COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-1, 0-0 ECAC) will take on Penn State (0-2, 0-0 CAA) at 1 p.m. Saturday on the indoor field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game is for the unofficial “Big Ten Championship” as Ohio State and Penn State are the only two conference schools who sponsor men’s lacrosse.
Traffic around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will be heavy Saturday because of the Ohio state high school wrestling championships in the Schottenstein Center. Lacrosse guests are advised to arrive early and follow the instructions of the police officers working traffic duty. Lacrosse fans should park in the Buckeye Lots west of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and/or the Fawcett Center lot off of Olentangy River Road.
Get Your Tickets
Seating is limited inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center and the game vs. Penn State is expected to be sold out before game time. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to guarantee a spot.
Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on “For the Fans” along the top bar for links), by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office. Click HERE for the direct link to purchase single-game tickets.
For all regular-season games except the “Showdown in the Shoe” April 24 vs. Air Force, single-game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and youth. Ohio State students are admitted free with a BuckID, with children 6 and under also free.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each and must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984. Group tickets are not available to purchase online. (See below for information on “Showdown in the Shoe” tickets.)
A Look Ahead
The Buckeyes will head to Robert Morris for a game Tuesday at 3 p.m. before returning home to host Albany next Saturday (March 13) at noon. 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.
The game between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will be streamed live on OhioStateBuckeyes.com through the Buckeye Vision subscription service. For more information or to sign up, click on the multimedia link on the site’s homepage.
Links to live stats are available on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State and Penn State have met each of the last seven seasons, with the Buckeyes 2-5 over the stretch. The teams met in State College last season, an 11-5 Nittany Lion win. In 2008 the Buckeyes posted a 17-6 win in Columbus in the last meeting on the Buckeyes’ home field. All-time, Penn State leads the series, 11-2, including 5-1 in Columbus. The series dates to 1979.
Penn State is 0-2 this season, with a 24-17 loss to Robert Morris to open the season at home and a 12-8 defeat on the road at No. 3-ranked Notre Dame last Sunday.
Matthew Mackrides has a team-best seven goals and eight points this year, followed by Chris Hogan with six goals and seven points. Billy Gribbin has chipped in five goals, with Nick Dolik scoring three times. Colton Vosburgh and Matt Shankoff each have two assists. Charley Henneghan has won 62.5 percent of his faceoffs this year (25-of-40). Dave Baker has started both games in goal and has allowed 15 goals on 22 shots on goal.
Glenn Thiel is in his 33rd season at the helm of the Nittany Lions.
Buckeye freshman attackman Logan Schuss was named the ECAC Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. It was the first ECAC honor won by a Buckeye, who are in their first season in the conference. Schuss had three goals, three assists and six points in the Buckeyes’ win over Detroit last Saturday.
Schuss had a team-high three assists and six points in the Buckeye win over the Titans and shared team-high honors with three goals. He assisted on the go-ahead goal (2-1) in the first quarter and added a goal later to put Ohio State ahead 6-1. He scored early in the second quarter and set up a Mike Smail score later in the stanza. In the third quarter Schuss completed his first career hat trick and assisted on a man-up score by Mario Ventiquattro. He had eight shots (five on goal) and two groundballs in the win over the Titans. The three goals, three assists and six points all were career highs for Schuss (who was playing in his third career game).
Schuss has a team-best six goals, four assists and 10 points on the year. A starter in all three games, he has at least one goal in each outing.
Last Time Out
Ohio State improved to 2-1 on the year with a 16-7 win over Detroit last Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes’ game vs. UMass was cancelled because weather conditions prevented the Minutemen from reaching Columbus. The Titans had an open date and the teams were able to set up the game on short notice.
Against the Titans, the Buckeyes led 6-2 after the first quarter and 10-2 at halftime. After Detroit’s Tyler Staruch opened the scoring with a man-up goal 1:16 into the game, the Buckeyes went on a six-goal run to go ahead 6-1 late in the first. The Buckeyes carried momentum into the third quarter, extending the lead to 14-3. Ohio State scored the first two goals of the final stanza to go ahead 16-3 before Detroit closed out the scoring with the final four goals.
Against Detroit Buckeye freshman Logan Schuss had a team-best six points with a hat trick and team-high three assists. Sophomore Mike Smail had a hat trick in the win, with senior Mario Ventiquattro adding two goals and two assists for four points. Junior Mike Pires (2g, 1a) and classmate Zach Rodgers (1g, 2a) each had three points. Senior James Green (2g) and freshman Jeff Tundo (1g, 1a) each had two points.
Freshman Logan Schuss has a team-best six goals, four assists and 10 points on the year. Freshman Jeff Tundo and senior James Green are second for the Buckeyes with five goals each, with freshman Jeff Tundo ranking second with seven points. Mario Ventiquattro is second with three assists.
That’s a First
Against Detroit, junior transfer Zach Rodgers’ goal and two assists were his first as a Buckeye and freshman Kevin Mack’s goal was the first of his career.
Sophomore Mike Smail had his first career hat trick against Detroit. He scored one goal last season.
Freshman goalie Ryan Brant saw his first collegiate action against Detroit. He played the final 16:35 and made six saves.
Mike Pires, James Green, Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Jeff Tundo all have at least one point in all three games this year.
In all, 41 Buckeyes played against Detroit.
Seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green both marked their 75th career points vs. Detroit. Ventiquattro had two goals, two assists and four points vs. the Titans and now has 54 goals, 21 assists and 75 points in the Scarlet and Gray. Green scored two goals and now has a 52-24-76 line at Ohio State.
Man Up Mastery
The Buckeyes were 5-for-10 on man-up chances against Detroit and now are 6-for-17 on the year (.353).
Ohio State is 6-0 all-time playing on the field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The first game came in March 2008 when a blizzard forced the Buckeyes and Penn State indoors and the Buckeyes downed the Nittany Lions, 17-6. Last season the Buckeyes defeated Detroit (21-1), Bucknell (10-9 OT) and Fairfield (11-6) inside the WHAC. Ohio State has wins over Villanova (10-8) and Detroit (16-7) inside this year.
Senior Scott Foreman and junior Matt Kawamoto have started the last 36 and 16 games, respectively. Brandon Freeman has started the last 19 games in goal for the Buckeyes.
In addition, freshmen Logan Schuss, Jeff Tundo and Dominique Alexander have started all three games this season, joined by senior Mario Ventiquattro.
The Showdown – 2010 Edition
The third-annual “Showdown in the Shoe” features the Buckeyes taking on ECAC school Air Force in Ohio Stadium at 11 a.m. April 24 prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game. The event has set national lacrosse attendance records the past two years, with 30,192 in attendance at halftime last season. Advance tickets for the game are $5 each, with children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are $4 each and must be purchased in advance. On game day all tickets will be $10 (cash only). All seating is general admission and tickets include both the men’s lacrosse game vs. Air Force and the football spring game.