#17/19 Ohio State vs. Loyola Saturday, April 2 – 1 p.m. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Quick Shots • The Buckeyes open their second ECAC Lacrosse League schedule Saturday vs. Loyola. Ohio State is the last conference team to begin 2011 league play. • Ohio State is hosting a game for the first time since an 11-7 win over Lehigh March 8. The team will host Hobart next Saturday for the first back-to-back home games since February. • Ohio State enters the game Saturday 4-0 in Columbus this year. The team has played in three facilities, posting two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center, a victory in Ohio Stadium and a win in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. • Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 20 goals and 29 points, followed by Jeff Tundo with 17 goals and 26 points. The duo both have a team-best nine assists. • Goalie Greg Dutton is the reigning ECAC Rookie of the Week after a 12-save game at No.3 Notre Dame in the Buckeyes’ last time out. • Nineteen Buckeyes have at least one goal this campaign, with 16 contributing at least one assist; 11 have at least one of each.
Ohio State Lacrosse this Week The No. 17/19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-4, 0-0 ECAC) opens up a two-game homestand and ECAC play when it hosts Loyola (4-3, 1-2 ECAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game will be streamed for a fee through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with an audio-only feed available on OhioStateSports.net. A live stats link can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and in-game updates will be on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
It is Fan Appreciation Day and a full-team autograph session will be held after the game with the Greyhounds.
Ohio State In the Polls Ohio State is currently 17th in the USILA coaches’ poll and ranked 19th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The squad has been as high as 12th and 14th in the polls, respectively, this season. The team moved into the national rankings for the first time this year Feb. 21 after upsetting then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 5-4 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2), No. 3 North Carolina (13-8), Penn State (6-5 3OT) and Lehigh (11-7) and 11-9 losses at No. 11 UMass and Albany, along with back-to-back road losses at Top 3 teams (14-11 at No. 2 Virginia March 19, 8-7 at No. 3 Notre Dame March 23). The team is averaging 10.0 goals a game, while allowing 7.67. The Buckeyes, who average 31.9 shots a game, have a 31.4 shooting percentage. The team is 5-for-27 (.185) on man-up chances and 19-for-23 (.826) on man-down defense.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo. Schuss has a team-high 29 points and 20 goals. Tundo is second with 17 goals and 26 points. Schuss and Tundo share the team lead with nine assists each, followed by freshman Tyler Frederick and sophomore Dominique Alexander with seven apiece. Frederick and senior Jarred Bowman are tied for third with seven goals each. Freshman Greg Dutton has started eight games in the cage and has an 8.26 goals-against average and .525 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 37-of-76 faceoffs (48.7 percent), while freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 46-of-93 (49.5 percent). Kaplan has a team-best 22 groundballs, followed by redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto junior Keenan Ochwat with 19 each and freshman Joe Meurer with 17.
The ECAC Ohio State is the last ECAC team to play a league game this year. Loyola and Air Force both have played three games and have matching 1-2 records. Denver is 2-0, with Fairfield 1-1. Hobart is 1-0, with Bellarmine 0-1.
This week three conference games are scheduled, wtih Denver at Hobart and Bellarmine at Fairfield in addition to the Ohio State vs. Loyola game.
Ohio State Vs. Loyola Ohio State and Loyola have met four times, restarting the series last year when Ohio State joined the ECAC. The game Saturday is the first meeting between the squads in Columbus.
Last year, Loyola won 11-9 April 3. In 1998 the Greyhounds posted an 18-6 win. The teams also met in 1961 (15-8 Loyola) and 1972 (3-2 Loyola).
Loyola Look Loyola is 4-3 on the year, opening the campaign with three-consecutive wins over Navy, Towson and Bellarmine. The squad then dropped three straight to Duke, Denver and Air Force before winning at Mount St. Mary’s last Saturday (14-10).
The Greyhounds are averaging 8.29 goals a game while allowing 8.25. The squad is third in the country in man-down defense (.852) and sixth in man-up offense (.484).
Mike Sawyer is tied for second nationally averaging 2.86 goals a game, while Matt Langan is fifth with 2.0 assists an outing. Sawyer has 20 goals and 22 points to lead the squad, with Langan second with 21 points, including 14 assists. Patrick Fanshaw is second with nine goals, followed by Langan with seven. John Schiavone has won 63-of-115 faceoffs (.548) and is second on the team with 30 groundballs. Josh Hawkins has a team-best 35 groundballs. Jake Hagelin has started all seven games in the cage and has an 8.74 goals-against average and .454 save percentage.
Ohio State at Loyola in 2010 Despite four goals from Jeff Tundo, Ohio State dropped an 11-9 decision at No. 12 Loyola April 3, 2010 in an ECAC Lacrosse League game in Baltimore, Md. James Green had two goals in the contest, with Logan Schuss and Zach Rodgers each chipping in two assists and Dan Wertz recording two points on a goal and an assist.
The Buckeyes trailed 5-2 after the first quarter and 9-4 at halftime. The Greyhounds opened the game with the first four goals, including three in a 1:22 span. Mario Ventiquattro put Ohio State on the board at 3:40 and the teams traded goals in the final two minutes of the first. The Greyhounds outscored the Buckeyes, 4-2, in the second quarter and scored twice in the third quarter while holding Ohio State off the scoreboard to extend the lead to 11-4. The Buckeyes got five goals in the fourth quarter while shutting out the Greyhounds but could not draw even.
Dutton Honored by ECAC for Second Time Freshman goalie Greg Dutton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week Monday. It is the second weekly league honor for Dutton this season.
Dutton tied his career high with 12 saves at No. 3-ranked Notre Dame March 23. He and the Buckeyes held the Irish to eight goals, allowing just three in the second half as Ohio State’s comeback bid fell short in an 8-7 loss.
Dutton has started eight games for Ohio State this season and is second in the ECAC with an 8.27 goals-against average. He was first named the league’s rookie of the week Feb. 21 after making eight saves in the Buckeyes’ upset of North Carolina Feb. 19.
Buckeyes’ Last Time Out Ohio State suffered a tough 8-7 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame last Wednesday (March 23) at Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes scored three goals in a 3:34 span late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-all but a Notre Dame goal with 33 seconds remaining gave the Irish the win.
Ohio State opened the scoring and held a 2-1 lead in the first quarter but the Irish went on a four-goal run to take a 5-2 lead at halftime after shutting out the Buckeyes in the second stanza. Ohio State outscored the Irish, 2-1 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 6-4. After Notre Dame scored with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter to regain a three-goal lead (7-4), the Buckeyes scored three times in the final 4:35 to deadlock the score at 7. The winner came from Sean Rogers 28 seconds after Ohio State had evened the score.
Sophomores Jeff Tundo (two goals, one assist) and Dominique Alexander (one goal, two assists) each had three points in the game, with classmate Logan Schuss scoring twice. Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had 12 saves for the Buckeyes to match his career high.
Streakers With two goals at Notre Dame, sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 23 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has multiple points in all eight of his games this season, with two or more goals in each of his last seven games. It is tied for the 16th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 51 goals, 34 assists and 85 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo, with two goals and three points vs. the Irish, has at least one goal and point in all eight games this year (17g, 9a, 26p). He has five multiple-goal games and three games with two helpers. Tundo had a team season-high six goals and eight points vs. Mercer Feb. 12.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last seven games (7-7-14). Sophomore Dominique Alexander has 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last four games combined, including a goal and two assists vs. the Irish.
No. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 29 points, 20 goals and nine assists, ranking 14th nationally in both points (3.63) and goals (2.5) per game. He is third in the league in points and goals per game and sixth in assists per outing.
Schuss is on a 23-game point streak and has three or more points in five of eight games this year, including six points, with three goals and three assists, vs. Lehigh March 8 and a five-goal game at UVA March 19. Schuss shares the ECAC lead with two game-winning goals, including the GWG in triple overtime at Penn State March 5. Schuss, the 2010 ECAC Rookie of the Year and the first Buckeye to earn All-America honors as a freshman, has 85 points in 23 career games with 51 goals and 34 assists. His first goal at Notre Dame March 23 was the 50th of his career.
Buckeye This and That • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton has started the last seven games and has double-digit saves in three of his last four games, including a season-high 12 at Albany March 12 and at Notre Dame March 23. He is second in the ECAC with an 8.26 goals-against average. • Junior Keenan Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 17 caused turnovers (including two at Notre Dame March 23), half of the 34 he has in his career. He is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers this year and ranks 13th nationally. • Junior Mike Smail’s goal at Notre Dame was his second this season and first since the season opener vs. Detroit Feb. 10. • The game at Notre Dame was the Buckeyes’ fifth road game in the last six contests. The team is playing back-to-back home games for the first time since a three-game homestand to open the year. • The Buckeyes are 4-0 in Columbus this season. The team has two wins inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit, Mercer), a victory over North Carolina in Ohio Stadium and posted a win in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium March 8 against Lehigh in the last home game. • Ohio State played a team ranked in the Top 3 for the second-consecutive game and third time this season with its contest at Notre Dame. The squad defeated then-No. 3 North Carolina Feb. 19, lost at No. 2 Virginia March 19 and fell at then-No. 3 Notre Dame March 23. Notre Dame is currently ranked second by Inside Lacrosse, with Virginia No. 4 and North Carolina No. 5 • Ohio State has earned four ECAC Player of the Week honors this season. Jarred Bowman and Dominique Alexander have been the offensive player of the week, while freshman goalie Greg Dutton and faceoff specialist Shawn Kaplan were tabbed the rookie of the week, with Dutton picking up the award twice.
In the Rankings • Ohio State is in the Top 25 in the NCAA in man-down defense (.5th/.826), scoring defense (14th/7.67), shot percentage (16th/.314), scoring margin (17th/2.33) and scoring offense (25th/10.00). • The Buckeyes are in the Top 3 in the ECAC in team offense, team defense, man-down defense, points per game (15.33), assists per game (5.33), shot percentage, fewest turnovers per game (16.44), caused turnovers per game (7.44), shots on goal per game (19.00) and save percentage (.552). The team leads the league in fewest penalties (2.89) and penalty minutes (2.06) per game. • Individually in the ECAC, Logan Schuss is third in points (3.62) and goals (2.50) per game and tied for sixth in assists per outing (1.12). Jeff Tundo is fourth in points per game (3.25), fifth (tied) in goals per game (2.12) and tied for sixth in assists per game (1.12). Schuss is third (7.38), with Tundo seventh (5.62), in shots per game. Goalie Greg Dutton is second in goals-against average (8.26) and fifth in save percentage (.525) and saves per game (9.25). Shawn Kaplan is sixth (.495), with Trey Wilkes seventh (.487), in face-off win percentage. • Jeff Tundo’s six-goal and eight-point performance against Mercer Feb. 12 are tied for the league high for a single game this year. Freshman Tyler Frederick’s four-assist performance against the Mercer Bears is tied for second.
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 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.
Showdown in the Shoe is Coming Soon 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, or click HERE), 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.
Follow the Buckeyes Keep up with the Buckeyes online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of Ohio State athletics. Weekly and special releases, updated season and career statistics, links to live stats and audio and video streams and more can all be found on the site. In addition, the men’s lacrosse team has a Twitter feed which is updated during the week and in-game. Visit Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX to follow the squad.
A Look Ahead The Buckeyes will host Hobart at 1 p.m. April 9 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.