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April 8, 2005

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-5, 0-0 GWLL) opens Great Western Lacrosse League play when it faces off against Butler (4-3 ,0-1 GWLL) at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday in Indianapolis, Ind.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes lost on the road to No. 2-ranked Duke, 21-8, April 2.

Butler downed Robert Morris, 15-9, at home April 2.

Open it UP
The Buckeyes are 2-7 all-time in GWLL openers, but have won the last two, with a victory over Notre Dame (9-8) March 31, 2004 and a win over the Irish April 6, 2003 (11-5). OSU has opened league play against Butler three times, including a 13-12 loss at Butler March 28, 2001.

A Buckeye Primer
Ohio State is 2-5 on the year, with wins over UMBC (in overtime) and Quinnipiac.

Ben Wolff is leading the Buckeyes with 11 goals and 14 points, followed by Kyle Olson, who is second in both goals (10) and points (13). Tom Randisi (6-5) and Justin Doran (4-7) also have reached double-digits with 11 points each. Eric O’Brien has taken a majority of the faceoffs, winning 56.1 (69-123) percent. He also has a team-best 43 groundballs, the only Buckeye with more than 18. In net, Mike Rimmer has started five games and has a 9.56 goals-against average and ..563 save percentage.

The Buckeyes are averaging 8.31 goals a game, while allowing 10.0. The squad has converted 32.1 percent of its man-up chances.

The Series vs. the Bulldogs
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Butler, 4-8, but has won the last three meetings. In Indianapolis, Butler leads, 4-2. The teams last met in Indy April 26, 2003, a 14-10 Buckeye victory.

A Look at the Bulldogs
Butler is 4-3 on the year, with wins over Holy Cross, Quinnipiac (OT), Bellarmine and Robert Morris and losses to Duke, Hobart and Notre Dame. The team is 0-1 in GWLL action after falling to the Irish, 22-6, March 19 in South Bend, Ind.

Butler averages 9.48 goals a game, while allowing 10.75. The team has converted 31.4 percent of its extra-man chances.

Grant Albertson and Cliff Smith are first and second for Butler in goals with 12 and 11, respectively, and are tied for the team lead with 17 points each. Nick Vosburgh is third in both points (15) and has a team-best eight assists. Jason Donati (9-5) and Kyle Tietjen (7-7) are tied for fourth with 14 points each. In net, Sam Ashley has played in six games, with an 8.59 goals-against average and .580 save percentage. Ryan Kaiser has seen action in five games, with a 14.04 gaa and .512 svpct.

The Last Meeting
Ohio State downed Butler, 12-5, April 7, 2004, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Nine Buckeyes tallied goals to mark OSU’s seventh consecutive victory.

A back-and-forth firstquarter ended in favor of the Bulldogs, 3-2. Butler’s Lawrence O’Toole scored the first goal of the game at 8:05. Ohio State’s Kyle Olson scored his first of four goals at the 4:34 mark. Eleven seconds later, senior Greg Bice took the lead for the Buckeyes with his only goal of the evening. Butler answered with two goals, in what would be its only lead of the game, to close out the first quarter.

Ohio State did not waste any time as Olson scored back-to-back goals to begin the second quarter. His first goal came with just seven seconds elapsed on the clock, while the second was posted at 10:00. Andrew Bender tallied his first goal of the game at 8:36 to give OSU a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs and Buckeyes traded a pair of goals to finalize the second. The OSU goals were by Ryan Laffey and Jason Bloom at 5:23 and 2:27, respectively. Butler’s fifth goal would be its last of the game as Ohio State went into halftime with a 7-5 lead.

The Buckeyes came out of the break and dominated the second half, holding the Bulldogs scoreless throughout the third and fourth quarters. Mike McKenna scored the first goal of the third at 13:32. Shaun Lyons and Tom Randisi scored in a span of 1:28 to continue OSU’s second-half domination. Olson posted his fourth goal of the game on the only man-up goal of the game at 13:42 in the fourth quarter. Jason Lutz closed out the game with a Buckeye goal at 9:09.

In net for the Buckeyes, senior goalie Tony Russo had six saves and played 57:31. Senior Jon Miller saw the last 2:29 of action. For the Bulldogs, Sam Ashley started the game in net and played 45:00. He made 13 saves and allowed 11 goals. Fellow Bulldog, Ryan Kaiser recorded 15:00 in net and had two saves.