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The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team preps for the 2009 campaign with two scrimmages Saturday in College Park, Md. The Buckeyes will take on Loyola at 11 a.m. and Delaware at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Stadium on the Maryland campus. The Terps will play on the turf field adjacent to the Comcast Center at the same time.

A Look Back
Ohio State finished 2008 11-6 overall and shared the Great Western Lacrosse League regular-season title with a 4-1 ledger, advancing to the inaugural league tournament championship game. The squad reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time after defeating Cornell on its home field in the first round,. The team ranked third nationally in scoring offense (13.18 goals a game) and man-up offense (.457).

The Buckeyes return seven starters from that team, including honorable mention All-American and first-team All-GWLL attackman Joel Dalgarno and first team All-GWLL selection defenseman Scott Matthews. Second-team all-conference honorees midfielder James Green and defenseman Keith Lovett also are back for the squad. In all, five of the top seven scorers on the team return in 2009.

The Opponents
Loyola is ranked No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse/Faceoff Yearbook preseason poll. The Greyhounds were 7-7 a year ago and lost to No. 1 seed Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Loyola, the defending ECAC Lacrosse League champion, was picked to finish second in the conference preseason poll.

Delaware is slotted No. 20 in the IL preseason rankings. The squad was 9-7 a year ago and did not qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Blue Hens were picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll.

Get Your Tickets
The Buckeyes will officially open the 2009 campaign when they host Detroit Mercy Saturday, Feb. 7. The teams will face off indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, where seating is limited to 500 fans. Tickets are expected to be sold out prior to game day, so fans should plan on pre-purchasing tickets.

After a trip to take on Navy Feb. 14, Ohio State will return home for back-to-back games vs. Bucknell Feb. 21 and Fairfield Feb. 28. The games are scheduled for outside at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, but will be moved inside in the case of inclement weather. It is suggested fans pre-purchase those tickets to secure a spot at the game, should either or both be moved indoors where seating is limited.

How to Go
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). For the first five games of the year, 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 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).

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. See the note above for how to purchase tickets.

At the Helm
Nick Myers is in his first season as the Ohio State head coach. Myers, a graduate of Springfield College, spent the past three seasons as the top assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Myers began his coaching career as the volunteer coach for the Buckeyes for two seasons (2002, ’03) before joining the Butler squad as the top assistant for 2004 and ’05. 

Click on the link above for a video interview with Myers with LaxUnited.com.

Welcome Aboard
Joining the Buckeye coaching staff as the top assistant coach in 2009  is Andrew Baxter, who came to Ohio State after four seasons as the first assistant at Drexel and five years overall with the Dragons. Baxter serves as the team’s offensive coordinator and leads the squad’s recruiting efforts.

Bill Katsaros, who was the Buckeyes’ volunteer coach a season ago, was hired as the team’s full-time assistant coach in the fall. Katsaros concentrates on work with the goalies and offensive personnel and is the director of the Buckeye lacrosse camps.

Mark Bergey joined the team as the volunteer assistant coach for 2008-09 after two years on the coaching staff of his alma mater. A graduate of Western New England College in 2006, he focuses on working with the Buckeye defense and special teams.

Celebration of 60
The 2009 campaign marks the 60th season of varsity lacrosse at Ohio State. The team is celebrating the anniversary all season, highlighted by a recognition at the game vs. Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium.

Honors Already
Led by senior attackman Joel Dalgarno’s first-team selection, Ohio State had three players named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook 2009 Preseason All-America Team. Junior midfielder James Green and senior defender Scott Matthews were second-team choices.

Dalgarno, Green and Matthews also were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-Great Western Lacrosse League team. The Buckeyes were picked to finish third in the magazine’s poll.

Leading the Charge
Seniors attackman Joel Dalgarno and defenseman Scott Matthews were named team captains for the squad for 2008-09 after a vote by their teammates in the fall.

Dalgarno, from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, has been named the team’s Offensive MVP the past two seasons. He is a two-time first team All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, was an honorable mention All-American in 2008 and was the 2006 GWLL Newcomer of the Year. He led the Buckeyes with 35 assists last year, ranking second in goals (40) and points (75). Dalgarno enters 2009 third in program history with 166 career points, ranking seventh in assists and just outside the Top 10 in goals. He has a point in all but one game of his Buckeye career.

Matthews, a native of Nottingham, Md., was a first-team All-GWLL selection in 2008. He started all 17 games a year ago and has earned the start in 44 games in his Buckeye career. Matthews had a career-best 31 groundballs and recorded his first career goal against Quinnipiac last season. He is the recipient of the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship for 2008-09, was the team’s Unsung Hero award co-winner in 2007 and the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player in 2006.

A New Look
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has entered into agreements with both STX and Cascade to provide equipment and helmets, respectively, for the Buckeyes, beginning in the 2008-09 campaign. The team will debut its new gear this weekend in the scrimmages vs. Loyola and Delaware. Ohio State is one of seven schools to be fully sponsored by STX, joining Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Cornell, Navy and Hofstra.

As a department, Ohio State athletics is in the second year of a seven-year contract with Nike, who will continue to provide uniforms, workout gear and more for the lacrosse players.