COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-4, 0-1 ECAC) will take on Quinnipiac (4-1, 1-1 ECAC) at noon Saturday at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn., in an ECAC Lacrosse League contest.
Links for live stats for the game at Quinnipiac can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Links to the audio broadcast can be found on the sites as well.
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three games in eight days over spring break. The week started at Notre Dame last Saturday, continued at Fairfield Tuesday and wraps up with the contest vs. Quinnipiac Saturday.
The ECAC Slate
The game vs. Quinnipiac is the second of six-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse league contests for the Buckeyes. The ECAC regular-season champion receives the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
In addition to the Ohio State vs. Quinnipiac matchup this weekend, Fairfield hosts Hobart and Denver plays host to Air Force in ECAC games.
Last Time Out
Playing in its first conference game as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League, Ohio State lost to Fairfield, 10-8, Tuesday night in Fairfield, Conn. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a hat trick and added an assist for a team-high four points, with senior James Green chipping in three points on two goals and a helper.
Ohio State is 4-4 this year, with wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad is averaging 9.25 goals a game, while allowing 8.88.
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-high 11 assists and 24 points this year and is second with 13 goals. Senior James Green leads the team with 14 goals and is tied with classmate Mario Ventiquattro for second with 16 points each. Freshman Jeff Tundo is fourth with 15 points and tied with Ventiquattro for third with 11 goals each. Senior Brandon Freeman has started six games in goal and has 79 saves on 138 shots. Freshman Ryan Brant has three appearances, including a start at Notre Dame, and has made 16 saves on 28 shots.
Buckeyes vs. Bobcats
Ohio State and Quinnipiac have met eight times, with the Buckeyes winning each game. The teams have faced off each year since 2002. The Buckeyes won 8-2 last year in Columbus and posted an 18-7 win in Hamden, Conn., in the last meeting on Quinnipiac’s home field. The Buckeyes are 2-0 all-time in Hamden, Conn., with a 3-0 mark in both Columbus and in neutral sites.
Senior Mario Ventiquattro leads the current Buckeyes with five goals and eight points against Quinnipiac in his career. Classmate James Green has three goals vs. the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac is 4-1 this season and carries a four-game winning streak into the game Saturday. The Bobcats opened the year with a loss in an ECAC game to Loyola but have since downed Wagner, Detroit, Providence and Hobart. The squad averages 11.8 goals a game, while allowing 6.20.
Christian Haggerty has a team-best eight assists and 16 points, ranking second with eight goals. Jack Oppenheimer is first with 10 goals and second with 12 points. Zach Pall has won 68.3 percent of his faceoffs and averages 9.25 groundballs this season to lead the country through games of March 21. Goalie Kevin Benzing is first nationally with a .674 save percentage.
Buckeyes Pick Up League Honors
A Buckeye has won league player of the week honors four times this year, including three rookie of the week accolades. Freshman Logan Schuss was honored March 1 and March 8 (co) and classmate Jeff Tundo earned the award March 15. Senior Mario Ventiquattro picked up ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week accolades March 8.
This week James Green and Scott Foreman were named to the ECAC Honor Roll following the overtime loss to Notre Dame.
The Buckeye squad is allowing 8.88 goals on the year. Through games of March 21, the Buckeyes ranked 14th in the country in team defense. The squad held Albany to six goals, while allowing just seven to Notre Dame and Detroit.
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 42 games for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all eight games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro.
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both recorded their 75th career points vs. Detroit Feb. 27. Green has a 61-26-87 line at Ohio State, while Ventiquattro has 63 goals and 23 assists for 86 points as a Buckeye. Green has played in a team-high 54 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 45. Ventiquattro and Scott Foreman are next with 48 games played each, with Foreman recording 43 starts.
Senior James Green and freshman Logan Schuss both have at least one point in all eight games for the Buckeyes this season. Junior Mike Pires had his seven-game scoring streak ended against Fairfield Tuesday night.
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 11 assists and 24 points and is coming off a four-point game, with a hat trick and an assist, at Fairfield Tuesday. It was his second career hat trick after recording three goals (and three assists) against Detroit Feb. 27. Schuss, who has at least one point in each of the first eight games of his collegiate career, has at least two points in six games and a goal in all but one outing. A two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week, Schuss had a career-high six points vs. Detroit Feb. 27 and followed that with five points vs. Penn State March 6, including the overtime winner.
Schuss is tied for sixth in the ECAC in points per game (3.00) and tied for seventh in assists per outing (1.38).
Senior James Green leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals, with two or more goals in five games and at least one point in all eight games. He ranks eighth in the ECAC with 1.75 goals a game. Against Fairfield Tuesday Green had three points, with two goals and an assist. He had a hat trick against Notre Dame for back-to-back three-point outings. Green had 15 goals a season ago and a career-best 22 as a sophomore in 2008.
Senior Mario Ventiquattro has five points in his last two games combined, with a hat trick at Notre Dame last Saturday and a goal and an assist at Fairfield. Ventiquattro has multiple points in five games on the year, including a four-goal performance March 6 vs. Penn State. He is tied for first in the ECAC with five man-up goals on the year. He ranked 23rd in the NCAA in shooting percentage, converting 45.5 percent of his shots this season, through games of March 21.
The Buckeyes are in the midst of five-consecutive games on the road and will play at Loyola April 3 and at Hobart April 10.
Ohio State will have two games televised as part of the ECAC Lacrosse League’s Game of the Week television package, with both the game at Loyola April 3 and the home game vs. Bellarmine May 1 being shown live to more than 60 million homes. In Ohio the games will be shown on the Ohio News Network and the games also will be picked up on Fox College Sports, DIRECTV, DISH, AT&T and more. For a complete list of the carriers, visit ECAClacrosse.com. All televised games will also be streamed online through B2 Networks through a subscription service.
On the BTN
The “Showdown in the Shoe” between the Buckeyes and Air Force, set for 11 a.m. April 24 in Ohio Stadium, will be televised live on Big Ten Network. The game precedes the Buckeye football game at 1:30 p.m., which also will be shown on BTN.
Follow ECAC Lacrosse on the Web
In addition to ECACLacrosse.com, the ECAC Lacrosse league has a facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ECACLacrosse. On twitter, http://twitter.com/ECACchamps updates regularly, including live tweets from games. A mobile scoreboard is available at http://ecaclacrosse.com/m.
The Buckeyes will play at Loyola at 2 p.m. next Saturday (April 3).
The night before the Buckeyes take on the Greyhounds, a dinner is planned to raise money for the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Fund.
The dinner is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 2 at Oregon Ridge (13555 Beaver Dam Road) in Cockeyesville, Md. The event, an evening of food, friends and fellowship where guests can learn more about the MRB Scholarship Fund and celebrate the life of Michael Breschi, features a Good Friday friendly buffet and includes a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $55 per person and $500 for a table and all guests must be 21 or older. For more information contact Pat Kirschenhofer (email@example.com)
The Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship, the largest memorial endowed scholarship in the Ohio State Department of Athletics, was created in memory of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi, who passed away tragically in March 2004 when he was just 3 years old. The Michael Robert Breschi Scholarship is given to a Buckeye senior lacrosse player every year who best exemplifies the spirit of Michael.
This is the seventh annual dinner for the MRB scholarship fund. It is the first time it is not being held the night before the Buckeyes face off against North Carolina, Coach Breschi’s alma mater where he is currently the head coach. The next day the Buckeyes will take on Loyola, with the Tar Heels facing off against Johns Hopkins.