Oct. 13, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had a successful fall ball trip to Baltimore where it faced North Carolina in a scrimmage at Calvert Hall to raise money for the Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship Fund, with more than $8,000 generated for the fund.
Sunday afternoon, on a beautiful day in front of a near-capacity crowd of about 4,000, the Buckeyes and Tar Heels played using experimental rules of a 60-second shot clock and no horns for in-game stoppages (only subs on the fly).
The Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship, one of the largest memorial endowed scholarships in the Ohio State Department of Athletics, was created in memory of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi and his wife, Julie, who passed away tragically in March 2004 when he was just 3 years old. Breschi, a 1990 UNC graduate, coached at Ohio State from 1997-08 before returning to his alma mater in 2008.
The MRB Scholarship is given to a senior lacrosse player at Ohio State every year who best exemplifies the spirit of Michael. Previous recipients include Tom Randisi (2005), Andrew Bender (2006), Chris Li (2007), Ricky Pages (2008), Scott Matthews (2009), Scott Foreman (2010) and Scott Lathrop (2011).
Sunday, defenseman Matt Kawamoto was announced as the 2011-12 scholarship recipient. Kawamoto was recently selected as a team captain for the Buckeyes. He was an honorable mention All-American in 2011 as well as the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-ECAC selection. A second-team All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection in 2009 before he missed most of 2010 with an injury, Kawamoto has played in 47 games at Ohio State and has 63 groundballs and 29 caused turnovers.
“This was a special weekend for our men both on and off the field,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had the unique opportunity to spend time getting to know the Carolina players and staff on Saturday in the hotel. It was great for our men to come together like this and share a special weekend in honor of Michael Robert Breschi. The postgame tailgate was a combination of OSU and UNC friends and family. The highlight of the tailgate was offered when Matt Kawamotoreceived the MRB scholarship award and Coach Breschi followed by sharing a couple special stories about Mike. This weekend was a big success for everyone and we would like to thank the MRB committee and the Kelly Family for being incredible hosts. THUMBS UP!”
Coverage of the scrimmage:
Lacrosse Magazine: UNC-OSU Shot Clock Game Passes Eye Test
Lacrosse Magazine: Coach Myers video interview
Inside Lacrosse: Fallball 2011: Notes from North Carolina-Ohio State in Towson, Md.
Lacrosse Television: Youtube Game Highlight Video
Lacrosse Television: Youtube Ohio State Game Highlight Video (above)
The Buckeyes’ fall schedule ends with the CJD Memorial Fall Classic Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The family-friendly event, which will have face-painting and coloring stations for children, features three lacrosse games, with Ohio State taking on Ohio Wesleyan and Canisius and the Bishops and Griffins also facing off. Games begin at 1 p.m. and a $5 donation will be collected at the door for the CJD Memorial Fund to help support Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The fund was set up to honor the memory of Colleen Dobbins, the daughter of Coach Dobbins and his wife, Erin, who passed away suddenly in March.