkes (March 11) and Michael Italiano (March 18) all received specialist of the week mention.
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Fairfield on a 57-game point streak (133g, 83a, 216p), while sophomore Jesse King is on an 18-game point streak (27g, 21a, 48p). Schuss is on a five-game goal-scoring streak (15 goals) and sophomore Turner Evans has seven goals in his last three games combined. King is on a team-high five-game assist streak (8 assists), while Schuss (10) and senior Dominique Alexander (5) both have assists in their last three games. Alexander (2g, 5a, 7p) and Evans (7g, 7p) are on three-game scoring streaks.
• Junior goalie Greg Dutton has eight or more saves in eight of 10 starts and has 10+ in each of his last three four, with a career-high 15 at Air Force Saturday. It topped the 14 he had vs. Loyola March 30 and April 9, 2011 at Hobart. He has a .654 save percentage in his last four games combined. His 8.39 goals-against average is second in the ECAC and 13th nationally while his 21 career wins are just outside the Top 10 in the NCAA among current goalies. In ECAC games only, he has a .593 save percentage to rank second and his 12.75 saves per game rank third.
• At Air Force, senior Dominique Alexander had the first five-point game of his career and matched his career high of three assists, set twice before (last April 14, 2012 at Michigan). It was his second two-goal game of the season and he has a 2-5-7 line in his last three games combined.
• Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in eight of 12 games this year and has 126 wins in 210 draws, including 15 wins in 21 faceoffs at Air Force. He is first in the ECAC and ninth in the NCAA with a .600 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with a career-high 49 groundballs this season, including eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011). He is sixth in the ECAC with 4.08 groundballs an outing.
• Sophomore Turner Evans has a point in nine of 10 games this season and four multiple-goal games, including a career-high four goals at Michigan April 13. He has a career-high 15 goals and 20 points this season after eight goals and 13 points as a freshman.
• With an assist at Air Force, sophomore Jesse King extended his point streak to 18 with a 27-21-48 line in the stretch. He has seven multiple-goal outings and is second on the team in both assists (15) and points (34), 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.
• Freshman Robby Haus, who has started all 12 games at close defense, was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week Monday. He had a career-high tying four groundballs at Air Force and was a leader on the Buckeye defense that held Air Force to just two second-half goals. He has picked up 25 groundballs this season and has seven caused turnovers.
• Junior Michael Italiano has two or more groundballs in each of his last nine 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 34 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman. He also has three goals on the year.
• Junior defenseman Joe Meurer, who has started all 12 games, is tied for 10th in the ECAC with 1.27 caused turnovers per game, leading the Buckeyes with 14.
• Sophomore David Planning had two goals at Air Force, his third two-goal game of the season and his sixth two-point game of the year. He has a point in all but two games and has a career-high 11 goals, four assists and 15 points this year, topping the six tallies and nine points he had as a rookie.
Schuss as a Senior
• Senior Logan Schuss leads Ohio State with 51 points (his fourth 50-point campaign), ranking first in the ECAC and eighth nationally with 4.25 points per game. He is first on the team with 31 goals and 20 assists and has multiple goals in eight of 12 games with multiple points in 11 of 12 outings. He had four goals and an assist for five points at Air Force.
• In his last three games, Schuss has 20 points, with five points vs. Hobart (1g, 4a) and Air Force (4g, 1a) and 10 points at Michigan, with five goals and five assists.
• In league games only, Schuss is first in the conference with 4.83 points per game (1.33 ahead of second place), ranking first with 2.0 assists per game and tying for first with 2.83 goals an outing.
• 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 216 points, first with 133 goals and fourth with 83 assists.