The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-0) heads to Lewisburg, Pa., for a non-conference matchup with No. 17/18 Bucknell (0-1) this weekend. The teams will meet at noon Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Admission is free. Live stats from the game can be accessed from the link above.
Last Time Out
Backstopped by 11 saves from senior goalie Brandon Freeman and goals from six players, including seven tallies from freshmen playing in their first collegiate game, Ohio State downed Villanova, 10-8, last Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Rookie Jeff Tundo led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and added an assist for four points in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray. Classmate Logan Schuss had two goals and an assist for three points. Freshmen Dan Wertz and Dominique Alexander also scored for the Buckeyes in their collegiate debuts. Senior James Green added two goals for Ohio State, with junior Mike Pires also scoring. Freeman had 11 saves in the game, with five in the second quarter.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 4-0 lead and were ahead 5-1 at the end of the first quarter. Villanova drew within one by halftime, outscoring the Buckeyes 4-2 in the second quarter. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats off the scoreboard and tallied twice in the third quarter to extend the lead to 8-5. After the Buckeyes scored 31 seconds into the fourth quarter to go up 9-5, Villanova went on a three-goal run to make it a one-goal game again (9-8) with 8:19 remaining. The Buckeyes were able to hold Villanova scoreless the rest of the way and a Tundo goal with 2:40 left helped seal the win.
Ohio State is 2-0 in season openers under head coach Nick Myers, with a 21-1 win over Detroit last year. The squad moved to 5-0 all-time inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Bucknell, ranked 17th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll and 18th in the USILA Coaches Poll, opened the year with a loss to No. 2 Duke last weekend. The Bison led, 7-2, early in the game and never trailed in regulation but the Blue Devils rallied to win 12-11 in overtime. Senior Tim Brandau scored four goals and senior co-captain Austin Winter had a goal and three assists for the Bison.
The squad was 9-7 last year and finished undefeated in the Patriot League (6-0). The Bison hosted the conference tournament, downing Army in the semifinals before dropping a 9-8 decision to Navy in the championship.
Bucknell competes in the Patriot League, where it is joined by Army, Lehigh, Navy, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette.
Buckeyes vs. Bison
Ohio State and Bucknell have met five times, including each of the last three seasons. The last three have all been decided by one goal, with the last two going to overtime.
The Bison won the first game 19-8 in 1991 and posted a 20-8 victory in 1998, with both games in Lewisburg, Pa. The series was renewed in 2007, a 7-6 Bucknell win in Columbus. In 2008 the game went to triple overtime on Bucknell’s home field, where the Bison captured an 8-7 victory. The Buckeyes posted their first win in the series last year in Columbus, a 10-9 win in overtime.
The 2010 Meeting
Joel Dalgarno scored in overtime to lift Ohio State to a 10-9 victory over Bucknell in a back-and-forth game Feb. 21, 2009 in Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Bison had rallied to tie the game with 40 seconds remaining but Dalgarno’s third goal of the game gave the Buckeyes the win.
Bucknell scored the first two goals of the game before the Buckeyes went on a five-goal run to close out the first quarter and added a sixth goal to take a 6-2 lead early in the second quarter. Bucknell responded with a four-goal run, with three before the end of the half and one at the 11:17 mark of the third quarter to tie the game at 6.
The game was back-and-forth after that, as Ohio State went up by a goal three times but Bucknell knotted the score each time. Ohio State held the last lead, however, when Dalgarno tallied in the first overtime.
In the overtime, Stephen Tepsick won the opening faceoff to give the Buckeyes possession. After a Buckeye shot was blocked, Bucknell got to the ball but an interference call gave the Buckeyes the ball back. After a timeout, Ohio State controlled play and James Green found Dalgarno at the side of the net and he converted from a sharp angle for the win.
Dalgarno and Mario Ventiquattro each had a hat trick and two assists for five points vs. Bucknell, with Jeff Ryan chipping in three goals and a helper. Buckeye goalie Brandon Freeman had 10 saves in the game, including three in the fourth quarter.
Freshmen tallied seven of the Buckeyes’ 10 goals vs. Villanova, with three freshmen cracking the starting lineup in Jeff Tundo on attack and Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander in the midfield.
Rookies scored the first three goals of the game, with Schuss tallying the Buckeyes’ first goal of the season less than two minutes into the contest. Dan Wertz and Tundo followed with first-quarter goals. Alexander scored his first goal in the third quarter. Tundo had the Buckeyes’ first assist of the year, setting up junior Mike Pires in the opening stanza.
Freshman Trey Wilkes took 18 of the Buckeyes’ 22 faceoffs last Saturday and freshman Kevin Mack also saw action in the game.
That’s a First
Junior Paul Beery (attack) and sophomore Keenan Ochwat (defense) both made their first career starts against Villanova.
Junior Jarred Bowman had his first career assist and point against the Wildcats.
Junior transfer Zach Rodgers played in his first game as a Buckeye last Saturday.
In the Cage
Buckeye starting goalie Brandon Freeman had 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ 10-8 victory over Villanova to open the season. The 11 saves came on 19 shots, with two of their goals man-up. Freeman had five saves in the second quarter, with two in each of the other quarters. It was his 12th career game with double-digit saves, and his seventh-consecutive game with 10 or more stops. He has started the last 17-consecutive games for the Buckeyes.
Two for 10
Senior James Green scored twice against Villanova, his ninth-career multiple-point game. Green, who had 15 goals and 25 points last season, now has a career ledger of 49 goals, 24 assists and 83 points.
Starting Streaks on D
Senior Scott Foreman made his 34th-consecutive start against Villanova, dating to the first game of his sophomore year. Junior Matt Kawamoto has started 14-consecutive contests.
Love for Operation Buckeye
Members of the men’s lacrosse team spent time on Valentine’s Day volunteering at Operation Buckeye, packing boxes and writing letters to be sent to troops deployed overseas. (Click the album ahead for photos from the day.) The Buckeyes, who already reached their team goal of 500 hours of community service before the regular-season began, continue to accumulate volunteer hours at various organizations.
Get Your Tickets
Ohio State will return home for its next two games, hosting Massachusetts Feb. 27 and Penn State March 6. The games 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.)
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. In the Face-Off Yearbook preseason all-conference team, James Green and Scott Foreman were selected. Green was a preseason third-team All-American in Face-Off Yearbook.
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.
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.
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.