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Ohio State at No. 12 Loyola
ECAC Television Game of the Week
Saturday, April 3 – 2 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.

Follow Along
Television – Ohio News Network, ECAC Television
Audio – LoyolaGreyhounds.com
Video – B2Networks.com
Live Stats – LoyolaGreyhounds.com

The Series
Series History – Loyola leads 3-0
In Baltimore, Md. – Loyola leads 3-0
3/24/98 – Loyola 18, Ohio State 6
3/23/62 – Loyola 3, Ohio State 2
3/21/61 – Loyola 15, Ohio State 8

Buckeye Quick Hits

  • Ohio State is making the first of three television appearances this season Saturday. The game vs. Loyola is part of the ECAC Lacrosse Game of the Week package, as is Ohio State’s home game vs. Bellarmine May 1. The Ohio State vs. Air Force “Showdown in the Shoe” game April 24 in Ohio Stadium will be televised live on Big Ten Network.
  • Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 15 assists and 30 points this season and shares the goal-scoring lead with James Green with 15 each.
  • Freshmen are three of the Buckeyes’ top six scorers, joined by two seniors and a junior.
  • Ohio State is in its first season as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League and picked up its first conference win at Quinnipiac Saturday.
  • Ohio State is 14th in the nation in scoring defense (8.78) and man-up offense (.452). The squad is ninth in saves per game (12.22), with senior goalie Brandon Freeman ranking seventh in save percentage (.584) and 16th in goals-against average (8.84).
  • The Buckeyes are in a stretch of five-consecutive road games and are 1-2 so far. The away contests wrap up next Saturday (April 10) at Hobart before three-consecutive games in Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-4, 1-1 ECAC) will play at No. 12 Loyola at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md. The game is the ECAC Lacrosse Game of the Week and will be televised nationally as well as in Ohio on the Ohio News Network.

Live on TV
The game between the Buckeyes and Greyhounds will be televised as part of the ECAC Lacrosse Game of the Week. The game will be broadcast to 35.6 million households combined both live and on tape delay.

In Ohio, the game can be seen live on the Ohio News Network. Other outlets carrying the game live are: The Comcast Network – Channel 8 (N.J., Pa., Del., D.C., Md.,Va.); Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Rochester; Time Warner Cable, SportsNet, Buffalo; TW Sports 26, Central New York (Syracuse); TWC 3, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.; Cox Sports Television, New England – R.I. and Conn.; Fox College Sports – DIRECTV Channel 617

The game also will be televised on tape delay by DIRECTV Sports Pak; DISH Multi-Sport Package and AT&T U-Verse Sports Pak as well as: MASN (Saturday/7 p.m.); Cox Sports Television, South (Monday/7:30 p.m.); Bright House Sports Network (Monday/1 p.m.) and Fox Sports, Pittsburgh – (Friday, April 9/12:30 p.m.).

And Live on the Internet
A free audio broadcast of the game Saturday can be accessed online from LoyolaGreyhounds.com, along with live stats.

A paid webstream of the television broadcast will be available through B2Networks.com as part of the ECAC Lacrosse Game of the Week package.

Support the MRB Scholarship
This Friday night, when the Buckeyes are in Baltimore to take on Loyola, a dinner is planned to raise money for the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Fund. Buckeye senior captain Scott Foreman, the recipient of the scholarship for 2009-10, will speak at the event.

The dinner is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Oregon Ridge (13555 Beaver Dam Road) in Cockeyesville, Md. The event, an evening of food, friends and fellowship where guests can learn more about the MRB Scholarship Fund and celebrate the life of Michael Breschi, features a Good Friday friendly buffet and includes a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $55 per person and $500 for a table and all guests must be 21 or older. For more information contact Pat Kirschenhofer (410-891-3027/pkirsch@kaig.com).

The Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship, the largest memorial endowed scholarship in the Ohio State Department of Athletics, was created in memory of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi, who passed away tragically in March 2004 when he was just 3 years old. The Michael Robert Breschi Scholarship is given to a Buckeye senior lacrosse player every year who best exemplifies the spirit of Michael.

This is the seventh annual dinner for the MRB scholarship fund. It is the first time it is not being held the night before the Buckeyes face off against North Carolina, Coach Breschi’s alma mater where he is currently the head coach. This Saturday the Buckeyes will take on Loyola, with the Tar Heels facing off against Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes rallied from a 7-3 third-quarter deficit to defeat Quinnipiac, 10-8, last Saturday on the road in Hamden, Conn. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss led the squad, posting six points (2g, 4a), including two goals and three assists on five-consecutive tallies in the third and fourth quarters as Ohio State fought back to tie the game and take the lead.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 5-4 this year, with non-conference wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad is 1-1 in ECAC play, falling at Fairfield and defeating Quinnipiac. The squad is averaging 9.33 goals a game, while allowing 8.78.

Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-high 15 assists and 30 points this year and is tied with senior James Green with 15 goals. Senior Mario Ventiquattro is second with 19 points and fourth with 13 goals. Freshman Jeff Tundo is in third with 18 points and 14 goals, followed by Green with 17 points on the year.

Senior Brandon Freeman has started eight games in goal and has 94 saves for a .584 save percentage. Freshman Ryan Brant has three appearances, including a start at Notre Dame, and has made 16 saves on 28 shots.

Ohio State vs. Loyola
The Buckeyes and Greyhounds have met three times, but not since 1998. All three meetings have been in Baltimore.

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
No. 12-ranked Loyola enters the weekend 5-2 and in first place in the ECAC with a 3-0 ledger including wins over Quinnipiac, Bellarmine and Air Force.

The team is third nationally in team defense, giving up 6.79 goals per game. The squad averages 10.29 goals an outing.

Collin Finnerty leads the Greyhounds with 16 goals and 23 points. Matt Langan is first with 12 assists and second with 20 points. Eric Lusby and Cooper MacDonnell are second with 11 goals each. Jake Hagelin has started all seven games in goal and has a 6.86 goals-against and .583 save percentage.
 
Buckeyes Pick Up League Honors
A Buckeye has won league player of the week honors six times this year, picking up two more this week. Ohio State has won three rookie of the week accolades, with Logan Schuss honored March 1 and March 8 (co) and Jeff Tundo earneing the award March 15. Senior Mario Ventiquattro picked up ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week accolades March 8.

This week, Schuss was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week, while goalie Brandon Freeman was named the league’s defensive player of the week.

Ohio State has had four players named to the league’s player of the week honor roll – Freeman (March 8, March 15), Scott Foreman (March 22) and James Green (March 22).

Schuss, Freeman Honored
Ohio State freshman attackman Logan Schuss and senior goalie Brandon Freeman have been named ECAC Offensive and Co-Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Monday.

Schuss, from Ladner, British Columbia, had 10 points last week, with four points (3g, 1a) against Fairfield Tuesday and six points, on two goals and four assists, in the Buckeyes’ win over Quinnipiac Saturday. Against the Stags, Schuss had a goal in the second quarter and in the third, he played a part in all three Buckeye goals, with two tallies and an assist as the Buckeyes drew within one (7-6) in the eventual 10-8 loss. The hat trick matched his career high first set against Detroit Feb. 27 and it was his first career four-point game.

Against Quinnipiac, Schuss played a key role as the Buckeyes rallied from a 7-3 deficit late in the third quarter for a 10-8 win. He had a hand in five-consecutive goals in the second half, with two goals and three assists in the stretch. He set up Ventiquattro and then scored a goal of his own to cut the lead to 7-5 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Schuss set up a Ventiquattro man-up goal at 11:25 and a James Green tally at 10:44 that tied the game. Schuss scored a goal of his own to put Ohio State in the lead for the first time at 6:50 of the fourth. His first assist of the game came in the second quarter. The six points matched his career high first set vs. Detroit Feb. 27, with the four assists matching his season high total first set vs. Penn State March 6.

Freeman, from Salem, N.H., had a .630 save percentage in the two games last week, stopping 14 shots at Fairfield Tuesday and a season-high 15 against Quinnipiac Saturday in the win. Against the Bobcats, Freeman held Quinnipiac to eight goals, just four in the second half, as the Buckeyes rallied to win. In the fourth quarter he had six saves on seven shots, with the lone goal late after Ohio State had taken a three-goal lead. He also had six saves in the third quarter at Fairfield Tuesday.

On the Road Again
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of five-consecutive road games. The stretch started at Notre Dame March 20 before ECAC games at Fairfield and Quinnipiac last Tuesday and Saturday. The squad will take on Loyola Saturday and play at Hobart the following week before returning to Columbus for three home games in a row.

De-Fense!
The Buckeye squad is allowing 8.78 goals on the year to rank 14th nationally. The squad held Albany to six goals, while allowing just seven to Notre Dame and Detroit.

For Starters
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 43 games for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all nine games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro.

Career Marks
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both recorded their 75th career points vs. Detroit Feb. 27. Green has a 62-26-88 line at Ohio State, while Ventiquattro has 65 goals and 24 assists for 89 points as a Buckeye. Green has played in a team-high 55 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 47. Ventiquattro and Scott Foreman are next with 49 games played each, with Foreman recording 44 starts.

Carrying On
Senior James Green and freshman Logan Schuss both have at least one point in all nine games for the Buckeyes this season.

Schuss Stuff
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 15 assists and 30 points and is coming off a six-point game, with two goals and four assists at Quinnipiac last Saturday. It was his second career four-assist game, as well as his second six-point effort. Schuss, who has at least one point in each of the first nine games of his collegiate career, has at least two points in seven games and a goal in all but one outing. A three-time ECAC player of the week, Schuss also had a five-point game vs. Penn State March 6, including the overtime winner.

Schuss is tied for first in the ECAC in points per game (3.33). He is tied for second in assists (1.67) and tied for eight in goals per outing (1.67).

Green Game
Senior James Green shares the Buckeye lead with 15 goals, with two or more goals in five games and at least one point in all nine games. He ranks eighth (tied) in the ECAC with 1.67 goals a game and is second averaging 7.00 shots a game. He had a team season-high 12 shots at Quinnipiac last Saturday. Green had 15 goals a season ago and a career-best 22 as a sophomore in 2008.

Super Mario
Senior Mario Ventiquattro has eight points in his last three games combined, including two goals and an assist for three points Saturday at Quinnipiac. He has points in all but two games on the year, with multiple points in six. He is first in the ECAC with six man-up goals and is 26th in the country in shooting percentage (13 goals on 29 shots). Ventiquattro is second on the team with 19 points and fourth with 13 goals.

Tundo Talk
After he was held scoreless for back-to-back games, freshman Jeff Tundo had a hat trick at Quinnipiac Saturday. He is third on the team with 14 goals and 18 points and has a point in 7-of-9 games, with multiple points in six. He had a season-high four points in the season opener vs. Villanova with a hat trick and an assist. He has three three-goal games this season.

Man-Up Madness
Ohio State is 14th nationally in man-up offense, converting 14-of-31 chances (.452). The squad was a season-high 5-for-10 vs. Detroit Feb. 27.

In the Cage
Senior goalie Brandon Freeman, who has started eight games this season, ranks seventh in the NCAA with a .584 save percentage and is 16th nationally with an 8.84 goals-against average.
 
Leaders of the Pack
Seniors Scott Foreman, Brandon Freeman and Andrew Stimmel have been elected team captains for the 2010 squad. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates. The trio was part of a group of players who stepped forward with an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.

Break It Down
The 46-man Buckeye lacrosse roster includes eight seniors, 15 juniors, eight sophomores and 15 freshmen.

The players come from 13 states and provinces, led by nine from New York and eight from Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Three Buckeyes call British Columbia home, with two from both New Jersey and Virginia. Players also come from Michigan, Colorado, Connecticut, California, Ontario and New Hampshire.

ECAC Preseason Picks
Three Buckeyes earned a spot on the 2009 Preseason All-ECAC Team and Ohio State was slated third in the league’s preseason poll. Senior midfielder James Green, senior attackman Mario Ventiquattro and junior defenseman Matt Kawamoto all were selected in a vote by the league’s eight head coaches.

In the coaches’ poll, Loyola, the 2008 and ’09 ECAC champion, was slated first with six first-place votes and 47 points, followed by Denver with 41 points and Ohio State with 40. Both the Pioneers and Buckeyes each received a first-place vote.

In the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook 2010 preseason poll Ohio State was ranked 21st, joining No. 16 Loyola and No. 17 Denver as ECAC teams in the rankings. The Face-Off Yearbook preseason all-conference team had Green and Scott Foreman, while Green was a preseason third-team All-American in Face-Off Yearbook.

Flashback
The Buckeyes were 8-8 a season ago and reached the Great Western Lacrosse League championship game. The squad was 5-1 at home and finished 3-2 in conference play.

On the Sidelines
Head coach Nick Myers is in his second year at the helm of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, now in his second year at Ohio State. New to the sideline this season is Dave Dobbins, who came to Ohio State after serving as an assistant coach at Division III power Salisbury. Former Buckeye Anthony Kelly is in his first year as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Mark Bergey, the volunteer assistant a season ago, is now serving as the team’s director of operations.

A Helpful Bunch
The Buckeyes already have reached one of their goals, combining for more than 500 community service hours before the regular season even begins. The squad, which was fourth among Ohio State athletics teams last year with 389 hours, has volunteered in a number of areas, from helping World War II veterans, to planting flowers on the Ohio State campus, to reading to children through the 2nd and 7 Foundation.

A New Home
The Buckeyes are in their first season as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League after the Great Western Lacrosse League was disbanded. Ohio State and fellow GWLL schools Air Force, Denver, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine join Loyola, Hobart and Fairfield in the ECAC in 2010. The league will not hold a postseason tournament this year, with the NCAA tournament automatic bid going to the regular-season champion. A postseason tournament will begin in 2011.

The Showdown – 2010 Edition
The third-annual “Showdown in the Shoe” features the Buckeyes taking on ECAC school Air Force in Ohio Stadium at 11 a.m. April 24 prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game. The event has set national lacrosse attendance records the past two years, with 30,192 in attendance at halftime last season. Advance tickets for the game are $5 each, with children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are $4 each and must be purchased in advance. On game day all tickets will be $10 (cash only). All seating is general admission and tickets include both the men’s lacrosse game vs. Air Force and the football spring game.