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Gametime
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team opens its 2010 campaign at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Villanova in a non-conference matchup. The teams will meet on the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game is approaching a sellout, so fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets.

Get Your Tickets
The first three Buckeyes home games all are expected to be played inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, where seating is limited. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to guarantee a spot. Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on “For the Fans” along the top bar for links), by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office. Click HERE for the direct link to purchase single-game tickets.

For all regular-season games except the “Showdown in the Shoe” April 24 vs. Air Force, single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and youth. Ohio State students are admitted free with a BuckID, with children 6 and under also free.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each and must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984. Group tickets are not available to purchase online. (See below for information on “Showdown in the Shoe” tickets.)

Proud of Those Who Serve
This is Military Appreciation Week at Ohio State. At home athletics events during the week, including the lacrosse game Saturday, items (i.e. food, hygiene, drinks, entertainment) will be collected for Operation Buckeye to be shipped to deployed troops. For a complete list of needed items, click on the Military Appreciation Week button on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The week began with a wrestling match vs. Michigan Feb. 5, men’s volleyball vs. St. Francis Feb. 6 and men’s basketball vs. Iowa Feb. 7. It also included women’s basketball vs. Purdue Thursday and will wrap up with the men’s hockey game vs. Alaska Saturday night.

Follow Along
All Ohio State home games this season, except the game against Air Force in Ohio Stadium, will be streamed live on the internet through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. For more information, or to sign up for the service, click on Buckeye Vision under multimedia on the top bar of website. Former Buckeye All-American Greg Bice and Evan Winkofsky of Scarlet and Gray Student Radio will call the action between Ohio State and Villanova.

Live stats can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A league-wide scoreboard can be found on the home page at ecaclacrosse.com.

Buckeyes vs. Wildcats
Ohio State is 2-0 all-time against Villanova, with both meetings on the Wildcats’ home field. The teams last met March 18, 2008, a 15-8 Buckeye victory. Against the Wildcats, Joel Dalgarno had a team-best five points, Jeff Ryan had four points with two goals and two assists and Kevin Buchanan and Mario Ventiquattro each had hat tricks. The Buckeyes led, 10-4 at halftime, en route to the win.

The first meeting was March 24, 1964, a 13-4 win for Ohio State.

Wildcat Wisdom
Villanova is in its first season in the newly-formed Big East lacrosse conference and was picked to finish fourth in the league’s preseason poll. The squad was 11-6 last season and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament after winning the Colonial Athletic Association title. The team returns 25 letterwinners, including six starters, from the 2009 squad.

The Wildcat staff is comprised of all Villanova grads – Michael Corrado (’87) is the head coach, joined by John Derham (’88), Simon Connor (’04) and Joe Canuso (’06).

Indoor Lax
Ohio State has played four games inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, winning all four contests. The first came in March 2008 when a blizzard forced the Buckeyes and Penn State indoors and the Buckeyes downed the Nittany Lions, 17-6. Last season the Buckeyes defeated Detroit (21-1), Bucknell (10-9 OT) and Fairfield (11-6) inside the WHAC.

For Starters
This is the fourth-consecutive year Ohio State is opening the year with a home game. The Buckeyes downed Detroit, 21-1, last year to open 2009 after suffering an 8-7 loss in overtime to Navy to begin the 2008 campaign. The squad won the 2007 opener, beating Robert Morris in Columbus, 13-5.

They’re Back
Ohio State returns 28 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2009 squad. Included in the returnees are four all-conference selections in defensemen Matt Kawamoto and Scott Foreman, goalie Brandon Freeman and midfielder James Green.

Leaders of the Pack
Seniors Scott Foreman, Brandon Freeman and Andrew Stimmel have been elected team captains for the 2010 squad. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates. The trio was part of a group of players who stepped forward with an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.

Break It Down
The 46-man Buckeye lacrosse roster includes eight seniors, 15 juniors, eight sophomores and 15 freshmen.

The players come from 13 states and provinces, led by nine from New York and eight from Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Three Buckeyes call British Columbia home, with two from both New Jersey and Virginia. Players also come from Michigan, Colorado, Connecticut, California, Ontario and New Hampshire.

ECAC Preseason Picks
Three Buckeyes earned a spot on the 2009 Preseason All-ECAC Team and Ohio State was slated third in the league’s preseason poll. Senior midfielder James Green, senior attackman Mario Ventiquattro and junior defenseman Matt Kawamoto all were selected in a vote by the league’s eight head coaches.

In the coaches’ poll, Loyola, the 2008 and ’09 ECAC champion, was slated first with six first-place votes and 47 points, followed by Denver with 41 points and Ohio State with 40. Both the Pioneers and Buckeyes each received a first-place vote. The remaining teams were Fairfield at No. 4 (29 points), Hobart in fifth (27), Air Force at No. 6 (20), seventh-place Quinnipiac (12) and Bellarmine in eighth (8).

In the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook 2010 preseason poll Ohio State was ranked 21st, joining No. 16 Loyola and No. 17 Denver as ECAC teams in the rankings.

Flashback
The Buckeyes were 8-8 a season ago and reached the Great Western Lacrosse League championship game. The squad was 5-1 at home and finished 3-2 in conference play.

On the Sidelines
Head coach Nick Myers is in his second year at the helm of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, now in his second year at Ohio State. New to the sideline this season is Dave Dobbins, who came to Ohio State after serving as an assistant coach at Division III power Salisbury. Former Buckeye Anthony Kelly is in his first year as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Mark Bergey, the volunteer assistant a season ago, is now serving as the team’s director of operations.

First of Three
Ohio State is scheduled to play in three venues in Columbus this season, hosting the first two (or three) games inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center before moving outside to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The final two games, vs. Air Force and Bellarmine, will be played in Ohio Stadium.

A Helpful Bunch
The Buckeyes already have reached one of their goals, combining for more than 500 community service hours before the regular season even begins. The squad, which was fourth among Ohio State athletics teams last year with 389 hours, has volunteered in a number of areas, from helping World War II veterans, to planting flowers on the Ohio State campus, to reading to children through the 2nd and 7 Foundation.

A New Home
The Buckeyes are in their first season as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League after the Great Western Lacrosse League was disbanded. Ohio State and fellow GWLL schools Air Force, Denver, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine join Loyola, Hobart and Fairfield in the ECAC in 2010. The league will not hold a postseason tournament this year, with the NCAA tournament automatic bid going to the regular-season champion. A postseason tournament will begin in 2011.

The Showdown – 2010 Edition
The third-annual “Showdown in the Shoe” features the Buckeyes taking on ECAC school Air Force in Ohio Stadium at 11 a.m. April 24 prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game. The event has set national lacrosse attendance records the past two years, with 30,192 in attendance at halftime last season. Advance tickets for the game are $5 each, with children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are $4 each and must be purchased in advance. On game day all tickets will be $10 (cash only). All seating is general admission and tickets include both the men’s lacrosse game vs. Air Force and the football spring game.