April 4, 2014
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (3-6, 1-0 ECAC) heads east for its final non-conference game of the season, taking on Delaware (6-5, 0-3 CAA) at noon Sunday in Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.
The game between Ohio State and Delaware will be streamed online for free through BlueHens.com. Links for tv/video, audio and live stats (when applicable) are also on the Buckeye lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday2014, with in-game updates on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
A Look Ahead
The Buckeyes close the regular season with three-consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League games before hosting the ECAC Tournament. Ohio State will take on Michigan at 11 a.m. April 12 in the Showdown in the Shoe prior to the football team’s spring game and then host Air Force on Senior Day April 19, with both games in Ohio Stadium. The regular season ends at Fairfield April 26.
Ohio State, Air Force, Fairfield and Michigan will compete in the ECAC Tournament beginning with the semifinals May 1. The championship game is slated for May 3, with the tournament winner claiming the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State just wrapped up a three-game homestand with a 2-1 record, downing Bellarmine and Jacksonville and falling to No. 7-ranked Notre Dame. The team is averaging 8.78 goals a game, while allowing 8.67 an outing to rank 13th in the NCAA. The squad has converted 8-of-32 man-up chances and is 15-for-26 on man-down defense. The Buckeyes are 156-for-167 (.934) on clears and entered the week third in the nation in clearing percentage.
Junior Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with 18 goals and 31 points, with classmate Turner Evans tied with sophomore Carter Brown for second with 23 points each and Evans first with 14 assists. Brown is second with 13 goals, followed by junior David Planning with 10. King is second with 13 assists and Brown ranks third with 10. Junior Reegan Comeault is fourth with 16 points, tying Evans for fourth with nine goals each, and Planning is fifth with 13 points. Senior goalie Greg Dutton started the first six games and has 54 saves and freshman Nick Doyle made nine saves vs. Bellarmine in his first career start. Senior Scott Spencer started the last two games, with an 8.16 goals-against average and .500 save percentage. Freshman Jake Withers is first with 43 groundballs and leads the team with 64 faceoff wins, winning 52 percent of his draws. Senior Dominic Imbordino and sophomore Robby Haus are tied for first with 11 caused turnovers, senior Joe Meurer is third with eight and junior Evan Mulchrone is fourth with seven.
Ohio State vs. Delaware
Ohio State and Delaware have met three times, with Ohio State ahead, 2-1. The teams first met in 1954, a 12-0 win by the Blue Hens, before wins by Ohio State in 2002 (15-7 in Newark, Del.) and 2003 (9-7 in Columbus). The teams scrimmaged prior to the 2009 season in College Park, Md.
Delaware is a member of the CAA, where it is joined by Hofstra, Massachusetts, Towson, Drexel and Penn State. Ohio State has faced the Pride, Minutemen and Nittany Lions this season.
Blue Hen Bio
Delaware is 6-5 this season and ended a three-game losing streak (11-9 at Hofstra, 11-8 at Towson, 9-7 vs. Drexel) with a 10-5 win at Manhattan Tuesday. Delaware is averaging 9.18 goals a game on the year and allowing 8.36 an outing. The squad is 10-for-31 on man-up chances and 32-for-44 on man-down defense.
Brian Kormondy has a team-high 21 points and shares the goal-scoring lead with Dan Keane with 13 goals each. Keane is second with 17 points and Jackson Finigan, who has a team-best 10 assists, is third with 16 points. Steve DeLargy and Logan Aunon are tied for third with 10 goals each, with DeLargy fourth with 15 points and Aunon fifth with 12. Tyler Barbarich has won 110-of-174 (.632) faceoffs and Tyler Mardian has won 27-of-51 (.529). Barbarich has a team-best 62 groundballs. In goal, Conor Peaks has started all 11 games and has an 8.19 goals-against average and .567 save percentage.
A Look at the ECAC
Ohio State closes non-conference play Sunday at Delaware before ending the regular season with ECAC league games vs. Michigan (April 12) and Air Force (April 19) in Columbus and at Fairfield (April 26). Ohio State is 1-0 in conference games with a win over Bellarmine.
In ECAC play, Michigan, Air Force and Fairfield have defeated Bellarmine, eliminating the Knights from the league tournament. Final seeding for the tournament has yet to be decided.
This week, Fairfield travels to Michigan for the lone ECAC game while April 12, Ohio State hosts the Wolverines and the Stags head to Colorado for a game at Air Force. Air Force also has a win over Michigan (March 29) to post a 2-0 ledger.
Last Time Out – Ohio State Downs Dolphins
A team effort led Ohio State to a 13-2 victory over Jacksonville Saturday in rainy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 2:30 into the game en route to a 6-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 9-0 halftime lead. Three goals early in the third quarter pushed the margin to 12-0 before the Dolphins got on the board late in the third quarter and each team scored once in the fourth for a 13-2 final. Junior leading scorer Jesse King led Ohio State with seven points, on three goals and four assists. Sophomore Carter Brown had a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point day, while sophomores Gordie Koerber and Ryan Hunter each had three points on two goals and an assist. In all, nine Buckeyes had a point in the win. Ohio State, which won 10-of-18 faceoffs, limited Jacksonville to just 15 shots in the game.
Meurer Senior CLASS Top 10 Finalist; Vote4Joe
Senior defenseman Joe Meurer is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote daily through May 12; Ohio State fans can vote for Meurer by visiting go.osu.edu/Vote4Joe. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.
Meurer has started all nine games for the Buckeyes this season at close defense and has seven groundballs and eight caused turnovers. A team captain for 2014, Meurer has played in 56 career games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 97 groundballs and 40 caused turnovers, along with two goals and 10 faceoff wins and was a First Team All-ECAC and USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2013. He was drafted by the Florida Launch in the second round of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft with the 10th overall pick, the second-highest pick in Ohio State history. A finance major, he is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice who is on pace to graduate this spring.
Tewaaraton Candidate King Leads the Way
Junior midfielder Jesse King has a team-high 18 goals and 31 points and is second with 13 assists, ranking first in the ECAC in points per game (3.88), second in assists per game (1.63) and third in goals per game (2.25). King had a career-high seven points against Jacksonville, with a hat trick and four assists. He is on a 31-game point streak, with 58 goals, 42 assists and 100 points, in the stretch. King’s first-quarter assist at Hofstra March 8 was the 100th point of his Buckeye career and he now has 111 points on 66 goals and 45 assists, to rank 25th in school history.
Withers Picks Up Third ECAC Weekly Award
Freshman midfielder Jake Withers has been named the ECAC Rookie of the Week, the ECAC Lacrosse League announced Monday. This is the third league weekly honor for Withers, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, this season. He was also lauded as the league’s rookie of the week Feb. 24 and was tabbed the specialist of the week March 24.
Withers won 16-of-32 faceoffs and picked up 11 groundballs in the Buckeyes’ two games combined last week. Against No. 7-ranked Notre Dame March 25, he won nine faceoffs and had a team-best eight groundballs. He won 7-of-10 faceoffs in the Buckeyes’ win over Jacksonville March 29 and recorded three groundballs. On the year, Withers has won 52 percent of his faceoffs, ranking second in the league, and is second in the conference with 4.78 groundballs per game. He has won a team-high 64 faceoffs and picked up a Buckeye-best 43 groundballs.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State held Jacksonville to just two goals Saturday, the fewest allowed by the Buckeyes since defeating Bellarmine by the same score March 24, 2012. Ohio State is 14th in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up 8.67 goals a game, and has allowed seven or less in four of the last seven games.
• Five of the six teams the Buckeyes have lost to this season were ranked in the Top 20 in the Inside Lacrosse poll released Monday – No. 6 Denver, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 10 Johns Hopkins, No. 12 UMass and No. 16 Hofstra. The five were listed in this week’s USILA rankings as well – No. 6 Denver, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 10 Johns Hopkins, No. 11 UMass and No. 20 Hofstra, with Penn State receiving votes.
• Lucas Bailey, Kevin Duffy, Dan Flake, Luke Miller, Cameron Stephens, Chad Strittmatter Zach Turnure, Brian Ward and Allen Winkoff all saw their first game action as Buckeyes vs. Jacksonville Saturday. In all, 38 Buckeyes played vs. the Dolphins.
• Against Jacksonville, sophomores Gordie Koerber and Ryan Hunter both had two goals and an assist for three points, marking a career high. The points were the first for Hunter in his Buckeye career.
• Junior Reegan Comeault scored a goal vs. Jacksonville, extending his point streak to nine (each game this season). He has a career-high 16 points this year, with nine goals and seven assists, both career highs.
• Sophomore Carter Brown had three goals and an assist for four points vs. Jacksonville. He has at least one goal in seven of nine games on the year and has been held off the scoresheet completely just one time. Brown has 13 goals to rank second on the team and is tied for second with 23 points.
• Senior Scott Spencer allowed just one goal in 45 minutes vs. Jacksonville, making six saves. It was his second consecutive start and he now has an 8.16 goals-against average and .500 save percentage on the year.
• As a team, the Buckeyes have 60 caused turnovers this season, while their opponents have 37. Dominic Imbordino and Robby Haus share the lead with 11 each, while Joe Meurer has eight and Evan Mulchrone has seven.
• On the year, 56 of the squad’s 79 goals have been assisted. Saturday vs. Jacksonville, nine of the team’s 13 goals were assisted.
• Ohio State had a season-high 47 shots vs. Jacksonville and is now averaging 30.6 shots per game this year. The team is allowing 29.2 shots per game on the year and held the Dolphins to an opponent season low 15. It was the first time an Ohio State opponent had fewer than 20 shots since Detroit attempted 16 Feb. 10, 2011.
Twenty-one members of the men’s lacrosse program have earned invitations to this year’s Department of Athletics’ Scholar-Athlete Dinner: Lucas Bailey, Ryan Borcherding, Carter Brown, Nick Diegel, Kevin Duffy, Turner Evans, Sean Giampietro, Robby Haus, Kacy Kapinos, Gordie Koerber, Rick Lewis, Joe Meurer, Evan Mulchrone, Johnny Pearson, Tyler Pfister, Jake Sharick, Danny Simonetti, Scott Spencer, Cameron Stephens, Brian Ward and Jake Withers.
Ohio State vs. Michigan – 2014 Showdown in the Shoe Set for April 12
Tickets for the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe are on sale now. The Buckeyes will host Michigan at 11 a.m. April 12 in Ohio Stadium, preceding the Ohio State football team’s 2014 LifeSports Spring Game presented by Nationwide. General admission tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are $12 for adults if bought in advance; $20 (cash only) if purchased day of game. Children 6 and under are free in the general admission sections only (everyone in club seating areas will be required to have a ticket). Club seats are $20 and can only be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at go.osu.edu/SpringGameTix. Tickets can also be purchased in person at any TicketMaster outlet and at the OSU Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. Group tickets – $8 for groups of 50 or more – are only available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2). Current Ohio State students get in free with a valid BuckID. Students should enter the stadium through Gate 26.
The game will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008. The tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati. A record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men’s lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The 2009 football spring game set a national attendance record of 95,722.
ECAC Tourney Coming to Columbus
Ohio State will serve as host for the 2014 ECAC Tournament, slated for May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Top 4 teams in the final ECAC standings qualify for the event, with the winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Tickets for the tournament went on sale Monday and are available online: go.osu.edu/ecacchamptix2014.
Follow the Buckeyes
Keep up with Ohio State men’s lacrosse all season long through social media, including facebook (OhioStateMensLacrosse) and Instagram (@OhioState_MLAX). The team’s official Twitter feed is @OhioState_MLAX and you can keep up with Coach Myers (@MyersJMZ), Coach Dobbins (@DobbinsDave), Coach Koesterer (@squirerockwell), Coach Hall (@judsonhall) and Coach Bergey (@MBergey11).