4-2, 0-0 GWLL
No. 13 UMBC
3-3, 0-0 America East
Saturday, March 22 – 11 a.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Buckeye Lax Hits
When Ohio State plays at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday, it will mark the team’s first game on its true home field this year. The squad will be playing in its fourth home venue in four home games, after playing in Ohio Stadium, at North Turf Field and indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Four Buckeyes have double-digit goals this season – Kevin Buchanan (16), Joel Dalgarno (13), Peet Poillon (12) and Jeff Ryan (10). Five Buckeyes have double-digit points – Dalgarno (23), Buchanan (20), Ryan (16), Poillon (15) and James Green (12).
Ohio State enters the game vs. UMBC on a three-game winning streak, its longest since posting four victories in a row March 31-April 22, 2007.
The Buckeyes entered the week in the Top 12 in the nation in four categories – man-up offense (6th), scoring offense (9th), scoring margin (10th) and scoring defense (12th).
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-2, 0-0 GWLL) returns home to host No. 13 UMBC (3-3, 0-0 America East) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Live stats can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time out
The Buckeyes posted two victories in the last week, with road wins at Robert Morris (12-5) last Saturday and at Villanova (15-8) Tuesday.
Against the Colonials, the Buckeyes used a five-goal third quarter to break open a one-goal game en route to victory. Junior Joel Dalgarno had a team-best five points in the game, including three assists. Junior Jeff Ryan had three goals, while junior Peet Poillon had three points on two goals and an assist. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder made 14 saves in the win, including nine in the second half.
Against the Wildcats, Dalgarno had a team-best five points, Ryan had four points with two goals and two assists and senior Kevin Buchanan and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro each had hat tricks. The Buckeyes led, 10-4, at halftime, en route to their third-consecutive win.
A New Home – Again
The Buckeyes will play in their fourth home venue of the season Saturday when they host UMBC in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team opened the year vs. Navy in Ohio Stadium, hosted Colgate at North Turf Field and took on Penn State indoors in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The team is scheduled to play its next three home games at JOMS before returning to Ohio Stadium to take on Denver April 19 before the football team’s spring game.
Junior Joel Dalgarno leads the Buckeyes in assists (10) and points (23) this year. Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 16 goals and is second with 20 points. Dalgarno is second with 13 goals, followed by junior Peet Poillon with 12 and junior Jeff Ryan with 10. Ryan (16), Poillon (15) and sophomore James Green (12) also have hit double-digits in points. Green and Ryan are tied for second on the team with six assists apiece. In net, senior Stefan Schroder has started all six games and has a 6.59 goals-against average and .608 save percentage. Schroder has a team-best 15 groundballs, followed by senior Ricky Pages with 14 and senior Josh Funk with 13. Ryan and junior Scott Matthews follow with 12 groundballs each.
As a team, the Buckeyes are averaging 11.46 goals a game, while allowing 6.62.
Ohio State is the first team outside the Top 20 in both national polls, coming in as the first team receiving votes in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and USILA coaches poll this week.
Buckeyes vs. Retrievers
Ohio State trails the all-time series with UMBC, 2-4, with the teams 2-2 in the last four meetings. The last three games have been on UMBC’s home field, with two of the three going to double overtime. Last year, the Retrievers won 11-9 March 25, 2007. The Buckeyes won the meeting March 5, 2005, 10-9 in double OT. In 2004, the Retrievers posted an 8-7 double OT win March 7. The teams have met in Columbus just once, when the Buckeyes downed UMBC, 12-9, April 30, 2003.
UMBC is 3-3 this season and is coming off a 9-8 triple-overtime win over No. 6 Maryland last week.
The Retrievers are averaging 7.74 goals a game, while allowing 9.84.
Terry Kemener has a team-best 11 assists and 20 points. Ryan Smith is first on the team with 10 goals and ranks third with 11 points. Kyle Wimer is second with 12 points, on seven goals and five assists. Alex Hopmann also has hit double-digits in points with seven goals and three assists for 10 points.
Goalie Jeremy Blevins has started all six games, making 68 saves (.527 save percentage) and allowing 61 goals (10.03 goals-against average).
Don Zimmerman, a 1976 graduate of Johns Hopkins, is in his 15th year at UMBC and in his 22nd year as a collegiate head coach.
Ohio State and America East
UMBC is the first America East team Ohio State will face this season. Ohio State is 5-7 vs. current America East teams – 2-0 vs. Hartford, 2-4 vs. UMBC and 1-3 vs. Vermont. The Buckeyes have never played Binghamton (0-0), Stony Brook (0-0) or Albany (0-0).
In the Record Books
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 119 points (69g, 50a) as a Buckeye to rank 19th in program history.
Buchanan is three assists away from tying for 10th in program history with 53 career helpers.
Junior Joel Dalgarno now has 114 points as a Buckeye, with 66 goals and 48 assists, to tie for 19th in program history with Mike Norton (2000-03).
All-time, 24 Buckeyes have recorded 100 or more points. Buchanan and Dalgarno are the first Buckeyes to hit triple digits since current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi in 2004. He ranks 11th (tied) in program history with 133 career points.
With five points vs. both Robert Morris and Villanova, junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 33 games (66-48-114)
He has multiple points in each game this year, posting a season-best five points in each of the last two games, with two goals and three assists in each outing.
Dalgarno, who led the 2007 squad in goals (29) and points (50), leads the 2008 team in assists (10) and points (2003) through six games.
Dalgarno is averaging 3.83 points and 1.67 assists a game this year and is first on the team with 44 shots.
The Buckeyes have held each of their opponents to eight goals or less this year, allowing 6.62 goals an outing. The squad ended the 2007 campaign ninth nationally in scoring defense, giving up 7.79 goals a game.
The team held Robert Morris to an opponent low five goals last Saturday and has given up six goals on two other occasions. The five goals allowed were the fewest since a 13-4 victory over Harvard Feb. 25, 2007.
The Buckeyes have scored 12 or more goals in each of their last three outings and have double-digit goals in four games this year. The team is averaging 11.46 goals a game on the season.
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Sophomore James Green has two points in all six games this season. He ended a stretch of five-consecutive games with a goal and an assist with two goals in the last game at Villanova. He had a season-best two assists in the season opener vs. Navy.
The two goals vs. the Wildcats marked his second career multiple-goal game, behind the hat trick he had at Denver last season.
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all six games for the Buckeyes this season and has played all but 7:24 in the cage. He has allowed 40 goals while making 62 saves. He had a season-high 14 saves at Robert Morris last Saturday and has 10 or more saves in each of his last three games.
We’re Going Streaking
Kevin Buchanan and Joel Dalgarno rank in the Top 5 in the nation for longest current scoring streak. Buchanan’s 35-game run is third nationally, while Dalgarno is fifth with points in 33-consecutive games. The national leader is Duke’s Matt Danowski, who has a point in 56 games in a row, followed by Mike Leveille of Syracuse with a 44-game point streak.
Halfway to 100
Junior Jeff Ryan hit the 50-point mark in his Buckeye career after posting seven points in the last two games combined and now has 53 points for the Scarlet and Gray. Ryan had a season-best three goals vs. Robert Morris last Saturday and had two goals and two assists for four points against Villanova Tuesday. After he was held scoreless in the season opener, Ryan has multiple points in each of his last five games and ranks third for the Buckeyes with 16 points on the year. Ryan, who spent the 2005 season at Hobart, has 44-22-66 collegiate points.
Kevin Buchanan has a team-best 16 goals this season and ranks second with 20 points. After he was held to just one goal vs. Robert Morris last Saturday, he responded with a hat trick (his fourth game this season with three or more goals) vs. Villanova Tuesday. He now has 119 points as a Buckeye, with 69 goals and 50 assists.
He is on a 35-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 65-46-111 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 18 games, along with goals in each of his last 15 games.
Buchanan’s six-point game vs. Penn State (4g, 2a) is tied for the best single-game performance in the league this year.
In the Nation
In the national rankings released before the Buckeyes’ 15-8 win at Villanova Tuesday, Ohio State ranked in the Top 18 nationally in man-up offense (4th/.571), scoring margin (6th/+4.6), scoring defense (10th/6.6), scoring offense (11th/11.2) and win percentage (18th/.600).
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan was 10th nationally in goals per game (2.6). Buchanan and junior Joel Dalgarno were tied for 23rd in the nation in points per game (3.4). Goalie Stefan Schroder ranked ninth in goals-against average (6.31) and was 11th in save percentage (.614).
In the League
In the GWLL rankings released Monday, the Buckeyes were first in man-up scoring percentage (.571) and shooting percentage (.324) and were second in goals per game (11.20) and goals allowed per game (6.35).
Kevin Buchanan and Joel Dalgarno were tied for first in goals per game (3.40). Buchanan was second in goals per game (2.60) and Dalgarno was second in assists per game (1.40). Peet Poillon and Jeff Ryan were tied for sixth in points per game (2.60), with Poillon and Dalgarno tied for fourth in goals per game (2.00). James Green was fourth in assists per game (1.20), with Ryan tied for sixth (1.00). Dalgarno was second in shots per game (7.40), followed by Buchanan in fifth (6.60) and Poillon in seventh (5.60).
Stefan Schroder was second in goals-against average (6.31), save percentage (.614) and saves per game (10.20).
Nos. 4 and 24
After he was held scoreless at Bucknell, junior Peet Poillon has rebounded with seven goals and eight points in his last three games combined. Poillon is third on the team with 12 goals and fourth with 15 points this year.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro also has eight points in the last three games, with five goals and three assists. He had a season-best three goals against Villanova Tuesday.
Sophomore Ryan Lowe had a career-best two goals at Robert Morris last week, marking his first goals this season. He had one goal and three points while playing in 12 games a season ago.
A Streak Stopped
Senior Josh Funk had his career-best three-game goal-scoring streak stopped vs. Villanova. He has three goals this season after entering the year with six career tallies.
Break It Up
The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 19-6, in the third quarter and 39-16 in the second half this season. In the first half, the team is outscoring its opponents, 32-23, this year.
The Buckeyes will open Great Western Lacrosse League play at Quinnipiac next Saturday. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. in Hamden, Conn.
Buchanan Picks Up Honor
Senior midfielder Kevin Buchanan was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9. Buchanan, who earned the honor for the third time in his career, shared the award with Bellarmine’s Bobby Snyder.
Buchanan, a native of Cockeysville, Md., had a team-best six points in the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State last Saturday, including a season-high four goals. His six points were the most since a seven-point performance vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007 and ties for the third-highest single-game outing in his career. He extended his point streak to 33 games, dating to May 1, 2005, and has multiple points in each of his last 16 games.
In the Face-Off Yearbook preseason GWLL poll, the Buckeyes were picked second, behind Notre Dame and ahead of No. 3 Denver, No. 4 Air Force, No. 5 Quinnipiac and No. 6 Bellarmine.
Buckeye seniors Kevin Buchanan, Josh Funk and Ricky Pages all were named to the Face-Off Yearbook preseason honorable mention All-America team.
In addition, Buchanan, Funk, Pages and junior Joel Dalgarno were named to the Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-Great Western Lacrosse League team.
Leading the Charge
Ohio State seniors Kevin Buchanan, Josh Funk and Ricky Pages were voted 2008 team captains by their teammates.
A Quick Look Back
The Buckeyes were 9-5 last year and finished second in the Great Western Lacrosse League with a 5-1 mark.
The Buckeyes led the nation in man-down defense (.839).
Ohio State ranked eighth in the country in scoring offense (11.29) and was ninth in scoring defense (7.79). The squad also ranked seventh nationally in scoring margin (+3.5) and ninth in face-off win percentage (.591).
The Buckeyes returned 31 letterwinners this season, including seven starters. The squad also brought back 6-of-7 All-GWLL honorees.