Men's Lacrosse

No. 17/18 Buckeyes Face No. 16 Fairfield in ECAC Tournament Semifinals

The Buckeyes practice in Denver Tuesday.
The Buckeyes practice in Denver Tuesday.

May 1, 2012

2012 ECAC Tournament
Semifinals - Wednesday, May 2
#2 seed Ohio State vs. #3 seed Fairfield - 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET
#1 seed Loyola vs. #4 seed Denver - 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET
Championship - Friday, May 4 - 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET 
Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium - Denver, Colo.

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Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 17/18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (8-6, 5-1/2nd ECAC) is in Denver, Colo., for the 2012 ECAC Tournament, hosted by the University of Denver at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. In the semifinals Wednesday, the No. 2 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 3 seed Fairfield at 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET, preceded by a game at 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET between No. 1 seed Fairfield and No. 4 seed Denver.

The semifinal winners will advance to the tournament final, which will be played at 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET Friday. The tournament champion earns the ECAC’s automatic berth into the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Follow Along
The semifinal games will be broadcast for free online through Pioneer Vision on DenverPioneers.com, with Mitch Hyder and Devon Farrell calling the action. The championship game will be televised live by ESPNU, with Mark Larson and Dale Drypolcher on the call.

Live stats and an ingame blog will also be available for all games, as well as postgame press conference video. All links can be accessed from the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday) or the ECAC Tournament Central page (go.osu.edu/ecactourneycentral12).

Tourney Ticket Info
For the ECAC Tournment, an all-session pass that includes all three games is available for $20 for adults and $15 for youth (12 and under). A Wednesday Session Pass is also available for the two semifinal games for $15 for adults and $10 for youth (12 and under).

Tickets for the championship game Friday are available for $10 for adults and $7 for youth (12 and under). Students from any college who present a valid student ID can purchase tickets for $5 for any game.

ECAC Honors
Five Buckeyes were honored with all-conference awards, the ECAC Lacrosse League announced Monday. Junior leading scorer Logan Schuss, who leads the Buckeyes with 55 points and averaged a league-best 4.17 points per game in conference play, was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was joined on the All-ECAC First Team by senior defenseman Joe Bonanni, a leader on the Buckeye defense that has held opponents to 7.14 goals a game. Bonanni has 15 caused turnovers and 32 groundballs this year. Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton and senior defenseman Keenan Ochwat were named to the all-conference second team. Dutton leads the ECAC in goals-against average (6.83) and save percentage (.581); in league play, he was first with a 5.24 goals-against average and .662 save percentage. Ochwat is second in the ECAC with 1.86 caused turnovers per game and has 32 groundballs on the year. Freshman Jesse King, who is second for the Buckeyes with 14 goals and is tied for second with 22 points, earned a spot on the inaugural ECAC All-Rookie Team.

Buckeye Snapshot
As a team, Ohio State is scoring 9.14 goals a game while ranking sixth in the NCAA in team defense allowing 7.14 goals an outing. The squad has 14 goals on 42 man-up chances (33.3%) and has stopped 31-of-42 (73.8%) opponent opportunities, ranking 11th nationally.

Junior Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 38 goals, 17 assists and 55 points, ranking in the Top 13 in the NCAA in goals and points per game, and enters the ECAC tournament on a 44-game point streak. Freshman Jesse King is second with 14 goals, followed by senior Brock Sorensen with 12 and junior Dominique Alexander with 11. King and Alexander are tied for second with 22 points each. Sophomore Tyler Frederick is second with 14 assists and fourth with 21 points. Sophomore Shawn Kaplan is first on the team with 70 faceoff wins and 142 faceoffs taken, with sophomore Steve Knezick second with 40 wins and 86 attempts. Goalie Greg Dutton is first with 38 groundballs, followed by Kaplan with 36 and senior defensemen Keenan Ochwat and Joe Bonanni tied for third with 32 each. Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 26 caused turnovers, ranking 14th nationally, with Bonanni second (15) and sophomore Dominic Imbordino third (11). In the cage, sophomore Greg Dutton has 13 starts and is in the Top 7 in the NCAA with a 6.83 goals-against average and .581 save percentage. Sophomore Scott Spencer has played 97:20, with one start and five appearances, and has 12 saves on 27 shots.

Ohio State vs. Fairfield
Ohio State and Fairfield met Saturday in Connecticut to close out the regular season, with Ohio State winning, 8-3. Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Stags, 6-4. The squads met in Ohio Stadium last year, with the Stags prevailing 11-9. In 2010, Fairfield posted a 10-8 victory. The teams first met as members of the ECAC in 2009 when Ohio State won 11-6. Ohio State and Fairfield both were members of the Great Western Lacrosse League and faced off each year from 2000-05. This will be the first neutral site game vs. the Stags.

A Look at Fairfield
Fairfield is 11-3 this year, with its losses against Loyola, Colgate and Ohio State. The Stags are scoring 10.14 goals a game and allowing 8.86 an outing. The team is fifth nationally, winning 59.7 percent of its faceoffs, led by Michael Roe (61.9 percent).

Sam Snow leads the Stags with 31 goals and 38 points, with Brent Adams second with 11 assists and 35 points. John Snellman is second with 28 goals and has 31 points to rank third. Colin McLinden has a team-best 15 assists on the year. Roe leads the team with 75 groundballs. Charlie Cipriano, the ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year, has started all 14 games in the cage and has an 8.56 goals-against average and .556 save percentage.

Last Time Out
Ohio State closed out the regular season with an 8-3 road win over No. 13/14 Fairfield Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, Conn. Against the Stags, Ohio State trailed 2-0 in the first quarter but reeled off eight-consecutive goals en route to victory. The Buckeyes shut out the Stags for a 52:35 stretch, from 7:38 of the first quarter until just three seconds remained in the game. Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:02 span to tie the game and take the lead in the first quarter. The squad added three tallies in the second quarter for a 6-2 halftime lead and extended the advantage to 8-2 early in the third quarter. The Buckeyes limited the Stags to 24 shots (six in the first half) and sophomore goalie Greg Dutton made 11 saves.

Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is on a season-high four-game winning streak. The team is 5-1 in its last six outings, with the lone loss to then-No. 1-ranked Loyola on the road.
• Ohio State also earned a spot in the ECAC tournament last year. In the inaugural event, the Buckeyes were the No. 4 seed and lost in the semifinals to top seed and host Denver, 11-4.
• The Buckeyes’ second-place finish in the ECAC is their highest conference placement since tying for first in the Great Western Lacrosse League in 2008. The Buckeyes tied for third in the ECAC a season ago.
• Sophomore Shawn Kaplan was named the ECAC Specialist of the Week Monday after going 8-3 on faceoffs, with five groundballs, in the win at Fairfield Saturday. His 72.2 faceoff winning percentage vs. the Stags was a season best.
• Kaplan was the fifth Buckeye to be honored with a weekly league award this year, joining Logan Schuss (offensive player of the week, Feb. 20), Turner Evans (rookie of the week, March 19), Dominique Alexander (co-offensive player of the week, April 9) and Keenan Ochwat (co-defensive player of the week, April 23).
• Ohio State has held six of its last seven opponents to 28 shots or less and has outshot each of its last 10 foes. The Buckeyes are averaging 35.1 shots a game,while allowing 27.7 a contest. Fairfield had 24 shots Saturday, the second-lowest total for an Ohio State opponent this year, and had just six in the first half (three in each quarter).
• Ohio State has faced seven teams ranked in the Top 13 nationally at the time of the game this season, with four currently ranked in the Top 8. It played then-No. 5 Denver (now No. 11/12), then-No. 8/10 UMass (now No. 1), then-No. 13 Penn State (now No. 14), then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (now No. 3), then-No. 1 Virginia (now No. 6/8), then-No. 4/5 Loyola (now No. 3) and then-No. 13/14 Fairfield (now No. 16).
• Ohio State, which received votes in both the Inside Lacrosse media and USILA coaches polls last week, moved back into the Top 20 after its win over Fairfield. The squad is No. 17 in the Inside Lacrosse ranking and No. 18 in the USILA poll. It is the first time the Buckeyes are in the Top 20 since the March 5 polls. Ohio State has been ranked as high as No. 10/12 this year.
• The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 38-21, in the first quarter and 74-45 in the first half this season. At Fairfield, the Buckeyes led 6-2 at halftime.
• The Buckeyes are 23rd in the NCAA, averaging 31.29 groundballs per game. Shawn Kaplan had a team-best eight vs. Denver Feb. 19, while Kevin Mack (Feb. 9 vs. Detroit), Keenan Ochwat (April 14 at Michigan) and Steve Knzeick (April 21 vs. Air Force) each have one game with seven groundballs. Ohio State has won the groundball battle in three of the last four games.
• 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 60, followed by Matt Kawamoto with 58, Brock Sorensen with 57 and Joe Bonanni with 54.

De-Fense!
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and sixth in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.14 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. The team has allowed seven goals in its last two games combined, holding Air Force to four goals (none until the 42:03 mark) and allowing three vs. Fairfield (including a shutout streak of 52:35). The team has held four opponents to five or fewer goals in a game this year.
• Sophomore goalie Greg Dutton, who has started 13 of the team’s 14 games, is first in the ECAC in both goals-against average (6.83) and save percentage (.581). In the NCAA rankings, he is fifth and seventh, respectively. Dutton has seven games this year with 10 or more stops, including 11 in the win at Fairfield last Saturday. Against Fairfield, the Stags scored on their first two shots before Dutton stopped the next 11 he faced. The Stags’ final goal came on a rebound with three seconds left in the game.
• Ohio State has 111 caused turnovers on the year to rank second in the ECAC and 17th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (7.93). The Buckeyes are led by senior Keenan Ochwat with 26. He is 17th in the NCAA and second in the league with 1.86 caused turnovers per game, including four games with three or more. Classmate Joe Bonanni is second on the team with 15 caused turnovers, followed by sophomore Dominic Imbordino with 11.
• The Buckeyes are 11th in the NCAA and second in the league in man-down defense, stopping 73.8 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. The squad stopped all three Fairfield EMO chances Saturday.
• LSM Joe Meurer scored his second goal of the season at Fairfield. His first career tally came March 24 vs. Bellarmine.

No. 18
• Junior Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 44 games (each game of his collegiate career) with two assists at Fairfield. His scoring streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA and he has multiple points in all 14 games this year, with three-plus points in 11.
• Schuss is second in the ECAC and 13th in the NCAA in points per game (3.93). In goals per game, his 2.71 average is fourth in the league and 10th nationally.
• Schuss, who led the Buckeyes in scoring each of his first two seasons, now ranks tied for fifth in program history with 163 points, matching the total posted by Craig Cooper from 1974-78. Schuss is two points behind Jon Ewert, who stands in fourth after posting 165 points from 1983-86. With 62 assists, Schuss is ninth in career assists and he is tied for seventh with 101 career goals. He scored the 100th goal of his career vs. Air Force April 21.
• In his career, Schuss is averaging 3.70 points a game to rank fourth among all current NCAA Division I players. He is ninth among current players in career goals (2.30) and career assists per game (1.41). His 163 points rank ninth, with his 101 goals 12th and his 62 assists 15th. He is the second-highest scoring current junior, behind Peter Baum of Colgate who is tied for seventh in points with 165. Schuss is one of just three juniors with 150-plus points.

Scoring Stuff
• Against Fairfield, Ohio State’s eight goals were scored by eight different players. This season, 19 Buckeyes have scored at least once.
• Freshman Jesse King is second for the Buckeyes with 14 goals and tied for second with 22 points this season. He extended his point streak to five (6g, 5a, 11p) with a goal and an assist at Fairfield, his eighth multiple-point outings.
• Junior Dominique Alexander has 13 points in his last four games combined, with two four-point games in the stretch. He is tied for second on the squad with 22 points, including 11 goals and 11 assists. He has three four-point games this season.
• 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 points in each of his last eight games, with eight goals, five assists and 13 points combined in the stretch. He has started the Buckeyes’ last four games. • Senior Brock Sorensen has a career-best 12 goals this season, with at least one goal in four of his last five games. He ranks third on the squad in goals.
• Sophomore Tyler Frederick has multiple points in each of his last three games, with four goals, four assists and eight points in the three games combined. Frederick, who ranks second on the team with 14 assists, is fourth with 21 points. The 14 assists match the mark he had as a freshman last season. He has a point in all but three of his collegiate games.
• Freshman Reegan Comeault has back-to-back multiple point games after tying his career high with two goals and three points against Air Force and then posting a goal and an assist vs. Fairfield. He has six goals, five assists and 11 points this season.
• Sophomore Adam Trombley is on a three-game point streak (2g, 2a, 4p) after scoring against the Stags. He has a career-best six goals and nine points this year.

Kawamoto a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Finalist - Vote4Moto
Ohio State defender Matt Kawamoto is one of 10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Springfield, Va., native Kawamoto is a team captain for the Buckeyes this year. The 2011 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection, he also earned honorable mention USILA All-America accolades last season. Entering the 2012 campaign, he was named a third team preseason All-American by Faceoff Yearbook and preseason All-ECAC. A business: marketing and logistics management major, Kawamoto has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors and is scheduled to graduate this spring. The recipient of the 2011-12 Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship, Kawamoto has battled back from injury twice in his Buckeye career. For Kawamoto’s complete award biography, visit seniorclassaward.com/athletes/matt_kawamoto/.

Fans are encouraged to vote daily for the award through May 14. To vote for Kawamoto, visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Moto.

Buckeyes Off the Field
• Ohio State had a program-record 28 players invited to the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner last season and 27 will be honored at the 2012 event. A league-high 10 Buckeyes were named to the ECAC All-Academic Team and 21 earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
• Community service remains an important goal of the men’s lacrosse program. The squad volunteered more than 600 hours during 2010-11 and got off to a strong start this year. In October, the team led all Ohio State athletics programs with 307 hours of service. The Buckeyes work with a number of different organizations, including Lacrosse the Nations, Military Kids Hero Camp, Operation Buckeye, Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House.
• The Buckeyes have had a special member on the sideline since last season. JJ Snider, now a fifth grader, was adopted by the team through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. JJ and his family - his parents Jodi and Mike, sisters Mary and Joanna and brothers Rudy and Michael - have spent time with the team throughout the year. JJ will serve as the Buckeyes’ honorary captain in the 2012 Showdown in the Shoe.


 

 

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