COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-5, 1-2 ECAC) plays Hobart (2-6, 0-3 ECAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at McCooey Field in Geneva, N.Y. The game concludes a stretch of five-consecutive road games for the Buckeyes and is the team’s fourth-consecutive league contest.
Links to a pay-per-view video webstream, a free audio broadcast and live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule pages at hwsathletics.com or OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes dropped an 11-9 decision on the road at No. 12 Loyola last Saturday. Freshman Jeff Tundo led the Buckeyes with four goals in the game.
Ohio State is 5-5 this year, with non-conference wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad is 1-2 in ECAC play, downing Quinnipiac and falling at Fairfield and Loyola. The squad is averaging 9.30 goals a game, while allowing 9.0.
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-high 17 assists and 32 points this year, while classmate Jeff Tundo is first with 18 goals and second with 22 points. Senior James Green ranks second in goals with 17 and fourth in points with 19. Senior Mario Ventiquattro stands third with 20 points and is fourth with 14 goals, ranking second with six assists.
Senior Brandon Freeman has started nine games in goal and has 100 saves for a .568 save percentage. Freshman Ryan Brant has four appearances, including a start at Notre Dame, and has made 23 saves on 37 shots.
Freeman is first with 29 groundballs, followed by freshman Trey Wilkes, who has taken a team-high 159 faceoffs, is second with 26 groundballs.
Ohio State vs. Hobart
The Buckeyes and Hobart have met eight times during Ohio State’s varsity years, with the last matchup in 2006. The Statesmen lead, 6-2, with a 2-1 edge in games in Geneva, N.Y.
The squads met each year from 2004-06. The Buckeyes won the first game on the road in 2004 13-12 in overtime. In 2005 Hobart posted a 9-6 win in Columbus and in 2006 the Buckeyes fell, 13-8, in a neutral-site game in Hershey, Pa.
In the Ohio State record books the series dates to 1956, a 16-7 home win for the Statesmen. Hobart lists the series as 7-2, beginning with a game in 1950 won by Hobart 18-3.
Hobart is 2-6 this season and enters the game with the Buckeyes looking to stop a four-game losing streak. The squad is 0-3 in the ECAC, with a home loss to Quinnipiac and road losses at Fairfield March 27 and Denver last week. The squad lost to Syracuse in overtime, 9-8, March 23. The Statesmen are averaging 8.07 goals a game while allowing 10.18.
Chris Pedersen has a team-high 14 goals, followed by Kevin Curtin, who is first on the team with 12 assists and 24 points, with 12 tallies. Pedersen is second with nine assists and 23 points. Bobby Dattilo has won 92-of-160 faceoffs (.575) and is first with 36 groundballs.
Max Silberlicht has started all eight games in the cage and has a 10.16 goals-against average and .583 save percentage.
A Buckeye has won league player of the week honors seven times this year. Ohio State has won four rookie of the week accolades, with Logan Schuss honored March 1 and March 8 (co) and Jeff Tundo earning the award March 15 and earlier this week. Senior Mario Ventiquattro picked up ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week accolades March 8.
Ohio State has had four players named to the league’s player of the week honor roll – Freeman (March 8, March 15), Scott Foreman (March 22) and James Green (March 22).
Tundo Rookie of the Week Again
For the second time this season, Ohio State attackman Jeff Tundo was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week. Tundo was honored Monday after scoring a career and team-high four goals at No. 12 Loyola Saturday.
Tundo, from Orchard Park, N.Y., had a team and career-high four goals against Loyola last Saturday, which came into the game third in the country in team defense. The four points matched his personal best, set in his first collegiate game Feb. 7 vs. Villanova. Against the Greyhounds Tundo scored in the first and second quarters, with his last two goals coming with 30 and 15 seconds left in the contest. He had seven shots and two groundballs vs. Loyola. He topped his previous best of three goals, set three times.
On the Road Again
The Buckeyes are wrapping up a stretch of five-consecutive road games with the contest at Hobart Saturday. The stretch started at Notre Dame March 20 before ECAC games at Fairfield March 23, Quinnipiac March 27 and Loyola last Saturday. The squad will return to Columbus for three home games in a row, beginning against Denver April 17.
Ohio State is 11th nationally and first in the ECAC in man-up offense, converting 15-of-33 chances (.455). The squad was a season-high 5-for-10 vs. Detroit Feb. 27.
Senior Mario Ventiquattro leads the ECAC with six man-up goals this year.
The Buckeye squad is allowing 9.0 goals on the year to rank 14th nationally. The squad held Albany to six goals, while allowing just seven to Notre Dame and Detroit.
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 44 games for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all 10 games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro.
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both recorded their 75th career points vs. Detroit Feb. 27 and enter the game vs. Hobart with 90 points for the Scarlet and Gray. Green has 64 goals and 26 assists, while Ventiquattro has 66 goals and 24 assists. Green has played in a team-high 56 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 48. Ventiquattro and Scott Foreman are next with 50 games played each, with Foreman recording 45 starts.
Senior James Green and freshman Logan Schuss both have at least one point in all 10 games for the Buckeyes this season.
Mario Ventiquattro carries a four-game scoring streak into the matchup with Hobart. Jeff Tundo has seven goals in his last two games combined after going scoreless the previous two outings.
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 17 assists and 32 points this season. He is first in the ECAC and 27th nationally with 1.70 assists a game and shares the league lead with 3.20 points an outing.
Schuss has at least one point in all 10 games this year, with multiple points in eight. He has two six-point games, with two goals and four assists at Quinnipiac March 27 and three goals and three assists vs. Detroit Feb. 27. A three-time ECAC player of the week, Schuss also had a five-point game vs. Penn State March 6, including the overtime winner. He has two hat tricks and two four-assist outings as a rookie.
After he was held scoreless for back-to-back games, freshman Jeff Tundo has combined for seven goals in his last two outings. He had a hat trick at Quinnipiac March 27 and then posted a career-high four goals at Loyola last Saturday.
He is first on the team with 18 goals, ranking seventh in the ECAC with 1.80 goals a game, and ranks second for the Buckeyes with 22 points. He has a point in 8-of-10 games, with multiple points in seven. Tundo has three hat tricks this year and posted four points, with three goals and an assist, in his first career game vs. Villanova Feb. 13.
Tundo is 24th nationally in shooting percentage with his 18 goals coming on 39 shots (.462).
Senior James Green ranks second for the Buckeyes with 17 goals, with two or more goals in six games and at least one goal in all 10 outings. He ranks ninth (tied) in the ECAC with 1.70 goals a game and is third averaging 6.90 shots a game. Green had 15 goals a season ago and a career-best 22 as a sophomore in 2008.
Mario Ventiquattro is third for the Buckeyes with 20 points, ranking second with six assists and fourth with 14 goals. He has a point in all but two games on the year, with two or more points in six games. He had back-to-back four-point games vs. Detroit (2g, 2a) and Penn State (4g).
In the Cage
Senior goalie Brandon Freeman, who has started nine games this season, ranks 14th in the NCAA with a .568 save percentage. He recorded his 100th save of the season at Loyola and is third in the ECAC with 11.11 saves per game.