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No. 19 Ohio State at No. 9/12 Navy
Saturday, Feb. 14 – Noon
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Md.

The Series
2008 Meeting –
Navy 8, at Ohio State 7 OT
Series History – Navy leads 4-1
In Columbus – Navy leads 3-0
In Annapolis, Md. – Tied 1-1
2/16/08  L OT  7-8     H
2/24/06  L     3-9     A
2/26/05  L     5-11    H
2/28/04  W     12-9    A
2/22/03  L     10-13   H

Buckeye Lax Hits
The Buckeyes opened the year with a 21-1 win over Detroit Mercy at home, the most goals since beating Northwood 29-3 in 1996. The Buckeyes were third in the NCAA in scoring offense last season, averaging 13.18 goals a game, including two 20-goal games.
The Buckeye defense held Detroit to one goal, the fewest goals allowed since a 19-1 victory over Wagner in 2007.
Senior Joel Dalgarno is in third place in the Ohio State record book in scoring with 171 career points, four back of second place. Dalgarno is tied for fifth in program history for assists (75) and 10th in goals (96).
Ohio State is playing its first of three games in Maryland this season when it travels to Navy this weekend. Nine Buckeyes call Maryland home.
The Buckeyes return seven starters from the 2008 squad, the first team in program history to reach the NCAA quarterfinals.

Gametime
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team hits the road to take on No. 9/12 Navy Saturday. The Buckeyes (1-0, 0-0 GWLL) and Midshipmen (1-0, 0-0 Patriot) will meet at noon Saturday in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Navy Ticket Office at Ricketts Hall, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, online at NavySports.com or on game day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, while groups of 20 or more will be offered a discounted ticket with advance notice by calling 410-293-8712. There is a $5 charge to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Live stats can be accessed from NavySports.com or from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A radio broadcast will be available on 1430 WNAV in the local area and the audio will be online through the Navy All-Access area on the Mids’ website through a subscription basis.

Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2009 campaign with a 21-1 victory over Detroit Mercy last Saturday indoors in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. In all, the Buckeyes got points from 18 players as 41 total Ohio State players saw action vs. the Titans (0-1), who were playing the first game in program history.

Sophomore Mike Pires had a career-best five goals in the contest, including three man-up tallies. Senior Joel Dalgarno had a hat trick and two assists and senior Jeff Ryan had a career-high tying four goals, along with an assist.

Junior Justin Hayes had two goals and three points in his first game as a Buckeye. Senior Brian Lalley and junior James Green each had three points with a goal and two assists. Freshman Mike Smail and sophomore Tyler Dolphin each had a goal and an assist for their first career points.

Polling Place
The Buckeyes were ranked 19th in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll released earlier this week. Seven of the Buckeyes’ 14 opponents are ranked in the IL poll – No. 5 North Carolina, No. 9 Navy, No. 10t Notre Dame, No. 10t UMBC, No. 14t Denver, No. 18 Colgate and No. 20 Bucknell. Penn State is receiving votes.

Chat Friday
Senior captains Joel Dalgarno and Scott Matthews will take part in an online chat at 1p.m. Friday through InsideLacrosse.com/ESPN.com.

Go online to http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=25033 to leave your questions for the duo before 1 p.m. Friday, or go to the same link to submit answers live during the chat.

Buckeyes vs. Midshipmen
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Navy, 1-4, with its win coming on the road Feb. 28, 2004, 12-9. Last season, Navy won in overtime in Columbus Feb. 16, 2008, 8-7.

The teams met four-consecutive years from 2003-06, with two games in Columbus and two games in Annapolis. The last meeting in Annapolis was Feb. 24, 2006, a 9-3 win by the Midshipmen.
 
Ohio State and the Patriot League
Navy is a member of the Patriot League. The Buckeyes have a record of 7-9 against the current members of the Patriot League: 5-0 vs. Army, 1-4 vs. Navy, 1-1 vs. Colgate and 0-4 vs. Bucknell. Ohio State has never played Holy Cross, Lehigh or Lafayette. Ohio State will also face Patriot League teams Bucknell and Colgate this season.

A Look at Navy
Navy is 1-0 this year after a 13-5 victory over VMI last Saturday. The squad was 10-6 overall last year and tied for first in the Patriot League with a  5-1 ledger. Navy defeated North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals.

Navy returns six starters from the 2008 squad, including attackman Tim Paul, who had 26 goals and 31 points a year ago. Midfielders Patrick Moran (15g, 4a, 19p), Basil Daratsos (5g, 2a, 7p) and Joe Lennon (11g, 6a, 17p) and defenseman Andy Tormey (61 groundballs) also return. In all, 30 of 43 letterwinners are back for the Mids.

Against VMI last week Evan Sullivan had a team-best three goals, with Tim Paul, Brendan Connors and Bruce Nechanicky each scoring twice. Lennon had a team-best three assists. Coughlin had seven saves in the win.

Richie Meade, a 1976 graduate of North Carolina, is in his 15th year at the helm of the Midshipmen, posting a 121-75 record. He is in his 19th year as a collegiate head coach and is 148-98.

Familiar Face
Former Buckeye captain and assistant coach Anthony Gilardi joined the Navy staff in the fall after eight years in Columbus. A four-time letterwinner from 2001-04 and team captain in 2004, he was a two-time All-GWLL selection and helped the Buckeyes to the first two NCAA appearances in program history. Gilardi was the Buckeyes’ volunteer assistant coach in 2004-05 before joining the Ohio State staff in a full-time capacity in 2005-06, spending the last three years with the team.

Homecoming
The Buckeyes will play three games in Maryland this season, taking on Navy Saturday, UMBC March 21 and facing off against North Carolina in a neutral-site game April 11. Nine Buckeyes call Maryland home. Four are graduates of Calvert Hall College High School – Nick Carr (Baltimore), Scott Foreman (Timonium), Andrew Reinhardt (Monkton) and Tyler Dolphin (Towson). Eric Smith (Lutherville) and Scott Matthews (Nottingham) attended The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. Freshmen Mike Smail (Crofton) and Stephen Tepsick (Huntingtown, Md.) went to DeMatha High School and classmate Joe Bonanni (Harwood) attended St. Mary’s.

Buckeyes vs. Mids in 2008
The Buckeyes opened their 2008 season Feb. 16, 2008 vs. Navy in front of 920 fans in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes, who trailed by as many as four goals during the game, tied the score as time expired to force overtime. Navy, however, got a goal from Michael Beggins with 1:55 left in the first overtime to give the Midshipmen the win.

Kevin Buchanan led the Buckeyes with three goals, including the tally as time expired to tie the game and force overtime. Peet Poillon had two goals and three points, Joel Dalgarno had two goals and James Green chipped in two assists.

Pires Honored
Sophomore midfielder Mike Pires was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Pires, a native of Saanichton, British Columbia, had a team-best five goals in the Buckeyes’ 21-1 season-opening win last Saturday vs. Detroit-Mercy.

Against Detroit-Mercy, Pires needed just six shots to tally his career-high five goals, marking the first multiple-point game of his career. He opened the scoring at 9:25 of the first quarter with a man-up goal and added a second tally at 12:45 of the second quarter. He scored twice in the third (14:17, 8:38/man-up) and closed out his day with a man-up goal just 26 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Three of Pires’ five goals vs. the Titans were man-up tallies, tying for the most by a Buckeye in a single game since 2003. His five goals in the game tie for the fifth-most over that time span. Pires had four goals and five points while playing in nine games a year ago.

Moving Up the Charts
With four goals and five points vs. Detroit Mercy last Saturday, senior Joel Dalgarno now has 171 career points, four behind second-place Kevin Buchanan in the Buckeye record book. He is 10th all-time in goals with 96 and tied for fifth in assists with 75.

Four for 14
Senior Jeff Ryan tied his career high with four goals vs. Detroit Mercy last weekend, matching the four tallies he had Feb. 25, 2007 vs. Harvard. He added an assist for a five-point day, the third of his career and first since Feb. 24, 2008 vs. Colgate.

EMO
The Buckeyes, who ended 2008 third nationally in man-up offense (.457) were 4-for-6 vs. Detroit last Saturday. Mike Pires had three of the four EMO goals, with James Green adding the other.

A Milestone in Reach
Junior James Green had three points, with a goal and career-high tying two assists, in the win over Detroit Mercy. He now has 49 points in 31 games as a Buckeye, with 33 goals and 16 assists. It was the third two-assist game of his career and the first since Feb. 14, 2008 vs. Navy.

Lalley Lights it Up
Senior Brian Lalley had three points, on a goal and two assists, against the Titans last week. Lalley entered the game with five career points in 30 games, including two points a year ago. It was his first career three-point game.

An Offensive Explosion
The 21 goals scored by the Buckeyes vs. Detroit were the most since beating Northwood, 22-6, in 1996. The squad reached the 20-goal mark against both Bellarmine (20-4) and Denver (20-13) last season. The 20-goal win ties for the fifth-largest margin of victory in OSU history and is the biggest since downing Wittenberg by 26, 29-3, in 1989.

Tough on D
The Ohio State defense limited Detroit Mercy to just one goal late in the fourth quarter in the win last Saturday. It was the fewest since downing Wagner, 19-1, Feb. 23, 2007. The team’s last shutout was March 2, 2002 vs. VMI.

Welcome to the Show
Thirteen Buckeyes played in their first games for the Scarlet and Gray last Saturday vs. Detroit Mercy: senior Peter Coluccini, juniors Justin Hayes and Andrew Reinhardt, sophomores Ryan Keneally and Dillon Sheehy and freshmen Mike Smail, Joe Bonanni, Stephen Tepsick, Scott Morell, Eric Smith, Brock Sorensen, Eddie Bambino and Keenan Ochwat.

Picking up Points
Junior transfers Andrew Reinhardt and Justin Hayes, sophomores Bryce Woodson, Tyler Dolphin and Conor David, along with freshmen Mike Smail, Stephen Tepsick, Scott Morell, Brock Sorensen and Eddie Bambino all had their first points for the Scarlet and Gray against Detroit.

Hayes had three points on two goals and an assist. Dophin and Smail each had a goal and an assist for two points. Reinhardt and Bambino each added a goal, while Sorensen, Tepsick, Woodson, David and Morell each had an assist.

Spreading It Around
Of the Buckeyes’ 21 goals against Detroit Mercy last week, 17 were assisted. Thirteen Buckeyes had an assist and 11 had a goal.
 
In the Cage
Three goalies saw time for the Buckeyes against Detroit Mercy. Junior Brandon Freeman started and played the first half, stopping all five shots he saw. Senior transfer Peter Coluccini played all 15 minutes of the third quarter and made two saves. Sophomore Ryan Keneally played the fourth quarter and had seven saves, allowing one goal.

At the X
The Buckeyes won 12-of-25 faceoffs last week vs. Detroit Mercy. Sophomore Dan Bain won five of eight draws, freshman Stephen Tepsick won 4-of-8 and senior Nick Carr won 3-of-9.

Over the Summer
Junior James Green with a gold medal with Team USA at the ILF Under-19 World Championship in British Columbia. Green scored the gamewinning overtime goal vs. Canada in a comeback victory in the final game of pool play. The United States was 7-0 in the tournament and Green contributed seven goals and at least two assists.

Buckeye freshman Brock Sorensen was a team captain as Canada won the silver medal. Sorensen earned a spot on the tournament’s All-World team.

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. He is the 13th head coach in the 60 years of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program. 

Welcome Aboard
Joining the Buckeye coaching staff for 2009 was 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. A graduate of Western New England College in 2006, he focuses on working with the Buckeye defense and special teams.

A Look Back
Ohio State finished 2008 11-6 overall and shared the Great Western Lacrosse League regular-season title with a 4-1 league ledger. The squad reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time after defeating Cornell on its home field in the first round, 15-7. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Live Online All Year Long
This year, all six Ohio State men’s lacrosse 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 on the upper right-hand corner of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Get Your Tickets
After the game at Navy, 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
Ohio State men’s lacrosse 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).