May 3, 2013
The Last Meeting
March 9, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 10/11 ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (11-3, 5-2/3rd ECAC) will face No. 3/4 Denver (12-3, 6-1/t-1st ECAC) for the 2013 ECAC Tournament championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. The winner of the matchup between the No. 1 seed Pioneers and No. 3 seed Buckeyes will earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
In the semifinals, Ohio State defeated No. 2 seed Loyola, 18-11, while Denver topped No. 4 seed Fairfield, 10-8.
The ECAC championship game will be televised by Fox Sports Network, available on Fuel TV, FOX College Sports, Fox Sports Ohio and other networks. Mark Larson will handle the play-by-play, with Dale Drypolcher serving as the analyst and Terry Mangan the sideline reporter.
Links for a radio broadcast and live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday). Updates will also be available on the men’s lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX.
Ohio State is on a five-game winning streak, defeating Hobart, Michigan, Air Force, Fairfield and Loyola in the stretch. The team is 11-3 overall, the most regular-season wins for the program since the 2004 team posted 12. The squad averages 11.21 goals a game and entered the week 11th in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 8.43 goals a game. The team has led the nation in man-up offense and is 20-for-41 (.488) overall. The Buckeyes have won 184-of-323 faceoffs (.570) to lead the ECAC and rank in the Top 10 nationally.
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 38 goals, 22 assists and 60 points. Sophomore Jesse King is second with 24 goals, 17 assists and 41 points, followed by Carter Brown in third with 23 goals and 36 points. Turner Evans has 20 goals and 27 points, while Dominique Alexander is third with 14 assists and fifth with 22 points. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started 12 games and has an 8.50 goals-against average and .547 save percentage. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 139-of-243 faceoffs (.572). Wilkes is first on the squad with 54 groundballs, followed by juniors Michael Italiano (38), Dutton (35), and Darius Bowling (33). Junior Joe Meurer leads the squad with 15 caused turnovers and Bowling is second with 12. Evans entered the week second in the NCAA in shooting percentage is first on the team, scoring on 57.1 percent of his shots.
In the ECAC Semifinals: Ohio State Tops Loyola, 18-11
No. 3 seed Ohio State defeated No. 2 Loyola, 18-11, in the ECAC tournament semifinals Thursday in Geneva, N.Y. The Buckeyes trailed 7-6 at halftime and 11-10 at the end of the third quarter but closed the game on a 9-0 run to move to 11-3 overall and extend their winning streak to five. The Buckeyes led 3-2 after the opening 15 minutes but Loyola outscored Ohio State 5-3 in the second quarter for a 7-6 halftime advantage. An early third-quarter goal for the Greyhounds extended the lead to 8-6 but Ohio State answered with back-to-back goals for an 8-all contest with 12:43 left in the third quarter. The Greyhounds then scored three of the next four goals to go ahead 11-9 with 3:59 left in the third quarter. Ohio State took control from there, drawing within one with 1:33 left in the third quarter and then scoring three times in the first 3:46 of the fourth quarter to tie the game and take the lead, scoring five times in the final 7:07 of the matchup.
Senior co-captains Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander each had six points in the win. Schuss scored five goals, including four in the fourth quarter, while Alexander had a career-high five assists and six points. Sophomore Jesse King had a career-high four goals and an assist for five points and classmates Turner Evans (two goals, one assist) and David Planning (one goal, two assists) each had three points. Freshman Carter Brown scored twice and his fellow rookie Charlie Schnider had a goal and an assist for two points. Freshman Kacy Kapinos won 12-of-20 faceoffs and had a team-best and career-high eight groundballs. Buckeye junior goalie Greg Dutton made 12 saves, including six in the first quarter.
Ohio State in League Tournaments
The Buckeyes qualified for the ECAC tournament for the third-consecutive year. The win Friday vs. Loyola was the team’s first in the tournament. In 2011, the squad was the No. 4 seed and fell to top seed Denver in the semifinals and in 2012 the No. 2 seed Buckeyes lost to No. 3 seed Fairfield, 8-7. Denver hosted the tournament in 2011 and 12. Ohio State last competed for a league title in 2009 when the squad lost to Notre Dame in the Great Western Lacrosse League final after beating Air Force in the semifinals. In the first year of the GWLL tourney, the Buckeyes lost in the semifinals against the Irish. The 1981 team played in the Midwest Lacrosse Association championship game, falling to Ohio Wesleyan.
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.
Noting the Buckeyes
As a team ...
• The Buckeyes are on a five-game winning streak, the longest winning streak for an Ohio State squad since the 2008 team won five in a row March 29-April 19. In the last five games, Ohio State has outscored opponents, 13.4-8.4, scoring on 36.5 percent of its shots and recording 43 assists on 69 goals.
• Ohio State scored eight goals in the fourth quarter in its win over Loyola Thursday night. Last week in the team’s come-from-behind win over Fairfield, the squad scored seven goals in the fourth quarter en route to a 14-8 win. Overall on the season, the team has outscored opponents 85-47 in the second half: 43-22 in the third quarter and 42-25 in the fourth quarter.
• Highlighted by senior attackman Logan Schuss’ second-consecutive ECAC Offensive Player of the Year award, Ohio State had seven players earn ECAC Lacrosse League postseason honors. A 2013 Tewaaraton nominee, Schuss is the first Ohio State player to earn first team all-conference honors four times and is joined on the All-ECAC First Team by sophomore midfielder Jesse King and junior defenseman Joe Meurer. Senior midfielder Trey Wilkes was a second team selection at the specialist position and junior Greg Dutton was the second team goalie for the second year in a row. Attackman Carter Brown was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and nabbed a spot on the ECAC All-Rookie Team, where he was joined by defenseman Robby Haus.
• Ohio State’s 10 regular-season wins were the most for the squad since the 2004 team had 12. It is just the fifth time an Ohio State team has had double-digit regular-season wins, joining the 1974 (11), 1978 (14), 1988 (12) and 2004 (12) teams. The squad’s 11 total wins this year are the most since the 2008 team was 12-4 overall.
• The Buckeyes are 5-1 on the road this season and 7-1 overall in games away from Columbus, with a neutral-site win in Jacksonville and the lone loss to Notre Dame. In its road/neutral games, the squad has outscored opponents, 11.0-8.62, scoring on 33.8 percent of its shots.
• Ohio State is 9-0 when scoring 10+ goals this year. The team has scored 10 or more goals in each of its last five games and is averaging 11.21 goals a game on the year. The 18 goals vs. Loyola matched the squad’s season high, first set in an 18-8 win over Marquette.
• The Buckeyes have scored on 32.3 percent of their shots this season, with 157 goals on 486 shots. The team’s 18 goals vs. Fairfield came on 37 shots (48.6 percent).
• Ohio State played a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game six 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 before the neutral-site win vs. No. 4 Loyola Thursday.
• Entering the week, Ohio State was third in team defense in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA. The squad is allowing 8.43 goals a game and has allowed double-digit goals just three in the last 22 outings (with two of those three games vs. Loyola).
• The Buckeyes are averaging 34.7 shots per game and allowing 32.0 shots a game. After a stretch with 28 or less shots in four-consecutive games March 16-30, the team has had 33 or more in each of hits last five games, including 42 vs. Hobart April 6 and 41 at Michigan April 13. Ohio State attempted 37 shots vs. Loyola Thursday.
• More than half of the Buckeyes’ goals this season have been assisted, with 95 assists on 157 goals. The squad entered the week third in the ECAC (and 22nd in the NCAA) averaging 6.46 assists per outing. Eleven of the team’s 18 goals vs. Loyola were assisted.
• Ohio State was not assessed a penalty for the first time this season in the game vs. Loyola.
• Logan Schuss, the 2013 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Nominee, extended his point streak to 59 games (each game of his collegiate career) with five goals and six points vs. Loyola. He now has a career-high 60 points to lead the squad, with a team-best 38 goals and 22 assists. He has five or more points in six games this year, including in four of the last five games. His Ohio State career goals record stands at 140 and he has 225 career points, just two back of second-place Joel Dalgarno, who had 227 from 2006-09.
• Dominique Alexander had a career-high five assists vs. Loyola, tying for the sixth-best single-game performance in Ohio State history. He added a goal for a career-best six-point day. Alexander is on a five-game point streak, with five goals, 11 assists and 16 points in the stretch. He also matched his career high with four groundballs in the win.
• Freshman Kacy Kapinos won 12-of-20 faceoffs Thursday vs. Loyola, picking up a career-high eight groundballs. He entered the game 13-of-23 on the year, with four groundballs.
• Sophomore David Planning had a career-high three points vs. the Greyhounds after nine career two-point games. It was his first game with two assists. Planning is on a four-game point streak, with five goals, three assists and eight points.
• Sophomore Turner Evans had two goals and an assist for three points - and made the top play of the day on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 - vs. Loyola. He has 12 goals in his last five games combined, with multiple goals in four of those outings. Evans missed the first two games this season because of injury and is averaging 2.25 points a game, with at least one point in all but one outing.
• Sophomore Jesse King moved his point streak to 20 games with a five-point game, including a career-high four goals, vs. Loyola. He has 32 goals, 23 assists and 55 points during the streak. King has four games with five or more points this season and multiple goals in eight outings.
• Junior goalie Greg Dutton made 12 saves in the win over Loyola, his sixth-consecutive start with 10-plus stops. He has a .616 save percentage over his last five games and a .547 save percentage on the year.
• Nine Buckeyes recorded a goal in the win over Loyola, with six different goals scorers in the first half.
• Senior Dan Wertz scored for the fourth time in the last five games vs. Loyola. He has six goals this season, one shy of the career-best seven he had in 2011.
• Freshman Charlie Schnider had his first career multiple-point game Thursday with a goal and an assist. He now has two goals, three assists and five points on the year.
The winner of the ECAC tournament will earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. The NCAA championship bracket will be announced at 9 p.m. Sunday.