The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-0 GWLL) hosts Penn State (1-2, 0-1 ECAC Lacrosse League) at noon Saturday in Columbus. The game has been moved to the field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center because of poor weather expected in Columbus.
Fans should enter the building through the center atrium at the WHAC. Admission will be limited because of space restraints. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Big Ten Title
Ohio State and Penn State are the only Big Ten Conference schools with varsity men’s lacrosse programs.
Last Time out
The Buckeyes lost on the road at Bucknell, 8-7, in triple overtime last Saturday. The Buckeyes held a 5-4 lead at halftime and pushed their advantage to 6-4 just 29 seconds into the second half. The Bison battled to tie the score at 6 with a goal early in the fourth quarter, but Buckeye senior captain Kevin Buchanan put Ohio State back on top just 21 seconds later. Bucknell’s Austin Winter tied the game with a score with 3:35 remaining in regulation.
The teams were unable to score through the first two overtimes, with Buckeye senior goalie Stefan Schroder making two saves in the second OT. Bucknell’s John Togneri scored unassisted with 2:35 left in the third overtime to give the Bison the win.
Through the first three games of the season, Buckeye senior Kevin Buchanan has a team-best eight goals, with multiple goals in each game. He shares the team point lead with junior Joel Dalgarno, with nine points each. Dalgarno is second on the team with six assists. Sophomore James Green has a team-best four assists and has added two goals for six points. Junior transfer Peet Poillon has five goals and is tied with junior Jeff Ryan (4g, 3a) for third with seven points each. Senior Stefan Schroder has started every game for the Buckeyes and has made 27 saves while allowing 22 goals (6.89 goals-against average, .551 save percentage). Junior Nick Carr has won 50.7 percent of his faceoffs (30-59) and has a team-best 13 groundballs. Senior Ricky Pages is second with 10 groundballs on the year.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State is 1-10 all-time vs. Penn State, recording its first win in the series at Penn State last year (10-8). This marks the sixth-consecutive season the teams are facing off and it is the third time in Columbus over the stretch. The teams last met in Columbus March 11, 2006, with PSU winning in overtime, 14-13.
Penn State, a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League, is 1-2 this year and lost at No. 15 Loyola, 7-4, last weekend. Rob Forster leads the Nittany Lions with nine points, including a team-best five assists. Matt Loy has a team-high five goals and Max VanArsdale has four goals and five points. Andrew Mackrides has a team-best 11 groundballs. In the cage, Drew Adams has 36 saves and an 8.49 goals-against average.
Glenn Thiel, a 1966 graduate of Penn State, is in his 31st year at the helm of his alma mater and his 41st year as a collegiate head coach.
Ohio State and the ECAC
Penn State is the only ECAC Lacrosse League school on the Buckeyes’ schedule this season.
Joining the Nittany Lions are Loyola, Georgetown, Fairfield, Hobart, Massachusetts and St. John’s.
The Century Mark
Junior Joel Dalgarno had three points in the last time out at Bucknell to hit the 100-point mark with 59 goals and 41 assists. All-time, 24 Buckeyes have recorded 100 or more points.
Senior Kevin Buchanan hit the 100-point mark earlier this season and now has 108 points (61g, 47a) as a Buckeye to rank 21st in program history.
On the Scoresheet
Against Bucknell last weekend, sophomore Keith Lovett had the first assist and point of his Buckeye career. Freshman Scott Lathrop also had his first helper as a Buckeye.
Welcome to College
Three freshmen – Scott Gerland, Jarred Bowman and Mat Kawamoto – all saw their first action as Buckeyes vs. Bucknell last week. They join Bryce Woodson, Mike Pires and Scott Lathrop as rookies to see playing time this year.
With two goals vs. Bucknell, senior Kevin Buchanan now has 108 points as a Buckeye. He ranks 21st in program history, with 61 goals and 47 assists, five points behind 20th-place Brian Williams (1990-93).
Buchanan is on a 32-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 56-42-98 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 15 games. He carries a 12-game goal-scoring streak into the game with Penn State.
Junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 30 games (58-39-97) with three points, on a goal and two assists, at Bucknell last week. He has multiple points in each game this year, including a season-best four (3g, 1a) vs. Colgate Feb. 16.
Both of the Buckeyes’ losses this season have been in overtime by 8-7 scores. The game vs. Bucknell went to a third overtime, the first time the team had a game go to a third extra period since a 13-12 3OT loss at North Carolina Feb. 16, 2002.
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has played all 191:40 minutes in goal for the Buckeyes this season. He has made 27 saves, including a season-high 11 vs. Colgate Feb. 16.
Break It Up
The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 8-3, in the third quarter and 17-7 in the second half. In the first half, Ohio State has been outscored, 13-10, including 5-4 in the first quarter and 8-6 in the second.
Two x Two x Two
Sophomore James Green has two points in all three games this season, with a goal and an assist in the last two outings and a career-high tying two assists in the season opener vs. Navy. He has six multiple-point games in his career.
Junior Jeff Ryan has two goals in each of the last two games. He has four goals on eight shots this season, a team-best 50-percent shooting percentage.
The Buckeyes are allowing 6.89 goals a game this season. The squad ended the 2007 campaign ninth nationally in scoring defense, giving up 7.79 goals an outing.