March 14, 2014
OHIO STATE LACROSSE THIS WEEK
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-4, 0-0 ECAC) will take on No. 9-ranked Denver (5-2, 0-0 Big East) at 1 p.m. MT/3 p.m. ET Saturday in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver, Colo., in an non-conference matchup.
The game between Ohio State and Denver will be streamed online through the Pioneer Vision subscription service on DenverPioneers.com. Live stats will also be available through Denver’s site. Links for video, audio and live stats are also on the Buckeye lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday2014, with in-game updates on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
After the game at Denver, the Buckeyes will host three games in a row in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The squad will face Bellarmine under the lights March 21 to open ECAC play before non-conference games against Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29.
Ohio State is 1-4 and coming off a 7-5 loss at Hofstra Saturday. The squad is averaging 8.80 goals per game and allowing 9.4 an outing. The Buckeyes lead the nation in clearing percentage at 98.9 percent (90-for-91).
Junior Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 21 points, with classmate Turner Evans first with 10 assists and second with 16 points. Sophomore Carter Brown and Evans are tied for second with six goals each, with Brown third on the team with 12 points. Junior Reegan Comeault and senior Adam Trombley both have five goals on the year. Senior goalie Greg Dutton started all five games and has 47 saves. Freshman Jake Withers is first with 21 groundballs and leads the team with 31 faceoff wins. Senior Dominic Imbordino is first with 10 caused turnovers, sophomore Robby Haus is second with seven and senior Joe Meurer is third with six.
OHIO STATE vs. DENVER
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Denver, 13-8, and won the last matchup, an 11-10 victory in the ECAC Championship game May 4, 2013. The Pioneers posted a 10-9 regular-season win in Columbus March 9, 2013. This is the first game between the teams in Denver since May 5, 2011, when the Pioneers won, 11-4.
Denver is now a member of the Big East and this is the first time Ohio State and Denver are facing off as members of different conferences since the Pioneers moved to Division I in 1999. The squads competed in the Great Western Lacrosse League from 1999 through 2009 and then were ECAC rivals from 2010 through 2013.
THE LAST TIME – OHIO STATE VS. DENVER IN ECAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Ohio State won the 2013 ECAC Championship, defeating top seed and No. 4-ranked Denver, 11-10, May 4, 2013 at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. In the championship game, Ohio State led 4-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 6-3 in the second quarter before the Pioneers closed the first half on a three-goal run to send the teams into halftime tied at 6. The teams were tied three times in the third quarter, with Ohio State leading twice (7-6, 9-8) and Denver leading at 8-7. Entering the fourth quarter, the squads were tied at 9 after a DU goal with 1:45 remaining in the third stanza. In the fourth quarter, Buckeye Logan Schuss put Ohio State ahead 10-9 at 4:12 before the Pioneers tied it with 2:52 remaining. Turner Evans netted the gamewinner with 24 seconds left, scoring off an assist from Jesse King. King had a career-high tying six points in the final vs. Denver, with two goals and four assists and Evans had a career-high tying four goals vs. the Pioneers. Trey Wilkes won 12 faceoffs against Denver and picked up a team-best seven groundballs. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves vs. DU.
Denver is 5-2 this season and coming off two wins vs. Top 10 opponents, downing Notre Dame in California, 10-7, Saturday and beating Penn State, 15-11, Monday in Denver. DU averages 12.57 goals a game on the year and allows 9.14 an outing. The squad has converted 7-of-21 (.333 percent) man-up chances and allowed 10 goals on 26 opportunities.
Jack Bobzien has a team-high 18 goals and 27 points, with Erick Adamson second with 17 goals, followed by Wesley Berg with 16 and Zach Miller with 15. Adamson, Berg and Miller are all tied for second with 21 points each. Jeremy Noble has a team-high 10 assists. Joe Bano has won 23-of-51 (.451) faceoffs, Chris Hampton is 34-of-86 (.395) and Christian Thomas is 12-of-34 (.353).
TEWAARATON CANDIDATE KING LEADS ECAC IN SCORING
Junior midfielder Jesse King leads the ECAC with 21 points and 4.20 points per game this year, standing second with 14 goals and 2.80 goals per game. He is 18th in the NCAA in points per contest and 20th in goals per game. He has three six-point outings this season, including a five-goal game at Johns Hopkins and four-goal days vs. Marquette and Penn State.
King’s first-quarter assist Saturday at Hofstra was the 100th point of his Buckeye career and he now has 101 points on 62 goals and 39 assists. He is the 28th Buckeye to hit triple digits. King carries a 28-game point streak, with 54 goals, 36 assists and 90 points, into the game vs. Denver.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
• Ohio State leads the NCAA in clearing percentage, clearing 90-of-91 (.989) percent of its chances.
• The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC and 24th in the NCAA with 6.40 assists per game. Ohio State has 32 assists on 44 goals in its first five games.
• Ohio State has scored on 29.9 percent of its shots this year (44 goals on 147 shots), ranking third in the ECAC and 22nd nationally.
• Jesse King is 18th nationally in points per game (4.20) and 20th in goals per game (3.25).
• Turner Evans is 16th nationally and second among ECAC players with 2.00 assists per outing.
• Dominic Imbordino is first in the ECAC and 15th in the NCAA with 2.00 caused turnovers per game.
• Jake Withers has a league-best 4.20 groundballs per game average.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT
• Junior Turner Evans is second on the team with 16 points, with a team-high 10 assists. He had two goals and an assist at Hofstra and is on a 13-game point streak (24g, 13a, 37p).
• Sophomore Carter Brown was held scoreless for the first time in 10 games Saturday at Hofstra. He had 14 goals, nine assists and 23 points in the stretch. Brown is third on the team with 12 points, tying for second with six goals and ranking third with six assists.
• The Buckeyes have 38 caused turnovers this season, while their opponents have 24. Dominic Imbordino has a team-best 10, while Robby Haus has seven and Joe Meurer has six.
• Reegan Comeault has 10 points this season, just one point away from the career-high 11 he had as a freshman. He has already matched his career best with five assists and has at least one helper in four of five games this year, along with four multiple-point outings and at least one point in each contest.
• Senior goalie Greg Dutton has nine or more stops in four of five starts this season and is fifth among current NCAA goalies with 450 career saves, ranking 12th with 9.18 saves a game.
• Freshman Sean Giampietro scored his first career goal Saturday vs. Hofstra.
• Freshman Jake Withers won 10-of-15 faceoffs Saturday at Hofstra, his second game with double-digit wins this season. He picked up five groundballs to lead the Buckeyes.
IN THE POLLS
• Six of Ohio State’s 2014 regular-season opponents are ranked by the coaches in the USILA poll: Johns Hopkins (t2), Penn State (5), Denver 9, Notre Dame (11), UMass (14) and Fairfield (19) and Hofstra is receiving votes in the poll.
• In the Inside Lacrosse Warrior media poll, Johns Hopkins (3), Penn State (7), Denver (9), Notre Dame (12), UMass (15), Air Force (18) are all ranked, with Fairfield and Delaware receiving votes.
The Buckeyes’ game vs. Notre Dame March 25 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium will be televised live by Fox Sports College. The network will also show all three games in the ECAC Tournament live from JOMS May 1/3.
Ohio State vs. Michigan – 2014 Showdown in the Shoe Set for April 12
Tickets for the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe are on sale now. The Buckeyes will host Michigan at 11 a.m. April 12 in Ohio Stadium, preceding the Ohio State football team’s 2014 LifeSports Spring Game presented by Nationwide. General admission tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $12 for adults if bought in advance; $20 (cash only) if purchased day of game. Children 6 and under are free in the general admission sections only (everyone in club seating areas will be required to have a ticket). Club seats are $20 and can only be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at go.osu.edu/SpringGameTix. Tickets can also be purchased in person at any TicketMaster outlet and at the OSU Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. Group tickets – $8 for groups of 50 or more – are only available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2).
Current Ohio State students get in free with a valid BuckID. Students should enter the stadium through Gate 26.
The game will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008. The tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati. A record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men’s lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The 2009 football spring game set a national attendance record of 95,722.
ECAC TOURNEY COMING TO COLUMBUS
Ohio State will serve as host for the 2014 ECAC Tournament, slated for May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Top 4 teams in the final ECAC standings qualify for the event, with the winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
Keep up with Ohio State men’s lacrosse all season long through social media, including facebook (OhioStateMensLacrosse) and Instagram (@OhioState_MLAX). The team’s official Twitter feed is @OhioState_MLAX and you can keep up with Coach Myers (@MyersJMZ), Coach Dobbins (@DobbinsDave), Coach Koesterer (@squirerockwell), Coach Hall (@judsonhall) and Coach Bergey (@MBergey11).