Ohio State vs. Bellarmine
Saturday, May 1 – 1 p.m.
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Television – ECAC Lacrosse Game of the Week (ONN)
Free Audio – OhioStateSports.net
Live Stats – OhioStateBuckeyes.com
OSU vs Bellarmine – The Series
Series – Ohio State leads 3-0
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State leads 1-0
Louisville, Ky. – Ohio State leads 2-0
4/4/09 W 11-7 A
4/2/08 W 20-4 H
4/7/07 W 13-9 A
Buckeye Quick Hits
• Ohio State’s eight-member senior class will be honored prior to the game Saturday. The group has been a part of 35 wins, a run to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2008 and a Great Western Lacrosse League co-championship in 2008.
• The game Saturday closes out Ohio State’s home schedule. The team is 5-1 at home this year – 3-0 inside Woody Hayes, 1-1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and 1-0 at Ohio Stadium. Under Nick Myers, Ohio State is 10-2 in games played in Columbus.
• Two freshmen – Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo – and two seniors – Mario Ventiquattro and James Green – lead the Buckeyes in scoring this season. Schuss has 43 points, the most for a true freshman in Ohio State history.
• The Buckeyes’ hosted the third annual “Showdown in the Shoe” last Saturday and again set national regular-season and on-campus attendance records with 31,078 fans.
• The game Saturday is Ohio State’s second-consecutive televised game and its second game as part of the ECAC Game of the Week television package. The squad was on Big Ten Network last week.
• Ohio State is 11th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 8.62 goals a game, ranks 12th in man-up offense (.439) and turnovers per game (15.38) and is 13th in saves per game (11.92). The squad is 17th in shot percentage (.309).
• Seniors James Green (70-26-96) and Mario Ventiquattro (70-24-94) are both closing in on the 100-point mark for their careers.
• The Buckeyes have had players post four or more points in 11 games 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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-6, 3-3 ECAC) closes out its regular-season home schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Bellarmine in an ECAC Lacrosse League game, the conference’s television game of the week.
Tickets to the game Saturday will be sold out of the ticket office near Gate 7 of Ohio Stadium, with all entry into the stadium at Gate 7.
Seating for the game, which is all general admission, will be exclusively on the west side of the stadium.
Come for a Cause
Proceeds from ticket sales at the game Saturday will be donated to support Bellarmine head coach Jack McGetrick who is battling cancer. Donations also will be accepted at the gate.
“Coach McGetrick is a special part of the game of lacrosse,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We are glad we have another opportunity to help support his fight against cancer.”
The entire lacrosse community has rallied around McGetrick, with the coaches association creating the IMLCA ‘Everybody Works for Jack’ campaign. Teams across the country hosted clinics during the 2009-10 season to help McGetrick pay his medical bills. Ohio State donated $5,000 from its fall coaches clinic to the fund.
The Ohio State vs. Bellarmine contest is the ECAC Game of the Week and will be televised to a national audience as part of the league’s television package. In Ohio, the game will be carried on The Ohio News Network. Other carriers include Fox College Sports, the Comcast Network and more. A tape delayed broadcast will be available on the DIRECTV Sports Pak, the DISH Multi-Sports package and the AT&T U-Verse Sports Pak as well as other carriers. For a full list of carriers and air times, visit ECACLacrosse.com. In all, 13 affiliates will carry the game to 34.2 million households.
Online B2 Networks will have a live pay-per-view webstream.
An audio broadcast can be found at OhioStateSports.net, with Sam Obermyer on the call.
Live stats can be linked from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Thanks for the Memories
The game Saturday marks Senior Day for the eight Buckeye seniors – Scott Foreman, Brandon Freeman, James Green, Chris Lowery, Andrew Reinhardt, Donnie Turchin, Andrew Stimmel and Mario Ventiquattro.
Eight players found the back of the net and Ohio State scored seven of the last eight goals of the game to defeat Air Force, 10-6, last Saturday in the “Showdown in the Shoe” at Ohio Stadium. The attendance of 31,078 set a national record for on-campus and regular season attendance, a mark Ohio State has set and subsequently broken each of the last three years. The attendance topped the mark of 30,192 last season and 29,601 in the inaugural event in 2008.
Ohio State is 7-6 this year, with non-conference wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad is 3-3 in ECAC play, downing Quinnipiac, Hobart and Air Force and falling at Fairfield and Loyola and at home vs. Denver. The squad is averaging 9.69 goals a game, while allowing 8.62 an outing.
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-high 21 assists and 43 points this year and is second with 22 goals. Senior James Green is first with 23 goals and is third with 25 points. Rookie Jeff Tundo ranks third in goals (20) and is second in assists (12) and points (32). Senior Mario Ventiquattro (18g, 6a) is fourth with 24 points.
Senior Brandon Freeman has started 12 games in goal and has 131 saves for a .572 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 34 groundballs, followed by sophomore Keenan Ochwat with 31 and freshman Trey Wilkes, who has taken a team-high 180 faceoffs, with 30.
Ohio State vs. Bellarmine
Ohio State is 3-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine, with an 11-7 victory on the road last year. In the first and only meeting in Columbus in 2008, Ohio State posted a 20-4 victory. The first meeting was in 2007, when Ohio State won 13-9 in Louisville.
Bellarmine is 8-6 this year and stands 2-4 in the ECAC, with wins over Air Force and Hobart. The squad is averaging 9.86 goals a game while allowing 11.29.
Sean Doyle has a team-high 29 goals and 38 points, followed by Derek Hopcroft with 25 tallies and third with 32 points. Chase Williams is first on the squad with 22 assists and ranks second with 34 points, while Jarret Davis is second with 18 helpers and has 30 points to tie for third with Shane Anderson (19 goals, 11 assists).
Scott Bowles has started nine games in net and has an 11.54 goals-against average and .469 save percentage. Dillon Ward has five starts, with an 11.32 GAA and .521 svpct.
The Buckeyes are 7-0 this year when scoring 10 or more goals and 6-1 when allowing nine or fewer tallies.
The Buckeye squad is allowing 8.62 goals on the year to rank 11th nationally. The squad held Hobart, Albany and Air Force to six goals, while allowing just seven to Notre Dame and Detroit.
Ohio State is 12th nationally in man-up offense, converting 18-of-41 chances (.439). The squad was a season-high 5-for-10 vs. Detroit Feb. 27.
Senior Mario Ventiquattro shares the ECAC lead with eight man-up goals this year.
The Buckeye squad is 17th in the nation in shooting percentage, converting 30.9 percent of its shots (126-of-408).
Senior Mario Ventiquattro leads the Buckeyes and is 26th in the nation converting 42.9 percent of his shots (18 goals, 42 shots). Freshman Jeff Tundo is second on the squad, scoring on 40 percent (20 goals, 50 shots).
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both are closing in on the 100-point mark for their Buckeye careers. Green has 70 goals and 26 assists for 96 points, while Ventiquattro has 70 goals and 24 assists for 94 points. Green has played in a team-high 59 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 51. Ventiquattro and Scott Foreman are next with 53 games played each, with Foreman recording 48 starts.
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 47 games for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all 13 games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro. Joe Bonanni has started the last 12 games on defense.
Senior James Green and freshman Logan Schuss both have at least one point in all 13 games for the Buckeyes this season, with Green posting a goal in all 12 outings.
Current Point Streaks
Goals GP G
Green 13 23
Schuss 3 7
Pires 2 3
Assists GP A
Schuss 7 12
Tundo 3 8
Points GP G-A-P
Green 13 23-2-25
Schuss 13 22-21-43
Tundo 5 9-8-17
Pires 2 3-0-3
Ohio State has received eight conference player of the week accolades this season, including six Rookie of the Week honors in the 10 weeks of the awards.
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). 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).
Schuss Picks Up Fourth Award
Freshman Logan Schuss had a team-best and game-high four points in the win against Air Force in the “Showdown in the Shoe” in front of more than 30,000 fans to earn ECAC Rookie of the Week honors. He posted two goals and two assists in the contest. His goals came in the final 6:21 of the contest, breaking open a two-goal game. Schuss’ first assist was on the opening goal of the game just 2:00 into the contest, while his second was on Jeff Tundo’s tally with five seconds left in the first half that tied the game at 5-all at halftime. Schuss had six shots and one groundball in the game.
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and 43 points this season and is second with 22 goals. He is second in the league in points and his 3.31 points per game rank first among ECAC players and 30th in the nation. His 1.62 assists per outing rank 23rd nationally and second among conference players.
Schuss has at least one point in all 13 games this year, with multiple points in 11. 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. He has three hat tricks and two four-assist outings as a rookie.
Against Air Force last week he had a team-high four points with two goals and two helpers.
His 43 points are the most for a Buckeye true freshman in program history. Joel Dalgarno, who ended his career second all-time in points, had 41 points as a rookie in 2006 to share the team lead.
After he was held scoreless for back-to-back games March 20-23, freshman Jeff Tundo has combined for 17 points, with nine goals and eight assists, in his last four 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 and a goal and two assists vs. Air Force last week.
He is second on the team with 12 assists and 32 points and third with 20 goals. He has a point in 11-of-13 games, with multiple points in 10. 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.
Buckeye This and That
• Senior Andrew Stimmel scored his first goal of the season vs. Air Force, marking his first tally since May 18, 2008 vs. Duke in the NCAA tournament.
• Senior Scott Foreman and sophomore Joe Bonanni lead Ohio State with 12 caused turnovers this year, while the squad has combined to force 94 turnovers.
• The Buckeyes are 12th in the NCAA in turnovers per game, giving up the ball 15.38 times per game.
• Freshman Dominique Alexander was held scoreless for just the third time this season against Air Force. He has two points in four of his last six games.
• 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).
• This season, 45 Buckeyes have seen action in at least one game.
• Junior Mike Pires has 45 career points, with 33 goals, and has 10 goals on the year. He has three goals in his last two games.
Senior James Green ranks first for the Buckeyes with a career-high 23 goals, with two or more goals in eight games and at least one goal in all 13 outings. He ranks ninth in the ECAC with 1.77 goals a game and is sixth averaging 6.62 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.
Mario Ventiquattro is fourth for the Buckeyes with 24 points, ranking third with six assists and fourth with 18 goals. He has a point in all but three games on the year, with two or more points in seven 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.
In the Cage
Senior goalie Brandon Freeman, who has started 11 games this season, ranks 12th in the NCAA with a .572 save percentage. He recorded his 100th save of the season at Loyola and is second in the ECAC with 10.92 saves per game. He had 11 stops vs. Air Force last week and a season-high 15 at Quinnipiac March 27. He held Albany, Air Force and Hobart all to just six goals and gave up three in 43:25 between the pipes against Detroit.
Ohio State has scored 35 goals in the first quarter, the most goals in a quarter this season, and has outscored opponents by seven in the opening stanza, the highest differential this season.
Home Court Advantage
The Buckeyes are 5-1 at home this season and 10-2 in Columbus under head coach Nick Myers.
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.
Ohio State will close its regular season on the road at North Carolina next Saturday (May 8).