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April 27, 2005

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The Facts
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-6, 2-1 GWLL) plays host to two Great Western Lacrosse League foes this weekend. OSU will take on No. 16 Notre Dame (6-4, 2-2 GWLL) at 7 p.m. Friday and No. 17 Fairfield (9-3, 2-0 GWLL) at noon Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Say Thanks
The six members of the Buckeye 2005 senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony Sunday. The game against Fairfield marks the group’s last game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as their last official home game is against Army at North Turf Field May 7.

The 2005 senior class includes Chris Brown, John Dauro, Peter Frantz, Kyle Olson, Tom Randisi and Lance Vitt.

The Broadcast
The Underground, Ohio State’s student-run radio station, will broadcast both games online at wwww.underground.fm/sports.

Fans also will be able to watch the games by webcast online at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. The webcast is available within the College Sports Pass subscription service which features exclusive live and on-demand audio and video content. For more information, go online to ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes split two league road games last weekend, falling to Denver, 13-8, Friday in Denver, before coming from behind to beat Air Force, 11-7, Sunday in Colorado Springs.

Notre Dame last played April 17, falling to Fairfield, 12-11, as Fairfield scored with three seconds remaining for the win.

The Stags hosted Maryland last weekend, suffering a 9-6 loss that ended their seven-game winning streak.

In the League
Entering this weekend, Fairfield (2-0) and Denver (3-0) remain the only unbeaten teams in league play. Ohio State is 2-1, followed by Notre Dame at 2-2. Air Force is 1-3 and Butler is 0-4.

The regular-season winner earns the GWLL’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Ohio State was the outright champion last season and shared the title with Notre Dame and Denver in 2003.

GWLL Wrapup
Friday, Fairfield travels to face Butler while Ohio State plays Notre Dame.

Saturday, Air Force travels to take on Denver.

League play wraps up next week when Denver travels to Fairfield May 7.

A Buckeye Primer
Ohio State is 5-6 on the year, with wins over UMBC (in overtime), Quinnipiac, Butler, Robert Morris and Air Force.

Kyle Olson has a team-best 21 points and is tied with Ben Wolff for the goal-scoring lead with 17 each. Wolff and Andrew Bender (who leads the team with 13 assists) are tied for second with 20 points each. They are followed by Tom Randisi, who is second in assists with nine and fourth with 18 points and Craig Nolan, who is third on the team with 14 goals and fifth with 16 points. Jon Rydberg has won a team-best 62.1 percent of his faceoffs (36-22), followed by Eric O’Brien at 55 percent (99-81). O’Brien has a team-best 60 groundballs. In net, Mike Rimmer has started nine games and has a 9.60 goals-against average and .566 save percentage.

The Buckeyes are averaging 9.82 goals a game, while allowing 9.46. The squad has converted 38.9 percent of its man-up chances.

The Series vs. the Irish
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 21-20, including wins in the last two meetings. In its record book, Notre Dame lists the all-time record with ND leading 18-9. OSU includes 14 games from 1964-81 (when OSU was 12-2). ND does not recognize those games.

Last season, Ben Wolff scored with 12 seconds remaining to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Ohio State a 9-8 win over Notre Dame March 13 at Moose Krause Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes entered the final quarter trailing, 7-4, but outscored the Irish in the final stanza, 5-1, for the win.

In the last meeting in Columbus, the Buckeyes posted an 11-5 win April 6, 2003.

A Look at the Irish
Notre Dame is 6-4 on the year and is 2-2 in GWLL play, with wins over Butler (22-6) and Air Force (14-13 OT) and losses to Denver (9-6) and Fairfield (12-11).

The Irish average 11.33 goals a game to rank eighth (tied) in the country, while allowing 8.77 goal an outing. The squad is third in the country in man-up offense, converting on 54.7 percent of its chances.

Individually, junior Pat Walsh, a nominee for the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy, leads the Irish with 39 points and 20 assists and ranks second in goals with 19. Jim Morrison has a team-best 24 goals and is second with 30 points. In goal, Joey Kemp has started eight games and played in 10 for Notre Dame. He has an 8.78 goals-against average and .632 save percentage. Stewart Crosland has started two games and played in five, with an 8.71 gaa and .667 svpct.

Kevin Corrigan, a 1982 graduate of Virginia, is in his 17th year at the helm of the Irish and has a school record of 145-83. He spent two years as the head coach of Randolph Macon and has a career ledger of 155-98.

The Series vs. the Stags
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Fairfield, 4-1, including a 2-0 ledger in Columbus. The teams last met on OSU’s home turf April 13, 2003, an 11-9 Buckeye victory.

In the game last season, the Buckeyes outscored the Stags, 6-2, in the second half to come back from a halftime deficit and post a 10-7 road victory, clinching the outright GWLL title.

A Look at the Stags
Fairfield enters the weekend 9-3 on the year and stands 2-0 in GWLL play with victories over Air Force (10-9) and Notre Dame (12-11). The squad will play at Butler Friday before taking on Ohio State.

The Stags average 10.15 goals a game, while allowing 8.32. The squad has converted 27.9 percent of its man-up chances.

Greg Downing leads Fairfield with 21 goals, 12 assists and 33 points, followed by Mike Bocklet with 19 goals and 29 points. Travis Nelson is third with 15 goals, while Kyle Herman (14), Matt Castele (13) and Josh Thornton (10) also have reached double-digits in goals. In net, Michael Kruger has started 10 games and has seen action in all 12, with an 8.21 goals-against average and .578 save percentage.

Ted Spencer, a 1985 graduate of Massachusetts, is in his 10th season at the helm of the Stags. He has a career and school ledger of 75-66.

What a Weekend
Two Buckeyes had outstanding performances last weekend. In the two games combined, Andrew Bender had a team-best six assists and eight points, while Craig Nolan had a team-high six goals and was second with seven points.

At Denver Friday, Bender had a career-best four assists, breaking his career high of two, set twice before (and again vs. Air Force Sunday).

Nolan scored four goals against Denver, marking a career best. It topped his former high of three, set last season against Air Force.

Bender Helps Out
Andrew Bender leads Ohio State with a career-best 13 assists after entering the year with three career helpers. He is on a nine-game scoring streak overall and has a career-best 20 points on the year, topping the 15 he had last season.

Bender is on a six-game assist streak. He is fourth in the league with 1.18 assists an outing.

No. 9 Rolls Along
Junior Craig Nolan’s four goals at Denver marked his fourth consecutive multiple-goal game after three two-goal games in a row. He followed that game up with two goals against Air Force for his fifth multiple-goal game in a row.

Nolan is on a six-game goal-scoring streak and has a career-best 14 goals this season. He leads the Buckeyes and the GWLL with three game-winning goals this season.

Keeping the Streak Alive
Junior Ben Wolff is the only Buckeye to play in all 10 games and record at least a point (and a goal) in each. Wolff had one goal and point in each of the first three games and has multiple-point outings in six of his last eight games. He had a career-best four goals in the win over Quinnipiac. Overall, Wolff is on a 16-game point-scoring streak dating back to last season. He was last held without a point April 7, 2004 vs. Butler.

The Streak is Over
Senior Tom Randisi was held scoreless against Air Force Sunday, ending his point and goal streaks at eight. Randisi had posted multiple points in five of the last six games, including a goal and two assists at Denver Friday.

One More Streak Note
Senior Kyle Olson scored twice at Air Force to extend his point streak to nine and his goal streak to seven. Since joining the Buckeye roster last season, Olson has at least a point in 24-of-27 games.

Olson is seventh in the GWLL in goals per game (1.64) and ranks fifth in shots per game (6.0).

A First
Against Air Force, freshman Ricky Pages scored his first career goal.

Save
Redshirt-freshman goalie Mike Rimmer is third in the GWLL with a .564 save percentage this season, ranks third in the league in saves per game (10.60) and is fourth in goals-against average (9.06). He had a career-best 19 saves vs. Hobart and has two 16-save games.

Scoop It Up
Sophomore Eric O’Brien is 13th in the nation and fourth in the league averaging 5.45 groundballs a game. He has a team-best 60 groundballs this season.

On the Draw
Ohio State is 14th in the nation and second in the GWLL in faceoff winning percentage, winning 55.9 percent of its faceoffs on the year. Jon Rydberg leads the GWLL with a 63.8 percent win percentage (37-21), while Eric O’Brien is fifth at 55.3 percent.

Double it Up
The Buckeyes are 5-0 this season when posting at least 10 goals. They scored a season-best 18 vs. Robert Morris, 15 vs. Quinnipiac, 13 against Butler, 11 at Air Force and 10 in the double-overtime win at UMBC. The squad is 0-4 when allowing 10 or more goals.

EMO
Ohio State ranks 10th in the nation and fourth in the conference in man-up offense, converting 38.9 percent of its chances. The squad has scored 14 goals on 36 attempts.

Home Again
Ohio State is 2-2 at home this season, with a 1-0 record in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and a 1-2 ledger at North Turf Field. OSU’s last three regular-season games will be in Columbus, with two at JOMS and the regular-season finale at NTF.

A Tale of Two Quarters
Ohio State has been outscored by 10 goals (28-18) in the third quarter but has outscored its opponents by 10 goals (34-24) in the fourth quarter.

The New Leader
Buckeye head coach Joe Breschi became the Buckeyes’ all-time winningest coach with the victory over Quinnipiac March 19. He broke the record previously held by Paul Hartman, who was 60-45-2 from 1961-66. Breschi is 64-44 at the helm for OSU.

Leading the Way
Redshirt junior Jason Bloom, redshirt senior John Dauro, senior Peter Frantz and senior Tom Randisi are serving as captains for the Buckeyes this season. Randisi is in his second season as a captain for the squad.

Coming Up
The Buckeyes close out the regular season against Army at noon May 7 at North Turf Field in Columbus.