COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (3-2, 0-0 GWLL) returns home for its Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium opener Friday. The Buckeyes will take on Robert Morris (6-1, 0-0 CAA) at 7 p.m. in JOMS.
Promotions for the game include FUNday Friday with fans able to receive a ticket, hot dog, soda and popcorn for only $7.
Adult tickets are $5 and student/youth tickets are $3. Youth 6 and under and Ohio State students (with a valid OSU ID) are free.
Tickets are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on TICKETS), through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Ohio State ticket office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Tickets also can be purchased at the gate on game day starting one and a half hours prior to faceoff. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available for $2 and must be purchased before the day of the game. The group rate is only available in person at the Ohio State ticket office, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or by phone through the Ohio State group sales department (614-247-1984).
Live All Year Long
This year, all six Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. There are both monthly and yearly subscription packages. For more information or to sign up, click on Multimedia located on the upper right-hand corner on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Ohio State’s student radio station will provide commentary on the games.
Take it Outside
After playing their first three home games indoors in Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Ohio State will play outdoors at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday. The squad was 2-1 in JOMS a year ago, with a double overtime loss to UMBC and wins over Bellarmine and Air Force.
Ohio State will host Quinnipiac in JOMS March 28 before going up against Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium in the final regular-season home game April 25.
Ohio State is 3-2 this year, with a 21-1 win over Detroit Mercy Feb. 7, an 8-6 loss on the road at Navy Feb. 14, a 10-9 victory in overtime over Bucknell Feb. 21, an 11-6 win at home vs. Fairfield Feb. 28 and an 11-5 loss at Penn State last week.
The team is averaging 10.6 goals a game, while allowing 7.0. The squad is averaging 35.4 shots a game and giving up 34.6.
Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with nine assists and 20 points and is second on the team with 11 goals. Senior Jeff Ryan is first with 12 goals and ranks second with 17 points. Junior Mario Ventiquattro is third in goals (8) and points (13). Junior James Green is second with six assists, followed by Ryan and Ventiquattro with five each.
Junior Brandon Freeman has started all five games in net and has 47 saves, with 34 goals allowed, for a 7.48 goals-against average and .580 save percentage.
Senior Nick Carr has won 52 percent of his faceoffs (26/50) to lead the squad. Freeman is first on the squad with 14 groundballs, followed by senior Scott Matthews with 13.
In the Nation
In the NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State ranked in the Top 25 in eight team categories: assists per game (4th/8.4), scoring defense (10th/7.0), points per game (10th/19.0), scoring margin (11th/+3.6), man-down defense (17th/.739), scoring offense (19th/10.6), saves per game (21st/11.1) and winning percentage (24th/.600).
Goalie Brandon Freeman is 11th in goals-against average (7.49) and 16th in save percentage (.580). Attackman Joel Dalgarno is 14th in points per game (4.0) and 17th in assists per game (1.8).
Last Time Out
Ohio State lost on the road to Penn State, 11-5, last Saturday in State College, Pa., in a matchup of the two Big Ten schools who sponsor men’s lacrosse.
Ohio State held an early 2-1 lead before Penn State scored three unanswered to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. The Nittany Lions outscored Ohio State, 4-1, in the third quarter to hold an 8-3 lead after three.
Buckeyes vs. Colonials
Ohio State is 4-0 against Robert Morris. The teams have met each of the last four seasons, including a 12-5 win by the Buckeyes last year in Moon Township, Pa.
In Columbus, Ohio State is 2-0 vs. the Colonials. The teams last met Feb. 10, 2007 on Ohio State’s home field, with the Buckeyes winning 13-5. The teams first played April 15, 2005, an 18-5 win for the Buckeyes in Columbus. The other meeting was April 8, 2006, when OSU won 11-3 on the road.
Ohio State and the CAA
Ohio State is 16-5 all-time vs. current members of the Colonial Athletic Association – 4-0 vs. Robert Morris and Drexel, 2-0 vs. Villanova, 3-2 vs. Towson, 2-1 vs. Delaware, 1-0 vs. Sacred Heart and 0-2 vs. Hofstra.
Buckeyes and Colonials in 2009
Ohio State beat Robert Morris, 12-5, March 15, 2008 on the road. Against the Colonials, the Buckeyes used a five-goal third quarter to break open a one-goal game en route to victory. Joel Dalgarno had a team-best five points in the game, including three assists and Jeff Ryan had three goals. Goalie Stefan Schroder made 14 saves in the win, including nine in the second half.
Robert Morris enters the game Friday 6-1 on the year, with wins in its last six games. The team opened the year with a 16-4 loss at North Carolina before beating Penn State (12-11 2OT), Bellarmine (20-11), Manhattan (11-8), Detroit Mercy (18-8), VMI (14-6) and Presbyterian (17-4). On the road, the Colonials are 1-1, including the victory vs. Presbyterian Tuesday night.
The Colonials are averaging 13.07 goals a game, while allowing 8.72. The team is 13-for-36 on man-up chances this year.
Corbyn Tao-Brambleby leads Robert Morris with 18 goals and Trevor Moore has a team-best eight assists, while the duo share the team lead with 22 points each. Dan Kerch is second with 15 goals, followed by Moore with 14 and Brandon Johnson with 10. Patrick Smith is second with seven assists. Keith Lee has won 58.1 percent of his faceoffs (54-93). T.J. Sarnese has won 65.5 percent of his draws (36-for-55).
Sal Barcia has started all seven games in goal and has a .587 save percentage and 8.65 goals-against average.
Bear Davis, a 1997 graduate of Wilmington College, is in his fifth year at the helm of the Colonials and is in his ninth year as a collegiate head coach. He has a school mark of 14-47 and a career ledger of 40-76.
Ohio State players carry the following point streaks into the game with Robert Morris.
Ryan 8 14
Ventiquattro 4 8
Dalgarno 11 20
Dalgarno 11 29-20-50
Ryan 7 14-5-19
Ventiquattro 7 10-7-17
Sophomore goalie Brandon Freeman has posted 10 saves in each of his last three games and has double-digit saves each of the last four games, with 10 against Penn State, Fairfield and Bucknell and a career-high 12 at Navy Feb. 14. He has started all five games this season, the first starts of his career. He has 47 saves on the year. Freeman is 11th nationally in goals-against average (7.49) and 16th in save percentage (.520).
Moving Up the Charts
With three points, on a goal and two assists ,against Penn State last Saturday, senior Joel Dalgarno now has 186 career points, remaining in second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79.
Dalgarno has 104 goals to rank third in program history, three behind Bill Rodgers (1978-81) in second with 107. Gilmore ranks first with 123.
Dalgarno is third in assists with 82. Cliff Murray (1966-68) is second with 97 and Gilmore leads with 127.
Dalgarno has three or more points in each game this season, with five-point games vs. Detroit and Bucknell and a four-point outing at Navy.
He has a team-best 20 points and is 14th in the NCAA with 4.0 points per game. He also has a team-best nine assists, ranking 17th in the country with 1.8 assists a game.
At the X
Senior Nick Carr won 9-of-13 faceoffs last week at Penn State. He has won 52 percent of his faceoffs this season (26-of-50).
14 Rolls On
Senior Jeff Ryan has multiple goals in 4-of-5 games this season after scoring twice at Penn State last weekend. He has a team-best 12 goals this year, with three hat tricks. He has at least two points in each game, including a season-best five points vs. Detroit in the first game of the year.
Junior Mario Ventiquattro is on a four-game goal-scoring streak and is third on the team with eight goals this year.
The Buckeyes will hit the road for spring break, playing at UMBC March 21 and at Colgate March 24. The team will then return to Columbus to take on Quinnipiac March 28 in the GWLL opener.