Ohio State vs. No. 4 North Carolina
Saturday, May 8 – Noon
Fetzer Field – Chapel Hill, N.C.
Free Webcast – TarHeelBlue.com
Live Stats – TarHeelBlue.com or OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Buckeye Quick Hits
• Two freshmen – Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo – and two seniors – Mario Ventiquattro and James Green – lead the Buckeyes in scoring this season.
• The game Saturday matches second-year Buckeye head coach Nick Myers against Joe Breschi, who he coached under for five years at Ohio State, as well as his brother, Pat, who now is a Breschi assistant with the Tar Heels.
• Logan Schuss has 48 points, the second-most for a true freshman in Ohio State history behind Mike Avery’s 50 in 1988. Schuss has at least one point in all 14 games this year.
• Ohio State has had nine players earn ECAC player of the week honors this season, led by Logan Schuss with four and Jeff Tundo with three. In all, Ohio State has picked up seven rookie of the week accolades this season, with Dominique Alexander honored Monday.
• Ohio State wrapped up its first season as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League Saturday vs. Bellarmine.
• The Buckeyes have had players post four or more points 13 times this season, led by Logan Schuss who has two six-point outings. Jeff Tundo had a five-assist game to rank among the best in program history for a single game.
• Ohio State’s game vs. North Carolina is its first non-conference contest since falling in overtime at Notre Dame March 20.
• Forty-five players have seen time for Ohio State this year, with 20 recording at least one point.
• The Buckeyes hosted the third annual “Showdown in the Shoe” April 24 against Air Force and again set national regular-season and on-campus attendance records with 31,078 fans.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-7, 3-4 ECAC) wraps up the regular season when it takes on No. 4 North Carolina at noon Saturday. The teams will meet at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
A free webcast of the game Saturday will be available on TarHeelBlue.com. Links to live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or TarHeelBlue.com.
Ohio State is 7-7 this year, with non-conference wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad was 3-4 in ECAC play, wrapping up its conference slate with a 14-13 overtime loss to Bellarmine last week. The squad is averaging 9.93 goals a game, while allowing 9.00 an outing.
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-high 24 assists and 48 points this year and is second with 24 goals. Senior James Green is first with 27 goals and is third with 29 points. Rookie Jeff Tundo ranks third in goals (20) and is second in assists (14) and points (34). Senior Mario Ventiquattro (19g, 6a) is fourth with 26 points.
Senior Brandon Freeman has started 13 games in goal and has 145 saves for a .564 save percentage. Freshman Ryan Brant has four appearances, including a start at Notre Dame, and has made 23 saves on 37 shots.
Freshman Trey Wilkes, who has taken a team-high 199 faceoffs, is first with 38 groundballs, followed by Freeman with 35 groundballs. Sophomore Keenan Ochwat has 32 to rank third.
Former Ohio State head coach Joe Breschi is in his second year at the helm of his alma mater, North Carolina. Breschi led the Buckeyes from 1998-08, posting 92 wins to rank first in Ohio State history. Ohio State head coach Nick Myers was an assistant under Breschi for five years at Ohio State, as the volunteer assistant from 2002-03 and as the top assistant from 2006-08.
Pat Myers, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2000-03 and the 2000 Great Western Lacrosse League Newcomer of the Year, as well as a two-time all-conference selection, is on the Tar Heel staff as well. He is the brother of Nick Myers.
Ohio State vs. North Carolina
Ohio State is 1-14 all-time vs. North Carolina, with the win coming April 12, 2008 when the Buckeyes downed the Tar Heels, 14-10, in Baltimore.
The squads have met in the last four-consecutive and six of the last seven years. The last four matchups have all been played on a neutral field in Baltimore, with three games at Calvert Hall and one at Boys’ Latin.
The teams have met eight times in Chapel Hill, with the last meeting in the NCAA tournament in 2004, a 13-6 UNC win.
Tar Heel Talk
North Carolina enters the final week of the regular season 11-2 overall, with the losses coming vs. No. 1 Virginia and No. 4 Maryland.
The Tar Heels are averaging 11.0 goals a game and rank second nationally holding opponents to 7.46 goals an outing. The team is first nationally in man-up offense (.550) and 14th in man-down defense (.722).
Billy Bitter leads the team with 20 assists and 39 points and is fourth with 19 goals. Gavin Petracca and Thomas Wood share the goal-scoring lead with 21 tallies each, followed by Sean DeLaney with 20. Petracca is second in assists (16) and points (37), with Wood tied with Jimmy Dunster for third with 10 helpers apiece.
Goalie Chris Madalon is 11-2 and ranks second nationally with a 7.45 goals-against average. He has a .561 save percentage.
OSU vs. UNC in 2009
Then-Buckeye senior Joel Dalgarno had five goals and seven points but the Buckeyes were clipped by No. 10-ranked North Carolina, 12-11, April 11 at Calvert Hall College High School’s Kelly Field in Baltimore, Md.
The teams were tied 3-all at the end of the first quarter before UNC outscored the Buckeyes, 4-2, in the second to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. The Tar Heels were able to extend the lead to three twice in the third quarter and led 10-7 heading into the final stanza. Ohio State outscored UNC, 4-2, in the fourth, including three goals in the final 3:11, and was backstopped by goalie Brandon Freeman who made five saves in the quarter, but could not get the tying goal and suffered the one-goal loss.
Freshman Logan Schuss and senior James Green both have at least one point in all 14 games for the Buckeyes this season, with Green posting a goal in all 14 outings.
Current Point Streaks
Goals GP G
Green 14 27
Pires 3 4
Schuss 4 9
Ventiquattro 2 2
Assists GP A
Schuss 8 15
Tundo 4 10
Points GP G-A-P
Green 14 27-2-29
Pires 3 4-1-5
Schuss 14 24-24-48
Ventiquattro 2 2-1-3
Tundo 6 9-10-19
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 48 games for the Buckeyes on defense. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all 14 games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro. Joe Bonanni has started the last 13 games on defense.
Freshman Dan Wertz made his first career start last week vs. Bellarmine.
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 24 assists and 48 points this season and is second with 24 goals. He is first in the league and 21st nationally in points per game (3.43). His 1.71 assists per outing rank 16th nationally and second among conference players.
His 48 points this season is the second-highest total for a true freshman in Buckeye history, behind Mike Avery who had 50 in 1988.
Schuss has at least one point in all 14 games this year, with multiple points in 12. 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 four-time ECAC player of the week, Schuss also had a five-point game vs. Penn State March 6, including the overtime winner, and against Bellarmine last week with two goals and three assists. He has three hat tricks and two four-assist outings as a rookie.
He should be the first Buckeye freshman to lead the team in scoring since Joel Dalgarno, who ended his career second all-time in points (227), had 41 points as a rookie in 2006 to share the team lead.
Accolades for Alexander
Freshman midfielder Dominique Alexander was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week for May 3 the conference announced.
Alexander had a career-high four tallies and points against Bellarmine Saturday in Ohio Stadium. He opened the scoring early in the first quarter and scored late in the second to cut the Bellarmine lead to one. He completed the hat trick with 29 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game at eight-all and his final goal came with 1:53 left in regulation to force overtime as Ohio State rallied from three goals down in the fourth quarter. He had six shots and one groundball in the contest.
A starter in all 14 games this season, Alexander has 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points. He has a point in all but three games, with two or more points in five of the last seven games.
The Buckeyes are 7-1 this year when scoring 10 or more goals and 6-1 when allowing nine or fewer tallies. The team’s loss to Bellarmine last week (14-13) was the first defeat this year when hitting double digits.
Ohio State is one of eight schools to play at least three overtime games this year and is one of four teams to have three contests go to an extra stanza. Navy is first nationally with five OT games, while Army, Bucknell and Canisius each had four games go to overtime.
Ohio State is 1-2 in overtime this year, defeating Penn State and falling to Notre Dame and Bellarmine.
Senior James Green scored four goals last week to become the 26th Buckeye to post at least 100 points. He has 74 goals and 26 points in his Ohio State career.
Senior Mario Ventiquattro is four points shy of the 100-point mark, with 71 goals and 25 assists for 96 points. Green has played in a team-high 60 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 51. Ventiquattro and Scott Foreman are next with 54 games played each, with Foreman recording 49 starts.
After he was held scoreless for back-to-back games March 20-23, freshman Jeff Tundo has combined for 19 points, with nine goals and 10 assists, in his last five outings. He had a hat trick at Quinnipiac March 27 and posted a career-high four goals at Loyola April 3 before recording a career-best and team season-high five assists and points at Hobart April 10. He had a 1-1-2 line vs. Denver April 17, a goal and two assists vs. Air Force and two helpers against Bellarmine.
Tundo is second on the team with 14 assists and 34 points and third with 20 goals. He has a point in 12-of-14 games, with multiple points in 11. 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.
His five-assist game at Hobart is tied for sixth in Buckeye history for a single game.
Ohio State has received nine conference player of the week accolades this season, including seven Rookie of the Week honors in the 11 weeks of the awards.
Logan Schuss, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer, is a four-time conference player of the week selection, with three rookie awards (March 1, co-March 8, April 26) and an offensive player of the week nod March 29. In addition to Schuss’ four awards, Jeff Tundo has been named rookie of the week three times (March 15, April 5, April 12) and Dominique Alexander was the honored freshman May 3. Senior Brandon Freeman has been the league’s defensive player of the week (March 29), while classmate Mario Ventiquattro picked up co-offensive honors March 8.
Ohio State has had six players named to the league’s player of the week honor roll – Schuss (April 19), Freeman (March 8, March 15), Scott Foreman (March 22) and James Green (March 22, April 12).
The Buckeye squad is allowing 9.0 goals on the year to rank 17th nationally. The squad held Hobart, Albany and Air Force to six goals, while allowing just seven to Notre Dame and Detroit. Bellarmine scored a Buckeye opponent season-high 14 last week in an overtime win for the Knights.
Ohio State is 15th nationally in man-up offense, converting 19-of-46 chances (.413). The squad was a season-high 5-for-10 vs. Detroit Feb. 27.
Senior Mario Ventiquattro is second in the ECAC and first on the team with eight man-up goals this year. Jeff Tundo, Mike Pires and Zach Rogers are tied for second for Ohio State with three man-up tallies each.
In the Cage
Senior goalie Brandon Freeman, who has started 13 games this season, ranks 15th in the NCAA with a .564 save percentage. He recorded his 100th save of the season at Loyola and is second in the ECAC with 11.15 saves per game. He had double-digit stops in 10 games this year, with a season-high 15 at Quinnipiac March 27 and 14 vs. both Robert Morris March 9 and Bellarmine last week.
Freeman held Albany, Air Force and Hobart all to just six goals and gave up three in 43:25 between the pipes against Detroit.
Junior Mike Pires has 11 goals and five assists for 16 points this year to rank sixth on the squad. He has points (4-1-5) in each of his last three games and has at least one point in all but three games on the year. He has 47 points as a Buckeye (34g, 13a).
The Buckeye squad is 17th in the nation in shooting percentage, converting 31.0 percent of their shots (139-of-449).
Senior Mario Ventiquattro leads the Buckeyes converting 41.3 percent of his shots (19 goals, 46 shots).
Senior Scott Foreman and sophomore Joe Bonanni lead Ohio State with 13 caused turnovers this year, while the squad has combined to force 101 turnovers.
Foreman has a career-high 28 groundballs, topping the 26 he had each of the last two years. Bonanni has a personal-high 18 groundballs this season.
Mario Ventiquattro is fourth for the Buckeyes in points (26), goals (19) and assists (7). He has a point in all but three games on the year, with two or more points in eight games. He had back-to-back four-point games vs. Detroit (2g, 2a) and Penn State (4g) and had his second hat trick of the year vs. Hobart April 10.
Senior James Green ranks first for the Buckeyes with a career-high 27 goals, with two or more goals in nine games and at least one goal in all 14 outings. He ranks sixth in the ECAC with 1.93 goals a game and is third averaging 6.86 shots a game. He is tied for first in the league with three game-winning goals this season. Green had 15 goals a season ago and has topped the personal-high 22 tallies he had as a sophomore in 2008.
Buckeye This and That
• The Buckeyes are 14th in the NCAA in turnovers per game, giving up the ball 15.79 times per game.
• Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal this year, with 13 contributing at least one assist. In all, 20 Buckeyes have put their name on the scoresheet this year.
• Longpoles scored three of the Buckeyes’ 14 goals at Hobart April 10 and have posted five total points this year, led by Keenan Ochwat (2g, 1a). Ochwat has a personal-high 32 groundballs this season.
• This season, 45 Buckeyes have seen action in at least one game.
• Freshman Trey Wilkes won 11-of-19 faceoffs against Bellarmine and had a career-high eight groundballs vs. the Knights last week.
• Junior Zach Rogers has a point in six of his last nine games, with three goals and four assists.
• After recording seven groundballs last season, sophomore Brock Sorensen has 27 during the 2010 campaign after moving back to close defense. He has started nine games on the year.