April 30, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Last Meeting
March 30, 2013
No. 12/13 Buckeyes Downed by No. 5 Loyola, 9-4
Despite a career-high tying 14 saves from junior goalie Greg Dutton, the No. 12/13-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Loyola, 9-4, Saturday in front of 1,877 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The No. 10/11 ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (10-3, 5-2/3rd ECAC) heads to Geneva, N.Y., for the 2013 ECAC Championship at Boswell Field. The No. 3 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 2 seed Loyola (11-3, 6-1 ECAC) at 8 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. The first semifinal features top seed Denver (11-3, 6-1 ECAC) vs. No. 4 seed Fairfield (8-6, 4-3 ECAC) at 5 p.m. The championship game will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the winner earning the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
All three ECAC championship games will be televised by Fox Sports Network, also available on Fuel TV and FOX College Sports. Mark Larson will handle the play-by-play, with Dale Drypolcher serving as the analyst and Terry Mangan the sideline reporter.
Live audio broadcasts and live stats will be available for all tournament games and updates will be available on the men’s lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX. Audio and stats links can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday).
In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State was ranked 11th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 10th 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 (4/3), Notre Dame (5/6t), Loyola (6/4) and Penn State (9/9). Virginia is No. 19 in the USILA poll and receiving votes in the IL poll, while Fairfield is receiving votes in both polls. Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked currently teams in Johns Hopkins (16/14) and Syracuse (3/5) in the spring and North Carolina (1/1) and Lehigh (10/11) in the fall.
Ohio State enters the ECAC tournament on a four-game winning streak after a victory vs. Fairfield Saturday to close the regular season. The team is 10-3 overall, the most regular-season wins for the program since the 2004 team posted 12. The squad averages 10.69 goals a game and is 11th in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 8.23 goals a game. The team is first in the NCAA in man-up offense (.500), fifth in turnovers per game (12.77) and eighth in faceoff winning percentage (.583).
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 33 goals, 21 assists and 54 points, ranking second in the ECAC and 10th in the NCAA in points per game. Sophomore Jesse King, third with 20 goals, is second with 16 assists and 36 points while freshman Carter Brown ranks second with 20 goals and third with 13 assists and 34 points. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started 11 games and has an 8.27 goals-against average, ranking 12th nationally and third 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 (38), Darius Bowling (30) and Dutton (30). Junior Joe Meurer leads the squad with 14 caused turnovers and Bowling is second with 12. Sophomore Turner Evans is second in the NCAA with a .562 shooting percentage and ranks fourth on the team with 18 goals (on 32 shots).
Ohio State in the ECAC Tourney
The Buckeyes are making their third-consecutive trip to the ECAC tournament. The field is the same for the third year in a row, with Ohio State joined by Denver, Loyola and Fairfield. In the team’s first season as a league member, No. 4 seed Ohio State faced host and top seed Denver in the first round, falling 11-4, in 2011. Last season, the No. 2 seed Buckeyes were clipped by No. 3 seed Fairfield, 8-7, in Denver.
Ohio State Vs. Loyola
The Buckeyes are looking for their first win vs. Loyola. Earlier this season, Ohio State lost at home to the Greyhounds, 9-4, March 30 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State dropped an 8-7 game at Loyola in 2012 and fell 12-9 in Columbus in 2011. The 2010 meeting was the first between the teams as conference foes, with Loyola winning 11-9 in Baltimore. The series dates to 1961, a 15-8 Loyola win, followed by a 3-2 Greyhound victory in 1962 and Loyola’s 18-6 win in 1998.
A Look at Loyola
Loyola, the defending NCAA and ECAC champion, is 11-3 on the year and finished league play 6-1, with its conference loss to Denver. The squad is 7-1 in its last eight games, with the lone loss in overtime to Denver in Baltimore April 13. The team averages11.93 goals to rank 12th nationally and is seventh in team defense, holding opponents to 7.86 goals a game. In the NCAA, Loyola is third in turnovers per game (12.50) and sixth in caused turnovers per game (9.64) and the man-down defense ranks second nationally (.844).
Justin Ward leads Loyola with 54 points and 28 assists and is second with 26 goals, while Mike Sawyer is first with 30 goals and second with 36 points. Nikko Pontrello is third with 17 assists and 30 points and Sean O’Sullivan is third with 17 goals, followed by Zach Herreweyers with 16. Blake Burkhart has won 92-of-194 faceoffs (.474), with Brendan Donovan second (53-of-116, .457). Scott Ratliff is first with 67 groundballs, followed by Joe Fletcher with 54. In goal, Jack Runkel has started all 14 games and has an 8.07 goals-against average and .536 save percentage.
Ohio State vs. Denver
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Denver, 12-8, but suffered a 10-9 loss to the Pioneers in Columbus earlier this season and have lost four of the last five meetings. Last season, the Buckeyes topped DU in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, 10-9. The series dates to 1993, a 9-7 Ohio State win, and the teams were Great Western Lacrosse League foes from 1999 through 2009 when they both joined the ECAC.
Ohio State vs. Fairfield
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Fairfield, 7-5, including a 14-8 win in Columbus last week to close the regular season. 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 series started in 2000 when the squads faced off as members of the Great Western Lacrosse League. Fairfield left in the league in 2005 and after a non-conference game in 2009, the teams have met as ECAC opponents since 2010.
Tewaaraton Nominee Schuss in the Record Books
Senior leading scorer and two-time All-American Logan Schuss has been named a 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. Schuss is one of 25 players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse named to the nominee list. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation and had named a Watch List earlier this season. The winner of the 2013 award will be selected from the group of 25, with five finalists announced in mid-May and the winner announced at the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Schuss became the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State history at Michigan April 13 and scored twice vs. Fairfield last week to move the record to 135. Schuss, who has 23 points in his last four games combined, is third in program history with 219 points, just the third Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79) and Dalgarno (227/2006-09). His 84 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 58-game point streak, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. Nationally, he is fourth in career goals and points, fifth in points per game (3.78) and sixth in goals per game (2.33).
Thank You Seniors
Saturday marked 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 contribut