COLUMBUS, Ohio – After an overtime victory over Penn State Saturday, Ohio State men’s lacrosse senior Mario Ventiquattro and Logan Schuss have been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Offensive and Co-Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.
The Buckeyes have a quick turnaround, as they head to Moon Township, Pa., for a matchup with Robert Morris at 3 p.m. Tuesday. A live video stream will be available through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live stats for the game will be available on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State will return to Columbus for a game with Albany at noon Saturday. The game is scheduled to be played outside at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. If weather forces a change in venue, check OhioStateBuckeyes.com for information later this week. With the game in JOMS, tickets can be prepurchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or will be available at the gate on gameday.
Ventiquattro Named ECAC Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Mario Ventiquattro, an attackman from Carthage, N.Y., had a career-high four goals in the Buckeyes’ overtime win against Penn State Saturday. He scored his first two goals less than a minute apart in the first quarter to put the Buckeyes ahead after Penn State scored the first goal of the game. He completed the hat trick in the second quarter with a man-up goal to extend the lead to 5-3. His final goal was scored man-up 39 seconds into the fourth quarter, extending the Buckeye lead to 9-7. His four goals came on five shots. The four goals were a career high after four career hat tricks (last Feb. 21, 2009 vs. Bucknell). Ventiquattro, who has six goals, three assists and nine points on the year while starting all four games, has four points in each of his last two games. This is his second league player of the week honor, as he was named Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week April 23, 2007, as a freshman.
Schuss Named ECAC Lacrosse Co-Rookie Player of the Week
Logan Schuss, from Delta, British Columbia, earned his second-consecutive league rookie of the week honor. Against Penn State, he had a career-best four assists and scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Schuss set up the go-ahead goal in the first quarter that gave Ohio State its first lead of the day and had the assist on back-to-back goals in the second quarter. His assist with 8:28 left in the fourth quarter helped put the Buckeyes ahead, 10-7. His game-winning goal came 1:10 into the first overtime. Schuss, who has 11 points in his last two games combined (4g, 7a), has at least one point in each game this year. He has a team-best eight assists and 15 points this year and shares the goal-scoring lead with seven.
Freeman on the ECAC Honor Roll
Buckeye senior goalie Brandon Freeman, from Salem, N.H., was named to the ECAC Player of the Week Honor Roll after making 12 saves in the Buckeyes’ overtime win against Penn State Saturday. He had 10 saves in the middle two quarters combined, with four in the second and six in the third. He had two stops in the fourth. Freeman, who has started the last 20 games in goal for the Buckeyes, has 11 or more saves in three of four games this season and has 14 games in his career with double-digit saves.
Buckeyes vs. Robert Morris
Ohio State is 5-0 all-time vs. Robert Morris, with the teams meeting each of the last five years. Ohio Sate posted a 19-13 win last season (March 11, 2009), in Columbus in the last meeting and won 12-5 March 15, 2008, in the last meeting on the road.
Six Buckeyes call Pennsylvania home – Eddie Bambino (Yardley), Zach Boyt (Pittsburgh), Scott Gerland (Wayne), James Green (Doylestown), Andrew Stimmel (Murrysville) and Dan Wertz (Lititz).
Robert Morris Reader
Robert Morris is 3-0 this season, with wins over Penn State (24-17), Manhattan (13-12) and VMI (19-8). The game Tuesday marks the squad’s first home game of the year.
Kiel Matisz is first for the squad with 11 goals, followed by Patrick Smith with 10. Smith and Trevor Moore, who has a team-best eight assists, share the team point lead with 14 each. Sal Barcia has started two games this year, making 30 saves on 58 shots. Dillon Pope has the other start, with 14 stops on 23 attempts.
OSU vs. RMU in 2009
Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno had eight and seven points, respectively, as the duo led the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 19-13 victory over Robert Morris March 11, 2009 in front of 993 fans under the lights in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ryan, Dalgarno and Mike Pires each had four goals in the contest, with Ryan adding a team-best four assists for a career-high eight points.
Robert Morris opened the game with three goals before the Buckeyes rallied to tie the game. After falling behind once more with 6:40 left in the first quarter, Ohio State went on a four-goal run to lead 7-4 and did not trail the rest of the game.
The Buckeyes led 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 9-5 at halftime. Ohio State outscored Robert Morris 5-2 in the third for a 14-7 lead through three. The squads combined for 11 goals in the fourth for the 19-13 final.
Last Time Out – Ohio State Wins Big Ten Championship
The Buckeyes won the unofficial “Big Ten Championship” with an 11-10 overtime victory against Penn State last Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss scored the gamewinner in overtime and chipped in a team-high four assists, while senior Mario Ventiquattro had a career-high four goals and senior goalie Brandon Freeman made 12 saves as the Buckeyes improved to 3-1 on the year. Jeff Tundo and James Green each scored twice, with Tundo adding an assist for three points. Jarred Bowman had two assists for a multiple-point game as well.
The game saw five ties, but the Buckeyes never trailed after tying the game at 1 early in the first quarter. Ohio State led 3-2 after the opening stanza. The Nittany Lions tied it early in the second (3-3) and Ohio State responded to take a 5-3 lead. PSU cut it to 5-4 but a Buckeye goal with 2:33 left before halftime gave Ohio State a two-goal lead (6-4). The Nittany Lions then scored twice in the final 1:02 to send the teams into halftime deadlocked at 6. Ohio State outscored Penn State, 2-1, in the third quarter for an 8-7 lead through three. In the fourth, the Buckeyes scored the first two goals to open up a 10-7 advantage. Penn State went on a three-goal run to close out regulation and send it to overtime tied at 10-all, with two goals in the final 2:03. The Nittany Lions gained the first offensive possession in overtime but Ohio State forced a turnover and scored on the next possession, earning the unofficial title of “Big Ten Champions.”
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-best eight assists and 15 points this year. He shares the team goal-scoring lead with classmate Jeff Tundo and senior James Green with seven each and senior Mario Ventiquattro is third with six. Tundo is second with 10 points, followed by Ventiquattro with nine.
Senior Scott Foreman and junior Matt Kawamoto have started the last 37 and 17 games, respectively. Brandon Freeman has started the last 20 games in goal for the Buckeyes. Freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominque Alexander have started all three games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro.
Junior Paul Beery’s goal against Penn State was the first of his career. Junior Jarred Bowman had two assists to mark his first two-point game.
Two for Ten
Senior James Green has two goals in three of four games this year and has seven this season to share the team goal-scoring lead.
Freshman Logan Schuss ranks 18th in the NCAA in assists per game, averaging 2.0 an outing through four games this year.
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both marked their 75th career points vs. Detroit Feb. 27. After a four-point game vs. Penn State, Ventiquattro now has 59 goals, 21 assists and 79 points in the Scarlet and Gray. Green scored two goals vs. the Nittany Lions and now has a 54-24-78 line at Ohio State.
A Look Ahead
After the game at Robert Morris, Ohio State returns home to host Albany Saturday. The game vs. the Great Danes marks the Buckeyes’ last home game for a month, as they will play five-consecutive road games. The squad will play three of its final four regular-season games at home, hosting Denver April 17, Air Force April 24 and Bellarmine May 1.