#20 Ohio State at #3 Notre Dame Wednesday, March 23 – 4 p.m. Arlotta Stadium, Notre Dame, Ind.
Buckeye Quick Shots • The Buckeyes are taking on an opponent ranked in the Top 3 in the nation for the third time this season when they face No. 3 Notre Dame Wednesday. The squad downed then-No. 3 North Carolina Feb. 19 and lost to No. 2 Virginia last Saturday. • Notre Dame is a member of the Big East Conference, the sixth different conference Ohio State has faced off against this year (MAAC, ACC, CAA, Patriot League, America East), along with an independent school. • The Buckeyes are in a stretch of their schedule with five of six games on the road. The team has this weekend off before hosting back-to-back games to open ECAC play. • Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 18 goals, nine assists and 27 points. He is one goal away from the 50th tally of his Buckeye career. • Nineteen Buckeyes have at least one goal this campaign, with 16 contributing at least one assist; 11 have at least one of each. • Ohio State is outscoring opponents, 42-22, in the second half this season, including 20-8 in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week The No. 20 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 0-0 ECAC) heads to South Bend, Ind., for a matchup with No. 3 Notre Dame (4-0, 0-0 Big East) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Arlotta Stadium.
Live stats can be found from the men’s lacrosse schedule pages at UND.com or OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with a webcast available on both sites as well. In-game updates will be on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
Ohio State In the Polls Ohio State remains 20th in both the USILA coaches’ poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The squad has been as high as 12th and 14th in the polls, respectively, this season. The team moved into the national rankings for the first time this year Feb. 21 after upsetting then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19.
No. 3-ranked Notre Dame is the third Top 3 team Ohio State is facing this year, joining the Tar Heels and No. 2 Virginia last Saturday.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 5-3 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2), No. 3 North Carolina (13-8), Penn State (6-5 3OT) and Lehigh (11-7) and 11-9 losses at No. 11 UMass and Albany, along with a 14-11 defeat at No. 2 Virginia last Saturday. The team is averaging 10.38 goals a game, while allowing 7.62. The Buckeyes, who average 33.4 shots a game, have a 31.1 shooting percentage. The team is 5-for-25 (.200) on man-up chances and 16-for-19 (.842) on man-down defense.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo. Schuss has a team-high 27 points, 18 goals and nine assists. Tundo is second with 15 goals, eight assists and 23 points. Freshman Tyler Frederick is third with seven assists and tied with senior Jarred Bowman for third with seven goals apiece. Freshman Greg Dutton has started seven games in the cage and has an 8.30 goals-against average and .512 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 31-of-56 faceoffs (55.4 percent), while freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 46-of-93 (49.5 percent). Kaplan has a team-best 22 groundballs, followed by redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto with 18 and junior Keenan Ochwat and freshman Joe Meurer with 17 each.
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Ohio State trails the all-time series with Notre Dame, 21-28, and is behind in games played on Notre Dame’s home field, 10-14. Ohio State’s last win over Notre Dame was March 31, 2004, a 9-8 victory in South Bend.
The squads met on Irish home turf last year, with Notre Dame winning in overtime, 7-6.
The Big East Ohio State and Notre Dame competed against each other in the Great Western Lacrosse League through 2009, meeting in the GWLL tournament final that year. The Big East Conference added men’s lacrosse for the 2010 campaign, causing a shake-up in men’s lacrosse affiliations around the country, with the Irish joining the league.
The Irish are joined in the Big East by Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, Rutgers, Providence and St. John’s. Notre Dame is the only Big East program on Ohio State’s schedule this year.
Irish Info Notre Dame enters the game Wednesday 4-0 on the year (one of just two undefeated teams left in 2011), with wins over Duke, Penn State, Drexel and Denver. The game vs. the Buckeyes is the second home contest for the Irish this year.
The Irish are fifth nationally in team defense, holding opponents to 6.25 goals a game, and are averaging 9.75 goals a contest. The squad, averaging 35.8 shots a game, is 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) on man-up chances and is 6-for-9 (.667) on man-down defense.
Sean Rogers leads the team with nine points and is tied with Westy Hopkins for first with six goals each. Ryan Foley is third with five tallies. Rogers, and Max Pfeifer are tied for first with three assists each. Goalie John Kemp is in the Top 6 in the country in goals-against average (6.25) and save percentage (.638). Jake Marmul (19-for-34/.559) and Liam O’Connor (23-for-45/.511) have shared faceoff duties. Buckeyes’ Last Time Out Ohio State, despite five goals from sophomore Logan Schuss, lost at No. 2-ranked Virginia, 14-11, Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
In the game, the Buckeyes led 2-0 early before Virginia scored twice, including a goal with seven seconds left in the opening stanza, for a 2-2 game after the first quarter. The teams traded goals through the first 6:46 of the second quarter before a three-goal UVA run gave the Cavaliers a 7-4 lead with 4:56 left in the half. Each team scored twice before the whistle for an 8-5 Virginia lead after the first 30 minutes. The Cavaliers scored the first four goals of the second half, part of a five-goal run, to take a commanding 12-5 lead with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Three straight Buckeye goals – including two from Schuss – in the final 2:57 of the stanza made the score 12-8 after three quarters. Ohio State outscored UVA, 3-2, in the fourth quarter for the 14-11 final.
Schuss led the Buckeyes with a season-high five goals against UVA. Classmate Jeff Tundo had four points on two goals and two assists, while freshman Michael Italiano also scored twice.
Streakers With five goals at Virginia, sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 22 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has multiple points in all seven of his games this season, with two or more goals in each of his last six games. It is tied for the 14th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 49 goals, 34 assists and 83 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo has at least one goal and point in all seven games this year (15g, 8a, 23p). He has four multiple-goal games and three games with two helpers. Tundo had a team season-high six goals and eight points vs. Mercer Feb. 12.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last seven games (7-7-14). Sophomore Dominique Alexander has eight points (4g, 4a) in his last three games combined.
No. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 27 points, 18 goals and nine assists, ranking 11th nationally and third in the ECAC in points per game (3.86). He is tied for second in the league and 13th nationally in goals per game (2.57). He is on a 22-game point streak and has three or more points in five of seven games this year, including six points, with three goals and three assists, vs. Lehigh March 8 and a five-goal game at UVA March 19. Schuss shares the ECAC lead with two game-winning goals, including the GWG in triple overtime at Penn State March 5. Schuss, the 2010 ECAC Rookie of the Year and the first Buckeye to earn All-America honors as a freshman, has 83 points in 22 career games with 49 goals and 34 assists.
Buckeye This and That • Ohio State is in a stretch of its schedule with five of six games on the road. The game at Notre Dame is the final away game before back-to-back home contests. • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton has started the last six games and has double-digit saves in two of his last three games, including a season-high 12 at Albany March 12. He is second in the ECAC with an. 8.30 goals-against average. • Junior Keenan Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 15 caused turnovers, nearly half of the 32 he has in his career. He is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers this year. • Freshman Michael Italiano had the first two-goal game of his Buckeye career last Saturday at Virginia. • Junior Keenan Ochwat’s goal against the Cavaliers was his first since April 10, 2010 at Hobart. The long-stick defenseman has three career goals. • Sophomore Kevin Mack had his first career assist Saturday at Virginia. It was his first point this year. • Ohio State has earned three ECAC Player of the Week honors this season. Jarred Bowman and Dominique Alexander have been the offensive player of the week, while freshman goalie Greg Dutton and faceoff specialist Shawn Kaplan were tabbed the rookie of the week.
In the Rankings • Ohio State is in the Top 20 in the NCAA in man-down defense (.5th/.842), scoring offense (11th/10.38), scoring defense (15th/7.63), shot percentage (16th/.311), scoring margin (17th/2.75) and winning percentage (20th/.625). • The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, winning percentage, assists per game (5.63), shot percentage and points per game (16.0). The team leads the league in fewest penalties (2.75) and penalty minutes (1.94) per game. • Individually in the ECAC, Logan Schuss is tied for second in goals (2.57), ranks third in points (3.86) and is fifth in assists (1.29) per game. Jeff Tundo is fifth in goals per game (2.14), is fourth in points per game (3.29) and is tied for seventh in assists per outing (1.14). Schuss is third in shots per game (7.57), with Tundo sixth (6.00). Freshman goalie Greg Dutton is second in goals-against average (8.30) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.512). Trey Wilkes is sixth in faceoff win percentage (.523),with Shawn Kaplan seventh (.495). • Jeff Tundo’s six-goal and eight-point performance against Mercer Feb. 12 are tied for the league high for a single game this year. Freshman Tyler Frederick’s four-assist performance against the Mercer Bears is tied for second.
Watch the Buckeyes All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with Loyola remaining April 2. The game vs. Hobart April 9 will be produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The broadcast may then be televised at a later date on Big Ten Network; an air date has not been set. The Showdown in the Shoe against Fairfield April 23 will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network.
The Buckeye Captains Five captains have been selected for Buckeyes this season, including seniors Jarred Bowman, Conor David, Scott Lathrop and Bryce Woodson and junior Brock Sorensen. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates and the five selected were part of a group of players who indicated an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.
On the Sidelines Nick Myers is now in his third year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, also in his third year with the squad, and Dave Dobbins, who is in his second campaign. The newest addition to the staff is Patrick DeBolt, who joins the team as the volunteer assistant coach after spending last year with NCAA champion Duke as its volunteer. DeBolt is a 2009 graduate of Hofstra and spent time as an undergraduate assistant with the team. Mark Bergey is in his second year as the team’s director of operations.
Preseason Picks The Buckeyes were slated fourth in the ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Denver is first, followed by Loyola and Fairfield. Hobart was ranked fifth, with Air Force sixth and Bellarmine seventh.
Buckeye sophomore Logan Schuss, an honorable mention All-American and the ECAC Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team. In the coaches’ preseason picks in Faceoff Yearbook Schuss and defenseman Brock Sorensen both were named to the team.
Get Your Tickets Tickets for all remaining Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games in 2011 are now on sale. Tickets for the first six contests are $5 for adults and $3 for children, with Ohio State students and children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each; to purchase contact group sales at 614-247-1984. The squad hosts Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9.
Tickets for the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield at 11 a.m. April 23 in Ohio Stadium, went on sale Feb. 4. Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football spring game, are $7 each when purchased prior to game day. Children 6 and under and Ohio State students (with BuckID) are admitted free. Gameday tickets will be $15 each and must be purchased with cash. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available prior to gameday for $5 each. The group rate is not available online; those interested in purchasing group tickets should call 614-292-0043.
Tickets to all games may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS, or click HERE), by calling 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Note additional service charges apply to any phone or online ticket orders.
Follow the Buckeyes Keep up with the Buckeyes online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of Ohio State athletics. Weekly and special releases, updated season and career statistics, links to live stats and audio and video streams and more can all be found on the site. In addition, the men’s lacrosse team has a Twitter feed which is updated during the week and in-game. Visit Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX to follow the squad.
A Look Ahead The Buckeyes will open ECAC play with home games against Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.