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COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-5, 2-0 GWLL) travels to Colorado this weekend for Great Western Lacrosse League games with Air Force (4-6, 2-1 GWLL) and Denver (6-6, 1-2 GWLL). Because of wintry conditions, the Buckeyes’ game vs. the Falcons, originally set for Friday, has been moved to 3 p.m. ET Saturday in USAFA, Colo. The team is scheduled to take on the Pioneers at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday in Denver.

Live stats and a live video/audio feed for the game at Denver can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The video/audio feed is part of the subscription-based Buckeye Vision package, hosted by DU’s Pioneer Vision.

Almost Here
The Buckeyes will take on No. 3-ranked Notre Dame at 11 a.m. next Saturday (April 25) in Ohio Stadium before the football team’s spring game in the “Showdown in the Shoe.” This marks the second-consecutive season the Buckeye men’s lacrosse and football programs are hosting a doubleheader.

The attendance at the lacrosse game last year was 29,601, setting the national regular-season and on-campus attendance records. By the end of the lacrosse game, more than 50,000 fans were in the Shoe as the Buckeyes closed out a 20-13 victory over Denver.

Tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, 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).

League Ledger
Entering this weekend, Notre Dame, the only undefeated team in the nation, is 3-0 in GWLL play, followed by Ohio State at 2-0. Air Force is in third with a 2-1 record, with Denver and Quinnipiac tied for fourth at 1-2. Bellarmine is 0-4 this year.

In addition to the Buckeyes’ games at Air Force and Denver this weekend, Notre Dame plays at Quinnipiac in other GWLL action.

The league slate wraps up April 25 with Notre Dame traveling to Ohio State, Bellarmine playing at Quinnipiac and Air Force hosting Denver.

The Top 4 teams in the final league standings earn a spot in the GWLL tournament, set for May 1-3 in Birmingham, Mich. If teams are tied in the standings, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head results. With four losses Bellarmine has been eliminated from contention for a tournament spot, but the other five teams are all still in the hunt.

Last Time Out
Ohio State Buckeye senior Joel Dalgarno had five goals and seven points but the Buckeyes were clipped by No. 10-ranked North Carolina, 12-11, last Saturday afternoon at Calvert Hall College High School’s Kelly Field in Baltimore, Md.

The teams were tied 3-all at the end of the first quarter before UNC outscored the Buckeyes, 4-2, in the second to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. The Tar Heels were able to extend the lead to three twice in the third quarter and led 10-7 heading into the final stanza. Ohio State outscored UNC, 4-2, in the fourth, including three goals in the final 3:11, and was backstopped by goalie Brandon Freeman who made five saves in the quarter, but could not get the tying goal and suffered the one-goal loss.

An Exclusive Club
Senior Joel Dalgarno became just the second Buckeye in program history, and the first in 30 years, to pass the 200-point mark in his career, with four goals vs. Bellarmine April 4. Dalgarno is second in career points with 210, 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).
 
Buckeye Bio

Ohio State is 6-5 this year and stands 2-0 in Great Western Lacrosse League play, with conference wins over Quinnipiac and Bellarmine.

The team is averaging 10.30 goals a game, while allowing 7.86. The squad averages 32.9 shots a game, giving up 34.4. The Buckeyes have converted 36.6 percent of their EMO chances (15-of-41) and have stopped 27-of-39 opponent chances (.692).

Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with 26 goals, 18 assists and 44 points. Classmate Jeff Ryan is second in both goals (22), assists (13) and points (35). Junior Mario Ventiquattro stands third in both goals (16) and points (24). Sophomore Mike Pires is fourth with 13 tallies and ranks fifth with 15 points, behind junior James Green, who has nine goals, eight assists and 17 points.

Junior Brandon Freeman has started all 11 games in the cage and has 106 saves, with 86 goals allowed, for an 8.14 goals-against average and .552 save percentage.

Freeman is first with 31 groundballs, followed by senior Nick Carr with 26 and senior Scott Matthews with 25.

In the Nation 
In the NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State ranked in the Top 25 in eight team categories: assists per game (8th/6.91), scoring defense (13th/7.91), points per game (13th/17.27), scoring margin (15th/+2.45), scoring offense (16th/10.36), man-up offense (19th/.366), man-down defense (21st/.692) and winning percentage (22nd/.545).

Attackman Joel Dalgarno is fifth in points per game (4.0), 12th in goals per outing (2.36) and 16th in assists per game (1.64).Jeff Ryan is 27th in points per outing (3.18). Goalie Brandon Freeman is 18th in goals-against average (8.14) and 24th in save percentage (.552).

Streakers
Ohio State players carry the following point streaks into the weekend.
Games/Goals
Ventiquattro, 10/16
Dalgarno, 3/10
Ryan, 3/4
Bain, 3/3
Ruhnke, 2/2
Games/Assists
Ryan, 2/3
Games/G-A-P
Dalgarno, 17/45-29-74
Ryan, 13/24-13-37
Ventiquattro, 13/18-10-28
Ruhnke, 3/2-2-4
Bain, 3/3-0-3

Buckeyes vs. Falcons
Ohio State leads the series with Air Force, 13-10, and has won 11-consecutive games vs. the Falcons. The teams met in Columbus last year, when the Buckeyes posted a 16-5 win April 6, 2008. The last meeting on Air Force’s home field was April 20, 2007, a 10-6 Buckeye victory. All-time, Ohio State leads the series in USAFA, 4-2.

Senior Joel Dalgarno leads the Buckeyes with six goals, seven assists and 13 points vs. Air Force. Junior Mario Ventiquattro has four goals and five points vs. AFA, with senior Jeff Ryan (3g, 1a) and junior James Green (2g, 2a) each posting four points.
 
The Last Time – OSU vs. AFA

The Buckeyes moved to 3-0 in GWLL play with a 16-5 victory over Air Force April 6, 2008, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Senior Day. The Buckeyes outscored the Falcons 5-1 in the first quarter and 8-1 in the second  to take a 13-2 lead into halftime.

Joel Dalgarno and Kevin Buchanan each had six points in the game to lead the team. Dalgarno had three goals and three assists, while Buchanan had five assists and a goal. Mario Ventiquattro had a hat trick in the game. Nick Carr won 17-of-22 faceoffs and had eight groundballs.

Falcon File
Air Force is 4-6 overall this year but stands 2-1 in conference play with wins over Quinnipiac (14-8) and Bellarmine (12-7) and a loss at Notre Dame (10-4). 

The Falcons are averaging 8.9 goals a game, while allowing 9.6. The squad has converted 15-of-42 (.357) man-up chances and has stopped 30-of-45 (.667).

Ridge Flick has a team-best 11 assists and 22 points and is third with 11 goals. Vinny Sandtorv is first with 18 goals and is tied for second with Griffin Nevitt (9g, 10a) with 19 points each. K.J. Landgraf is second with 16 goals.

Five goalies have started for the Falcons this year. Brian Wilson has played in seven games, starting three, with an 8.95 goals-against average and .536 save percentage, with a 1-2 record. Matt Sanders has played in five games, with three starts, with a 9.36 gaa and .480 svpct., while also holding a 1-2 ledger.

Eric Seremet, a 1992 graduate of North Carolina, is in his first year as the interim head coach of the Falcons. He spent the past seven years as the top assistant at Air Force.

Buckeyes vs. Pioneers
Ohio State is 10-4 all-time against Denver, with two wins against the Pioneers a season ago. The teams met in Ohio Stadium in Columbus April 19, 2008, in front of 29,601 fans, when Ohio State won, 20-13. The squads then faced off May 2, 2008, in the GWLL semifinals in Birmingham, Mich., with Ohio State coming away with a 15-8 victory.

The teams last met in Denver April 22, 2007, with the Buckeyes winning in overtime, 10-9. All-time, the series is tied in Denver, 3-3.

Senior Joel Dalgarno has a team-best 16 goals, eight assists and 24 points vs. Denver. Junior James Green has seven goals and nine points, with senior Jeff Ryan posting five goals and eight points. Junior Mario Ventiquattro has a 5-2-7 line.

The Last Time – OSU vs. DU
Ohio State jumped out to a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, defeating No. 19 Denver, 15-8, in the semifinals of the inaugural GWLL tournament May 2, 2008.

Joel Dalgarno led the Buckeyes with five goals, three assists and eight points in the win. Kevin Buchanan had three points, on two goals and an assist. Jeff Ryan, James Green and Mario Ventiquattro each had a goal and an assist vs. the Pioneers. Goalie Stefan Schroder had 14 saves in the win, with 12 in the second half (eight in the fourth quarter).

The Buckeyes opened the scoring on a Dalgarno goal. DU tied the game at 1 before the Buckeyes went on an eight-goal run that was stopped at the 7:05 mark of the second quarter. The Buckeyes led 10-4 at halftime. Ohio State shut out the Pioneers in the third quarter as it extended its lead to 13-4. DU outscored OSU, 4-2, in the final quarter.

Pioneer Peek
Denver is 6-6 on the year and is 1-2 in GWLL play, with a win over Bellarmine (12-9), a loss on the road at Quinnipiac (11-10) and a 10-8 defeat against Notre Dame at Invesco Field last weekend. Denver will host Detroit Friday before taking on the Buckeyes Sunday.

The Pioneers average 10.58 goals a game, while allowing 10.25. The squad ranks fifth nationally, converting 47.1 percent of its EMO chances (16-of-34). The team has stopped 33-of-52 opponent chances (.635). Denver is sixth in the nation, averaging 35.92 groundballs a game.

Charley Dickenson leads DU with 20 assists, ranking ninth in the NCAA in assists per game, and has a team-best 30 points. Joey Murray is first on the squad with 21 goals, followed by Mark Matthews with 19. Matthews is second with 27 points, followed by Murray with 26. Alex Gajic is third in goals (16) and fourth in points (22).

Ben Wahler has won 55.2 percent of his faceoffs this year and has a team-best 66 groundballs.

Peter Lowell has started 10-of-12 games in the cage, with a 9.22 goals-against average and .527 save percentage.

Jamie Munro is in his 11th season at the helm of the Pioneers and has a career record of 90-68. He was a four-year letterwinner at Brown, earning All-American honors in 1989.

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.

On the Road Again
The games this weekend close out a stretch of four-consecutive games for the Buckeyes away from Columbus. The team opened the streak with a win at Bellarmine (11-7) before falling to North Carolina in a neutral-site game in Baltimore last weekend (12-11).

The Buckeyes will return home to host Notre Dame April 25 in Ohio Stadium in its final regular-season game of the year.

Dalgarno POTW
Senior attackman Joel Dalgarno was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. Dalgarno, the Buckeyes’ scoring leader and a native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, had five goals and seven points in the squad’s one-goal loss to No. 10 North Carolina last Saturday in Baltimore.

Against the Tar Heels, Dalgarno had the third five-goal game of his career and first since April 27, 2008 vs. Notre Dame. He added two assists for seven points, tying for the fourth-highest total of his career and matching the seven points he had against Robert Morris earlier this season. Against UNC, Dalgarno scored three times in the first quarter, putting the Buckeyes ahead each time. His fourth and fifth goals came in the final 3:11 of the fourth quarter, drawing the Buckeyes within one with just 14 seconds left in regulation. He also set up goals in the second and third quarters.

This marks the fourth GWLL Player of the Week accolade for Dalgarno in his career. He was a two-time honoree in 2008 (April 2, April 23) and also was honored April 4, 2007. Sophomore Mike Pires was the Buckeyes’ first honoree this season, garnering the award Feb. 10.

De-Fense!
North Carolina scored 12 goals against the Buckeyes last Saturday, ending a streak of four-consecutive games the Buckeye defense held opponents to nine or fewer goals. The team ranks second in the GWLL and 13th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 7.91 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.

A Helpful Group
The Buckeyes are eighth in the nation in assists per game, averaging 6.91 an outing. The squad has 76 assists on 114 goals this year, including seven on the 11 goals scored vs. North Carolina last week.
 
Even Eleven
After scoring eight goals or less in a three-game stretch, the Buckeyes have scored 11 times in each of their last two games. The squad now averages 10.36 goals a game.

Noting No. 16
Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the squad with 26 goals, 18 assists and 44  points this year. He had five goals, two assists and seven points vs. UNC a week ago. North Carolina held Dalgarno scoreless in the 2008 meeting, the only game in his career he has been held off the scoresheet.

Dalgarno now has 210 career points, remaining second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79. Dalgarno has 119 goals to stand in second place in program history, behind Gilmore who ranks first with 123. Dalgarno is third in assists with 91, 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 (4.0), ranking fifth nationally, and is first with 2.36 goals an outing, standing 16th in the NCAA. He is second in the league in assists per game (1.64), ranking 12th in the nation.

Save!
Junior goalie Brandon Freeman ranks second in the GWLL and 18th in the nation with an 8.14 goals-against average. He has a .552 save percentage, ranking 24th in the NCAA and third among league goalies. Freeman has started all 11 games this year after spending the last two seasons backing up All-American Stefan Schroder.

Ryan Routine
Senior Jeff Ryan, in his third year as a Buckeye, ranks 23rd in program history with 110 career points, with 74 goals and 36 assists. He is second on the team with 22 goals and has 13 assists to match his career high. Ryan is second among GWLL players with 3.18 points a game this season and is fourth in goals per contest (2.0).

Ryan has at least one point in each of his last 13 games and has two or more points in all but two games this year.

Three in a Row
Sophomore Dan Bain has a goal in each of his last three games, the first three goals of his Buckeye career.

Super Mario
Junior Mario Ventiquattro, who has at least one point in each game this year, is third on the team in goals (16) and points (24). He has multiple points in six of 11 games this season and is just two points shy of the career-best 26 he had as a sophomore a year ago.

Shooter
Ohio State had 44 shots against North Carolina last week, the second-highest total this season, behind only the 47 it had vs. Detroit in the season opener. It was the third time this season the squad had more than 40 shots. The team is averaging 32.9 shots a game this season.

In Columbus
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.

The final game in Columbus will be next Saturday when the Buckeyes take on Notre Dame. 

Saturday Special
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.

The game will be televised live in Ohio on The Ohio News Network (ONN). 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.

Live stats from the game can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.