OHIO STATE MEN’S LACROSSE at #6/7 Denver Saturday, April 16 – 3 p.m. MT INVESCO Field at Mile-High, Denver, Colo. at Air Force Sunday, April 17 – 7 p.m. MT Cadet Lacrosse Stadium – USAFA, Colo.
BUCKEYE QUICK SHOTS • The Buckeyes are playing games on back-to-back days for the first time this season with two games in Colorado this weekend. The team was 1-1 in its last trip to Colorado, with a win over Denver and loss to Air Force in 2009. • Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 24 goals, 13 assists and 37 points. He has 93 points in 25 career games and has at least one point in each collegiate contest. • 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. • The Buckeyes are in the midst of a stretch of five-consecutive ECAC games. The team has played the fewest league games of any conference school entering the weekend. • The ECAC tournament will be held on Denver’s campus May 5 and 7 and the league announced this week the championship game will be televised live on ESPNU. The Top 4 teams in the final league standings qualify for the tournament, with the winner earning the league’s automatic NCAA bid.
OHIO STATE LACROSSE THIS WEEK The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-5, 1-1 ECAC) heads west for two games in Colorado this weekend. The Buckeyes will take on No. 6/7 Denver (8-2, 3-0 ECAC) at 3 p.m. MT Saturday in the eighth annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile-High in Denver. Sunday the team will go up against Air Force (4-6, 2-2 ECAC) at 7 p.m. MT in USAFA, Colo.
Live stats for the game vs. the Pioneers, as well as live stats and a free video stream for the contest with Air Force, can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
SHOWDOWN IN THE SHOE NEXT WEEK The fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe is a week away, with Ohio State hosting Fairfield at 11 a.m. next Saturday (April 23) in a doubleheader with the Ohio State football spring game. The event has set national regular-season and on-campus men’s lacrosse attendance records each of the first three years, with 31,078 on hand in 2010.
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 may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS), 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.
The game will be televised live nationally by Big Ten Network.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State is 6-5 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 1-1 in ECAC play with a 12-9 loss at home to Loyola April 2 and a win over Hobart last week, 11-4.
The team is averaging 10.0 goals a game, while allowing 7.73 to rank 12th nationally. The Buckeyes, who average 31.1 shots a game, have a 32.2 shooting percentage, ranking eighth in the country. The team is 7-for-33 (.212) on man-up chances and 24-for-31 (.774) on man-down defense, ranking seventh in the NCAA.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomore Logan Schuss who has a team-high 24 goals, 13 assists and 37 points. Sophomore Jeff Tundo is second with 21 goals and 31 points and third with 10 assists. Freshman Tyler Frederick is second in assists (11) and third in points (19). Sophomore Dominique Alexander is third with nine goals, followed by Frederick with eight.
Freshman Greg Dutton has started 10 games in the cage and has an 8.16 goals-against average and .537 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 44-of-93 faceoffs (.473 percent) to rank first, with freshman Shawn Kaplan winning 53-of-115 faceoffs (46.1 percent) to lead the squad. Kaplan has a team-best 25 groundballs, followed by junior Keenan Ochwat with 23, redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto with 21 and freshman Joe Meurer with 20. Ochwat is 17th nationally averaging 1.82 caused turnovers a game.
THE ECAC Entering the weekend, Denver is in first place in the ECAC with a 3-0 mark. Loyola is 3-2, with Fairfield and Air Force both 2-2 and Ohio State 1-1. Hobart is 1-2 and Bellarmine is 0-3.
League action this weekend includes Ohio State taking on Denver and Air Force and Bellarmine hosting Hobart.
The Top 4 teams in the final league standings will earn a spot in the 2011 ECAC Tournament, set for May 5 and 7 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on DU’s campus in Denver, Colo. The league announced this week 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.
OHIO STATE VS. DENVER Ohio State leads the all-time series with Denver, 11-5, with a 4-3 ledger on the Pioneers’ home field. Denver ended a four-game Buckeye winning streak in the series with a 10-9 win in Columbus last year. The last time the teams met in Denver was in 2009, a 16-10 Buckeye victory. The series began in 1993 and the teams have since met each year since 1997. PIONEER POINTS Denver, ranked No. 6/7 in the national polls, enters the game 8-2 on the year and is first in the ECAC with a 3-0 ledger. The squad is on a five-game winning streak, including a 12-9 win over defending national champion Duke last Saturday in Bethpage, N.Y. The team has ECAC victories over Loyola (12-8), Air Force (14-7) and Hobart (15-11). The squad is third nationally in scoring offense averaging 13.0 goals a game and is fifth in man-up offense (.500). The Pioneers are allowing 9.0 goals a game and have won 55 percent of their faceoffs.
Mark Matthews leads the team with 27 goals and 43 points, ranking in the Top 4 in the country in both categories. Alex Demopoulos is second in goals (21) and points (38) and first with 17 assists, followed by Matthews with 16 assists on the year. Todd Baxter is third with 20 goals, 11 assists and 31 points. Chase Carraro has won 127-of-220 faceoffs and is first on the team with 58 groundballs. Jamie Faus has played 10 games in goal and has an 8.74 goals-against average and .544 save percentage. OHIO STATE VS. AIR FORCE The Buckeyes lead the series with Air Force, 15-11, with a 4-3 ledger in games played on the Falcons’ home field. Ohio State has won the last two meetings, winning 10-6 last year in the Showdown in the Shoe in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, along with a 10-5 victory in the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament semifinals in Birmingham, Mich. The squads last met in Colorado April 18, 2009, a 9-6 victory by the Falcons. The teams faced off in 1967 and 1972 in Columbus and have met every year since 1988.
FALCON FACTS Air Force is 4-6 on the year and has won its last two games, defeating Mercer and Bellarmine on the road. The squad is 2-2 in conference play, with wins over Loyola and Bellarmine and losses to Fairfield and Denver. The Falcons are averaging 8.6 goals a game while allowing 8.9. The team is 9-for-41 on man-up chances (.220) and 21-for-33 on man-down defense (.636). The squad averages 32.4 groundballs per game to rank 18th nationally.
Vinny Sandtorv has a team-best 19 goals and 24 assists. Erik Smith is first with 10 assists and tied with Mike Crampton, who is second with 14 goals, for second in points with 20 each. Tommy McKee is third with 11 tallies, followed by Smith with 10. Smith is 65-for-120 on faceoffs, with Zack Carroll 31-for-66. Smith has a team-high 56 groundballs. Brian Wilson has started all 10 games in goal and has an 8.80 goals-against average and .503 save percentage.
BUCKEYES’ LAST TIME OUT On Senior Day in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back, downing Hobart, 11-4, in an ECAC Lacrosse League game last Saturday.
Sophomore Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with four goals, three assists and seven points in the win. Classmate Jeff Tundo had a hat trick and added an assist for four points. Senior Scott Lathrop, a d-middie, had the first two-goal game of his career and sophomore Dominique Alexander also scored twice. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton made a career high 14 saves in the contest as the Buckeye defense held Hobart to just four goals.
DUTTON HONORED AGAIN Freshman goalie Greg Dutton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after the Buckeyes’ win over Hobart.
Dutton had a career-best 14 saves and allowed just three goals in the Buckeyes’ win versus Hobart Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. He added three groundballs and a caused turnover and helped the Buckeyes clear at 82 percent for the game (22-of-27), including just one failed clear in the first three quarters combined (16/17, 94%). Dutton had 11 saves in the second half (seven stops in the fourth quarter) and stopped three of the seven total Hobart shot attempts in the opening half, allowing just one first-half goal. He played the first 56:36 to pick up the win.
Dutton has started 10 games for Ohio State this season and is second in the ECAC and 20th nationally with an 8.16 goals-against average. Dutton was first named the league’s rookie of the week Feb. 21 after making eight saves in the Buckeyes’ upset of North Carolina Feb. 19 and was honored March 28 after 12 saves at No. 3 Notre Dame.
STREAKERS Sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 25 games (each game of his collegiate career) with seven points against Hobart. He has multiple points in nine games this season, with two or more goals in eight games. It is tied for the 15th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 55 goals, 38 assists and 93 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo had four points vs. Hobart and now has at least one goal and point in all 10 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.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last nine games (8-11-19). Sophomore Dominique Alexander has 15 points (9g, 6a) in his last six games combined, with two goals against Hobart.
NO. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 37 points, 24 goals and 13 assists, ranking eighth nationally in points per game (3.7) and 13th in goals per game (2.4). He is third in the league in points and goals per game and fourth in assists per outing.
Schuss is on a 25-game point streak and has three or more points in six of 10 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 last Saturday. Schuss leads the ECAC with three 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 93 points in 25 career games with 55 goals and 38 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 10 games and has double-digit saves in four of his last six games, including a career-best 14 vs. Hobart and 12 at Albany March 12 and at Notre Dame March 23. He is second in the ECAC with an 8.16 goals-against average. • The game vs. Hobart was the fourth time this season Ohio State held an opponent to five or less goals. The squad is holding opponents to 7.73 goals a game and has allowed more than 10 goals just four times. • Senior d-middie Scott Lathrop’s two goals vs. Hobart matched the total from his first 57 games as a Buckeye and marked his first tally since Feb. 28, 2009 vs. Fairfield. He now has a career-high four points this year. • Tyler Frederick leads the Buckeye freshmen in goals (8), assists (11) and points (19). Classmate Michael Italiano is second with five goals and eight points. Joe Meurer is first for the rookies with 20 groundballs, while Greg Dutton has started 10 games in the cage. • Senior Mike Pires played in the 50th games of his Buckeye career vs. Hobart Saturday, second among current Buckeyes behind classmate Scott Lathrop with 58. • Junior Keenan Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 20 caused turnovers, 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 18th nationally (first in the ECAC) with 1.82 caused turnovers per game. • The Buckeyes are 5-1 in Columbus this season with one home game remaining. The team has two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit, Mercer), a victory over North Carolina in Ohio Stadium and was 2-1 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with wins over Lehigh and Hobart and a loss to Loyola. • 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. 6 and North Carolina No. 10. • The Buckeyes are eighth in the nation in shooting percentage, with 110 goals on 342 shots (32.2 percent). • 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.
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.
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 continue ECAC play with a matchup against Fairfield next Saturday in the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe. The squad will close out the regular season at Bellarmine April 30. The ECAC tournament follows the next week in Denver (May 5/7), with the Top 4 teams in the league standings competing in the tourney for the conference’s automatic NCAA bid.