No. 9/13 Ohio State
9-3, 4-0 GWLL
No. 12/7 Notre Dame
10-2, 3-1 GWLL
Sunday, April 27 – Noon
Alumni Field, South Bend, Ind.
Buckeye Lax Hits
The game Sunday wraps up the regular season for the Buckeyes before they begin play in the inaugural GWLL tournament May 2/4 in Birmingham, Mich.
The Buckeyes set a men’s lacrosse national regular-season attendance record when 29,601 fans watched Ohio State down Denver last weekend in Ohio Stadium.
A Buckeye has been named the GWLL Player of the Week each of the past four weeks. Joel Dalgarno earned the award Wednesday and April 2, while Kevin Buchanan was a back-to-back honoree April 9 and 16. Buchanan also was honored March 13.
The Buckeyes have scored double-digit goals in each of their last nine games and are second nationally in scoring offense (14.17 goals per game).
Buchanan and Dalgarno each rank in the Top 5 nationally in points per game. The duo also is in the Top 15 in goals and assists per game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 9/13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (9-3, 4-0 GWLL) will close out the regular-season schedule vs. Great Western Lacrosse League opponent No. 12/7 Notre Dame (10-2, 3-1 GWLL) at noon Sunday at Alumni Field in South Bend, Ind.
Live stats and a free live video feed can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at the Notre Dame athletics website, www.und.com.
OhioStateSports.net, Ohio State’s student radio station, will have a live broadcast at their website.
Ohio State moved to No. 9 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday and now comes in 13th in the USILA coaches poll. In the laxnews.com poll, Ohio State is 15th and the Buckeyes are fifth in the laxpower.com computer rating. The Inside Lacrosse poll marks the first time the Buckeyes have been in the national Top 10 since 2004.
Notre Dame holds down the No. 12 spot in the media poll, the No. 7 position in the coaches’ rankings, is fifth in the laxnews.com release and third in the laxpower.com computer rating.
The Buckeyes enter the game at Notre Dame 4-0 in league play this year, while the Irish are 3-1, with a loss to Denver. Denver, who lost to Ohio State last weekend, is 3-1 entering its final game vs. Air Force Saturday.
A Buckeye win over Notre Dame will give the squad the outright GWLL regular-season title for the first time since 2004. A loss will give the Buckeyes a share of the title.
In the 2008 Face-Off Yearbook preseason GWLL poll, the Buckeyes were picked second, behind Notre Dame and ahead of No. 3 Denver, No. 4 Air Force, No. 5 Quinnipiac and No. 6 Bellarmine.
The inaugural GWLL tournament will be held next weekend in Birmingham, Mich. Semifinals are set for May 2, with the final May 4. The Top 4 teams in the final league standings will compete in the tournament and Ohio State, Notre Dame and Denver all have clinched a spot in the tourney. The tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
If teams are tied, positions in the tournament will be set using the tiebreakers of head-to-head results, followed by fewest goals allowed between tied teams.
The Buckeyes are 9-3 this season, 4-0 in the Great Western Lacrosse League and enter the game vs. Notre Dame on a five-game winning streak. The team has wins over Colgate, Penn State, Robert Morris, Villanova, Quinnipiac, Bellarmine, Air Force, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 17 Denver. All three of the team’s losses have been to ranked teams in overtime – No. 11 Navy (8-7 OT), No. 19 Bucknell (8-7 3OT) and No. 13 UMBC (12-11 2OT).
The squad is averaging 13.83 goals a game and allowing 7.57 goals a contest. The team has converted 28-of-56 (.500) man-up chances and has stopped 41-of-56 (.732) opponent chances.
Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 35 goals and 58 points. Junior Joel Dalgarno has a team-best 27 assists and is second with 57 points. Junior Peet Poillon has 24 goals to rank third and is fourth with 30 points. Junior Jeff Ryan is third in points with 33, including 21 goals and 12 assists. Sophomore James Green has a 15-9-24 line and classmate Mario Ventiquattro also has hit double digits with 20 points, including 16 goals.
Senior goalie Stefan Schroder has started all 12 games and has a 7.34 goals-against average and .588 save percentage.
Junior Nick Carr is first on the team with 55 groundballs and has won 116-of-245 (.473) faceoffs. Schroder is second with 42 groundballs, followed by sophomore Keith Lovett with 31.
Lace Them Up
Buckeye players and coaches are wearing lime green shoelaces in honor of Nick “HEAD” Colleluori, a relentless lacrosse player who lost his life to lymphoma Nov. 28, 2006 at age 21. Colleluori was a native of the Philadelphia area and played lacrosse at Hofstra.
The laces are sold through the HEADstrong Foundation, which supports blood cancer research efforts. To date, the foundation has raised over $30,000 from the sale of the laces. For more information, visit HEADstrongfoundation.org.
Last Time Out
In their 20-13 win over Denver last Saturday in front of 29,601 fans in Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes built a big lead in the first half, with a 6-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 13-3 lead at halftime. The attendance set national men’s lacrosse records for regular-season (20,180 March 3, 2007 in Baltimore) and on-campus (19,850, April 18, 1987 in College Park, Md.) games.
Junior Joel Dalgarno had a team-best nine goals and 12 points in the win. Senior Kevin Buchanan had six goals and nine points. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had a season-best 17 saves in the game, including six in the fourth quarter. Sophomore James Green recorded three goals and four points in the victory.
Buckeyes vs. Irish
The Buckeyes are looking to stop a three-game losing streak to Notre Dame and trail the all-time series with the Irish, 21-23. In South Bend, Notre Dame leads 12-10.
Last season, Notre Dame downed the Buckeyes in Columbus, 12-6, April 28, 2007. In the last meeting in South Bend, the Irish recorded a 10-8 win April 29, 2006. OSU’s last win vs. ND was a 9-8 victory March 31, 2004 in South Bend.
Notre Dame is 10-2 this season and 3-1 in GWLL play. The team is coming off a 13-5 win at Air Force Tuesday and downed Quinnipiac (16-6) and Lehigh (14-7) last weekend.
The Irish are averaging 12.75 goals a game and are among the top teams in the nation in team defense, allowing 6.83 goals a contest. The squad has converted 40.4 (21-52) percent of its man-up chances and has stopped 14-of-24 (.583) of its opponents’ opportunities. Notre Dame has won 63.6 percent of its faceoffs this season.
Alex Wharton has a team-best 23 assists and 39 points on the year. Ryan Hoff leads the Irish with 32 goals and is second with 36 points. Duncan Swezey is second in goals (19) and third in points (31). In all, six Irish players have 20 or more points this season. Taylor Clagett is Notre Dame’s main face-off man and has won 62.2 percent of his draws (140-225) to rank in the Top 5 nationally.
Senior Joey Kemp has started all 12 games in the cage and leads the GWLL and ranks in the Top 5 in the NCAA with a 6.31 goals-against average and .638 save percentage.
Kevin Corrigan, a 1988 Virginia graduate, is in his 20th year at Notre Dame and in his 22nd as a collegiate head coach. He is 177-94 at ND and 187-109 overall.
In the national rankings released Tuesday, Ohio State ranked in the Top 7 in the NCAA in scoring offense (2nd/14.17), scoring margin (2nd/+6.42), man-up offense (3rd/.500) and win percentage (7th/.750). The team was 17th in scoring defense (7.75).
With the Nation’s Best
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan ranks third nationally in points per game, is sixth in goals per game and 12th in assists per game.
Junior Joel Dalgarno is fifth in points per game, 12th in assists per game and 13th in goals per game.
Senior goalie Stefan Schroder is 12th in both goals-against average and save percentage.
Junior Nick Carr is 22nd in groundballs per game.
Have a Game
Junior attackman Joel Dalgarno was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. It is the second league award this season for Dalgarno (April 2) and the third of his career. It is the fourth-consecutive, and fifth overall, weekly league award for a Buckeye in 2008.
Dalgarno also was the winner of the InsideLacrosse.com MVP of the week fan poll, garnering 81 percent of the vote.
Dalgarno led the Buckeyes to a 20-13 conference victory over Denver last Saturday with a career-best nine goals and 12 points in the win. The nine goals are the second-highest total in program history, behind the 12 Steve Lauver had vs. Bowling Green Feb. 23, 1965 (in a 28-3 OSU win), and ties Brian Driscoll, who scored nine times vs. Michigan April 8, 1967. It is the third 12-point game in program history, tying for the second-best single-game performance in the Ohio State record books. (Terry Gilmore holds the Buckeye record with 13 points vs. Bowling Green May 12, 1979.) Driscoll added three assists for 12 points in the game mentioned above, while Lauver had 12 points on 12 goals vs. the Falcons.
All-time, Dalgarno’s nine goals rank 13th (tied) in NCAA history for a single game. They are the most for a Buckeye in a game since Curtis Smith scored seven vs. Quinnipiac March 8, 2003.
The 12 points tie for the best single-game performance in the NCAA this season, while the nine goals are the second-most in a single game. Dalgarno’s eight assists vs. Quinnipiac March 29 rank as the most assists in a single game in the NCAA this season.
In the Record Books
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 157 points, with 88 goals and 69 assists, as a Buckeye to rank fourth in program history, six behind third-place Craig Cooper (1974-78). Buchanan is sixth in assists all-time, six back of Cooper and Mike Norton (2000-03) in fourth with 75 career assists. Buchanan is five goals shy of tying Tim McCabe (1986-89) for 10th in program history.
Junior Joel Dalgarno has 148 points as a Buckeye, on 83 goals and 65 assists, to tie for seventh in program history with Mike Avery (1988-91). He is two behind fifth-place Bill Rogers (1978-81). Dalgarno comes in seventh in career assists.
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 12th (tied) with 133 career points.
More Record Book Banter
Kevin Buchanan has 58 points this season to rank 10th in program history in a single season. Joel Dalgarno has 57 points to tie for 11th (Jonathan Rubin, 1983). They are the most points for a Buckeye in a season since Curtis Smith had 53 in 2003.
This is the second 50-point season for Dalgarno, who had a 29-21-50 line as a sophomore last year.
Dalgarno’s 27 assists this season are one shy of tying for 10th in program history in a single season and are the most since current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi had 25 in 2004. It is the first time a Buckeye had at least 27 assists in a single year since Kevin Johnson in 1997.
Buchanan’s 35 goals are three shy of tying for ninth in program history with three players with 38 each, including Curtis Smith in 2002. The 35 are the most since Smith had 33 in 2003.
Buchanan and Dalgarno join Smith (38/2002; 33/2003), Gilardi (32/2002) and Sandy Boyce (30/2001) as the only Buckeyes with 30 goals in a single season since 2001.
Kevin Buchanan, a three-time GWLL Player of the Week this year, ranks third in the NCAA in points per game this season, averaging 4.83 points an outing.
Over the last six games, Buchanan is posting 6.3 points a contest, including a career-best nine points vs. Denver in the last time out. His previous high for points in a game was eight, set vs. Air Force April 23, 2006.
He began the current stretch with back-to-back five-point games vs. UMBC March 22 and Quinnipiac March 29, followed by two-consecutive six-point outings vs. Bellarmine April 2 and Air Force April 6. He had seven points against North Carolina April 12.
Buchanan, who is sixth nationally averaging 2.92 goals a game, has 13 goals in his last two games combined. He had career-best six-goal game vs. the Pioneers after scoring five vs. the Tar Heels.
He also has two five-assist games and three six-point outings this season.
Buchanan leads the Buckeyes with a career-best 35 goals this year, surpassing the then-career-high 26 goals he had as a junior. He has multiple goals in 9-of-12 games, with his six-goal performance, one five-goal game and two four-goal outings.
Buchanan, who tied for the team lead in points in 2006 and was second in 2007, now has a career-best 58 points on the year.
He is on a 41-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has a 84-65-149 line during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 24 games and is on a 21-game goal-scoring streak.
Buchanan now is in the Top 10 in the Buckeye record book for career assists (6th/69) and points (4th/157).
The 20-Goal Club
Four Buckeyes have 20 or more goals this season – Kevin Buchanan (35), Joel Dalgarno (30), Peet Poillon (24) and Jeff Ryan (21).
Just three other players in the GWLL have 20 or more goals this season – Denver’s Jamie Lincoln (39), Notre Dame’s Ryan Hoff (32) and DU’s Cliff Smith (23).
Ohio State joins Duke as the only team to enter the week with two 30-goal scorers. In all, 16 NCAA Division I players have hit the 30-goal mark this season.
The Buckeyes, who rank second nationally in scoring offense averaging 14.17 goals a game, have averaged 17.6 goals a game during their current five-game winning streak. The squad has two 20-goal performances during the streak and is the only team in the NCAA to hit the 20-goal mark twice this season.
The team scored 20 goals at Bellarmine April 2, the first time the squad hit the 20-goal mark since a 23-5 victory over St. Joseph’s March 7, 1995. It was the most goals for the Buckeyes since a 19-1 victory over Wagner Feb. 23, 2007 and followed the squad’s 18-7 victory at Quinnipiac March 29. The team followed with a 16-5 win over Air Force April 6 and 14-11 victory vs. North Carolina April 19. Against Denver last Saturday, the Buckeyes again scored 20 goals, downing the Pioneers, 20-13.
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last nine outings and have double-digit goals in 10-of-12 games this year.
The program record for scoring average in a season is 13.4, set by the 1966 squad that went 14-0. The 1978 team averaged 13.3 goals a game and posted a 14-1 mark.
Ohio State has held its opponents to eight or less goals in 9-of-12 games this season. The squad is allowing 7.75 goals on the year to rank 17th in the NCAA.
The Buckeyes allowed a season-low four goals vs. Bellarmine April 2 and gave up just five goals vs. Air Force April 6. The team also held Robert Morris to five goals March 15 and gave up six goals vs. Colgate Feb. 24 and Penn State March 8.
The Buckeyes have scored on 37.9 percent of their shots this season to lead the GWLL. The squad has converted 170-of-479 shots this year. Against Denver last Saturday, the Buckeyes scored six goals on eight shots in the first quarter.
The Buckeyes are third nationally and first in the GWLL in man-up offense, converting 50 percent of their chances (28-56). The team had a 7-for-9 game at Quinnipiac, was 5-for-8 vs. Bellarmine and was 4-for-8 against Air Force.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro leads the team with seven EMO goals, followed by juniors Peet Poillon and Joel Dalgarno with five each. Eight Buckeyes have scored at least one extra-man goal this year. Ventiquattro had a league single-game best three EMO goals at Quinnipiac.
Before the seven-goal outburst vs. the Bobcats, the team’s high in the last four-plus years was three EMO goals in a game, set three times (March 15 at Robert Morris, March 31, 2007 at Quinnipiac and March 31, 2004 at Notre Dame).
With the Buckeyes playing a man down vs. Denver in the first quarter last Saturday, Jeff Ryan set up Kevin Buchanan for the Buckeyes’ first man-down goal since 2006. The team has just three man-down goals since 2004 – Tom Randisi, April 17, 2004 vs. Hobart, Ben Wolff, April 14, 2006 vs. Butler and Buchanan vs. the Pioneers.
In the Cage
Senior goalie Stefan Schroder has started all 12 games for the Buckeyes this season. He is coming off a season-best 17 saves in the win vs. Denver after tying his then-season high with 14 saves in the victory over North Carolina April 19 (at Robert Morris March 15). Schroder has seven games with 10 or more saves this year, including six times in the last nine games. He is 12th nationally in goals-against average (7.34) and in save percentage (.588).
Schroder has earned the starting nod in all 26 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.81, with a career save percentage of .579.
Junior Joel Dalgarno, who led the GWLL in scoring as a sophomore last year, is second in the league in scoring this season (behind teammate Kevin Buchanan). Dalgarno has 57 points, including a league-best 27 assists, this year. He is in the Top 5 nationally in points per game, in the Top 8 in assists per outing and in the Top 13 in goals per game.
Dalgarno was held scoreless vs. North Carolina April 19, marking the first time in 38 games as a Buckeye he did not record at least one point, but he responded with a career-best nine goals and 12 points in the win over Denver last week.
He has 83 goals and 65 assists for 148 points for the Scarlet and Gray, ranking seventh in career assists and tying for sixth in career points.
Dalgarno has at least one assist in 29-of-39 career games, has at least one goal in 34-of-39 outings and has multiple points in 35-of-39 contests.
In addition to his nine goals and 12 points vs. Denver, Dalgarno had a career-best eight assists and then-career high nine points at Quinnipiac March 29. He also had back-to-back six-point outings vs. Bellarmine (1g, 5a) April 2 and Air Force (3g, 3a) April 6.
Dalgarno’s eight assists vs. QU and nine goals and 12 points vs. Denver all are single-game league highs this season.
Sophomore James Green had a career-best four points in the win vs Denver, including his second hat trick this season (March 29 vs. Quinnipiac). He has multiple points in 10-of-12 games this season and at least one point in all but one game on the year. Green has a career-best 15 goals, nine assists and 24 points this year, passing the 10-3-13 line he had as a freshman last season.
No. 24 Scores
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro has 12 goals in his last five games combined, including hat tricks at Quinnipiac March 29, vs. Air Force April 6 and vs. North Carolina April 19. He had his multiple-goal streak stopped at four with one goal vs. Denver last Saturday. Ventiquattro has 16 goals and 20 points this season, surpassing the nine goals and 12 points he had as a freshman last year.
Junior Jeff Ryan saw his goal streak end at 10 but extended his scoring streak to 11 with two assists vs. Denver last week. Ryan ranks third on the team with 33 points, four shy of the 37 he set as a sophomore last season. He is fourth on the team with 21 goals and ranks third with 12 assists this year. He had a season-best three assists and five points vs. Colgate Feb. 24 before posting three goals and four points at Robert Morris March 15, at Villanova March 18, at Quinnipiac March 29 and vs. Bellarmine April 2.
Ryan has a point in 25-of-26 games as a Buckeye and now has 70 career points for the Scarlet and Gray, with 48 goals and 22 assists. He played his freshman season at Hobart, where he had a 7-6-13 line in 2006.
Peet Posts Points
Junior transfer Peet Poillon has multiple goals and points in 10 games this year, with three or more points in seven games, and has a point in all but one game (March 1 at Bucknell). He has two four-point games, with three goals and an assist vs. Bellarmine April 2 and vs. Colgate Feb. 24. Poillon, in his first season playing Division I lacrosse, is third on the team with 24 goals and fourth with 30 points.
The three Buckeye starters on defense each have career highs in groundballs this season. Junior Scott Matthews, in his third year as a starter, has a career-best 25 groundballs, bettering the then-career best 21 he had as a freshman. Sophomore Scott Foreman has 17 in 12 games this year after seeing action in seven games a year ago and recording seven gbs. Sophomore Keith Lovett, also in his first year starting, has 31 groundballs this year (14 in 2007), including a season-best six vs. Denver last week.
Joel Dalgarno and Kevin Buchanan, the Buckeyes’ leading scorers the last two seasons, are continuing the trend again this year. The duo has recorded the top single-game performances in the GWLL this season.
Dalgarno’s nine goals and 12 points vs. Denver last Saturday are the single-game highs in the league this year, while his eight assists vs. Quinnipiac March 29 is the top performance in that category. His nine points vs. Quinnipiac are tied for second in a single game, while his six-point outings vs. Air Force April 6 and Bellarmine April 2 are tied for sixth in the league.
Buchanan’s nine points against Denver are tied for second in the league this year, with his seven-point game vs. North Carolina tying for the fourth-best outing this year. His six goals against the Pioneers are tied for second, with his five goals vs. the Tar Heels tying for fifth. Buchanan also has three six-point games this season (vs. Penn State, vs. Air Force, vs. Bellarmine), which are tied for sixth in the league. His five assists vs. the Falcons and Knights are the second-highest total in the league this year.
Senior captains Kevin Buchanan and Ricky Pages played in the 50th game of their Buckeye careers vs. Bellarmine April 2 and now have played in 53 games each. Buchanan has started 52 of those contests. Josh Funk marked the 50th game of his career against Denver last week.
Second is First
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 54-22, in the second quarter this season.
The Buckeyes will head to Birmingham, Mich., for the inaugural GWLL tournament May 2 and 4.
GWLL Tourney Info
The inaugural Great Western Lacrosse League championship tournament will be held May 2 and 4 at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich. The winner of the tournament, which includes the Top 4 teams in the final regular-season league standings, will receive the conference’s bid into the 2008 NCAA Championship.
Semifinals will be held at 5 and 7:30 p.m. May 2, with the championship set for noon May 4. Tickets are now on sale online through TicketWeb.com. Weekend passes are $20 and include all three games. Sellouts are anticipated. Single-day tickets for $15 will only be sold at the door if seats remain unsold.
Go online to collegelacrosseinmichigan.com for more tournament information, including directions and local hotels.
Joel Dalgarno was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 24-30, the conference announced April 2. Dalgarno led the Buckeyes to an 18-7 win in their league opener at Quinnipiac March 29, posting a career-best eight assists and nine points.
Dalgarno assisted on eight of the Buckeyes’ 18 goals in their victory over the Bobcats, including helpers on six of the team’s seven man-up goals in the contest. The nine points was the best single-game performance by a Buckeye since 2003 and one point shy of Dalgarno’s previous high of eight points, set vs. QU last season. The eight assists were the most in a single game in the NCAA this season and the nine points were tied for the third-best performance this year.
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 third league weekly honor of his career.
Buchanan had a team-best six points in the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State March 8, including a then-season-high four goals. His six points were the most since a seven-point performance vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007 and tied for the third-highest single-game outing in his career.
Buchanan is a three-time league player of the week (May 9, 2006; Feb. 28, 2007).
GWLL POTW Again
Senior Kevin Buchanan was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 31-April 6, the conference announced. It was the second league award for Buchanan this season (March 13) and was the fourth honor of his career.
Buchanan led the Buckeyes to two wins during the week, with five assists and six points in each game, as Ohio State downed Bellarmine, 20-4, April 2 and Air Force, 16-5, April 6. Against Bellarmine, Buchanan scored a man-up goal and assisted on two other EMO tallies, along with three assists with the teams at even strength. In the game vs. the Falcons, Buchanan had six points in the first half, including a man-up goal and an EMO assist. He helped the Buckeyes move into second nationally in man-up offense.
Buckeye seniors Kevin Buchanan, Josh Funk and Ricky Pages all were named to the Face-Off Yearbook preseason honorable mention All-America team.
In addition, Buchanan, Funk, Pages and junior Joel Dalgarno were named to the Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-Great Western Lacrosse League team.
Leading the Charge
Ohio State seniors Kevin Buchanan, Josh Funk and Ricky Pages were voted 2008 team captains by their teammates.
A Quick Look Back
The Buckeyes were 9-5 last year and finished second in the Great Western Lacrosse League with a 5-1 mark.
The Buckeyes led the nation in man-down defense (.839).
Ohio State ranked eighth in the country in scoring offense (11.29) and was ninth in scoring defense (7.79). The squad also ranked seventh nationally in scoring margin (+3.5) and ninth in face-off win percentage (.591).
The Buckeyes returned 31 letterwinners this season, including seven starters. The squad also brought back 6-of-7 All-GWLL honorees.