Showdown in the Shoe Ohio State vs. Fairfield Saturday, April 23 – 11 a.m. Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Quick Shots • The game Saturday marks the fourth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe. The Buckeye lacrosse Class of 2011 will be the first to compete in the event each of its four years. • The Buckeyes will be wearing a green stripe Saturday to raise awareness of the need for registered organ donors. The squad also will be debuting military-themed helmets. • The contest Saturday will be the second men’s lacrosse game televised live by Big Ten Network. The first was the 2010 edition of the Showdown in the Shoe. • Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 28 goals, 15 assists and 43 points. He has 99 points in 27 career games and has at least one point in each collegiate contest. • The Buckeyes are in the midst of a stretch of five-consecutive ECAC games. The regular-season finale is next weekend when Ohio State travels to Bellarmine. • Ohio State is 5-1 in Columbus this year, outscoring opponents 11.33-6.0 in home games. This is the second game in Ohio Stadium – the first was a win over North Carolina. • Ohio State tied the program record with 28 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections after the team posted a 3.22 grade-point average in winter quarter. The squad has a team cumulative GPA of 3.08.
Ohio State Lacrosse this Week The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-6, 2-2 ECAC) takes on Fairfield (6-6, 2-2 ECAC) in the fourth-annual Showdown in the Shoe at 11 a.m. this Saturday. Gates open at 10 a.m.
The game is a doubleheader with the Ohio State football Jesse Owens Spring Game and the event has set national regular-season and on-campus men’s lacrosse attendance records each of the first three years.
The matchup will be televised live on Big Ten Network, with Rick Pizzo calling the action and former Buckeye Anthony Kelly providing analysis. Fans can check their local cable listings or visit BigTenNetwork.com/ChannelFinder for availability.
Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio will call the action on the internet at OhioStateSports.net.
Live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and in-game updates will be on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
Ticket Information Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football’s Jesse Owens Spring Game Honoring America’s Finest, are $7 each when purchased prior to game day. Children 6 and under and Ohio State students (with BuckID) are admitted free. Gameday tickets will be $15 each and must be purchased with cash. Seating is general admission. Proceeds from various events surrounding the scrimmage benefit the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program, LiFE (Learning in Fitness & Education) through Sports Program and the Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Fund.
Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available prior to gameday for $5 each. The group rate is not available online; those interested in purchasing group tickets should call 614-292-0043.
Tickets may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS), by calling 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Note additional service charges apply to any phone or online ticket orders.
Parking Information Open parking will be available in most of the lots surrounding Ohio Stadium Saturday. Shuttle service will be provided free of charge to fans parking in West Campus lots beginning at 9 a.m. Disability parking is available in the lot directly east of Ohio Stadium. RV parking is at Bill Davis Stadium.
Showdown History This marks the fourth time Ohio State has hosted a conference game prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game in Ohio Stadium. The event set NCAA men’s lacrosse on-campus and regular-season attendance records each of the first three years, with a record 31,078 fans in attendance last year when Ohio State defeated Air Force. In 2009, there were 30,192 fans in attendance at halftime to watch the Buckeyes and Notre Dame. The football game following drew a national spring game attendance record of 95,722, with many of those fans in attendance by the end of the lacrosse game. The first year, when Ohio State downed Denver in 2008, drew 29,601 fans for lacrosse.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 7-6 on the year and is coming off a 1-1 weekend, falling at No. 6/7 Denver, 11-6, last Saturday before beating Air Force, 8-4, last Sunday.
The team is averaging 9.54 goals a game, while allowing 7.69 to rank 11th nationally. The Buckeyes, who average 30.6 shots a game, have a 31.2 shooting percentage, ranking 12th in the country. The team is 9-for-35 (.257) on man-up chances and 29-for-39 (.744) on man-down defense, ranking 14th in the NCAA.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomore Logan Schuss who has a team-high 28 goals, 15 assists and 43 points. Sophomore Jeff Tundo is second with 23 goals and 35 points and tied with freshman Tyler Frederick for third with 12 assists. Frederick is third in goals (11) and points (23), with sophomore Dominique Alexander fourth in goals (10), assists (8) and points (18).
Freshman Greg Dutton has started 12 games in the cage and has an 8.05 goals-against average and .538 save percentage. Freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 66-of-139 faceoffs (.475) and has a team-best 33 groundballs, while sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 45-of-95 faceoffs (.474 percent). Junior Keenan Ochwat is second with 29 groundballs, followed by redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto with 24 and freshman Joe Meurer with 23. Ochwat is 25th nationally averaging 1.62 caused turnovers a game.
The ECAC Entering the weekend, Denver is in first place in the ECAC with a 4-0 mark. Loyola is 3-2, with Ohio State, Fairfield and Hobart all 2-2. Air Force is 2-3 and Bellarmine is 0-4.
Three conference games are on the slate for the weekend. In addition to Ohio State hosting Fairfield, Bellarmine welcomes Denver and Loyola hosts Hobart.
The Top 4 teams in the final league standings will earn a spot in the 2011 ECAC Tournament, set for May 5 and 7 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on DU’s campus in Denver, Colo. The league announced last week the championship game will be televised live on ESPNU, with the semifinals streamed on ECACLacrosse.com. The winner of the conference tournament earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State Vs. Fairfield Ohio State leads the series with Fairfield, 5-3, but lost the meeting last year, 10-8, in Connecticut. The teams last met in Columbus Feb. 28, 2009, an 11-6 Ohio State win inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes and Stags faced off as members of the Great Western Lacrosse League each season from 2000-05.
Fairfield Facts Fairfield is 6-6 on the year and stands 2-2 in league play with wins over Air Force (6-4) and Bellarmine (13-11) and losses to Hobart (8-7) and Loyola (7-6 OT). The squad averages 7.75 goals a game and is ninth in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 7.42 goals a game. The squad is third nationally in man-up offense (.500) and fourth in man-down defense (.830).
Sam Snow is first on the team with 23 points and ranks second with 14 goals, behind Doug Kuring who has a team-high 15 tallies. Max Trunz is first on the squad with 17 assists. John Snellman is tied for second with 14 goals and is first with five man-up tallies. Marshall Johnson has won 44-of-98 faceoffs (.449), while Steve Golmont has won 49-of-126 faceoffs (.389). Johnson has a team-best 32 groundballs and Greg Perraut is first with 15 caused turnovers. Goalie Charlie Cipriano is ninth nationally with a 7.34 goals-against average and ranks fifth with a .600 save percentage.
No. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 43 points, 28 goals and 15 assists this season, ranking eighth nationally in points per game (3.7) and 13th in goals per game (2.4). He is third in the league in points and goals per game and fourth in assists per outing.
After recording six points last weekend, Schuss now has 99 career points, with 59 goals and 40 assists. He is looking to become the first Buckeye to reach the 100-point mark as a sophomore since at least 2000. All-time 25 Buckeyes have hit the century mark, with the most recent Joel Dalgarno from 2006-09, who ended his career with 227 points after posting 76 points as a junior.
Schuss is on a 27-game point streak and has three or more points in seven of 12 games this year, including six points, with three goals and three assists, vs. Lehigh March 8, a five-goal game at UVA March 19 and seven points, with four goals and three assists, vs. Hobart April 9. Schuss leads the ECAC with three game-winning goals, including the GWG in triple overtime at Penn State March 5.
Streakers Sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 27 games (each game of his collegiate career) with two points at Denver and four at Air Force. He has multiple points in 11 games this season, with two or more goals in nine games. It is tied for the 13th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 59 goals, 40 assists and 99 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo had two points against both Denver and Air Force and has at least one goal and point in all 12 games this year. He has six multiple-goal games and three games with two helpers. Tundo had a team season-high six goals and eight points vs. Mercer Feb. 12, tying for ECAC single-game highs.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last 11 games (11-12-23). Sophomore Dominique Alexander had a six-game scoring streak ended at Denver but responded with a goal and an assist at Air Force.
Buckeye This and That • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton has started the last 12 games and has double-digit saves in five of his last eight games, including a career-best 14 vs. Hobart and 12 at both Albany March 12 and at Notre Dame March 23. He is second in the ECAC with an 8.05 goals-against average. • The 8-4 win over Air Force last Sunday was the fifth time this season Ohio State held an opponent to five or less goals. The squad, led by defensive starters Joe Bonanni, Keenan Ochwat and Matt Kawamoto, is limiting opponents to 7.69 goals a game and has allowed more than 10 goals just four times. • The Buckeyes are 5-1 in Columbus this season. The team has two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit, Mercer), a victory over North Carolina in Ohio Stadium and was 2-1 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with wins over Lehigh and Hobart and a loss to Loyola. • With a goal and an assist at Air Force, senior Paul Beery had his first two-point game of the year and the second of his career, with the first May 8, 2010 at North Carolina. • Tyler Frederick leads the Buckeye freshmen in goals (11), assists (12) and points (23). Classmate Michael Italiano is second with five goals and nine points. Joe Meurer is first for the rookies with 23 groundballs, while Greg Dutton has started 12 games in the cage. In all, 12 Buckeye rookies have seen game action this year. • Junior Keenan Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 21 caused turnovers, more than half of the 38 he has in his career. He is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers this year and ranks 17th nationally (first in the ECAC) with 1.62 caused turnovers per game. • Freshman Shawn Kaplan won 10-of-14 faceoffs against Air Force, one shy of the career-best 11 faceoff wins he had against Lehigh March 8. • With two man-up goals at Denver, junior Brock Sorensen marked the first two-goal game of his career and his second two-point game after a goal and an assist vs. Fairfield Feb. 28, 2009. He now has a career-high tying four goals on the year and he is first on the squad with four man-up goals this season. • Ohio State has played three games against teams ranked in the Top 3 at the time of the game this season. The squad defeated then-No. 3 North Carolina Feb. 19, lost at No. 2 Virginia March 19 and fell at then-No. 3 Notre Dame March 23. Notre Dame is currently ranked first by Inside Lacrosse, with Virginia No. 9 and North Carolina No. 10. • Ohio State has earned five ECAC Player of the Week honors this season. Jarred Bowman and Dominique Alexander have been the offensive player of the week, while freshman goalie Greg Dutton and faceoff specialist Shawn Kaplan were tabbed the rookie of the week, with Dutton picking up the award three times.
Become an Organ Donor The Buckeye Lacrosse Family lost one of its own in March when Colleen Dobbins, the daughter of assistant coach Dave Dobbins and his wife Erin, passed away. That day, Colleen became an organ donor and saved the lives of two other infants.
April is National Donate Life Month. Last year approximately 28,000 Americans received a life-saving organ transplant and more than one million Americans received a life-changing tissue transplant. When just one individual makes the decision to donate, they can save eight lives and heal more than 50 others. Right now only 52 percent of Ohioans and 55 percent of Americans are registered donors. The Buckeye Lacrosse Family encourages everyone to change that statistic – register to be an eye, organ or tissue donor today by visiting donatelife.net and give hope to those who wait.
The Buckeye lacrosse and football teams are wearing decals with Colleen’s initials (CJD) on their helmets in her memory. During the game vs. Fairfield the lacrosse players will be wearing a green stripe to help raise awareness of the need for registered organ donors.
Smart (And Helpful) Ones At the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner in May, a program-record tying 28 Buckeye men’s lacrosse players will be honored. As a team the Buckeyes posted a 3.22 grade-point average in winter quarter and the squad’s cumulative grade-point average as a team is 3.08.
The team has combined for nearly 600 hours of community service during the school year.
A Special Buckeye The Buckeyes have had a special member on the sideline throughout this season. JJ Snider, a fourth 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.
The Buckeye Captains Five Buckeyes have been selected captains for Buckeyes this season, including seniors Jarred Bowman, Conor David, Scott Lathrop and Bryce Woodson and junior Brock Sorensen. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates and the five selected were part of a group of players who indicated an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.
On the Sidelines Nick Myers is now in his third year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, also in his third year with the squad, and Dave Dobbins, who is in his second campaign. The newest addition to the staff is Patrick DeBolt, who joins the team as the volunteer assistant coach after spending last year with NCAA champion Duke as its volunteer. DeBolt is a 2009 graduate of Hofstra and spent time as an undergraduate assistant with the team. Mark Bergey is in his second year as the team’s director of operations.
Follow the Buckeyes Keep up with the Buckeyes online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of Ohio State athletics. Weekly and special releases, updated season and career statistics, links to live stats and audio and video streams and more can all be found on the site. In addition, the men’s lacrosse team has a Twitter feed which is updated during the week and in-game. Visit Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX to follow the squad.
A Look Ahead Ohio State will close out the regular season at Bellarmine at 3 p.m. April 30 in Louisville, Ky. The ECAC tournament follows the next week in Denver (May 5/7), with the Top 4 teams in the league standings competing in the tourney for the conference’s automatic NCAA bid.