Ohio State at Bellarmine Saturday, April 30 – 3 p.m. Louisville, Ky.
Buckeye Quick Shots • The ECAC tournament is set for next weekend in Denver, with the Top 4 teams in the league standings earning a spot in the tourney. An Ohio State win over Bellarmine, and/or a loss by Air Force, will give Ohio State the fourth spot in the field. Denver, Loyola and Fairfield have already clinched berths. • Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 29 goals, 18 assists and 47 points. He has 103 points in 28 career games to rank 24th in program history and has at least one point in each collegiate contest. He is in the Top 20 in the NCAA in points and goals per game. • The Buckeyes are closing out the regular season with five-consecutive ECAC games. • Ohio State is 3-1 all-time vs. Bellarmine, including a 2-0 ledger in Louisville. The teams first met as GWLL foes in 2007. • Ohio State is 15th in the NCAA in team defense and 20th in man-down defense. The squad has held five opponents to five or less goals this year. • 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 (7-7, 2-3 ECAC) ends the regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday against Bellarmine (4-10, 0-5 ECAC) in Louisville, Ky., in an ECAC Lacrosse League game. A link to live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The ECAC Three teams have already wrapped up spots in the ECAC tournament. Denver has clinched the ECAC title with a 5-0 mark, Loyola finished league play 4-2, and Fairfield is 3-2 and holds tiebreakers over Ohio State and Air Force. Ohio State, Air Force and Hobart all are 2-3, but Ohio State holds the tiebreaker with the Falcons after a win at AFA. Hobart is ineligible for postseason play. A win over Bellarmine (and/or a loss by Air Force) will clinch a spot in the ECAC tournament for the Buckeyes. Bellarmine is 0-5 and eliminated from the tournament field. Conference play ends this weekend with Ohio State at Bellarmine, Hobart at Air Force and Fairfield at Denver. The 2011 ECAC Tournament is set for May 5 and 7 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on DU’s campus in Denver, Colo. 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.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 7-7 on the year after an 11-9 loss to Fairfield last Saturday in the Showdown in the Shoe. The team is averaging 9.5 goals a game, while allowing 7.93 to rank 15th nationally. The Buckeyes, who average 31.4 shots a game, have a 30.2 shooting percentage, ranking 18th in the country. The team is 12-for-39 (.308) on man-up chances and 29-for-40 (.725) on man-down defense, ranking 20th in the NCAA. The squad is led in scoring by sophomore Logan Schuss who has a team-high 29 goals, 18 assists and 47 points. Sophomore Jeff Tundo is second with 23 goals and 35 points and freshman Tyler Frederick is second with 13 assists, ranking third in goals (13) and points (26). Sophomore Dominique Alexander is fourth in goals (12), assists (8) and points (18). Freshman Greg Dutton has started 13 games in the cage and has an 8.28 goals-against average and .520 save percentage. Freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 80-of-161 faceoffs (.497) and has a team-best 41 groundballs, while sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 47-of-97 faceoffs (.485 percent). Junior Keenan Ochwat is second with 33 groundballs, followed by redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto with 27, freshman Joe Meurer with 26 and Dutton with 25. Ochwat is 18th nationally averaging 1.79 caused turnovers a game.
Ohio State Vs. Bellarmine Ohio State is 3-1 vs. Bellarmine, with the first loss coming last year in overtime, 14-13, in Columbus. Ohio State is 2-0 in Louisville, with a 13-9 win in 2007 and an 11-7 victory in 2009. Ohio State and Bellarmine were conference foes in the Great Western Lacrosse League from 2007-09.
Bellarmine Bits Bellarmine is 4-10 overall this year, with a 3-2 ledger at home. The squad is 0-5 in ECAC play and is coming off a 15-9 loss at home to Denver last week. The Knights are averaging 10.39 goals a game and allowing 11.69 goals a game. The team is 12th nationally, converting 37.3 percent of its man-up chances. Cameron Gardner has a team-best 18 goals and 24 assists. Colton Clark (11g, 12a) and Karsen Leung, who is first with 13 assists, are tied for second with 23 points each. Austin Bright is second on the squad with 17 goals. In all, seven Knights have double-digit goals this year. Goalie Dillon Ward is 11th in the nation in saves per game (11.17) and the team is second nationally in saves per contest (12.93). Andrew Bulgarelli (66-82, .446) and Craig Carson (73-92, .442) have shared faceoff duties this year. Carson is first with 46 groundballs, followed by Bulgarelli with 44 and Leung with 40.
No. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 47 points, 29 goals and 18 assists this season, ranking 12th nationally in points per game (3.62) and 20th in goals per game (2.23). He is third in the ECAC in points and goals per game and fifth in assists per outing. Schuss’ first-quarter assist against Fairfield was the 100th point of his Buckeye career. Schuss had four points, with a goal and three assists, against the Stags and now has 103 career points, with 60 goals and 43 assists, ranking 24th in program history for points. He is believed to be the first Buckeye to reach the 100-point mark as a sophomore. 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, including a 76-point campaign as a junior. Schuss is on a 28-game point streak and has three or more points in eight of 13 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 gamewinner in triple overtime at Penn State March 5.
Streakers Sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 28 games (each game of his collegiate career) with four points vs. Fairfield. He has multiple points in 12 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 60 goals, 43 assists and 103 points in the stretch. Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last 12 games and has back-to-back three-point games with two goals and an assist in each. Sophomore Dominique Alexander had a six-game scoring streak ended at Denver April 16 but has back-to-back two-point outings, including two goals vs. Fairfield. Sophomore Jeff Tundo 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.
Buckeye This and That • The Buckeyes hosted the fourth-annual Showdown in the Show Saturday vs. Fairfield in Ohio Stadium. The attendance of 12,317 was the second-largest for an on-campus game this year, behind only Virginia at Syracuse in March. • Freshman Shawn Kaplan won 14 faceoffs against Fairfield, setting a career best. The Buckeyes won 16-of-24 draws as a team vs. the Stags. Kaplan won 10-of-14 faceoffs against Air Force and is 24-12 (.667) in his last two games combined with a team-best 13 groundballs. • Junior Keenan Ochwat had a career-high four caused turnovers against Fairfield. He leads the team with 25 this year (more than half of the 42 he has in his career) and leads the ECAC in caused turnovers per game. He is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers this year. • Junior Brock Sorensen has a team-high five man-up goals this year (on five shots), giving him a career high in goals. Ohio State had a season-best three EMO goals Saturday vs. Fairfield, with tallies from Sorensen, Mike Pires and Dominique Alexander. • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton has started the last 13 games and has double-digit saves in five of his last nine games, including a career-best 14 vs. Hobart and 12 at both Albany March 12 and at Notre Dame March 23. He is third in the ECAC with an 8.28 goals-against average. • Ohio State has held opponents to five or less goals five times this year. The squad, led by defensive starters Joe Bonanni, Keenan Ochwat and Matt Kawamoto, is limiting opponents to 7.93 goals a game. • The Buckeyes were 5-2 in Columbus during the regular season. The team had two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit, Mercer), a 1-1 mark in Ohio Stadium with a victory over North Carolina and loss to Fairfield and was 2-1 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with wins over Lehigh and Hobart and a loss to Loyola. • Tyler Frederick leads the Buckeye freshmen in goals (13), assists (13) and points (26). Classmate Michael Italiano is second with six goals and 10 points. Joe Meurer is first for the rookies with 26 groundballs, while Greg Dutton has started 13 games in the cage. In all, 12 Buckeye rookies have seen game action this year. • 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 wore green strips on their socks 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.