COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, after opening the year with wins over Detroit and Mercer last week, hosts No. 3 North Carolina (1-0) at noon Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
All seating will be on the west side of the stadium Saturday and gates and ticket sales begin at 10:30 a.m. Ticket windows will be open, with gates 7 and 9 used for guest entrance. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, with Ohio State students (with BuckID) and children 6 and under admitted free.
Follow the Game Online
An audio/video webcast of the game Saturday will be available through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a fee. Live stats links can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, and in-game score updates also will be on Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX. Live stats also can be linked through the newly-redesigned ECACLacrosse.com. A radio broadcast will be streamed on OhioStateSports.net.
Buckeyes vs. Tar Heels
Ohio State and North Carolina are facing off for the sixth-consecutive year and have met 16 times in the series history. After meeting at a neutral site each season from 2006-09, the squads played on UNC’s home field last year, a 19-13 Tar Heel win.
The squads last met in Columbus in 2003, when UNC posted a 9-8 victory March 12. The other meeting in Columbus between the teams was in 1998 (18-5 UNC). The Tar Heels are 9-0 against the Buckeyes in Chapel Hill, including a 13-6 win in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State’s last win over North Carolina was April 12, 2008, a 14-11 victory on a neutral field in Baltimore.
In the meeting last year, then-Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had seven goals and eight points in a 19-13 Tar Heel victory. The Buckeyes (7-8) led by as many as four (8-4) in the first half before the Tar Heels tied the game at 10-all before halftime. UNC (12-2) scored 15 of the final 20 goals for the win.
Joe Breschi, who served as Ohio State’s head coach for 11 years (1998-2008), returns to Columbus as head coach of a visiting team for the first time. Breschi, a 1990 graduate of North Carolina, led the Buckeyes to three NCAA tournament appearances, including the quarterfinals in 2008. Buckeye head coach Nick Myers was an assistant under Breschi at Ohio State, serving as his top assistant for three years.
Pat Myers, the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Tar Heels, is the brother of Buckeye head coach Nick Myers and was a four-year letterwinner at Ohio State. He played for the Buckeyes from 2000-03 and was the 2000 GWLL Newcomer of the Year and a two-time all-conference selection. Pat also served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater under Breschi.
North Carolina is in the ACC, one of three conference schools in the conference the Buckeyes will face this season. Ohio State faced Duke in a preseason scrimmage in Durham Feb. 5. The Buckeyes will take on ACC school Virginia March 19 in Charlottesville. The fourth ACC school is Maryland, who Ohio State has not gone up against since 2003.
Buckeyes Open 2011 with Two Wins
The Buckeyes began the 2011 campaign with a 4-3 victory over Detroit last Thursday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Ohio State defense limited Detroit to just three goals and 16 shots, with freshman goalie Greg Dutton making six saves in his first career game. Buckeye senior Tyler Dolphin had the gamewinner in the fourth quarter, breaking a 3-all tie, set up by classmate Zach Boyt. Sophomore Logan Schuss was the only Buckeye with multiple points, with a goal and an assist.
Saturday inside WHAC the Buckeyes posted a 20-2 victory over Mercer, in its first game as a Division I program. Ohio State led 6-0 after the first quarter and 11-2 at halftime. The defense and senior goalie Ryan Keneally shut out the Bears in the second half, while the offense combined for another nine tallies. Sophomore Jeff Tundo led the squad with a career-high six goals and eight points, while classmate Trey Wilkes was a perfect 18-for-18 on faceoffs in the game.
In all, 13 Buckeyes had a point in the game. Freshman Tyler Frederick had five points, including four assists, while sophomore Patrick Riffee had a hat trick. Freshman Michael Italiano (1g, 2a) and Justin McGinnis (2g, 1a) and junior Eddie Bambino (2g, 1a) each had three points. Sophomore Dan Wertz had two goals in the win as well. It was the first time the Buckeyes scored 20 goals since a 21-1 win over Detroit Feb. 7, 2009. The 18-goal win was the largest victory since that game vs. the Titans.
Firsts for the Buckeyes
Buckeyes with their first career goals and/or assists and points last week included sophomores Patrick Riffee (with a hat trick) and Nick Liddil (a goal and an assist) and freshmen Tyler Frederick (a goal and four assists for five points), Justin McGinnis (two goals and an assist for three points) and Michael Italiano (a goal and two assists for three points). Junior Scott Gerland has his first career assist.
Freshmen to see their first playing time for the Scarlet and Gray last week included Greg Dutton, Adam Trombley, Shawn Kaplan, Frederick, Joe Meurer, Steve Knezick, Italiano, Jake Sharick, McGinnis, Darius Bowling, John Hardesty and Domenic Imbordino.
Home Sweet Home
In all, Ohio State will play in three venues on the Ohio State campus this year – at least two games inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, three games scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and one or two contests in Ohio Stadium, including the third-annual Showdown in the Shoe April 23 vs. Fairfield.
After opening the year 2-0 at home the Buckeyes are 12-3 in Columbus over the last two-plus seasons.
Watch the Buckeyes
All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com (Detroit, Mercer, North Carolina, Lehigh and Loyola). The game vs. Hobart April 9 will be produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The broadcast may then be televised at a later date on Big Ten Network; an air date has not been set.
The Buckeye Captains
Five captains have been selected 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.
The Buckeyes were slated fourth in the ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Denver is first, followed by Loyola and Fairfield. Hobart was ranked fifth, with Air Force sixth and Bellarmine seventh.
Buckeye sophomore Logan Schuss, an honorable mention All-American and the ECAC Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team. In the coaches’ preseason picks in Faceoff Yearbook Schuss and defenseman Brock Sorensen both were named to the team.
Get Your Tickets
Tickets for all Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games in 2011 are now on sale. Tickets for the first six contests are $5 for adults and $3 for children, with Ohio State students and children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each; to purchase contact group sales at 614-247-1984.
Tickets for the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield at 11 a.m. April 23 in Ohio Stadium, went on sale Feb. 4. Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football spring game, 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. 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 to all games may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS, or click HERE), 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.
A Conference Tourney
The top four teams in the final ECAC Lacrosse League standings will advance to the conference tournament, to be held in Denver May 5 and 7 (note the change in dates from earlier releases). The tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic bid into the 16-team NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes will be on the road for their next two games, taking on Massachusetts Feb. 26 and Penn State March 5. The next game in Columbus is set for March 8, a Tuesday-night matchup (weather conditions pending) under the lights against Lehigh.