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COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The No. 16t/18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-1, 0-0 GWLL) will host Fairfield (1-0, 0-0 ECAC Lacrosse League) at noon Saturday indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Seating is limited to 700 fans inside the WHAC and fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets.  Once capacity has been reached inside WHAC, only fans who have prepurchased tickets will be allowed admittance. Fans with Varsity O cards, Buckeye Club cards, Ohio State students and children under 6 who receive free admission when space is available are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to guarantee a spot.

Adult tickets are $5 and student/youth tickets are $3. 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, subject to availability, also can be purchased at the gate on game day starting one and a half hours prior to faceoff (cash only).  

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).
 
Kelly Honorary Captain
Anthony Kelly, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2000-03, is serving as the Buckeyes’ honorary captain this Saturday vs. Fairfield. He will address the team at breakfast and be on the sideline as the Buckeyes take on the Stags.

Kelly served as a co-captain for the squad as a senior and was a four-year winner of the Most Groundballs in a Season award.

Kelly currently serves as the midwest representative for STX Lacrosse. He reached the Major League Lacrosse semifinals with the Los Angeles Riptide and was a participant in the league all-star game, winning the hardest shot contest.

He is on the 2009 Preseason Active Roster (PSAR) for the Chicago Machine. He currently is on the roster of the Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League.

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.

Polling Place
The Buckeyes were ranked 16th (tied) in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll released earlier this week and held down the No. 18 spot in the USILA Coaches Poll. Fairfield is receiving votes in both polls.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 2-1 this year, with a 21-1 win over Detroit Mercy Feb. 7, an 8-6 loss on the road at Navy  Feb. 14 and a 10-9 victory in overtime over Bucknell last week.

Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with 10 goals and 14 points. Senior Jeff Ryan and junior James Green are tied for first with five assists each. Ryan is second in both goals (7) and points (12). Junior Mario Ventiquattro and sophomore Mike Pires are third with five goals each.

Sophomore Brandon Freeman has started all there games in net and has 27 saves, with 17 goals allowed, in 152:38.minutes.

Senior Nick Carr has won 16-of-34 (.471) faceoffs, with freshman Stephen Tepsick 8-for-17 (.471). Senior Scott Matthews and Freeman have a team-high nine groundballs each, followed by Carr with seven.

Last Time Out
Senior captain Joel Dalgarno scored in overtime to lift Ohio State to a 10-9 victory over Bucknell in a back-and-forth game last Saturday in Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Bison had rallied to tie the game with 40 seconds remaining but Dalgarno’s third goal of the game gave the Buckeyes the win.

Bucknell scored the first two goals of the game before the Buckeyes went on a five-goal run to close out the first quarter and added a sixth goal to take a 6-2 lead early in the second quarter. Bucknell responded with a four-goal run, with three before the end of the half and one at the 11:17 mark of the third quarter to tie the game at 6.

The game was back-and-forth after that, as Ohio State went up by a goal three times but Bucknell knotted the score each time. Ohio State held the last lead, however, when Dalgarno tallied in the first overtime.

In the overtime, freshman Stephen Tepsick won the opening faceoff to give the Buckeyes possession. After a Buckeye shot was blocked, Bucknell got to the ball but an interference call gave the Buckeyes the ball back. After a timeout, Ohio State controlled play and junior James Green found Dalgarno at the side of the net and he converted from a sharp angle for the win.

Dalgarno and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro each had a hat trick and two assists for five points vs. Bucknell, with senior Jeff Ryan chipping in three goals and a helper. Buckeye sophomore goalie Brandon Freeman had 10 saves in the game, including three in the fourth quarter.

Buckeyes vs. Stags
Ohio State is 4-2 all-time vs. Fairfield. The teams met each year from 2000-05, as Fairfield was a member of the Great Western Lacrosse League in the final five meetings. In Columbus, Ohio State is 2-1 vs. the Stags, with the loss coming in the last meeting May 1, 2005 (14-10).

Ohio State vs. Fairfield
Series – Ohio State leads 4-2
Columbus – Ohio State leads 2-1
Fairfield, Conn. – Ohio State leads 2-1
5/1/05, L 10-14 H
5/1/04, W 10-7 A
4/13/03, W 11-9 H
4/13/02, L 2OT 7-8 A
4/14/01, W 11-10 H
4/14/00, W 9-8 A

A Rivalry Renewed
Ohio State and Fairfield will become members of the same conference again as the Buckeyes will join the ECAC Lacrosse League for the 2009-10 season. Ohio State and other current Great Western Lacrosse League schools Air Force, Bellarmine, Denver and Quinnipiac, will join existing members Fairfield, Hobart and Loyola to form one of the top lacrosse conferences in the country. Fairfield joined Ohio State in the GWLL from 2001-05.
 
Ohio State and the ECAC Lax League
Fairfield is the first of two-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League teams Ohio State will face, as the Buckeyes will travel to take on Penn State next weekend. The Buckeyes are 10-29 all-time vs. current ECAC schools – 4-2 vs. Fairfield, 2-6 vs. Hobart, 2-10 vs. Penn State, 1-2 vs. Georgetown, 1-6 vs. Rutgers and 0-3 vs. Loyola. Ohio State has never faced St. John’s or Massachusetts.

Stag Snippets
Fairfield opened its 2009 campaign with a 10-9 victory over Delaware at home last week. The squad outshot Delaware, 42-37, putting 21 shots on net.

Against the Blue Hens, Nick Baglio had a team-high three goals and Brent Adams and Chris Ajemian each had two goals and an assist. John Snellman had two goals and Dan Hettler had two points with a goal and a helper. Charlie Cipriano had 14 saves in all 60 minutes in the cage. Steve Golmont won 12-of-21 faceoffs.

Andy Copelan, a 2001 graduate of Bucknell, is in his first season at the helm of the Stags. He was the head coach at Marist, leading the Red Foxes to the NCAA tournament in 2004, and was the offensive coordinator at Maryland before taking over the Fairfield program.

Fairfield was 4-9 a year ago and tied for fifth in the ECAC with a 2-5 ledger.

One to Watch
Senior captain Joel Dalgarno was named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List, the group announced this week. The 60 players on the list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy. He is one of three GWLL players on the list, joining Ryan Hoff from Notre Dame and Jamie Lincoln from Denver.

Moving Up the Charts
With three goals, two assists and five points vs. Bucknell last Saturday, senior Joel Dalgarno now has 180 career points to pass Kevin Buchanan (175, 2005-08) and move into second in program history in career points. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79.

Dalgarno has 103 goals to tie for third in program history with Thomas Holzer (1991-94), four behind Bill Rodgers (1978-81) in second with 107. Gilmore ranks first with 123.

Dalgarno is fifth in assists with 77. He is one behind Buchanan in fourth and two back of Jon Ewert (183-86) in third. Cliff Murray (1966-68) is second with 97 and Gilmore leads with 127.

Save!
Sophomore goalie Brandon Freeman has double-digit saves each of the last two games, with 10 vs. Bucknell last week and a career-high 12 at Navy Feb. 14. His previous best was five, set vs. Bellarmine April 2, 2008. He has started all three games this season, the first three starts of his career. He has 27 saves on the year.

Super Mario
Against Bucknell last week, junior Mario Ventiquattro had his fourth-career hat trick and first since April 12, 2008 vs. North Carolina. The five points were a career high after three career four-point outings. He has five goals, three assists and eight points this year.

14 Rolls On
Senior Jeff Ryan has three or more points in each game this year, with two hat tricks. After four points, with three goals and an assist, vs. Bucknell last week he is second on the team with seven goals and 12 points.

Stepping Up
Sophomore Jarred Bowman made his first career start in the win vs. Bucknell at midfield.

A Stop
Ohio State’s defense held Bucknell off the board from the 12:04 mark of the first quarter until the 5:03 mark of the second quarter, a stretch of 22:01.

Jeff Helps Out
Senior Jeff Ryan has two assists in each game this year and now has six games with two assists in his career. He had a career-high three helpers Feb. 24, 2008 vs. Colgate.

In OT
The win over Bucknell last Saturday was Ohio State’s first overtime win since April 22, 2007 at Denver. The squad was 0-3 in overtime games last season, including a three-overtime loss to Bucknell.

Up Next
Ohio State will hit the road to take on Penn State at 1 p.m. March 7 in State College, Pa. The next week, the Buckeyes return home to host Robert Morris under the lights in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. March 13.