Ohio State vs. No. 10 North Carolina
Saturday, April 9 – 1 p.m.
Calvert Hall College High School
Buckeye Lax Hits
Senior Joel Dalgarno became just the second Buckeye, and the first in 30 years, to cross the 200-point mark for his career with four goals last week.
The game vs. North Carolina is the second of four-consecutive games away from Columbus for the Buckeyes. It is the team’s third game in Maryland this season.
Buckeye head coach Nick Myers’ brother, Pat, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes, is the chief assistant coach for the Tar Heels, under the direction of former Buckeye head coach Joe Breschi.
The Buckeyes opened Great Western Lacrosse League play 2-0 with wins over Quinnipiac and Bellarmine. Joel Dalgarno and Jeff Ryan rank first and second among league players in points per game.
Ohio State will host Notre Dame in the “Showdown in the Shoe” April 25 in Ohio Stadium, part of a doubleheader with the Ohio State football spring game. The game last year drew an NCAA regular-season record crowd of 29,601.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 2-0 GWLL) heads to Baltimore to take on No. 10 North Carolina (8-4, 0-3 ACC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Hall College.
Thumbs Up Weekend
The game Saturday brings together the Ohio State program with North Carolina, where former Buckeye head coach Joe Breschi is at the helm. The weekend’s events, which include a Bull and Oyster Roast Friday night, serves as a fundraiser for the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Fund at Ohio State and helps celebrate the life of Michael Breschi.
The Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Fund at Ohio State is one of the top endowed funds in the department of athletics since its inception in 2004. The award, created in honor of Breschi’s son who died tragically in 2004 at age 3, is given annually to a senior on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team. Scott Matthews is the 2009 recipient of the scholarship.
The Bull and Oyster Roast will be held at Martin’s East (9000 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore) from 7-11 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $50 a person and $450 a table (must be 21 or older). For more information, contact Bryan Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chuck Breschi (email@example.com).
Nine Buckeyes call Baltimore home, including four alums of Calvert Hall, site of the game this weekend. Nick Carr (Baltimore), Tyler Dolphin (Towson), Scott Foreman (Timonium) and Andrew Reinhardt (Monkton) all played for the CHC Cardinals. Joe Bonanni (Harwood/St. Mary’s), Scott Matthews (Nottingham, Boys’ Latin), Stephen Tepsick (Huntingtown/DeMatha), Mike Smail (Crofton/DeMatha) and Eric Smith (Lutherville/Boys’ Latin) all call Maryland home.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes improved to 2-0 in Great Western Lacrosse League action with an 11-7 win over Bellarmine last weekend.
The teams were tied three times in the game Saturday, including 6-all early in the third quarter, but Ohio State outscored the Knights, 5-1, over the final 28:09 to secure the conference win. Senior Joel Dalgarno had a team-best four goals in the win to pass the 200-point mark in his Buckeye career, with classmate Jeff Ryan adding two goals and two assists for four points.
An Exclusive Club
Senior Joel Dalgarno, with four goals last Saturday vs. Bellarmine, became just the second Buckeye in program history, and the first in 30 years, to pass the 200-point mark in his career. Dalgarno is second in career points with 203, behind only Terry Gilmore, who had 250 from 1976-79.
Dalgarno is one of just 10 players from current GWLL teams to reach 200 or more points and the first since Quinnipiac’s Joe Baglio in 2002 (203).
Ohio State is 6-4 this year and stands 2-0 in Great Western Lacrosse League play, with conference wins over Quinnipiac and Bellarmine.
The team is averaging 10.23 goals a game, while allowing 7.45. The squad averages 31.8 shots a game and gives up 33.5. The Buckeyes have converted 36.8 percent of their EMO chances (14-of-38) and have stopped 27-of-38 opponent chances (.711).
Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with 16 assists and 37 points and shares the team goal-scoring lead with classmate Jeff Ryan with 21 each. Ryan is second with 33 points, with junior Mario Ventiquattro third in both goals (15) and points (23). Sophomore Mike Pires is fourth with 13 tallies and is tied with junior James Green for fifth with 15 points each.
Junior Brandon Freeman has started all 10 games in the cage and has 96 saves, with 74 goals allowed, for a 7.74 goals-against average and .565 save percentage.
Freeman is first with 29 groundballs, followed by senior Nick Carr with 26 and senior Scott Matthews with 22.
In the Nation
In the NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State ranked in the Top 25 in eight team categories: assists per game (6th/7.2), scoring defense (11th/7.5), points per game (12th/17.5), scoring margin (14th/+2.8), scoring offense (19th/10.3), winning percentage (19th/.600), man-up offense (21st/.368) and man-down defense (21st/.711).
Attackman Joel Dalgarno is ninth in points per game (3.7) and 16th in assists per game (1.6).Jeff Ryan is 23rd in points per outing (3.3). Goalie Brandon Freeman is 15th in goals-against average (7.74) and 23rd in save percentage (.565).
Ohio State players carry the following point streaks into the weekend.
Buckeyes vs. Tar Heels
Ohio State posted the first win in program history over North Carolina last year, downing the Tar Heels, 14-11, at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore April 12, 2008.
All-time, UNC leads the series, 13-1. The teams have met each of the last three years and in eight of the last 11 years overall.
The Last Time – OSU vs. UNC
The Buckeyes overcame a halftime deficit, scoring the first three goals of the second half, to upset then-No. 8 North Carolina April 12, 2008 in Baltimore, Md. Kevin Buchanan led the Buckeyes with five goals and seven points in the win, the Buckeyes’ first over the Tar Heels in program history. Mario Ventiquattro had a hat trick in the victory, with Jeff Ryan posting three points on two goals and an assist. Goalie Stefan Schroder had 14 saves in the win.
A Look at the Tar Heels
North Carolina enters the game Saturday 8-4 on the year, including a 7-1 mark at home. The squad is 0-3 in ACC action. UNC is coming off an 11-10 loss to No. 1-ranked Virginia last Saturday in a neutral-site game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Tar Heels are averaging 12.04 goals a game and allowing 7.81 per outing. The team is first in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage (.642) and has a national-high 47.08 groundballs a game.
Billy Bitter leads the Tar Heels with 41 points and shares the assist lead with Sean Burke with 16 each. Bart Wagner has a team-high 26 goals, followed by Bitter with 25 and Sean Delaney with 24. Wagner is second with 34 points, with Gavin Petracca third (17-14-31).
Shane Walterhoefer is the national faceoff leader, winning 64.5 percent of his faceoffs. He has a team-high 93 groundballs.
Joe Breschi is in his first year at the helm of the Tar Heels. A UNC alum, Breschi spent the last 11 years as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is Ohio State’s all-time coaching wins leader (92) and recently recorded his 100th career win.
Pat Myers, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2000-03, is in his first year as the chief assistant for the Tar Heels, joining Breschi’s staff in the summer. Myers is the younger brother of Buckeye first-year head coach Nick Myers. Pat Myers began his coaching career as the Buckeyes’ volunteer coach in 2004.
Vote for Joel!
Joel Dalgarno is a Top 10 finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote for Dalgarno from now through the May 7 voting deadline, either online at seniorclassaward.com or by texting the code “LAX5” to 839863.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence. The award winner will be announced and presented with his trophy at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Foxborough, Mass.
Take a Break
The game Saturday is the Buckeyes’ final non-conference game of the season and is in the middle of a stretch of GWLL contests. Ohio State opened league play 2-0 with wins over Quinnipiac and Bellarmine and will face Air Force, Denver and Notre Dame to close out its league slate after this weekend.
The Buckeye defense has held opponents to nine or fewer goals in each of its last four games and ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 7.5 goals an outing. The squad kept Detroit Mercy to just one goal in the season opener and held Quinnipiac to just two goals March 28.
It is the first time the team held opponents to three goals or fewer twice in a season since 2004, when Ohio State downed Marist, 11-3, and defeated Air Force, 9-2.
Noting No. 16
Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the squad with 16 assists and 37 points this year and shares the goal-scoring lead with 21. He had four goals at Bellarmine last week, his third four-goal game of the season.
Dalgarno, a Tewaaraton finalist, now has 203 career points, remaining second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79. Dalgarno has 114 goals to stand in second place in program history, behind Gilmore who ranks first with 123. Dalgarno is third in assists with 89, trailing Cliff Murray (1966-68) in second with 97 and Gilmore in first with 127.
Dalgarno, who has ranked in the Top 2 in the league in scoring each of the last two years, leads all GWLL players in points per game (3.7), ranking ninth nationally. He is second in the league in assists per game (1.6), standing 16th in the nation. He is tied for third among league players in goals per outing (2.1).
On the Road Again
The game vs. North Carolina Saturday is the second of four-consecutive for the Buckeyes away from Columbus. The team will travel to Colorado next weekend to take on Air Force April 17 (note new gametime of 4 p.m.) and Denver April 19.
The Buckeyes will return home to host Notre Dame April 25 in Ohio Stadium in its final regular-season game of the year.
Junior goalie Brandon Freeman ranks second in the GWLL and 15th in the nation with a 7.74 goals-against average. He has a .565 save percentage, ranking 23rd in the NCAA and third among league goalies. Freeman has started all 10 games this year after spending the last two seasons backing up All-American Stefan Schroder.
A Helpful Group
The Buckeyes are sixth in the nation in assists per game, averaging 7.44 an outing. The squad has 67 assists on 92 goals this year.
Senior Jeff Ryan, in his third year as a Buckeye, ranks 23rd in program history with 108 career points, with 73 goals and 35 assists. He shares the team lead with 21 goals this season and has 33 points on the year after a four-point game, with two goals and two assists, at Bellarmine last week. Ryan is second among GWLL players with 3.3 points a game this season and is tied for third in goals per contest (2.1).
Ryan has at least one point in each of his last 12 games and has two or more points in all but two games this year.
A Helpful Group
Ohio State ranks sixth in the country in assists per game with an average of 7.2 an outing. The squad has 75 assists in 103 goals this season. Twenty Buckeyes have at least one assist on the year.
On the Scoresheet
Freshman Eddie Bambino made his first career start at Bellarmine last week. He had a goal and an assist vs. the Knights for his first helper and two-point game with the Scarlet and Gray. Bambino has a goal in four of his last five games.
Sophomore Zach Boyt’s goal at Bellarmine last week was his first point as a Buckeye.
Pires Plows Ahead
Sophomore Mike Pires is on a six-game scoring streak, with eight goals and two assists for 10 points over the stretch. He had a five-game goal-scoring streak ended at Bellarmine but ranks fourth on the squad with 13 points this year.
Junior Mario Ventiquattro, who has at least one point in each game this year, is third on the team in goals (15) and points (23). He has multiple points in six of nine games this season and is just three points shy of the career-best 26 he had as a sophomore a year ago.
A Special Game
Ohio State will take on Notre Dame in the “Showdown in the Shoe” at 11 a.m. April 25 prior to the football team’s spring game in Ohio Stadium. Tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are on sale now. All tickets are $5, with children 6 and under free. Tickets are available for groups of 50 or more for $4 each.
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 may also be purchased at Columbus area McDonald’s restaurants and also will be available at the gate 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 stats from the game can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The game will be available online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. 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 game.
Ohio State remained undefeated at home with its 8-2 win over Quinnipiac March 28, improving to 5-0 on the year. The team had three wins inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit 21-1, Bucknell 10-9 OT, Fairfield 11-6) before downing Robert Morris, 19-13, March 13 and the Bobcats in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
One to Watch
Senior captain Joel Dalgarno was named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List, the group announced. 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.