March 20, 2014
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-5, 0-0 ECAC) opens a three-game homestand and its ECAC Lacrosse League schedule when it faces Bellarmine (4-2, 0-2 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Friday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The game between Ohio State and Bellarmine will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Scarlet and Gray student radio will have the call on OhioStateSports.net and live stats will be available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 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.
The homestand continues with two games next week, as the Buckeyes will take on Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Tuesday (March 25) and Jacksonville at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (March 29).
Ohio State is coming off a 9-5 loss at No. 9-ranked Denver last weekend. The team is averaging 8.17 goals a game, while allowing 9.33 an outing. The squad has converted 2-of-18 man-up chances and is 8-for-14 on man-down defense. The Buckeyes lead the nation in clearing percentage at 98.1 percent (101-for-103).
Junior Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 22 points, with classmate Turner Evans second with 16 points and first with 10 assists. Sophomore Carter Brown is third with 13 points, with six goals and seven helpers. Junior David Planning has seven goals to rank second, followed by Brown and Evans with six each. Senior goalie Greg Dutton has started all six games and has 54 saves. Freshman Jake Withers is first with 22 groundballs and leads the team with 33 faceoff wins, while sophomore Spencer Matches won six faceoffs last week. Senior Dominic Imbordino is first with 11 caused turnovers, sophomore Robby Haus is second with seven and senior Joe Meurer is third with six.
ECAC Lacrosse League Action
The game vs. Bellarmine opens ECAC Lacrosse League action for the Buckeyes. Air Force and Michigan both are 1-0 (with wins over Bellarmine) in league play, while Bellarmine is 0-2. Fairfield begins conference play March 29 at Bellarmine.
The Top 4 teams in the final league standings will head to Columbus and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium May 1 and 3 for the 2014 ECAC Tournament to compete for the league’s automatic NCAA berth. Ohio State is the defending tournament champion.
Ohio State vs. Bellarmine
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 6-1, including a 2-1 ledger in Columbus. The team have met as conference foes every year since 2007. Last season, the Buckeyes posted a 9-7 victory on the road. The squads last met in Columbus April 24, 2012, a 13-2 Buckeye victory.
The Last Time – Ohio State vs. Bellarmine in 2013
With four goals and five points from Logan Schuss and 13 saves from Greg Dutton, Ohio State posted a 9-7 road win at Bellarmine in an ECAC Lacrosse League game March 23, 2013 in Louisville, Ky. Ohio State led 3-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 4-2 early in the second quarter. Back-to-back goals from Bellarmine tied the game at 4-all with 5:09 left in the first half but Turner Evans scored with just one second left before halftime to push Ohio State back ahead (5-4). The Knights scored the first goal of the second half to tie the game for the third time, but the Buckeyes went on a three-goal run to regain the lead and did not relinquish it the rest of the way. Bellarmine scored twice in the final 6:30 to draw within one, but a goal from Schuss with 2:20 left in regulation helped seal the victory.
Bellarmine is 4-2 this season, with an 0-2 ledger in ECAC play. The squad opened the year with four wins in a row, downing Robert Morris, Furman, Jacksonville and Detroit, before losing at Air Force, 13-9, in its ECAC opener and in overtime to Michigan last week, 11-10. The squad averages 10.33 goals a game and is allowing 8.33 an outing. The man-up is 9-for-28 (.321) and the man-down defense is 19-for-28 (.679).
Tucker Ciessau leads Bellarmine with 16 goals and 19 points, with Austin Shanks second with 11 goals and 12 points. Chad Mitchell is first with eight assists, followed by Ryan Scinta with seven. Mitchell is third with 18 points and 10 goals. Stephen Soriano has won 33-of-76 faceoffs and Bobby Schmitt is first with 18 groundballs. Will Haas has started all six games in goal and has an 8.31 goals-against average and .558 save percentage.
The Buckeyes’ game vs. Notre Dame Tuesday will be televised live by Fox Sports College, which is also slated to broadcast all three games in the ECAC Tournament.
The Buckeyes’ game vs. Michigan in the Showdown in the Shoe April 12 will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go.
Ohio State has already appeared on ESPNU and NBCSN this season.
Tewaaraton Candidate King Among ECAC Leaders
Junior midfielder Jesse King is third in the ECAC with 3.67 points per game, and third with 2.33 goals per outing. He has a team-high 14 goals this season to tie for fourth among conference players and is tied for second with 22 points. 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 carries a 29-game point streak, with 54 goals, 37 assists and 91 points, into the game vs. Bellarmine. King’s first-quarter assist at Hofstra March 8 was the 100th point of his Buckeye career and he now has 102 points on 62 goals and 40 assists. He is the 28th Buckeye to hit triple digits.
Buckeye This and That
• Sophomore Spencer Matches took a career-high 13 faceoffs Saturday at Denver, winning six. He also had a career-best four groundballs vs. the Pioneers.
• The Buckeyes have 43 caused turnovers this season, while their opponents have 27. Dominic Imbordino has a team-best 11, while Robby Haus has seven and Joe Meurer has six. The squad is averaging 7.00 caused turnovers per game.
• Junior David Planning had his first career hat trick and second four-point day Saturday at Denver. His first four-point game was vs. Towson May 12, 2013 in the NCAA tournament. Planning has seven goals and nine points this season.
• Ohio State has allowed nine or fewer goals in three of its last four games.
• Reegan Comeault has 11 points this season, matching the career-high 11 he had as a freshman. He has a personal-best six assists and has at least one helper in five of six games this year, along with four multiple-point outings and at least one point in each contest.
• Freshman John Kelly had a goal and an assist Saturday at Denver for the first points of his Buckeye career.
• Ohio State leads the NCAA in clearing percentage, completing 101-of-103 (.981) percent of its chances. The team was 11-for-12 at Denver Saturday.
• Junior Turner Evans had a 13-game point streak ended at Denver. He had 24 goals, 13 assists and 37 points in the stretch. He is third in the ECAC with 1.67 assists per game this season and ninth with 2.677 points a game, with 10 goals and 16 points on the year.
Ohio State vs. Michigan in 2014 Showdown in the Shoe
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.
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).