#13/16 OHIO STATE at ALBANY Saturday, March 12 – Noon John Fallon Field – Albany, N.Y.
BUCKEYE QUICK SHOTS • Ohio State will be playing its third game in a week when it faces Albany Saturday. The team won in triple overtime at Penn State last Saturday and downed Lehigh in Columbus Tuesday. • Sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo lead the Buckeyes in scoring. Schuss has a team-best 20 points and nine assists and is second with 11 goals. Tundo is first with 12 goals and second with 18 points. • The game Saturday is the second between Ohio State and Albany. The Buckeyes won the first meeting in Columbus last year. • Ohio State is outscoring opponents, 33-13, in the second half this season, including 19-7 in the third quarter. • The Buckeyes allowed a man-up goal for the first time this year Tuesday night vs. Lehigh. • Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal this campaign, with 15 contributing at least one assist; 11 have at least one of each. • Albany is a member of America East, the fifth different conference Ohio State has faced off against this year (MAAC, ACC, CAA, Patriot League), along with an independent school.
BUCKEYES VS. GREAT DANES The No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is on the road this weekend, taking on UAlbany. The Buckeyes (5-1) and Great Danes (2-1) will meet at noon at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y.
The game is expected to have a paid audio/video webcast, as well as live stats, available on UAlbany’s website at UAlbanySports.com. Links, when available, will also be on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In-game updates also can be found on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
OHIO STATE IN THE POLLS Ohio State moved into the national rankings for the first time this season Feb. 21 after upsetting then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19. In the polls this week the Buckeyes are No. 13 in the USILA coaches’ poll and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State is 5-1 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2), North Carolina (13-8), Penn State (6-5 3OT) and Lehigh (11-7) and a loss at No. 11 UMass (11-9). The team is averaging 10.5 goals a game, while allowing 6.0. The Buckeyes, who average 32.2 shots a game, have a 32.6 shooting percentage. The team is 4-for-15 (.267) on man-up chances and 11-for-12 on man-down defense.
The team is led in scoring by sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo. Schuss has a team-high 20 points and nine assists and is second with 11 goals, one behind Tundo (12). Tundo is second with 18 points and six assists. Freshman Tyler Frederick is third with five goals and 11 points and tied with senior Jarred Bowman for third with six goals each. Freshman Greg Dutton has started five games in the cage and has a 6.66 goals-against average and .547 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 31-of-56 faceoffs (55.4 percent), while freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 33-of-60 (55.0 percent). Kaplan has a team-best 16 groundballs, followed by junior Keenan Ochwat and freshman Joe Meurer with 14 each.
BUCKEYES VS. GREAT DANES Ohio State and Albany met for the first time last season, an 11-6 Buckeye victory in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Albany is a member of America East, joined by Hartford, Vermont, Stony Brook, Binghamton and UMBC. Ohio State is 8-11 all-time against current America East schools.
OSU VS. ALBANY IN 2010 The Buckeyes posted an 11-6 victory over Albany March 13, 2010 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Against the Great Danes Ohio State never trailed and the score was tied (1-1) just once early in the first quarter. The Buckeyes held a 2-1 lead after the first and doubled the advantage to 4-2 at halftime. A five-goal third quarter extended Ohio State’s lead to 9-4 entering the final stanza. Jeff Tundo led the Buckeye attack with a hat trick, with Logan Schuss scoring twice. Goalie Brandon Freeman had 12 saves in the win. Keenan Ochwat had a goal and an assist, with Mike Pires also contributing a goal and an assist.
GREAT DANE INFO Albany is 2-1 on the year. After falling on the road at Drexel (14-7), the squad has back-to-back wins at home, downing Delaware, 11-9, last Saturday and then upsetting No. 5 UMass, 9-8, Tuesday night. Albany is averaging 9.0 goals a game and giving up 10.33. The squad is 0-for-16 on man-up chances and has allowed four goals on 15 opponent opportunities. They have taken 28.0 shots and allowed 41.7 a game.
Joe Resetarits is first on the squad with eight goals and 11 points and shares the assist lead with Brian Caufield with three each. Ty Thompson and Matt Johnson each have five goals to rank second, with Miles Thompson chipping in four. Mike Finnegan has won 27-of-49 faceoffs and is first on the squad with 22 groundballs. Edmund Cathers, who made 17 saves vs. UMass, has started all three games in goal and has a .592 save percentage and 8.89 goals-against average. BUCKEYES’ LAST TIME OUT Ohio State defeated Lehigh, 11-7, Tuesday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes broke open a one-goal game in the third quarter, outscoring the Mountain Hawks, 4-1, in the stanza en route to victory. Buckeye sophomores Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander each scored three goals, with Schuss adding three assists for a six-point game. Sophomore Jeff Tundo had four points, with two goals and two assists. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton made a career-best 10 saves in the game for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes led 2-0 less than four minutes into the game on goals from Alexander and Schuss. Lehigh scored twice, sandwiched around a goal from Buckeye Jarred Bowman, for a 3-2 Buckeye lead after one. Each team scored twice in the second quarter, with Lehigh tying the game at 3-3 and 4-4. Tundo gave the Buckeyes a 5-4 halftime lead with a tally with 1:11 left in the half.
Ohio State scored at 12:57 (Alexander) and 11:39 (Patrick Toohey) of the third quarter to extend the lead to 7-4. A Lehigh goal broke the Buckeyes’ run, but goals from Tundo and Schuss regained Ohio State’s four-goal edge (9-5) after the third quarter. Each team scored twice in the fourth stanza, with Lehigh drawing within three twice but Ohio State answering each time, for the 11-7 final. NOTING THE WIN VS. LEHIGH • The game was the first between the teams. • Logan Schuss, with a season-high three assists and six points, extended his point streak to 20 games (each game of his collegiate career). • Jeff Tundo had his third multiple-goal game of the year and he has now multiple points in all five games on the season. His second-quarter goal was his 50th career point. • Dominique Alexander’s hat trick marked his first goals of the season. • Tyler Frederick has a goal in each of his last five games and multiple points in three outings this season. • Sophomore Patrick Toohey’s goal was the first of his career. • Lehigh’s man-up goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes this season, ending a streak of 11-consecutive EMO chances stopped. The Mountain Hawks had just one man-up chance in the game. • The game was the lone home game for Ohio State in March and was the team’s first game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this year. • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had a career-best 10 saves. Senior Ryan Keneally closed out the game, making two stops. • Ohio State outshot Lehigh, 35-29, in the game, including 12-4 in the second quarter. • Each team won 11 faceoffs, with freshman Shawn Kaplan winning all 11 for the Buckeyes. Kaplan had a team-high five groundballs for the Buckeyes, with freshman Joe Meurer scooping four. • Ohio State now is a perfect 4-0 at home this year.
STREAKERS With a season-best six points vs. Lehigh, sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 20 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has multiple points in all five of his games this season, with two or more goals in each of his last four games. It is tied for the 14th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 42 goals, 34 assists and 76 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo has at least one goal and multiple points in all five games this year. He has three multiple-goal games and two games with two helpers.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has a goal and at least one point in each of his last five games (6-5-11).
BUCKEYES IN THE NCAA RANKINGS The Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 nationally in four categories (through games of March 6). The squad is tied with Brown and Bryant for first with a 100 percent man-down defense. The team is eighth in both scoring defense (5.8) and scoring margin (+4.6) and 10th in win percentage (.800). The team is in the Top 25 nationally in seven other categories.
Individually, Jeff Tundo and Logan Schuss are tied for 24th in points per game (3.4), with Tundo 23rd in goals per game (2.5). Schuss is 30th in assists per outing (1.5). Freshman goalie Greg Dutton is 15th in goals-against average (6.56) and 30th in save percentage (.534).
BUCKEYES IN THE ECAC RANKINGS Through games of March 10, the Buckeyes lead the ECAC in penalty killing percentage (91.7 percent), fewest penalties per game (2.33) and penalty minutes per game (1.58). The squad is second in goals-against average (5.86), assists per game (5.83) and points per game (16.33).
Schuss is third in the league in points per game (4.0), followed by Tundo in fourth (3.60). Schuss is third in assists per game (1.80), with Tundo ninth (1.20). Tundo is fourth in goals per game (2.40), followed by Schuss, who has a league-high two gamewinning goals, in fifth (2.20). Schuss is fifth in shots per game (6.40), with Tundo seventh (6.20). Greg Dutton is third in goals-against average (6.66). Sophomore Trey Wilkes is sixth in faceoff winning percentage (.554), with freshman Shawn Kaplan seventh (.550).
A LOOK AHEAD The Buckeyes will then travel to No. 2 Virginia March 19 and No. 3 Notre Dame March 23 before opening ECAC play with home games against No. 10 Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9.