COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-4, 1-0 GWLL) hits the road for the first of four-consecutive games away from Columbus when it travels to Louisville, Ky., for a Great Western Lacrosse League contest with Bellarmine (5-4, 0-2 GWLL) Saturday. The teams will face off at 1 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
Live stats for the game can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes opened GWLL play with an 8-2 win over Quinnipiac last Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter and 3-1 at halftime, extending the lead to 6-1 after three quarters. Junior Mario Ventiquattro led Ohio State with three assists and four points.
Ohio State is 5-4 this year and stands 1-0 in Great Western Lacrosse League play after an 8-2 victory over Quinnipiac last week.
The team is averaging 10.22 goals a game, while allowing 7.56. The squad averages 31.9 shots a game and gives up 33.3. The Buckeyes have converted 41.2 percent of their EMO chances (14-of-34) and have stopped 26-of-37 opponent chances (.703).
Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with 16 assists and 33 points and is second on the team with 17 goals. Senior Jeff Ryan paces the team with 19 tallies and ranks second with 10 assists and 29 points. Junior Mario Ventiquattro is third with 14 goals, followed by sophomore Mike Pires with 13. Ventiquattro is third with 22 points, trailed by junior James Green (7-8-15) and Pires (14).
Junior Brandon Freeman has started all nine games in net and has 88 saves, with 67 goals allowed, for a 7.82 goals-against average and .568 save percentage.
Senior Nick Carr has won 56.2 percent of his faceoffs (54/96) to lead the squad. Sophomore Dan Bain is second at .542 (213-24). Carr is first with 26 groundballs, followed by Freeman with 25 and senior Scott Matthews with 21.
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/7.44), man-up offense (12th/.412), points per game (13th/17.67), scoring margin (13th/+2.67), scoring defense (14th/7.56), scoring offense (18th/10.22), winning percentage (23rd/.556) and man-down defense (24th/.703).
Attackman Joel Dalgarno is 14th in points per game (3.67) and 15th in assists per game (1.78).Goalie Brandon Freeman is 15th in goals-against average (7.83) and 21st in save percentage (.568), with Nick Carr ranking 15th in face-off win percentage (.563).
Ohio State players carry the following point streaks into the weekend.
Buckeyes vs. Knights
Ohio State is 2-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine. The Knights joined the GWLL in 2007, when the Buckeyes posted a 13-9 victory in Louisville April 7. The teams met in Columbus last year, with Ohio State downing Bellarmine, 20-4, April 2.
The Last Time – OSU vs BU
The Buckeyes opened league play at home with a 20-4 victory over Bellarmine April 2, 2008 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter and moved to a 13-0 lead at halftime.
In all, 11 Buckeyes scored at least one goal. Joel Dalgarno had a game-high four goals and tied teammate Kevin Buchanan for the team lead with six points each vs. the Knights. Buchanan had a team-best five assists in the game, with Jeff Ryan recording four points on a hat trick and an assist and Mario Ventiquattro scoring twice. Nick Carr led the team with a career-best nine groundballs. The Buckeye defense held the Knights to just 17 shots in the game, including five in the first half.
A Look at the Knights
Bellarmine is 5-4 this year and 0-2 in the GWLL, with losses on the road at Notre Dame (11-6) and at home vs. Denver last week (12-9).
Ohio State and Bellarmine both played Robert Morris and Detroit. Both teams beat the Titans, with OSU winning 19-1 and BU downing UDM, 18-8. Ohio State beat Robert Morris, 19-13, and Bellarmine fell to the Colonials, 20-11.
Bellarmine is averaging 10.89 goals a game, while giving up 10.22. The squad has converted 11-of-29 man-up chances (.379).
Dereck Hopcroft has a team-best 21 goals and 27 points for the Knights. Sean Doyle is second in goals (19) and points (25). Jarrett Davis also has topped 20 points, with a 13-10-23 line.
Bobby Snider has a team-best 25 groundballs, followed by Karsen Leung with 24.
Scott Bowles has played eight games in the cage, with a 4-1 record, 10.32 goals-against average and .513 save percentage. David Haas has seen action in five games and has a 1-1 ledger, with a 10.34 goals-against and .564 save percentage.
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.
The Buckeye defense held Quinnipiac to just two goals last Saturday and now ranks in the Top 14 nationally in team defense, allowing 7.56 goals an outing. The squad kept Detroit Mercy to just one goal in the season opener.
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 33 points this year and second with 17 goals.
Dalgarno, a Tewaaraton finalist, now has 199 career points, remaining second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79. Dalgarno has 110 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 (3.67), ranking 14th nationally. He is second in the league in assists per game (1.78), standing 15th in the nation.
Have a Game
Junior Mario Ventiquattro had a career-best three assists against Quinnipiac last Saturday. He had four two-assist games, including two earlier this season. He added a goal vs. the Bobcats for the fifth four-point game of his career. He had a personal-high five points vs. Bucknell Feb. 21.
Junior goalie Brandon Freeman ranks second in the GWLL and 15th in the nation with a 7.83 goals-against average. He has a .568 save percentage, ranking 21st in the NCAA and second among league goalies. Freeman has started all nine 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.
Sophomore Dan Bain scored the first goal of his Buckeye career against Quinnipiac last Saturday.
Ohio State remained undefeated at home with its 8-2 win over Quinnipiac last weekend, 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.
Junior transfer Justin Hayes had a goal and an assist vs. Quinnipiac for his second mutliple-point game as a Buckeye and the first since posting two goals and an assist for three points in the season opener vs. Detroit.
Senior Jeff Ryan, in his third year as a Buckeye, ranks 23rd in program history with 104 career points. He has a team-best 19 goals this season and has 29 points on the year. Ryan has at least one point in each of his last 11 games and has two or more points in all but two games this year.
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. 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.