COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-2) heads on the road for the first of five-consecutive road games, taking on No. 13 Notre Dame (4-2) at 1 p.m. ET Saturday in Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The game opens up a stretch of three games in eight days for the Buckeyes, who wrapped up finals this week and are now on spring break.
Live stats for the game at Notre Dame can be linked through the men’s lacrosse schedule pages at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and UND.com.
After the game at Notre Dame Saturday, Ohio State will take on Fairfield Tuesday night in Fairfield, Conn., in the Buckeyes’ first ECAC game. The team will remain in Connecticut for a league matchup with Quinnipiac next Saturday (March 27).
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes are coming off an 11-6 victory over Albany Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, boosting the squad to 4-0 at home this season. Against the Great Danes Ohio State never trailed and the score was tied (1-1) just once early in the first quarter. The Buckeyes held a 2-1 lead after the first and doubled the advantage to 4-2 at halftime. A five-goal third quarter extended Ohio State’s lead to 9-4 entering the final stanza. Freshman Jeff Tundo led the Buckeye attack with a hat trick, with classmate Logan Schuss scoring twice. Goalie Brandon Freeman had 12 saves in the win. Sophomore Keenan Ochwat had a goal and an assist, with junior Mike Pires also contributing a goal and an assist.
Ohio State is 4-2 this year, with wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad is averaging 10.0 goals a game, while allowing 9.0.
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-best nine assists and 19 points this year, while classmate Jeff Tundo is first with 11 goals and ranks second with 15 points. Senior Mario Ventiquattro is third with 11 points, including seven goals, with senior James Green third with nine tallies (including a team-high four man-up scores) and fourth with 10 points. Brandon Freeman has started all six games in goal and has 50 saves on 65 shots. Trey Wilkes has won 47.5 percent of his faceoffs and has taken the majority of draws for the team this year.
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 39 games for the Buckeyes, with Brandon Freeman starting the last 21 games in goal for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominque Alexander have started all five games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro.
Buckeyes vs. Irish
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Notre Dame, 21-27, and is behind in games played on Notre Dame’s home field, 10-13. Ohio State’s last win over Notre Dame was March 31, 2004, a 9-8 victory in South Bend.
The Buckeyes and Irish met twice last season. In the “Showdown in the Shoe” in Ohio Stadium, Notre Dame posted a 14-8 win. The teams met again in the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament final, a 16-7 Irish victory.
Notre Dame enters the weekend 4-2 on the year, with wins over Duke, Penn State, Loyola (Md.) and Denver and losses to Drexel and Fairfield. The team downed Denver, 14-7, at home Tuesday to open its new stadium. The team averages 10.33 goals a game, while allowing 8.0.
Neal Hicks leads the Irish with 12 goals and 17 points, with Zach Brenneman second with 10 goals and 14 points. Grant Krebs is third with nine tallies and 12 points, with three other Irish players hitting the 10-point mark. Hicks and Colin Igoe share the team lead with five assists each. Scott Rodgers has started all six games in the game, with a .579 save percentage. Trever Sipperly has won 61.8 percent of his faceoffs and has a team-high 29 groundballs. Andrew Irving is second with 26 groundballs this season.
Ohio State and Notre Dame competed in the Great Western Lacrosse League together until it disbanded following the 2009 campaign.
Tundo Named ECAC Rookie of the Week
Freshman attackman Jeff Tundo has been named the ECAC Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Tundo, a native of Orchard Park, N.Y., scored four goals and added an assist for the Buckeyes in their two games combined last week, including a hat trick in Ohio State’s win over Albany Saturday.
Tundo led the Buckeyes with a hat trick in the team’s win over 11-6 win over Albany Saturday, scoring back-to-back goals in the first half to break the one-all tie and give Ohio State a two-goal lead. His final goal came in the third quarter, putting Ohio State up 7-3. The hat trick matched his career high, set in his first career game against Villanova. He had four groundballs in the game to lead the Buckeye field players. Against Robert Morris on Tuesday, Tundo had a goal and an assist.
Tundo, who has at least one point in each game of his collegiate career, leads the Buckeyes with 11 goals and is second with 15 points this season.
Buckeyes Pick Up League Honors
A Buckeye has won league rookie of the week honors, after Logan Schuss was honored March 1 and March 8 (co) and Jeff Tundo earned the award this week. Senior Mario Ventiquattro also has picked up ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week accolades (March 8), giving Ohio State four honors so far this season.
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Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 40 games for the Buckeyes, with Brandon Freeman starting the last 22 games in goal for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominque Alexander have started all six games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro. Brock Sorensen made his first start of the season (the second of his career) vs. Albany.
45 on the Board
Sophomore Keenan Ochwat had a goal and an assist against Albany, the first tally of his career and his first multiple-point game. His first career assist came against Bucknell last year.
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both marked their 75th career points vs. Detroit Feb. 27. Ventiquattro, who was held scoreless for the first time in five games against Albany, now has 59 goals, 22 assists and 81 points in the Scarlet and Gray. Green has a 56-25-81 line at Ohio State, with at least one goal and point in each game this year.
Senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 12 saves against Albany and has double-digit saves in all but one game this year.
Four Buckeyes have opened the year with at least one point in each of the first six games – James Green, Mike Pires, Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo. Dominique Alexander had a five-game scoring streak ended vs. Albany, with Mario Ventiquattro ending his four-game stretch.
Ohio State rates in the Top 25 in a number of categories in the NCAA statistics through games of March 14.
Buckeye freshman Jeff Tundo ranks 22nd in the NCAA, scoring on 47.8 percent of his shots this season. Goalie Brandon Freeman is 18th in goals-against average and 15th in save percentage among NCAA players.
As a team, the Buckeyes are 13th in turnovers per game (16.5), 15th in shot percentage (.319) and saves per game (11.83), 16th in win percentage (.667), 18th in scoring defense (9.0) and 19th in man-up offense (.409).
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with nine assists and 19 points. He has at least two points in all but one game and has at least one goal in all six outings on the year. He had a career-high six goals vs. Detroit and followed that with five points vs. Penn State, including the overtime winner. He is coming off a two-goal game vs. Albany, his third multiple-goal game as a Buckeye.
Freshman Jeff Tundo matched his career high with three goals vs. Albany, his second hat trick after netting three goals vs. Villanova in his first career game. He has two or more points in 5-of-6 games this season and a goal in each game.