Following finals this week, the No. 19/20t Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 0-0 GWLL) is set for two games in Pennsylvania over Spring Break. The team will take on Robert Morris (4-3, 0-0 CAA) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Moon Township, Pa.
Tuesday, the Buckeyes will face Villanova (1-4, 0-0 CAA) at 7 p.m. in Villanova, Pa.
An internet video feed for the Villanova game is available through a paid subscription at villanova.com.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes downed Penn State, 17-6, last weekend on the indoor turf field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio. It was the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive win over the Nittany Lions, the only other Big Ten program with a varsity men’s lacrosse team.
Senior Kevin Buchanan had a team-best six points and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro and junior Joel Dalgarno each posted four points. Junior Peet Poillon had three goals in the victory.
Against the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Penn State tied the game with 2:01 remaining in the first quarter, but Ohio State outscored PSU 6-1 to close out the half and 8-2 in the second half for the non-conference victory.
As a team, the Buckeyes are averaging 10.49 goals a game, while allowing 6.68.
Senior Kevin Buchanan has a team-best 12 goals and 15 points. Junior Joel Dalgarno is second with nine goals and 13 points. Sophomore James Green has a team-best five assists. Junior transfer Peet Poillon is third with eight goals and 10 points on the year. Senior Stefan Schroder has started every game for the Buckeyes and has made 37 saves while allowing 28 goals (6.75 goals-against average, .569 save percentage). Junior Nick Carr and senior Ricky Pages are tied for first with 14 groundballs each, followed by Schroder with 12 and senior Josh Funk with 11.
Following their win over Penn State, the Buckeyes moved into the national polls. The team is rated 19th in the USILA coaches poll and is tied for 20th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
The Keystone State
Seven Buckeyes hail from Pennsylvania – freshmen Zach Boyt (Pittsburgh), Packy Campbell (Berwyn), Tyler Dolphin (Bethlehem), Scott Gerland (Wayne), sophomores James Green (Doylestown) and Andrew Stimmel (Murrysville) and junior Peet Poillon (Cranberry Township).
Buckeyes vs. Colonials
Ohio State is 3-0 all-time vs. Robert Morris and the teams have met each of the last three seasons. The Buckeyes won the first meeting in Moon Township, 11-3, April 8, 2006. Last year, the Buckeyes opened the season with a 13-5 victory over the Colonials Feb. 10, 2007 in Columbus. The first meeting between the schools was April 15, 2005, an 18-5 Buckeye victory in Columbus.
Robert Morris is 4-3 this year and enters the game with the Buckeyes on a two-game win streak after victories over Presbyterian (16-5) and VMI (15-4). Both Ohio State and Robert Morris have met Penn State this season. The Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions, 17-6, and the Colonials suffered an 18-2 loss to PSU Feb. 16.
RMU is averaging 10.9 goals a game on the year, while allowing 8.64 goals a game.
Andrew Watt has a team-best 15 goals, 12 assists and 27 points through seven games this year. Corbyn Tao-Brambleby is second with 11 goals and third with 14 points. Michael Fleming is second in assists (8) and points (17).
Sal Barcia has started all seven games in the cage for the Colonials. He has allowed 47 goals for an 8.20 goals-against average and has 85 saves (.644 save percentage).
Bear Davis, a 1997 graduate of Wilmington College, is in his fourth year at the helm of the Colonials and is in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach.
Buckeyes and Wildcats
Ohio State and Villanova have met just once, a 13-4 Buckeye win March 24, 1964 on Villanova’s home field.
Villanova is 1-4 on the year entering a game at Lehigh Saturday. The squad is coming off a 12-3 loss to Penn State Tuesday in State College, Pa. The Wildcats are averaging 6.05 goals an outing, while allowing 12.5.
Jay Foley has a team-high five assists and 12 points and is second with seven goals. Tim Driscoll leads the Wildcats with 10 goals and ranks second with 11 points.
Andrew Diloreto has played in all five games in the cage this year, with a 12.14 goals-against average and .462 save percentage.
Michael Corrado, a 1987 graduate of Villanova, is in his second year at the helm of his alma mater and as a collegiate head coach.
Ohio State and the CAA
Robert Morris and Villanova both compete in the Colonial Athletic Association. Ohio State is 14-5 all-time vs. current CAA teams – Sacred Heart (1-0), Delaware (2-1), Robert Morris (3-0), Towson (3-2), Drexel (4-0), Villanova (1-0) and Hofstra (0-2).
Buchanan Picks Up Honor
Senior midfielder Kevin Buchanan was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9, the conference announced Wednesday. Buchanan, who earned the honor for the third time in his career, shared the award with Bellarmine’s Bobby Snyder.
Buchanan, a native of Cockeysville, Md., had a team-best six points in the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State last Saturday, including a season-high four goals. His six points were the most since a seven-point performance vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007 and ties for the third-highest single-game outing in his career. He extended his point streak to 33 games, dating to May 1, 2005, and has multiple points in each of his last 16 games.
In the Nation
The NCAA released the first national statistics for 2008 earlier this week. As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked sixth in man-up offense (50 percent), ninth in scoring offense (11.0 goals a game), 10th in scoring margin (+4.0) and 12th in scoring defense (7.0 goals allowed a game).
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan is ranked sixth in goals per game (3.0) and 15th in points per game (3.75). Goalie Stefan Schroder is 14th in goals-against average (6.76) and 21st in save percentage (.569).
In the League
The GWLL also released its first rankings this week. The Buckeyes are first in goals per game (11.00), man-up scoring percentage (50 percent) and shooting percentage (31.7 percent) and rank second in team defense (6.68).
Kevin Buchanan has a league-best 3.00 goals per game and 3.75 goals a game.In points per game, Joel Dalgarno is second (3.25), Peet Poillon is tied for fifth (2.50) and Jeff Ryan is tied for ninth (2.25). James Green is second in assists per game (1.25), while Ryan and Dalgarno are tied for third (1.00). Dalgarno is first in shots per game (7.75), with Buchanan ranking fourth (6.75) and Poillon sixth (6.00).
The Century Mark
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 114 points as a Buckeye to tie for 19th in program history with Mike Norton (2000-03).
Junior Joel Dalgarno now has 104 points as a Buckeye, with 62 goals and 42 assists, to rank 21st in program history in career points.
All-time, 24 Buckeyes have recorded 100 or more points. Buchanan and Dalgarno are the first Buckeyes to hit triple digits since current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi in 2004. He ranks 11th (tied) in program history with 133 career points.
The Buckeyes have held each of their opponents to eight goals or less this year, allowing 6.68 goals an outing. The squad ended the 2007 campaign ninth nationally in scoring defense, giving up 7.79 goals a game.
The 17 goals scored by the Buckeyes against Penn State last week were the most since the season finale last year vs. Army (W 17-7). The team is averaging 10.49 goals a game this year.
Welcome to College
Freshmen Zach Boyt, Dan Bain and Conor David all saw their first action as Buckeyes against Penn State last Saturday.
They join Bryce Woodson, Mike Pires, Scott Lathrop, Scott Gerland, Jarred Bowman and Mat Kawamoto as rookies to see playing time this year. Pires has started three of four games this season. Pires has a goal and an assist for two points, while Lathrop has a helper.
4 for No. 24
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro had four points, on two goals and two assists, vs. Penn State last week. The four points matched his career best, set last season at Denver, while his two helpers were a career high.
Two x two x two x two
Sophomore James Green has two points in all four games this season, with a goal and an assist in each of the last three outings and a career-high tying two assists in the season opener vs. Navy. He has seven multiple-point games in his career.
Kevin Buchanan had a team season-best six points vs. Penn State last week and now has 114 points as a Buckeye, with 65 goals and 62 assists.
He is on a 33-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 60-44-104 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 16 games, along with goals in each of his last 13 games.
Buchanan’s six-point game is tied for the best single-game performance in the league this year.
Junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 31 games (62-42-104) with a season-high tying fourpoints, on three goals and an assist, vs. Penn State. He has multiple points in each game this year, with four points in two of the last three games.
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all four games for the Buckeyes this season and has played all but 2:46 in the cage. He has allowed 28 goals while making 37 saves. He had 10 saves in the last time out, one behind the season-best 11 he had vs. Bucknell.
Junior Jeff Ryan has 46 points as a Buckeye, including nine points this season. He is averaging 2.56 points a game over his 18 game Buckeye career. Ryan has multiple points in each of his last three games, including a season-best five (2g, 3a) vs. Colgate.
Scores for 7
Junior Doug Ruhnke tied his career best with two goals vs. Penn State, marking his first points this year. He had five goals and 11 points a year ago.
Back on Track
After he was held scoreless at Bucknell, junior Peet Poillon rebounded with a hat trick at Penn State. It was the second three-goal game of his Buckeye career and his third game with at least three points. Poillon is third for the team with 10 points this season.
Break It Up
The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 11-4, in the third quarter and 25-9 in the second half this season. Against Penn State last week, the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions, 8-2, in the second half.
The Buckeyes return home to face UMBC at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Columbus.