MLAX: OHIO STATE vs. HOBART
Saturday, April 9 – 1 p.m. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
BUCKEYE QUICK SHOTS • The game Saturday is the final regular-season game for the Buckeyes in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The next home game on the 2011 schedule is the Showdown in the Shoe April 23 vs. Fairfield in Ohio Stadium. • The 12 members of the Ohio State senior class will be honored prior to the game vs. Hobart. • The Buckeyes 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 and Hobart have met 10 times, with the series dating back to 1956. • Ohio State is 4-1 in Columbus this year. The team has played in three facilities, posting two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, a victory in Ohio Stadium and a win in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. • Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 20 goals and 30 points and shares the assist lead with freshman Tyler Frederick with 10 each. • Tyler Frederick leads the Buckeye freshmen in goals (8), assists (10) and points (18). Michael Italiano is second with five goals and seven points. Joe Meurer is first for the rookies with 19 groundballs, while Greg Dutton has started nine games in the cage.
OHIO STATE LACROSSE THIS WEEK The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-5, 0-1 ECAC) continues ECAC play when it hosts Hobart (4-5, 1-1 ECAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game will be streamed on the internet through BigTenNetwork.com for a fee. The game is tentatively scheduled to be televised on Big Ten Network as part of its StudentU programming at 2 p.m. Monday. An audio broadcast can be found on OhioStateSports.net, with live stats on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In-game updates will be on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX. A DAY FOR THE SENIORS The game Saturday marks Senior Day for the 12 members of the Class of 2011 – Paul Beery, Jarred Bowman, Zach Boyt, Packy Campbell, Conor David, Tyler Dolphin, Scott Gerland, Ryan Keneally, Scott Lathrop, Mike Pires, Zach Rodgers and Bryce Woodson. The group will be honored in a pregame ceremony before their final regular-season game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The group was part of the Buckeye squad that won shared the 2008 Great Western Lacrosse League title and reached the league’s tournament championship game twice (‘08, ‘09). The 2008 team earned an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament and defeated Cornell on its home field in the first round of the NCAAs, becoming the first Ohio State team to reach the NCAA quarterfinals.
TEAM MEGHAN The game vs. Hobart is a “Team Meghan” event, in support of Meghan Kinney, a letterwinner for the OSU synchronized swimming team in 2009 and 2010, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall. Ohio State student-athletes will be selling bracelets and collecting donations for Team Meghan before and during the lacrosse game.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State is 5-5 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2), No. 3 North Carolina (13-8), Penn State (6-5 3OT) and Lehigh (11-7) and 11-9 losses at No. 11 UMass and Albany, along with back-to-back road losses at Top 3 teams (14-11 at No. 2 Virginia March 19, 8-7 at No. 3 Notre Dame March 23). The squad is coming off a 12-9 loss at home to Loyola last Saturday in its ECAC opener.
The team is averaging 9.9 goals a game, while allowing 8.1 to rank 16th nationally. The Buckeyes, who average 30.8 shots a game, have a 32.1 shooting percentage, ranking 10th in the country. The team is 6-for-29 (.207) on man-up chances and 19-for-25 (.778) on man-down defense, ranking 11th in the NCAA.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomore Logan Schuss who has a team-high 20 goals and 30 points and shares the team assist lead with freshman Tyler Frederick with 10 each. Sophomore Jeff Tundo is second with 18 goals and 27 points. Frederick is third with eight goals, followed by sophomore Dominique Alexander, senior Jarred Bowman and sophomore Dan Wertz with seven each. Tundo is third with nine assists, with Alexander fourth with seven. Freshman Greg Dutton has started nine games in the cage and has an 8.67 goals-against average and .506 save percentage. Freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 52-of-113 faceoffs (46 percent) to lead the squad. Kaplan has a team-best 24 groundballs, followed by junior Keenan Ochwat with 22 and redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto and freshman Joe Meurer with 19 each. Ochwat is 10th nationally averaging 2.0 caused turnovers a game.
THE ECAC Entering the weekend, Denver is in first place in the ECAC with a 3-0 mark. Fairfield is next at 2-1, with Loyola 2-2 and Hobart 1-1. Air Force is 1-2, with Ohio State (the last team to open league play) 0-1 and Bellarmine 0-2.
This weekend Bellarmine hosts Air Force, Loyola takes on Fairfield in Baltimore and the Buckeyes host Hobart in league action.
OHIO STATE VS. HOBART Ohio State and Hobart have met 10 times, with the Statesmen owning a 7-3 ledger in the series. Ohio State trails the series in Columbus, 1-3. The Buckeyes won the first game as conference foes, downing Hobart, 14-6, last year in Geneva, N.Y.
The squads met three-consecutive years from 2004-06, with Ohio State winning the 2005 matchup, 13-12 in overtime.
The series dates to 1956 (16-7 Hobart), with early games also played in 1961 (20-3 Hobart) and 1964 (7-6 Ohio State). The squads also met in a home-and-home series in 1989 and ‘90, with the Statesmen sweeping those games. STATESMEN STUFF Hobart is 4-5 this year and stands 1-1 in ECAC play with a win over Fairfield but a loss to Denver. The loss to the Pioneers ended a three-game winning streak for the Statesmen. Hobart is averaging 8.11 goals a game while allowing 9.89. The team has converted 14-of-40 (.350) man-up chances and has allowed 13 man-up goals (.581). The squad is fifth nationally in face-off winning percentage (.649).
Sam Miller has a team-high 20 goals and 22 points, with Alex Love second with 10 goals. Tim Bigelow and Mike White are tied for first with nine assists each. Chris Pedersen is third in goals (8) and assists (8) and second in points (16). Bigelow ranks third with 15 points, with Love and White tied for fourth with 13 each. Bobby Dattilo has taken every faceoff for the team and has won 122-of-188. He has a team-best 61 groundballs, followed by Alex Caton with 42. Caton is first on the team with 15 caused turnovers. Evan Kirk has started all nine games in goal and has a 10.19 goals-against average and .544 save percentage. OHIO STATE AT HOBART IN 2010 A team game that saw 14 Buckeyes post a point and a strong effort on defense helped Ohio State to a 14-6 win over Hobart April 10, 2010. Leading the way offensively for the Buckeyes was Jeff Tundo with five assists, while Mario Ventiquattro and James Green each had a hat trick and Logan Schuss had two goals and an assist.
Three long poles scored for the Buckeyes – Joe Bonanni, Keenan Ochwat and Brock Sorensen – with Bonanni also chipping in a team-high three caused turnovers.
The Buckeyes led 3-1 after the first quarter and scored six times in the second quarter for a 9-4 lead at halftime. Ohio State scored five second-half goals (with four in the fourth quarter) and held Hobart to just to goals in the final 30 minutes.
BUCKEYES’ LAST TIME OUT In its first ECAC game of the season, Ohio State fell to Loyola, 12-9, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus last Saturday.
The Greyhounds led 3-0 after the first quarter before the Buckeyes tied the game with three-straight goals in the second quarter. A goal from Loyola with 2:37 remaining in the second (ending a 21:15 scoreless streak) regained the lead for the Greyhounds, giving them a 4-3 advantage at halftime. The Greyhounds scored two quick goals to open the second half and outscored the Buckeyes 5-2 in the third quarter to lead 9-5 entering the fourth. Ohio State scored four of the next five goals to cut the lead to one (10-9) with 3:57 left in regulation but Loyola responded 16 seconds later for a two-goal lead and added a late goal for the 12-9 final.
Ohio State had goals from eight players, led by Dominique Alexander with two. Freshman Tyler Frederick led the Buckeyes with three assists and four points.
STREAKERS Sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 24 games (each game of his collegiate career) with an assist vs. Loyola. It ended a 16-game goal-scoring streak for Schuss (dating to March 20, 2010) and was the first time this season he was held to just one point. He has multiple points in eight games this season, with two or more goals in seven games. It is tied for the 16th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 51 goals, 35 assists and 86 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo scored his team-best third man-up goal of the season vs. Loyola and now has at least one goal and point in all nine games this year (18g, 9a, 27p). He has five multiple-goal games and three games with two helpers. Tundo had a team season-high six goals and eight points vs. Mercer Feb. 12.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last eight games (8-10-18) and had a team-best three assists and four points vs. Loyola. Sophomore Dominique Alexander has 13 points (7g, 6a) in his last five games combined, including two goals vs. the Greyhounds. Mike Smail and Dan Wertz have goals in back-to-back games.
NO. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 30 points, 20 goals and 10 assists, ranking 16th nationally in points per game and ranking 22nd in goals per game (2.22). He is third in the league in points per game, fourth in goals per outing and seventh in assists per outing.
Schuss is on a 24-game point streak and has three or more points in five of nine games this year, including six points, with three goals and three assists, vs. Lehigh March 8 and a five-goal game at UVA March 19. Schuss shares the ECAC lead with two game-winning goals, including the GWG in triple overtime at Penn State March 5. Schuss, the 2010 ECAC Rookie of the Year and the first Buckeye to earn All-America honors as a freshman, has 86 points in 24 career games with 51 goals and 35 assists. His first goal at Notre Dame March 23 was the 50th of his career.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton has started the last eight games and has double-digit saves in three of his last five games, including a season-high 12 at Albany March 12 and at Notre Dame March 23. He is second in the ECAC with an 8.67 goals-against average. • Junior Keenan Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 20 caused turnovers (including three vs. Loyola last week), more than half of the 37 he has in his career. He is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers this year and ranks 10th nationally (first in the ECAC) with 2.0 caused turnovers per game. • The Buckeyes are 4-1 in Columbus this season. The team has two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit, Mercer), a victory over North Carolina in Ohio Stadium and posted a win in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium March 8 against Lehigh before falling in JOMS to Loyola last week. • 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 second by Inside Lacrosse, with Virginia No. 9 and North Carolina No. 5. • The Buckeyes scored nine goals on 21 shots vs. Loyola, a 42.9 percent shooting rate. The team had just seven shots miss the cage. • Against Loyola senior Paul Beery scored his first goal of the season. Sophomore Nick Liddil’s goal vs. the Greyhounds was his first tally since the season opener. • Ohio State has earned four 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 twice.
IN THE RANKINGS • Ohio State is in the Top 25 in the NCAA in shot percentage (10th/.321), man-down defense (11th/.778), scoring defense (16th/8.1) and scoring margin (19th/1.8). • The Buckeyes are in the Top 3 in the ECAC in team offense (9.90), team defense, man-down defense, points per game (15.10), assists per game (5.20) and fewest turnovers per game (16.30). The team leads the league in shot percentage, fewest penalties (2.80) and fewest penalty minutes (2.10) per game. • Individually in the ECAC, Logan Schuss is third in points (3.33), fourth in goals (2.22) and tied for seventh in assists (1.11) per outing. Jeff Tundo is fifth in points per game (3.00), sixth in goals per game (2.00) and tied for 10th in assists per game (1.00). Tyler Frederick is tied for 10th in points per game (2.00) and seventh in assists per outing (1.11). Schuss is fifth (6.67), with Tundo seventh (5.44), in shots per game. Goalie Greg Dutton is second in goals-against average (8.67) and fifth in save percentage (.506) and saves per game (9.00). • Jeff Tundo’s six-goal and eight-point performance against Mercer Feb. 12 are tied for the league high for a single game this year. Freshman Tyler Frederick’s four-assist performance against Mercer is tied for second.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games were streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The game vs. Hobart is produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The Showdown in the Shoe against Fairfield April 23 will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network.
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.
SHOWDOWN IN THE SHOE IS COMING SOON 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.
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.
A LOOK AHEAD The Buckeyes will travel to Colorado for two games next weekend, taking on Denver at 3 p.m. Saturday April 16 and Air Force at 7 p.m. Sunday April 17 in ECAC games.