COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Logan Schuss, coming off a seven-goal and eight-point game vs. No. 4 North Carolina, was named both the ECAC Co-Offensive Player and the ECAC Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Schuss earned six league weekly awards this season, with two offensive player accolades and four rookie of the week honors.
Schuss led the Buckeyes with a career-high seven goals and eight points against the Tar Heels, who entered the game second in the country in team defense allowing less than eight goals a game, Saturday. He tied the game at 1-all at 9:31 of the first, scored three-straight goals in just over a minute in the final 2:19 of the first quarter to give the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead and then assisted on Mario Ventiquattro’s man-up goal 22 seconds into the second quarter. Schuss’ fifth goal came at 3:04 of the second quarter to give Ohio State a two-goal edge (10-8). His final two goals came in the last 4:17 of the third quarter. His seven goals came on nine shots and he also had three groundballs and a caused turnover.
Schuss’ seven goals are tied for the seventh-most in a single game in Buckeye history and are the most since Joel Dalgarno scored nine vs. Denver April 19, 2008. They are tied for seventh in the NCAA this season for a single game and Schuss is one of just two freshmen with seven or more goals in an outing during 2010. The eight points are the most for a Buckeye since Dalgarno had 12 and Kevin Buchanan had nine against the Pioneers in 2008 and are tied for 11th in a single game in the NCAA on the year.
Schuss ends the year as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 31 goals, 25 assists and 56 points, the most points for a freshman in Buckeye history and the 14th-most for a Buckeye in a single season. He is first in the ECAC and 14th nationally (second among freshmen) averaging 3.73 points per game, ranking second (tied) among league players and 17th in the NCAA (t-second among rookies) with 1.67 assists a game. He is sixth in the ECAC in goals per game (2.07).
Ohio State received 11 conference player of the week accolades this season, including eight Rookie of the Week honors in the 12 weeks of the award. In addition to Schuss’ six awards (rookie March 1, co-March 8, co-March 26, May 10 and offensive March 29 and co-May 10), Jeff Tundo was named rookie of the week three times (March 15, April 5, April 12). Senior Brandon Freeman was the league’s defensive player of the week (March 29), while classmate Mario Ventiquattro picked up co-offensive honors March 8.