Buckeye senior Stefan Schroder and junior Peet Poillon held an online chat on ESPN.com hosted by Inside Lacrosse Thursday afternoon. The text of the chat is below.
Jon Brand: What's going on, everyone? We're into the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament and things are heating up. Today we've got Stefan Schroder and Peet Poillon of Ohio State on. They'll take on No. 1 seed Duke on Sunday in Ithaca, NY.
Buck: Cockeysville MD: How excited are you fellows to have a opportunity to play against #1 Duke? Stefan Schroder: (2:01 PM ET ) It's a great opportunity it play a team thats as good as Duke, you have to beat the best to be the best, so that's what we are going to try to do.
Peet Poillon : It's exciting to play in a game for a chance to go to Foxsboro, but to be able to play Duke makes it even better, I am looking forward to the game very much.
pat/buffalo/ny: How did playing at OCc and winning 2 national titles prepare you to the move to D1 and playing in big games. Did you take place in the show last year with your teammates doing the irish dance that made it on you tube
Stefan Schroder: Playing in OCC with the great group of guys we had helped me to become a better player. It helped me to learn how to direct the defense better when I moved to DI. No, I wasn't in the show last year, but I was in the show this year.
Carter (Medford, MA): Peet, what's it like to play with two of the top 5 scorers in the country (kevin and joel)?
Peet Poillon: It's a lot of fun, I learn a lot from those guys, they really know the game, and anytime your playing with guys as team oriented as kev and joel it makes for great offensive chemistry
Tony (Chicago,IL): Hey Stefan; congrats on the big goal and the Buckeye Nation is behind you. As a former Buckeye goalie who scored vs. Butler in 96'; who do you think felt worse; the keeper or the guy you faced dodged before you stuck it? Once again congrats and stay big vs the Dukies! Go Bucks..
Stefan Schroder: Thank you. we seem to have a lot of goalies from OSU that score goals. I would say that I feel worse for the goalie just because he was who I scored against. Thanks again for the Buckeye support
Snake Griffin: Guys, how did you recover from a rough GWLL final against Notre Dame to play so well against Cornell?
Stefan Schroder/Peet Poillon: Well Defensively we kept them under 10 which isn't bad, but not as good as we wanted, but offensively 2 goals is unacceptable, and that frusterated us, we got back to square one of playing motion offense and moving the ball and shooting the right shots, and it paid off.
Bobby (D.C.) : Peet, how much confidence did that win against UNC give you guys this year going into the playoffs? Especially after those 3OT losses?
Peet Poillon: its always nice to beat a team as good as UNC and that plays in the ACC, but we know we can play with any team in the country, at the same time, that win had a huge impact in getting us in the playoffs. The 3 OT losses helped us learn how to play in tight games, but we put them behind us other than that.
marge, new york: that was a great game and goal last saturday. How did it feel to have all your family including all three grandparents at the game at Cornell? Grandma Schroder is very proud of you.
Stefan Schroder: It was awesome to have all my family there cheering me on. I'm glad that I got the chance to score that goal in front of all of them; I glad that all my grandparents were about to make the trip to cornell and see me play.
Thomas Cooper Ellicott City, Maryland: Peet, I was wondering what songs you listen to pre-game to get you pumped up and ready to rip net?
Peet Poillon: usually next - too close, joe hunt-every freaking night.... anything that gets me relaxed and loose, not into the hardcore metal, or rap.
Terry (Cleveland, OH): Who looks bigger in person: Greg Oden or Alex Boone?
Stefan Schroder: Oden is taller, but boone is bigger, he is an animal on our O-line.
Peet Poillon: I have never seen Oden, unfortunately, but Alex Boone is a beast.
Merry-Lander: I know its not in your back yard, but do you think you guys have a little bit of home field advantage this weekend, since Cornell is a lot closer to Ohio than it is to North Carolina?
Stefan Schroder: Maybe not distance advantage because we still both have to travel...But we feel that were gonna be back home in the same hotel on a field that we just played very well on.
Joe (Baltimore): What was a bigger thrill -- playing Denver in the Shoe or beating Cornell on their home field?
Stefan Schroder: Denver in the shoe, it was an amazing atmosphere
Peet Poillon: Running out of the tunnel, and having 30,000 roudy football fans was pretty ridiculous, but beating Cornell in Ithaca first round, on TV was a little bit more of a thrill, mostly because it was the first time OSU has won a tournament game
Hunter (Towson MD): What do you guys think about the overall strength of the GWLL this year? What's it mean for the league that the top teams did so well this year?
Peet Poillon: It was a 3 way regular season tie, great for teams in the midwest to be successful as we have been this year, good for the sport and expansion of the sport. The best thing about it though is playing those quality teams and getting a high SOS.
Mike, (Chicago, Ill): Stefan...Duke's got a nasty attack trio, are you worried about trying to slow them down this weekend?
Stefan Schroder: They do have a very good attack...but we have a better overall team defense then people give us credit for and were looking forward for the opportunity to showcase what we can do as a team
Golden Wheels Dubenion: Most people I talk to say that the OSU Duke game is going to be awesome, but that people in Columbus haven't really embraced the game and wont come to ithaca. is that true?
Peet Poillon: As players we don't worry about to much the crowd, but I am positive we are going to have enough support in Ithaca at noon Sunday, and we carry 40-50 guys and that's enough for us.
Ron Riloty (Fed Hizzill): Stefan -- who's the best opposing shooter you've seen this season?
Stefan Schroder: (2:34 PM ET ) hardest shooter would have to be seibald...best scorer would have to jamie lincoln from denver, he had a goal on our first game in the shoe that im still trying to figure out how he got by me
Jeff (Baltimore, MD): Each of you guys, what stick do you use? What head?
Stefan Schroder: (2:37 PM ET ) titanium shaft, and nemisis head
Peet Poillon: Dolomite shaft, evo 2.0 head
Hallam New York City, NY: You guys pulled off probably the biggest upset in the first round. Obviously you put a lot of great scorers on the field, how do you tailor your offense so that every one on the field gets looks at the goal?
Peet Poillon: We don't worry about everyone getting offensive looks all the time, a lot of the time, its match ups, and how the other teams react to what we are doing, we like to initiate with from up top with a few guys, and behind with a few guys, and we like to find the short sticks, whatever works we stick with
Jon Brand:That's a wrap for today.