May 15, 2013
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (13-3, 5-2/3rd ECAC) will take on No. 7/8-ranked Cornell (13-3, 6-0 /1st Ivy League) in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Championship at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.
Ohio State is the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and defeated Towson, 16-6, Sunday in Ohio Stadium in the first home NCAA game in program history. Cornell won at No. 6 seed Maryland, 16-8, Sunday in College Park, Md. The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and Big Red advances to the NCAA Championship semifinals, where it will face the winner of the quarterfinal game in Indianapolis Sunday between No. 2 seed Notre Dame and No. 8 seed Duke. The semifinals will be held May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., with the national championship set for 1 p.m. May 27 in Philadelphia.
The other half of the bracket has No. 1 seed Syracuse facing Yale in College Park and No. 4 seed Denver vs. No. 5 North Carolina in Indianapolis.
The game between Ohio State and Cornell will be televised by ESPN2 and available on WatchESPN.com. Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will be on the call.
Links for 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 also will be available on the men’s lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_MLAX.
How to Go
Tickets are on sale for the NCAA Championship quarterfinal games in College Park, Md., and can also be purchased at the stadium the day of the game. Each ticket includes both the 12:30 p.m. Ohio State vs. Cornell and 3 p.m. Yale vs. Syracuse games. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for youth/senior. Mezzanine tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for youth/senior. Groups of 25 or more can purchase tickets for $18 each. Tickets can be purchased online at UMTerps.com or by calling 800-462-8377.
Ohio State is on a seven-game winning streak and coming off a 16-6 win over Towson Sunday in Ohio Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Championship. The team is 13-3 overall, the most victories for a Buckeye team since the 1978 squad won 14. The Buckeyes average 11.5 goals a game and allow 8.38 an outing, ranking 15th and 11th in the NCAA, respectively. The team is second nationally in man-up offense, converting 23 of 46 (.500) chances. The Buckeyes are second in the NCAA in turnovers per game (12.06), fifth in shooting percentage (.333) and eighth in faceoff winning percentage (.578).
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best 43 goals, 26 assists and 69 points and sophomore Jesse King is second with 30 goals, 22 assists and 52 points. Freshman Carter Brown is next with 27 goals, followed by sophomore Turner Evans with 25. Brown ranks third with 42 points and Evans is fourth with 33. Senior Dominique Alexander is third on the squad with 18 assists. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started 14 games and has an 8.45 goals-against average and .541 save percentage, along with an 11-3 ledger. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 169-of-289 faceoffs (.585) and is first on the squad with 68 groundballs, followed by juniors Michael Italiano (46), Darius Bowling (39) and Dutton (37). Junior Joe Meurer leads the squad with 16 caused turnovers and Bowling is second with 13.
At the Helm
Nick Myers is in his fifth year at the helm of the Buckeyes and as a collegiate head coach. He has a career record of 44-34. A native of Kennebunk, Maine, Myers is a 2001 graduate of Springfield College, where he was the 2000 NEWMAC Player of the Year and a 2001 All-American, finishing his career with 221 points (including 91 as a senior). Myers began his coaching career as the volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State in 2002 and ‘03 before serving as an assistant coach at Butler for two years. He returned to the Ohio State sidelines as a full-time assistant in 2006, remaining in that position for three seasons until he was named Ohio State’s 13th head coach in July 2008. Myers was on staff for the Buckeyes’ first NCAA tournament appearance in 2003 as well as when the squad reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2008.
In the NCAA Tournament
Ohio State is making its fourth NCAA tournament appearance and its first as a seeded team, while the game Saturday marks the team’s second appearance in the quarterfinals. The squad is 2-3 in the NCAA tournament all-time, with a win at Cornell in the first round in 2008, a first-round win over Towson last week at home, a quarterfinal loss to Duke in Ithaca, N.Y., in 2008 and first-round losses at Maryland in 2003 and at North Carolina in 2004.
Ohio State vs. Cornell
The Buckeyes are 2-1 all-time vs. Cornell, with a 15-7 win in the 2008 NCAA tournament first round, an 8-7 win in Columbus in 2001 and an 11-5 loss at Cornell in 2000.
Buckeyes vs. Big Red In 2008 NCAA Action
Against No. 8-seed Cornell May 10, 2007, in an NCAA tournament first-round game in Ithaca, N.Y., the Buckeyes jumped out to a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 11-2 at halftime en route to a 15-7 win. The lead reached 10 four times in the second half, with Cornell scoring twice late for the 15-7 final.
Buckeye goalie Stefan Schroder, a native of the Central New York area (Kirkville) led the way, opening the scoring for the Buckeyes and making nine saves in the win. Joel Dalgarno had two goals and two assists for a team-best four points. Peet Poillon had a hat trick in the win and Kevin Buchanan had three points on two goals and an assist.
Big Red Bio
Cornell enters the game 13-3 overall and was 6-0 in Ivy League play, falling in the league tournament semifinals to Princeton, 14-13 in overtime. The squad won at No. 6 seed Maryland, 16-8, last week in the opening round of the NCAA Championship. Cornell has advanced to the NCAA semifinals three times since 2007 and is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Big Red average 14.5 goals a game to rank second nationally and are holding opponents to 8.81 goals an outing, ranking second in the NCAA with 10.0 caused turnovers per contest and fourth wtih 37.38 groundballs a game.
Rob Pannell, a Tewaaraton finalist, leads Cornell with 47 assists and 87 points and is second with 40 goals. Steve Mock has a team-best 52 goals and is second with 61 points. Connor Buczeck (29), Max Van Bourgondien, son of former Buckeye All-American Skip Van Bourgondien, (27) and Matt Donovan (23) each have crossed the 20-goal mark. Buczek is second with 15 assists and third with 44 points. AJ Fiore has started all 16 games in goal and has an 8.64 goals-against average and .523 save percentage. Doug Tesoriero has won 210-of-358 (.587) faceoffs this year and has 112 groundballs.
First Round Flashback - Ohio State 16, Towson 6
Paced by six points from Logan Schuss and five by Jesse King, Ohio State downed Towson, 16-6, in the first round of NCAA tournament action Sunday afternoon in front of 2,358 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes trailed early (2-1) vs. Towson but outscored the Tigers 7-2 before halftime to head into the lockerroom with an 8-4 lead after the opening 30 minutes. The Buckeyes scored four goals, while limiting Towson to one tally, in both the third and fourth quarters en route to the win.
Against Towson, Schuss had three goals and three assists, while King had four goals and a helper. Senior Dominique Alexander (1g, 3a), sophomore David Planning (2g, 2a) and freshman Carter Brown (3g, 1a) all had four points in the win. In all, nine Buckeyes had at least one point. Senior Trey Wilkes won 18-of-23 faceoffs, part of a 19-for-24 day from the Buckeyes, and had a team-best seven groundballs, followed by junior Michael Italiano with six. Ten Buckeyes had two groundballs against Towson.
Eyes on the Buckeyes
When Ohio State hosted Towson last Sunday in Ohio Stadium on a chilly Mother’s Day, 2,358 fans were in attendance. That mark was the fourth-highest nationally for the first round, behind only Bryant at Syracuse (2,876), Cornell at Maryland (2,739) and Albany at Denver (2,621), and more than 400 above the NCAA average. The other first-round matchups were Loyola at Duke (1,654), Lehigh at North Carolina (1,405), Detroit at Notre Dame (1,099) and Yale at Penn State (951).
In the Polls
• In the latest polls (released May 6), Ohio State was ranked a program-record third in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media and USILA Coaches polls. The team’s previous high had been sixth in May 2004, while the squad had reached a high of eighth in each poll earlier this season. The Buckeyes began the year 19th in the USILA and 20th in the IL preseason polls and outside the Top 20 in the Faceoff Yearbook preseason rankings.
• Adding Cornell, six opponents on Ohio State’s schedule are also currently ranked in both polls (IL/USILA): Denver (5/6), Notre Dame (6/7), Cornell (7/8), Loyola (9/9), Penn State (12/13t) and Towson (17/17). Virginia and Fairfield are receiving votes in both polls and Detroit received votes in the IL rankings. Ohio State’s preseason slate included currently ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (15/13t) and Syracuse (2/2) in the spring and North Carolina (1/1) and Lehigh (10/10) in the fall.
• Ohio State played a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game seven 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 wins vs. No. 4 Loyola and No. 3 Denver in the ECAC tournament.
For the Trophy Case
• The No. 3 seed Buckeyes defeated No. 2 seed Loyola and No. 1 seed Denver in Geneva, N.Y., en route to the ECAC tournament title May 4 – the first postseason tournament title in program history.
• With road wins at Penn State (11-10 OT) and Michigan (17-8), Ohio State won the 2013 Creator’s Trophy, decided between the three Big Ten Conference schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse. Penn State won the inaugural trophy in 2012. A school must defeat both Big Ten programs to win the crown.
Ohio State vs. the 2013 NCAA Field
• The Buckeyes faced five NCAA tournament teams during the regular season – Penn State, Denver, Detroit, Loyola and Notre Dame – going 4-3 in those games. The squad also scrimmaged North Carolina and Lehigh in the fall and Syracuse in the spring.
• Ohio State’s three losses this season are all to NCAA tournament teams – Loyola, Denver and Notre Dame.
In the Last Seven Games
• During its seven-game winning streak, Ohio State is outscoring opponents, 13.71 to 8.29, scoring on 37.5 percent of its shots. The team has double-digit goals in all seven games and has outscored opponents 54-27 in the second half. The man-up unit is 9-for-16 (.562).
• Logan Schuss is first with 22 goals, 16 assists and 38 points during the stretch. Turner Evans has 17 goals, Dominique Alexander has 15 assists and Jesse King has 15 goals and 12 assists to rank second with 27 points. Alexander is third wtih 21 points. Trey Wilkes has won 81-of-138 (.587) faceoffs and has a team-high 36 groundballs.
• Three of the wins were at home, with two road victories and two neutral-site wins.
• Ohio State’s seven-game winning streak is the team’s longest since the 2004 squad won 11 in a row. The team’s last loss was vs. Loyola (9-4) March 30.
Buckeyes on Offense
• Ohio State is outscoring opponents 98-53 in the second half this year (and 99-51 in the second half and overtime combined). Ohio State scored eight fourth-quarter goals in its 18-11 ECAC semifinal win over Loyola, one game after scoring seven fourth-quarter goals in a 14-8 win over Fairfield to close the regular season. The team outscored Towson 4-1 in both the third and fourth quarters last Sunday.
• The Buckeyes have 18 goals in the final 60 seconds of a quarter this season (including in each quarter vs. Towson last Sunday). Turner Evans has five, Jesse King has four and Logan Schuss has three.
• Ohio State is 11-0 when scoring double-digit goals this season and has 10 or more in each of its last seven games. The squad is averaging 11.20 goals a game this season.
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in man-up offense, converting 50 percent of its chances (23-for-46). 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. Eight Buckeyes have man-up goals, led by Logan Schuss, Carter Brown and Turner Evans with five each and Jesse King with four. The team was 2-for-4 vs. Towson Sunday.
• More than half of the Buckeyes’ goals this season have been assisted, with 116 assists on 184 goals. The squad is 10th in the NCAA averaging 7.25 assists per outing. The team had 12 assists on its 16 goals vs. Towson.
• Seventeen Buckeyes have scored at least one goal this season, with 15 recording at least one assist. In all, 20 Buckeyes have at least one point on the year.
• The Buckeyes were 10-3 in the regular season, reaching double-digit regular-season wins for just the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2004.
• The team’s 13 wins overall are the most since the 2004 team was 12-4 and rank fourth in a single season in program history, behind 1965 (15), 1966 (14) and 1978 (14).
Away from Columbus
• Ohio State is 8-1 away from Columbus this year, with the lone loss at Notre Dame March 20, posting a 5-1 road ledger and three neutral-site wins, topping Jacksonville in the Moe’s Classic in Jacksonville and winning over Loyola and Denver in Geneva, N.Y., in the ECAC tournament. In its road/neutral games, the squad has outscored opponents, 11.0-8.78, scoring on 34.5 percent of its shots.
ECAC Tourney Recap
• Ohio State won the 2013 ECAC Championship, defeating top seed and No. 4-ranked Denver, 11-10, May 4 at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. In the championship game, Ohio State led 4-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 6-3 in the second quarter before the Pioneers closed the first half on a three-goal run to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. The teams were tied three times in the third quarter, with Ohio State leading twice (7-6, 9-8) and Denver leading at 8-7. Entering the fourth quarter, the squads were tied at 9 after a DU goal with 1:45 remaining in the third stanza.
• In the fourth quarter, Buckeye senior co-captain Logan Schuss put the Buckeyes ahead 10-9 at 4:12 before the Pioneers tied it with 2:52 remaining. Sophomore Turner Evans netted the gamewinner with 24 seconds left, scoring off an assist from classmate Jesse King.
• Schuss was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points in the tourney. He had two goals and an assist in the championship game. King had a career-high tying six points in the final, with two goals and four assists. Evans had a career-high tying four goals vs. the Pioneers. Senior Trey Wilkes won 12 faceoffs against Denver and picked up a team-best seven groundballs. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves vs. DU.
Hold On to the Ball
• The Buckeyes are second in the NCAA in turnovers per game, averaging 12.06 an outing.
• The squad had a season-low five vs. Denver in the ECAC final May 4, with seven vs. Denver March 9 and eight in its win over Marquette Feb. 23. Against Towson Saturday, Ohio State had 10 turnovers in the win.
• Ohio State has scored on 33.3 percent of its shots this season, the fifth-best mark in the NCAA. The squad’s 184 goals have come on 553 shots and 357 shots have been on net.
• Turner Evans (25 goals, 44 shots – with 34 shots on cage) is second in the NCAA and Carter Brown (27 goals, 59 shots- with 41 on cage) ranks ninth nationally in shooting percentage.
• In the ECAC tournament, the team’s 18 goals vs. Loyola came on 37 shots (48.6 percent), while its 11 goals vs. Denver were scored on 27 attempts (40.7 percent). Against Towson last week, the team had 16 goals on 40 shots (40 percent).
• The Buckeyes are averaging 34.6 shots per game and allowing 31.7 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 six of its last seven games. Ohio State held Towson to 23 shots Suday, the second-lowest total for an opponent this season. The Buckeyes attempted 40 shots vs. the Tigers, the fifth game this year with 40 or more shots.
• Junior LSM Darius Bowling, who has won 15-of-31 faceoffs (including 8-of-15 at Penn State March 2), has a career-high 39 groundballs this season. He had five vs. Denver May 4 and vs. Detroit Feb. 9. He has three or more groundballs in five games this season.
• Junior d-middie Michael Italiano has two or more groundballs in each of his last 13 games, including eight vs. Virginia March 16, six vs. Towson Sunday and five at Notre Dame March 20. He has a career-high 46 groundballs this year, passing the 17 he had as a freshman, to rank second on the team.
Honors Abound for the Buckeyes
• 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.
• Schuss was one of 25 standouts named a 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States.
• Wilkes is one of five male finalists for the 2013 Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award. Established in 2011, the YRL Unsung Hero Award celebrates the selfless acts of initiative and commitment performed by Division I lacrosse players. The student-athletes are recognized based on the following criteria: dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship. The award winners (one female, one male) will be announced in late-May, leading up to the culmination of the NCAA lacrosse season. The award recognizes accomplishments of student-athletes who help their team achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. The honor is meaningful because it places value on characteristics that are often undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college athletics.
• Ohio State 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 April 29 and Darius Bowling (March 4), Trey Wilkes (March 11) and Michael Italiano (March 18) all received specialist of the week mention.
Tewaaraton Nominee Schuss in Record Books
• Senior attackman Logan Schuss became the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State history at Michigan April 13 and moved into second place in career points with three points against Denver May 4. His career goals mark stands at 145 (the old record was 126) and he now has 234 points as a Buckeye. Schuss is just the third Buckeye to hit the 200-point mark, joining Terry Gilmore (250/1976-79) and Joel Dalgarno (227/2006-09). Schuss’ 89 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 61-game point streak (each game of his collegiate career), the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. Nationally, he is second in career points and third in career goals among current Division I players, ranking fifth in points per game (3.84) and ninth in goals per game (2.38).
• Schuss has a career-high 43 goals and 69 points this season, both ranking eighth in program history for a single season. He also has a career-high and team-best 26 assists. Schuss has led Ohio State in goals, assists and points each of his four years wearing the Scarlet and Gray. He had a 31-21-56 line as a freshman when he was named an honorable mention All-American and the ECAC Rookie of the Year. The four-time First Team All-ECAC player posted 32 goals, 20 assists and 52 points in 2011, and had 39 goals, 18 assists and 57 points in 2012 en route to ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and third team All-America accolades.
• This season, Schuss is first in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA with 4.31 points a game. He has multiple goals in 12 of 16 games (with at least one goal in all but one game) and has multiple points in 15 of 16 outings. In league games only, Schuss was first in the ECAC with 4.57 points per game (one point a game ahead of second place).
They Come From All Over
• Players on the Ohio State roster come from 14 states and provinces. Ten Buckeyes hail from both Ohio and Maryland, with seven New York natives on the roster. Three call British Columbia home and Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania are all the home for two Buckeyes. Buckeyes also come from Michigan, Ontario, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia.
• Ten Buckeye call the state of Maryland home - seniors Patrick Toohey (Lutherville/McDonogh) and Trey Wilkes (Ijamsville/Urbana), juniors Greg Dutton (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) and Joe Meurer (Towson/McDonogh), sophomore Luke Howard (Potomac/Landon) and freshmen Carter Brown (Bel Air/Calvert Hall), Robby Haus (Lutherville/Gilman), Kacy Kapinos (Fallston/Loyola Blakefield), Charlie Schnider (Bethesda/Landon) and Chad Strittmatter (Potomac/Georgetown Prep).
• Ten Buckeyes stayed in the state of Ohio for college - Central Ohio natives Ryan Borcherding (Dublin/Dublin Coffman), Mark Crawford (Columbus/Upper Arlington), Tae Kim (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne), Nick Liddil (Hilliard/Hilliard Darby), Kevin Mack (Dublin/Worthington Kilbourne), Tyler Pfister (Columbus/Upper Arlington), Patrick Riffee (Columbus/Wortington Kilbourne) and Jake Sharick (Westerville/Thomas Worthington), as well as Dan Flake (Medina/Medina) and Scott Spencer (Mason/Mason).
• Four Buckeyes are from Canada - senior Logan Schuss (Delta) and sophomores Reegan Comeault (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia), Turner Evans (Peterborough, Ontario) and Jesse King (Victoria, British Columbia). Schuss, Evans and King are three of the Buckeyes’ Top 4 scorers, combining for 98 goals, 56 assists and 154 points (53.3 percent of the team’s goals, 48.5 percent of the team’s assists and 51.3 percent of the team’s points.
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on a 61-game point streak (145g, 89a, 234p), the second-longest current streak in the nation behind Cornell’s Rob Pannell). He has 16 assists in his last seven games and 27 goals in his last nine games.
• Sophomore Jesse King is on a 22-game point streak with 38 goals, 28 assists and 66 points in the stretch. He is on a nine-game assist streak (15 assists) and a four-game goal-scoring streak (11).
• Senior Dominique Alexander (6g, 15a, 21p) and sophomore Carter Evans (17g, 3a, 20p) both have at least one point in each of their last seven games. Evans is on a seven-game goal-scoring streak and Alexander has at least one assist in each of his last seven games.
• Senior attackman Logan Schuss has a career-high 43 goals and 69 points this season, both ranking eighth in program history for a single season. He is on a 61-game point streak (each game of his collegiate career), the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.
• Schuss is the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State history at Michigan April 13 and moved into second place in career points with three points against Denver May 4.
• Sophomore starting attack Turner Evans has 17 goals in his last seven games combined (2.43 goals per game), with multiple goals in five of those outings. He had a goal and an assist vs. Towson. Evans missed the first two games this season because of injury and is averaging 2.36 points a game, with at least one point in all but one outing. He is second in the NCAA in shooting percentage (.578), with his 25 goals on 44 shots. Of his 44 total shots, 34 have been on cage. He has a career-high 25 goals and 33 points this season after eight goals and 13 points as a freshman.
• Evans’ goal vs. Loyola in the ECAC semis was named the top play of the day on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10. The last Buckeye lacrosse player to be No. 1 on the top plays of the day was goalie Stefan Schroder after scoring vs. Cornell in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in 2008.
• Freshman starting attack Carter Brown had a hat trick and added an assist for four points vs. Towson in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He is third on the team with 27 goals and 42 points and fourth with 15 assists. He has nine multiple-goal outings and multiple points in 12 games. Brown is ninth in the NCAA with a .458 shooting percentage, with his 27 goals coming on 59 shots.
• Junior Adam Trombley has a point in four of the last six games, including a goal (after causing a turnover on a clear) against Denver in the ECAC championship game. He has five goals, a career-high four assists and nine points this season while playing in all 16 games.
In the Midfield
• Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander, who plays both on offense and d-middie, as well as on the wing on faceoffs, has a career-high 18 assists and 27 points this year, with all but six points coming in the last seven games. He is on a seven-game point streak, with six goals, 15 assists and 21 points in the stretch. He had a goal and three assists vs. Towson in the opening round of the NCAA tournament and has three or more points in four of his last five games. He had a career-high five assists and six points in the Buckeyes’ ECAC semifinal win over Loyola and five points, including two goals, at Air Force April 20. He also has a personal-best 26 groundballs this season. Alexander, who has started all 16 games, has 47 goals, 46 assists and 93 points as a Buckeye.
• Sophomore Jesse King is second on the team with 30 goals, 22 assists and 52 points and had a career-high tying four goals (his second four-goal game in the last three outings) in the NCAA tournament win vs. Towson, adding an assist for a five-point day. This season, he has 10 multiple-goal outings and he has 16 points, with two five-point games and six points in the ECAC championship game vs. Denver, in the last three games combined. His goal, assist and point totals are all career highs, passing the 16-9-25 line as a freshman.
• Sophomore David Planning, who has started all 16 games, has multiple points in four of his last five games, including a career-high two assists and four points in the NCAA win over Towson. He has seven two-point outings this season and had three points in the ECAC semifinal win vs. Loyola May 2. Planning has scored 17 goals, adding nine assists for 25 points, with a point in all but three games. As a freshman last year he had six goals, three assists and nine points.
• Senior Dan Wertz has a goal in five of the last seven games. He has a career-high tying seven goals this year and a personal-best eight points.
• Ohio State is 11th in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 8.38 goals a game. The squad has allowed double-digit goals just four times in the last 24 outings, winning two of those games (both in the ECAC tournament). The team last gave up 10+ goals in back-to-back games in 2011, losing at Albany, 11-9, March 12, 2011 before falling at Virginia, 14-11, March 19, 2011.
• The Buckeye close defense features first-year starters in freshman Robby Haus, junior Joe Meurer (who moved down from LSM) and Dominic Imbordino (a part-time starter on D last season).
• Junior defenseman Joe Meurer, who has started all 16 games, has a team-best 16 caused turnovers this season. He has 31 groundballs, including three in three of his last five games.
• Freshman Robby Haus, who has started all 16 games, has 29 groundballs this season, with two or more in eight games, as well as eight caused turnovers.
• Senior defenseman Mark Crawford picked up the first assist and point of his Buckeye career in the NCAA win over Towson Sunday.
Between the Pipes
• Junior goalie Greg Dutton has eight or more saves in 11 of 14 starts and has 10+ in six of his last eight. He had seven saves on 13 shots on goal vs. Towson. Dutton had a career-high 15 saves in back-to-back games at Air Force April 20 and vs. Fairfield April 27. Those outings topped the 14 he had vs. Loyola March 30 and April 9, 2011 at Hobart.
• Dutton is 13th in the NCAA with an 8.45 goals-against average and has a .541 save percentage.
• In his career, Dutton has 25 wins, tying for eighth among 2013 NCAA goalies.
• Ohio State is eighth in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage, winning 215-of-372 (.578) draws on the year. The squad has won more faceoffs than its opponent in eight games this season and was even in three contests.
• The Buckeyes won 19-of-24 faceoffs vs. Towson, led by senior Trey Wilkes who was 18-for-23, matching his career high for faceoff wins. Freshman Kacy Kapinos won the other faceoff and also scored his first career goal in the game.
• Senior Trey Wilkes has won 10 or more faceoffs in 10 of 15 games this year and has 151 wins in 266 draws. He is first in the ECAC and 12th in the NCAA with a .585 faceoff winning percentage. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with a career-high 68 groundballs this season, including seven vs. Towson Sunday and eight vs. Denver March 9 (one shy of the career-best nine he recorded vs. Mercer Feb. 12, 2011).
• Freshman Kacy Kapinos won 12-of-20 faceoffs in the ECAC semifinals vs. Loyola, picking up a career-high eight groundballs. He entered the game vs. the Greyhounds 13-of-23 on the year, with four groundballs, and is now 26-for-44 (591).