COLUMBUS, Ohio Stefan Schroder, a senior goalie on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, held a live online chat on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, answering fans’ questions Friday. Read a full transcript of the chat below.
The goalie from Kirkville, N.Y., had a season-best 17 saves in the 20-13 victory over Denver in front of a men’s lacrosse national regular-season record crowd of 29,601 in Ohio Stadium last Saturday. It was the seventh time this season Schroder recorded 10 or more saves. In Buckeyes’ 14-11 win over North Carolina April 12, the program’s first victory against the Tar Heels in school history, he made 14 saves. He also had 14 saves at Robert Morris March 15. Schroder has gotten the starting nod in all 26 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.81, with a career save percentage of .579. He is 12th in the NCAA in goals-against average (7.35) and save percentage (.588) this season.
Welcome to Stefan’s chat. Please post your questions for him here.
Stefan is here so we will go ahead and begin.
Is it great for you to see how many of your ex-OCC team mates are now playing NCAA lacrosse and which one of the guys you played with was the most talented? Who will make the biggest impact in college?
It’s wonderful to see my ex-teammates to play D-I and D-II lacrosse. One of the players I am looking forward to coming out next year is Cody Jamieson for Syracuse along with Sid Smith who is helping out their defense this year.
What do you attribute your success to being a great goalie? And who was your great influence?
I’d say I attribute my success to the people I’ve played with because I’ve learned a lot from them. Also, my parents let me go to a lot of summer camps to learn from some of the country’s best coaches. My greatest influence would be my grandfather because he’s the toughest man I’ve ever known. He never gives up and I’ve learned a lot from him.
I am so very proud of you and GO OHIO STATE! Love Aunt Marge
Thank you! I love you too along with the rest of the family.
Sadie :New Concord:
Is lacrosse a hard sport? How old were you when you started playing?
It takes some time getting used to handling the stick but overall, as long as you’re athletic and competitive, it’s a lot of fun. This is my 16th year playing – I started when I was 6 years old.
How did you get recruited to OhioState from junior college? What type of stats do you have to put up to catch the attention of NCAA Division I teams?
The coaches here started contacting me after my freshman year and during my sophomore year I came out for a visit and really liked the campus. For stats, my sophomore year I finished with an 80 percent save percentage but I think it’s more of your heart and will to play that coaches are looking for.
What did the lacrosse players think about breaking the attendance record?
It was an amazing experience that none of us will ever forgot – to be able to play in front of that many Buckeye fans was incredible. I want to thank Gene Smith and Coach Tressel on behalf of the team for giving us the opportunity to have this once and a lifetime experience.
What is it going to take to beat Notre Dame this weekend?
We have to keep playing the way we have been with a team concept. We have to play for each and play a full 60 minutes.
What’s the worst injury you’ve sustained from playing goalie?
Besides a lot of bumps and bruises, I broke my thumb earlier this year.
What type of edge do you have to have as a lacrosse goalkeeper? It doesn’t look like you have a lot of padding on considering that a rubber ball is flying at you?
Lacrosse goalies are a different kind of breed a lot of people say. My mom always used to complain about the lack of padding I would wear but I told her I needed to move around in the goal. It’s just an adrenaline rush.
What was the atmosphere like playing in Ohio Stadium last Saturday? Do you think it helped the team beat Denver?
The atmosphere speaks for itself. There aren’t too many stadiums like the Horseshoe. I think we were focused at the task at hand to defeat Denver.
Are you in the talent show this year? What’s the team have in store for viewers?
We are in the talent show and the act is top secret. You’ll have to come and see for yourself at 7 p.m. May 14 in St. John Arena.
Congrats on the great season. Was coach excited to get a win against his alma mater? Which win sticks out in your mind this season?
The North Carolina game sticks out as a turning point for us. I know for the seniors, we really wanted to win the game for coach since it’s his alma mater and he hadn’t beaten them yet in his career. There’s a lot of season left and we hope to go far in the tournament. Thanks!
What do you plan to do after college? How many college lacrosse players usually go pro?
This summer, I’m going back to my farm. But hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to play pro lacrosse.
If you didn’t play lacrosse, what sport would you play?
I play a lot of pick-up games like basketball, baseball and football but I don’t know what I would do without lacrosse.
How do the Buckeyes prepare for a big game? Does the team scrimmage a lot , watch video? What helps you the most in the net?
We watch a lot of film on our opponent. We have a great scout team (FEMO) which gives us a great look every week. Mainly, we try to play full speed in practice so when it comes to a game it slows down for us. For me in the net, I take a lot of extra shots from the Big 3 (the team’s hardest shooters).
Eddie :Butler, Pa.:
Did you ever play another position? When did you get your start in the net?
When I first started playing, I played midfield and attack for the first two years. Then I played defense for three years. I wanted to try out at goalie back in middle school and was pretty good so I stuck with it.
Are you excited the GWLL added a conference tournament this season?
Yes, it’s a great opportunity for us to get a couple more games in at the end of the year. We seniors are looking to go out on top this year.
Stefan, what’s your favorite summer time activity?
I play lacrosse all the time and I wouldn’t call it my favorite but I work on my farm bailing hay for our horses.
How do you like living off campus at OhioState, what’s your relationship with your roommates and neighbors
Living off campus is a lot of fun. I have a couple of great roommates and our neighbors are cool so we are lucky there. All and all, it has been a great experience.