COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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.
Ohio State now has received six league player of the week accolades this season. Schuss is a three-time honoree with two rookie of the week honors (March 1, co-March 8) before earning the offensive player nod this week. Freeman’s award is the first weekly league of his career. Mario Ventiquattro (co-offensive March 8) and Jeff Tundo (rookie March 15) also have been honored by the league this season.
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.
Schuss, who has at least one point in all nine games of his collegiate career, has a team-best 15 assists and 30 points and shares the team goal lead with 15. He is tied for the league lead with 3.33 points per game.
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.
Freeman has had double-digit saves in seven of eight games this year. He is seventh nationally with a .584 save percentage and ranks 16th with an 8.84 goals-against average.
Schuss, Freeman and the Buckeyes (5-4) return to action with a game at No. 12 Loyola Saturday at 2 p.m. in Baltimore. The game will be televised as part of the ECAC Game of the Week package and will be shown in Ohio on The Ohio News Network and available to more than 60 million homes nationally through local television and on DirecTV, DISH Network and AT&T. For a full list of carriers, visit ECACLacrosse.com.