April 12, 1999
COLUMBUS, OHIO – This week, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host Notre Dame and Stony Brook Wednesday and Sunday, respectively. The game against the Great Western Lacrosse League rival Fighting Irish will be at 3:30, while the game against the Seawolves is slated for 1 p.m.
OHIO STATE vs. NOTRE DAME PREVIEW
Notre Dame comes into the contest with an overall record of 5-4, 3-0 in the GWLL. The Irish have dropped three straight to Hofstra and Georgetown, both ranked, after having won two big games over Hobart and GWLL foe Butler. David Ulrich and Tom Glatzel face a formidable offensive tandem. Kirk Howell has been staunch in goal posting a .582 save percentage and a goals against average of 8.49. The Buckeye attackers will give Irish defenders. fits. Buddy Lange (Jr. Annandale, N.J.), Kevin Johnson (Sr., Penfield, N.Y.), and Sandy Boyce (So., Butler, Md.) have been doing the bulk of the scoring. They each scored two goals against Johns Hopkins. Mike Abeles (Jr., Westfield, N.J.) has been just as good in goal topping the GWLL with a save percentage of .615. He tied his season high for saves with 21 this past weekend against Johns Hopkins.
The Buckeyes and Irish have met 35 times with Ohio State winning 18 and losing 17. The Irish though have won the previous nine meetings. They first met in 1964.
The head coach for Ohio State is Joe Breschi who is in his second year at the helm. He has guided the Buckeyes to a 9-10 record throughout his first collegiate head coaching job. Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan is in his eleventh year at the helm. The 1982 Virginia grad sports a record of 86-49 at Notre Dame and 96-64 in 13 years overall.
Notre Dame all but has the GWLL’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament wrapped up. With a win over the Irish, Ohio State can spoil their chance of an outright league title and give the Buckeyes hope of finishing in the upper half of the conference.
GWLL STANDINGS GWLL ALL Notre Dame 3-0 5-4 Butler 1-1 4-5 Ohio State 0-1 4-3 Denver 0-1 2-6 Air Force 0-1 1-8
Players from the Columbus area often appear on the roster of Ohio State’s opponents and Notre Dame is no different. Senior Chris Dusseau, their third leading scorer and one of their leaders graduated from Upper Arlington High School.
Ohio State could be found at the top of most of the team statistical categories in the last edition of GWLL statistics. The Buckeyes were ranked first in team defense (10.3 goals per game), man up percentage (13/36 36%), and penalty killing (32/43 74.4%). Lange was tops in goals scored per game at 2.5, while Abeles topped the goalies in save percentage.
BUCKEYES vs. SEAWOLVES
Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. the Stony Brook Seawolves will come into Columbus sporting a record of 3-4. A lacrosse independent, they have defeated Providence, Air Force, and Lafayette and have been beaten by Colgate, Bucknell, Radford, and Maryland Baltimore County. The Buckeyes and Seawolves have two opponents in common. OSU defeated Radford 12-8 earlier this year and will face Air Force April 24. Stony Brook is coached by Jon Espey, a 1973 graduate of Cortland State.
Ohio State has faced Stony Brook twice in the past with each team winning one. The Seawolves won the first meeting in 1987 while the Buckeyes won the last meeting in 1992.
OHIO STATE HOME STAND
The two home games are part of three straight home games in one week, and four of their last six are at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Virginia Military Institute will come into town April 21 and the Buckeyes will end their home schedule against Gannon May 1.