#13/15 Ohio State vs. #11/12 UMass Saturday, Feb. 26 – Noon Garber Field – Amherst, Mass.
Follow Along Video Webcast – UMassAthletics.com Audio Broadcast – UMassAthletics.com Live Stats – UMassAthletics.com In-game Updates – Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX
Buckeye Quick Shots • The game Saturday is the Buckeyes’ first road contest of the season. • Ohio State is coming off a 13-8 win over then-No. 3 ranked North Carolina. The squad moved into the national polls after the win, holding down the 13th (USILA) and 15th (IL) spots. • Sophomore Jeff Tundo is first for the Buckeyes with seven goals and 10 points. Freshman Tyler Frederick has a team-high four assists and is tied with sophomore Logan Schuss (4g, 3a) for second with seven points each. • Jarred Bowman was named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, goalie Greg Dutton was named the league rookie of the week and Logan Schuss was tabbed the Nike national player of the week after the victory over UNC.
BUCKEYES VS. MINUTEMEN The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team heads to Amherst, Mass., for its first road game of the year. The Buckeyes, 3-0 this season and ranked 13th by the USILA and 15th by Inside Lacrosse, will take on No. 11/12 UMass (2-0) at noon Saturday at Garber Field.
FOLLOW THE GAME ONLINE An audio/video (paid) webcast and live stats from the game Saturday will be available through UMassAthletics.com, with a radio feed also available on the site. All links also are on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In-game score updates will be on Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX.
LAST TIME OUT Ohio State upset No. 3 North Carolina, 13-8, last Saturday afternoon in front of 2,695 fans on a beautiful day at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes trailed early but chipped away at the lead to go into halftime tied with UNC at 6-all. Ohio State took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Tar Heels, 5-1, with four goals in the first five minutes. The Buckeyes held North Carolina to just 11 shots and two goals in the game’s final 30 minutes.
Sophomore Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with three goals, two assists and five points. Freshman Tyler Frederick and seniors Jarred Bowman and Mike Pires each had two goals, with Bowman adding an assist for three points. Sophomore Jeff Tundo had a goal and an assist in the win, with freshman Michael Italiano and sophomore Dan Wertz also scoring. Sophomore Trey Wilkes won 10 faceoffs, including five of six in the third quarter. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had eight saves in the victory.
The Buckeyes’ win over the third-ranked Tar Heels was the first against a Top 3 team for the program since playing a full-time Division I schedule.
OHIO STATE MOVES INTO THE POLLS With the 13-8 victory over No. 3-ranked North Carolina Saturday, Ohio State moved into the national rankings for the first time this season. The squad holds down the No. 13 spot in the USILA coaches’ poll and is rated 15th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State is 3-0 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2) and North Carolina (13-8). The team is averaging 12.33 goals a game, while allowing 4.33.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomore Jeff Tundo who has seven goals and 10 points. Sophomore Logan Schuss and freshman Tyler Frederick are tied for second with seven points each, with Frederick first on the squad with four assists. Schuss is second with four goals, while four others have three.
Freshman Greg Dutton has started two games in the cage and has a 5.50 goals-against average and .560 save percentage. Trey Wilkes has won 28-of-40 faceoffs (70 percent) and has 11 groundballs.
BUCKEYES HONORED After the win against North Carolina, senior captain Jarred Bowman was named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton was tabbed the league’s rookie of the week. Sophomore Logan Schuss was selected the Nike Player of the Week on InsideLacrosse.com.
Bowman, a midfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Archbishop Moeller High School, had two goals and an assist for three points in the Buckeyes’ win. He scored the Buckeyes’ first goal on a rebound to cut an early UNC lead to 2-1. Bowman’s second goal again drew the Buckeyes within one (5-4) at 10:01 of the second quarter. He assisted on a Dan Wertz tally that put the Buckeyes ahead, 11-7, with 3:15 left in the third. Bowman’s two goals, three points and three shots all were career highs, to go along with a groundball.
Timonium, Md., native Dutton, a Calvert Hall College product, made eight saves in the win over the Tar Heels. In just the second start of his collegiate career, Dutton led the transition game, with OSU 18-for-20 on clears for a 90 percent success rate against one of the best riding teams in the game. After allowing two early goals he settled in, making a series of big saves, as well as sparking the transition with some of his long outlets, as Ohio State took control of the contest. Dutton also had two groundballs in the victory.
Schuss had a team-best three goals and five points in Ohio State’s win. He tied the game in the second quarter with a highlight reel, no-look, over the shoulder shot and assisted on Bryce Woodson’s goal that gave Ohio State the lead for the first time in the second quarter. Schuss scored back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a 9-6 lead and also assisted on Michael Italiano’s goal with 7:51 left in regulation.
BUCKEYES VS. MINUTEMEN The game Saturday with UMass is the first between the programs. The squads planned to begin the series last year but travel difficulties because of poor weather conditions prevented the Minutemen from reaching Columbus. The squads are scheduled to face off in Columbus in 2012.
MINUTEMEN MINUTE UMass enters the game 2-0 after wins over No. 12 Army (8-5) at home and Hartford (14-10) on the road.
Junior attacker Art Kell had eight points, with two goals and six assists, against Hartford last week to earn CAA Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week honors. He is first on the team with seven assists and nine points this year. Will Manny leads the team with five goals and is second with eight points. Ryan Hantverk is second with four goals while three players have three tallies each. Tim McCormack has started the first two goals in goal and has a 7.50 goals-against average and .531 save percentage.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT • Ohio State is outscoring opponents, 18-3 in the second half – 12-2 in the third and 6-1 in the fourth. • This is the first time Ohio State has started the year 3-0 since 1999. • The Buckeyes were 20-for-22 (91 percent) on clears in the opener vs. Detroit and 18-for-20 (90 percent) against North Carolina. • Ohio State is opening a stretch of its schedule with five of the next six games on the road. The only home game for the team in March is against Lehigh Tuesday, March 8.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with Lehigh and Loyola remaining. The game vs. Hobart April 9 will be produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The broadcast may then be televised at a later date on Big Ten Network; an air date has not been set. The Showdown in the Shoe against Fairfield April 23 will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network.
THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS Five captains have been selected for Buckeyes this season, including seniors Jarred Bowman, Conor David, Scott Lathrop and Bryce Woodson and junior Brock Sorensen. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates and the five selected were part of a group of players who indicated an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.
ON THE SIDELINES Nick Myers is now in his third year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, also in his third year with the squad, and Dave Dobbins, who is in his second campaign. The newest addition to the staff is Patrick DeBolt, who joins the team as the volunteer assistant coach after spending last year with NCAA champion Duke as its volunteer. DeBolt is a 2009 graduate of Hofstra and spent time as an undergraduate assistant with the team. Mark Bergey is in his second year as the team’s director of operations.
PRESEASON PICKS The Buckeyes were slated fourth in the ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Denver is first, followed by Loyola and Fairfield. Hobart was ranked fifth, with Air Force sixth and Bellarmine seventh.
Buckeye sophomore Logan Schuss, an honorable mention All-American and the ECAC Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team. In the coaches’ preseason picks in Faceoff Yearbook Schuss and defenseman Brock Sorensen both were named to the team.
GET YOUR TICKETS Tickets for all Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games in 2011 are now on sale. Tickets for the first six contests are $5 for adults and $3 for children, with Ohio State students and children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each; to purchase contact group sales at 614-247-1984.
Tickets for the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield at 11 a.m. April 23 in Ohio Stadium, went on sale Feb. 4. Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football spring game, are $7 each when purchased prior to game day. Children 6 and under and Ohio State students (with BuckID) are admitted free. Gameday tickets will be $15 each and must be purchased with cash. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available prior to gameday for $5 each. The group rate is not available online; those interested in purchasing group tickets should call 614-292-0043.
Tickets to all games may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS), by calling 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Note additional service charges apply to any phone or online ticket orders.
A CONFERENCE TOURNEY The top four teams in the final ECAC Lacrosse League standings will advance to the conference tournament, to be held in Denver May 5 and 7 (note the change in dates from earlier releases). The tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic bid into the 16-team NCAA tournament.
UP NEXT The Buckeyes will take on Penn State March 5. The next game in Columbus is set for March 8, a Tuesday-night matchup (weather conditions pending) under the lights against Lehigh.