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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-6, 2-3 ECAC) will play host to the third-annual “Showdown in the Shoe” Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes will host Air Force in the 2010 edition, set for 11 a.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium prior to the football team’s spring game.

Follow Along
The game Saturday will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network, the first live men’s lacrosse game on the network. Mark Larson and former Buckeye All-American Greg Bice will call the action.

An audio broadcast can be found at OhioStateSports.net, with Evan Winkofsky and Sam Obermyer on the call.

Live stats can be linked from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Get Your Tickets
Tickets for the game vs. Air Force may be purchased at the Athletics Ticket Office, online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, and through Ticketmaster. Tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $5 in advance or $10 on the day of the game (cash only), with Ohio State students who show a valid BuckID and children 6 and under admitted free.

Record Setters
This marks the third time Ohio State has hosted a conference game prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game in Ohio Stadium. The event has set national on-campus and regular-season attendance records each of the first two years, with 30,192 fans in attendance at halftime last season to watch the Buckeyes and Notre Dame. The football game following drew a national spring game attendance record of 95,722, with many of those fans in attendance by the end of the lacrosse game. The first year, when Ohio State downed Denver in 2008, drew 29,601 fans for lacrosse.

Beyond the Game
The Ohio State band will perform pregame at halftime of the lacrosse contest Saturday.

The first 400 Ohio State students at the men’s lacrosse game will receive vouchers to be part of the on the field tunnel for the football team as it enters for its game.

It is Scarlet, Gray and Pink day. The football team will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned to raise money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund. Coaches and sideline staff from both the lacrosse and football teams will wear pink hats and visors throughout the day.

Saturday morning there will be a one-mile walk on campus held by the Ohio Union at Ohio State to celebrate the life of Stefanie Spielman. The opening program with special guests and the Walk for Stefanie will follow at 9 a.m. After the walk, which will circle the central campus area, a resource fair, refreshments and entertainment will be available on the West Plaza of the Ohio Union. Information is available at pink.osu.edu. Registration can be done on site beginning at 8 a.m. Participation in the walk is $10 for Ohio State students and children under 18 and $20 for non-Ohio State students and adults (cash and check only). Proceeds of the walk benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC-James.

Alumni Fun
The sixth annual Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Alumni and Friends Weekend is held in conjunction with the “Showdown at the Shoe.” A tunnel of pride with all alums in attendance will welcome the Buckeyes to the field and the group will have a gathering postgame, with proceeds going to support the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund.

The Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund, is given to a junior on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team who demonstrates the qualities of integrity and leadership. It was established after former Buckeye Dan Lindner (1986-89), lost four members of his family in a traffic accident in 2006. The scholarship honors the memory of his wife, Angela, sons Daniel P. and Aidan, and mother-in-law Dorothy Meller.

Last Time Out
Ohio State dropped a 10-9 decision to Denver in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last Saturday in an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup. Freshman Logan Schuss led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and an assist and senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 11 saves, but the Pioneers rallied in the fourth quarter for the league win.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 6-6 this year, with non-conference wins over Villanova, Detroit, Penn State and Albany. The squad is 2-3 in ECAC play, downing Quinnipiac and Hobart and falling at Fairfield and Loyola and at home vs. Denver. The squad is averaging 9.67 goals a game, while allowing 8.83 an outing.

Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-high 19 assists and 39 points this year and is second with 20 goals. Senior James Green is first with 21 goals and is tied with classmate Mario Ventiquattro (17 g, 6a) for fourth with 23 points each. Rookie Jeff Tundo ranks third in goals (19), assists (10) and points (29).

Senior Brandon Freeman has started 11 games in goal and has 120 saves for a .566 save percentage. Freshman Ryan Brant has four appearances, including a start at Notre Dame, and has made 23 saves on 37 shots.

Freeman is first with 32 groundballs, followed by freshman Trey Wilkes, who has taken a team-high 166 faceoffs, and sophomore Keenan Ochwat with 28 each.

Ohio State vs. Air Force
Ohio State is 14-11 all-time vs. Air Force. The teams split two games last year – Air Force won at home in April to end an 11-game Buckeye winning streak in the series. Ohio State rebounded with a 10-5 victory in the GWLL semifinals. In Columbus, Ohio State leads 9-3.

Falcon Facts
Air Force is 1-10 this season and 0-4 in ECAC play, with the win coming over Army in overtime, 8-7. The squad is coming off back-to-back one-goal losses, falling at home to Bellarmine (11-10) April 11 and to Fairfield (4-3) April 17. The team averages 6.52 goals a contest, while allowing 9.68.

Zack Carroll has a team-best 16 goals and 24 assists, with Vinny Sandtorv second with 15 goals and fourth with 20 points. Adam Paranka is first with 11 assists and has 10 goals to rank third with 21 points. Ridge Flick is second in goals (12), assists (10) and points (22). Carroll has taken the majority of the faceoffs, winning 45.6 percent. Bryan Gilbreath is first on the team with 26 caused turnovers and 62 groundballs.

Brian Wilson has started nine games in the cage and has a 10.07 goals-against and .483 save percentage. Matt Sanders has four starts with an 8.74 GAA and .580 svpct.

Man-Up Madness
Ohio State is sixth nationally and first in the ECAC in man-up offense, converting 18-of-36 chances (.500). The squad was a season-high 5-for-10 vs. Detroit Feb. 27 and is 3-for-3 the last two weeks.

Senior Mario Ventiquattro shares the ECAC lead with eight man-up goals this year.

De-Fense!
The Buckeye squad is allowing 8.83 goals on the year to rank 16th nationally. The squad held both Hobart and Albany to six goals, while allowing just seven to Notre Dame and Detroit.

Sharp Shooters
The Buckeye squad is 15th in the nation in shooting percentage, converting 31.5 percent of its shots (116-of-368).

Freshman Jeff Tundo is 25th nationally at .432 (19 goals, 44 shots). Senior Mario Ventiquattro leads the Buckeyes at .486 but is not included in the national rankings which includes only players who average at least 3.0 shots a game.

The squad had just 20 shots vs. Denver last weekend but scored nine goals, putting 17 shots on net.

For Starters
Senior Scott Foreman has started the last 46 games for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all 12 games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro. Joe Bonanni has started the last 11 games on defense.

Career Marks
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both recorded their 75th career points vs. Detroit Feb. 27 and enter the game vs. Air Force closing in on the 100-point mark. Green has 68 goals and 26 assists for 94 points, while Ventiquattro has 69 goals and 24 assists for 93 points. Green has played in a team-high 58 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 50. Ventiquattro and Scott Foreman are next with 52 games played each, with Foreman recording 47 starts.

Carrying On
Senior James Green and freshman Logan Schuss both have at least one point in all 12 games for the Buckeyes this season, with Green posting a goal in all 12 outings.

Buckeyes Honored
Ohio State has received seven conference player of the week accolades this season, including a Rookie of the Week honor in five of the first nine weeks of the year. Jeff Tundo is a three-time honoree, including picking up freshman honors two of the last three weeks. Freshman Logan Schuss also is a three-time honoree with two rookie of the week honors (March 1, co-March 8) and an offensive player nod March 29. Senior Brandon Freeman has been the league’s defensive player of the week (March 29), while classmate Mario Ventiquattro picked up co-offensive honors March 8.

Ohio State has had six players named to the league’s player of the week honor roll – Schuss (April 19), Freeman (March 8, March 15), Scott Foreman (March 22) and James Green (March 22, April 12).

Schuss Stuff
Freshman Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 19 assists and 39 points this season and is second with 20 goals. He is third in the ECAC and 27th nationally with 1.58 assists a game and is third in the league with 3.25 points an outing.

Schuss has at least one point in all 12 games this year, with multiple points in 10. He has two six-point games, with two goals and four assists at Quinnipiac March 27 and three goals and three assists vs. Detroit Feb. 27. A three-time ECAC player of the week, Schuss also had a five-point game vs. Penn State March 6, including the overtime winner. He has three hat tricks and two four-assist outings as a rookie.

Tundo Talk
After he was held scoreless for back-to-back games March 20-23, freshman Jeff Tundo has combined for 14 points, with eight goals and six assists, in his last four outings. He had a hat trick at Quinnipiac March 27 and posted a career-high four goals at Loyola April 3 before recording a career-best and team season-high five assists and points at Hobart April 10.

He is second on the team with 19 goals, 10 assists and 29 points. He has a point in 10-of-12 games, with multiple points in nine. Tundo has three hat tricks this year and posted four points, with three goals and an assist, in his first career game vs. Villanova Feb. 13.

His five-assist game at Hobart is tied for sixth in Buckeye history for a single game.

Green Game
Senior James Green ranks first for the Buckeyes with 21 goals, with two or more goals in seven games and at least one goal in all 12 outings. He ranks ninth in the ECAC with 1.5 goals a game and is fifth averaging 6.58 shots a game. He is tied for first in the league with three game-winning goals this season. Green had 15 goals a season ago and is one shy of the career-best 22 he had as a sophomore in 2008.

Super Mario
Mario Ventiquattro is tied for third for the Buckeyes with 23 points, ranking third with six assists and fourth with 17 goals. He has a point in all but three games on the year, with two or more points in seven games. He had back-to-back four-point games vs. Detroit (2g, 2a) and Penn State (4g) and had his second hat trick of the year vs. Hobart April 10.

In the Cage
Senior goalie Brandon Freeman, who has started 10 games this season, ranks 11th in the NCAA with a .571 save percentage. He recorded his 100th save of the season at Loyola and is third in the ECAC with 10.90 saves per game.

Fast Starters
Ohio State has scored 32 goals in the first quarter, the most goals in a quarter this season, and has outscored opponents by seven in the opening stanza, the highest differential this season.

Home Court Advantage
The Buckeyes are 4-1 at home this season and 9-2 in Columbus under head coach Nick Myers.

Buckeye This and That

  • Junior Zach Rodgers is on a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) after scoring vs. Denver last week.
  • Junior Mike Pires’ two goals against the Pioneers matched his season high.
  • Mario Ventiquattro had his five-game goal and point streaks ended vs. Denver last week.
  • Freshman Dominique Alexander had his fifth two-point game this season with a career-best two assists vs. DU.
  • Sophomore Brock Sorensen had a career-high five groundballs vs. DU, while classmate Keenan Ochwat had four againt the Pioneers to match his personal best. Ochwat is tied for second on the team with a career-high 28 groundballs.
  • Seventeen Buckeyes have at least one goal this year, with 13 contributing at least one assist. In all, 19 Buckeyes have put their name on the scoresheet this year.
  • Longpoles scored three of the Buckeyes’ 14 goals at Hobart April 10 and have posted five total points this year, led by Keenan Ochwat (2g, 1a).
  • This season, 45 Buckeyes have seen action in at least one game.
  • Sophomore Joe Bonanni leads Ohio State with 12 caused turnovers this year, while the squad has combined to force 87 turnovers.