No. 11 Ohio State
8-3, 3-0 GWLL
No. 17 Denver
9-4, 3-0 GWLL
Saturday, April 19 – 11 a.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Lax Hits
Break the Record – The Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse game Saturday is part of the Scarlet and Gray Days promotion for Ohio State athletics. The Buckeyes are looking to set national attendance records in both men’s lacrosse and football Saturday, along with stadium records in baseball and softball Friday and Sunday, respectively. Four other Buckeye teams are in action at home this weekend as well – rowing, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis.
Buckeye and conference leading scorer Kevin Buchanan earned his second-consecutive GWLL Player of the Week accolade after posting seven points in the Buckeyes’ win over North Carolina last week, the conference announced Wednesday. It is his third honor this season and the fifth of his career.
The Buckeyes have scored double-digit goals in each of their last eight games and are fourth nationally in scoring offense (13.64 goals per game).
The Buckeyes are ninth In the NCAA in team defense (7.27 goals allowed per game) and have allowed more than eight goals just twice this year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 11 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (8-3, 3-0 GWLL) will host conference foe No. 17 Denver at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The game precedes the Buckeye football team’s spring game at 1:30 p.m.
Live stats for the men’s lacrosse game can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
A live audio/video feed of the game also will be available on Buckeye Vision through a subscription basis. For more information, visit the multimedia section on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
OhioStateSports.net, Ohio State’s student radio station, will have a live broadcast at their website.
Tickets are $5, with a portion going to local charities, and include both the lacrosse and football games. They can be purchased at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office during normal business hours through Friday. Saturday, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the north end of Ohio Stadium and will be cash only. Children 6 and under will be admitted free. Will call will be located in the southeast lobby of St. John Arena.
Gates to the stadium will open at 10 a.m., with general admission seating.
All parking lots except the east and west stadium lots will be open for general parking Saturday.
Break the Record
When the Buckeyes take on Denver Saturday in Ohio Stadium before the football team’s spring game, the program will be looking to break the national attendance record of 52,004, set May 26, 2007 at the NCAA semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore when Johns Hopkins beat Delaware and Duke downed Cornell.
The regular-season men’s lacrosse attendance record is 20,180, set during a doubleheader featuring Johns Hopkins/Princeton and Virginia/Syracuse March 3, 2007, also at M&T Bank Stadium. The on-campus record is 19,850, set when Maryland hosted Johns Hopkins at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., April 18, 1987.
More Records To Break
As part of the “Scarlet and Gray Days” promotion, Ohio State is hoping to break four attendance records this weekend.
The weekend starts with the baseball team hosting Purdue at 6:35 p.m. Friday, where they look to top the Bill Davis Stadium mark of 5,360 set in 2002. Saturday includes the lacrosse game and the football spring game, where they hope to surpass both the Ohio State spring game high of 75,301 set last year and the national spring game record of 92,128. The weekend ends with softball hosting Penn State at noon Sunday in a doubleheader. The team hopes to surpass the Buckeye Field attendance mark of 1,175 set in the NCAA tournament last year.
At the Buckeyes’ game Saturday, the 1949 squad will serve as honorary captains. The 1978 team will be recognized between quarters on the 30th anniversary of its Midwest Lacrosse Association championship. Prior to the game, a “tunnel of pride” will be formed with the former men’s lacrosse letterwinners in attendance.
Following their win over then-No. 8 North Carolina last weekend, Ohio State moved to No. 11 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday. In the USILA coaches poll, the Buckeyes are now tied for 15th. In the laxnews.com poll, Ohio State comes in 17th. The Buckeyes are fifth in the laxpower.com computer ratings.
The Buckeyes are 8-3 this season, with wins over Colgate, Penn State, Robert Morris, Villanova, Quinnipiac, Bellarmine, Air Force and No. 8 North Carolina. All three of the team’s losses have been to ranked teams in overtime – No. 11 Navy (8-7 OT), No. 19 Bucknell (8-7 3OT) and No. 13 UMBC (12-11 2OT).
The squad is averaging 13.29 goals a game and allowing 7.09 goals a contest. The team has converted 26-of-50 (.520) man-up chances and has stopped 39-of-53 (.736) opponent chances.
Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 29 goals and 49 points. Junior Joel Dalgarno has a team-best 24 assists and is second with 45 points. Junior Peet Poillon has 24 goals to rank second and is fourth with 29 points. Junior Jeff Ryan is third in points with 31, including 21 goals and 10 assists. Sophomore James Green has a 12-8-20 line and classmate Mario Ventiquattro also has hit double digits with 19 points, including 15 goals.
Senior goalie Stefan Schroder has started all 11 games and has a 6.79 goals-against average and .592 save percentage.
Junior Nick Carr is first on the team with 51 groundballs and has won 109-of-221 (.493) faceoffs. Schroder is second with 38 groundballs, followed by sophomore Keith Lovett and senior tri-captain Ricky Pages with 25 each. Junior Scott Matthews and senior Josh Funk have 23 each.
Lace Them Up
Buckeye players and coaches are wearing lime green shoelaces in honor of Nick “HEAD” Colleluori, a relentless lacrosse player who lost his life to lymphoma Nov. 28, 2006 at age 21. Colleluori was a native of the Philadelphia area and played lacrosse at Hofstra.
The laces are sold through the HEADstrong Foundation, which supports blood cancer research efforts. To date, the foundation has raised over $30,000 from the sale of the laces. For more information, visit HEADstrongfoundation.org.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes overcame a halftime deficit, scoring the first three goals of the second half, to upset then-No. 8 North Carolina last Saturday in Baltimore, Md. Senior Kevin Buchanan led the Buckeyes with five goals and seven points in the win, the Buckeyes’ first over the Tar Heels in program history.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro had a hat trick in the victory, with junior Jeff Ryan posting three points on two goals and an assist. Junior Peet Poillon scored twice and sophomore James Green had a goal and a helper for two points. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had 14 saves in the win.
The GWLL has added a postseason conference tournament this season, with the Top 4 teams in the final regular season standings qualifying for the tourney, which will be held May 2/4 in Birmingham, Mich. The tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State and Denver enter the matchup this weekend tied for first in the league with 3-0 marks and both have clinched spots in the league tourney. Ohio State has downed Quinnipiac (18-7), Bellarmine (20-4) and Air Force (16-5). Denver has wins over Notre Dame (9-8), Quinnipiac (14-8) and Bellarmine (14-12).
Notre Dame is 1-1 this year, with Quinnipiac and Air Force both 1-2 and Bellarmine 0-4.
The final league schedule includes:
Saturday – Denver at Ohio State
April 22 – Notre Dame at Air Force
April 26 – Ohio State at Notre Dame, Quinnipiac at Bellarmine, Denver at Air Force
In the 2008 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.
Buckeyes vs. Pioneers
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Denver, 8-4, but the series is tied at four wins apiece since 2000.
The squads met in Denver last year, with Ohio State posting a 10-9 win in overtime April 22, 2007. The teams are tied in games in Denver, 3-3.
In Columbus, Ohio State has a 5-1 record vs. DU. The squads last met on the Buckeyes’ home field April 21, 2006, a 13-9 Pioneer win. Ohio State’s last win over Denver in Columbus was April 25, 2004.
Denver enters the game Saturday on a six-game winning streak, 9-4 on the year and 3-0 in the GWLL. The squad is coming off home wins over Quinnipiac (14-8) and Bellarmine (14-12) at home last weekend.
The Pioneers are ninth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 11.15 goals a game. The squad is allowing 9.54 goals a contest and has scored on 50.6 percent of its man-up chances.
Jamie Lincoln leads the team and the GWLL with 35 goals and is seventh in the NCAA in goals per game (2.69). Lincoln has a team-best 39 points, with Cliff Smith second in goals (21) and points (29). Charley Dickenson is first on the team with 15 assists, followed by Ilija Gajic with 12. Gajic (23), Jon Paulson (20) and Dickenson (20) all have hit the 20-point mark this year. Ben Wahler has a team-best 82 groundballs and has won 52 percent of his faceoffs this season. Austin Konkel has played in 12 games in the cage, with a 9.16 goals-against average and .514 save percentage.
Jamie Munro, a 1989 graduate of Brown, is in his 10th year at the helm of the Pioneers. Former Buckeye captain Jon Torpey (1997-00) is in his fourth season on the Pioneers’ coaching staff.
In the national rankings released Tuesday, Ohio State ranked in the Top 10 in the NCAA in scoring margin (2nd/+6.36), man-up offense (3rd/.520), scoring offense (4th/13.64), scoring defense (9th/7.27) and win percentage (10th/.727).
With the Nation’s Best
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan ranks fourth nationally in points per game (4.54), is eighth in goals per game (2.64) and 16th in assists per game (1.73). Junior Joel Dalgarno is ninth in points per game (4.09) and seventh in assists per game (2.18). Junior Peet Poillon is 23rd in goals a game (2.18) and junior Nick Carr is 24th in groundballs per game (4.64). Senior goalie Stefan Schroder is eighth in goals-against average (6.79) and 11th in save percentage (.592).
Player of the Week
For the second-consecutive week, Kevin Buchanan, has been named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. It is the third league award for Buchanan, a native of Cockeysville, Md., this season (March 13, April 10) and is the fifth honor of his career.
Buchanan also was the winner of the InsideLacrosse.com MVP of the week fan poll, garnering 50 percent of the vote.
Buchanan led the squad to a 14-11 upset of then-No. 8 North Carolina last Saturday in Baltimore. He had a season-best five goals and seven points in the win, Ohio State’s first over the Tar Heels in program history.
In the Record Books
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 148 points (82g, 66a) as a Buckeye to tie for sixth place with Mike Avery (1988-91), two behind fifth-place Bill Rodgers (1978-81). Buchanan is sixth in assists all-time, nine back of Craig Cooper (1974-78) and Mike Norton (2000-03) in fourth with 75 career assists each.
Junior Joel Dalgarno has 136 points as a Buckeye (74g, 62a) to rank 12th in program history, one behind 11th-place Dean Curtis (1990-93). Dalgarno comes in eighth with 62 career helpers, one assist behind Kevin Johnson (1997-99) in seventh place.
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 12th (tied) with 133 career points.
Kevin Buchanan, a three-time GWLL Player of the Week this year, ranks fourth in the NCAA in points per game, averaging 4.54 an outing.
Over the last five games, Buchanan is posting 5.8 points a contest. He began the stretch with back-to-back five-point games vs. UMBC and Quinnipiac, followed by two-consecutive six-point outings vs. Bellarmine and Air Force. He had a season-best seven points against North Carolina last Saturday.
Buchanan had a season-best five goals vs. the Tar Heels, matching the career high he set as a sophomore vs. Hobart March 4, 2006. His seven points vs. UNC were one shy of his career best of eight points, set vs. Air Force April 23, 2006. He had a seven-point game vs. Harvard last season (Feb. 25, 2007). He has two five-assist games and three six-point outings this season.
Buchanan leads the Buckeyes with a career-best 29 goals this year, surpassing the then-career-high 26 goals he had as a junior. He ranks eighth nationally and second in the GWLL in goals per game and has multiple goals in 8-of-11 games, with one five-goal game and two four-goal outings.
Buchanan, who tied for the team lead in points in 2006 and was second in 2007, now has a career-best 49 points on the year.
He is on a 40-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has a 78-62-140 line during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 23 games and is on a 20-game goal-scoring streak.
Buchanan now is in the Top 10 in the Buckeye record book for career assists (6th/66) and points (t-6th/148).
The 20-Goal Club
Four Buckeyes have 20 or more goals this season – Kevin Buchanan (29), Peet Poillon (24), Joel Dalgarno (21) and Jeff Ryan (21).
Just three other players in the GWLL have 20 or more goals this season – Denver’s Jamie Lincoln (35) and Cliff Smith (21) and Notre Dame’s Ryan Hoff (22).
Ohio State is the only school nationally with four players with 20 or more goals. Duke and Virginia each have three 20-goal scorers. Ten other programs have two players with 20 or more goals (Bucknell, Colgate, Dartmouth, Delaware, Denver, Lafayette, Siena, Stony Brook, Syracuse and UMBC). In all, 47 NCAA Division I players have hit the 20-goal mark this season.
The Buckeyes, who rank fourth nationally in scoring offense averaging 13.64 goals a game, have averaged 17 goals a game over the last four contests during their winning streak.
The team scored 20 goals at Bellarmine April 2, the first time the team hit the 20-goal mark since a 23-5 victory over St. Joseph’s March 7, 1995. It was the most goals since a 19-1 victory over Wagner Feb. 23, 2007 and followed the squad’s 18-7 victory at Quinnipiac March 29. The team followed with a 16-5 win over Air Force April 6 and 14-11 victory vs. North Carolina last Saturday.
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last eight outings and have double-digit goals in 9-of-11 games this year.
The program record for scoring average in a season is 13.4, set by the 1966 squad that went 14-0. The 1978 team averaged 13.3 goals a game and posted a 14-1 mark.
Ohio State has held its opponents to eight or less goals in 9-of-11 games this season. The squad is allowing 6.27 goals on the year to rank ninth in the NCAA.
The Buckeyes allowed a season-low four goals vs. Bellarmine April 2 and gave up just five goals vs. Air Force April 6. The team also held Robert Morris to five goals March 15 and gave up six goals vs. Colgate Feb. 24 and Penn State March 8.
The Buckeyes have scored on 36.6 percent of their shots this season to lead the GWLL. The squad has converted 150-of-410 shots this year.
After converting 17-of-29 (.586) of their extra-man chances in the last four games combined, the Buckeyes rank third nationally and first in the GWLL in man-up offense (.520).
The Buckeyes were 7-for-9 at Quinnipiac, 5-for-8 vs. Bellarmine and 4-for-8 against Air Force before a 1-for-4 game vs. North Carolina last Saturday.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro leads the team with seven EMO goals, followed by junior Peet Poillon with five. Eight Buckeyes have scored at least one extra-man goal this year.
Before the seven-goal outburst vs. the Bobcats, the team’s high in the last four-plus years was three EMO goals in a game, set three times (March 15 at Robert Morris, March 31, 2007 at Quinnipiac and March 31, 2004 at Notre Dame).
The Buckeyes stopped North Carolina on all six extra-man chances last Saturday and now ranks 22nd nationally and second in the league (.736 percent). The team has stopped 39-of-53 opponent chances this season.
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all 11 games for the Buckeyes this season. He tied his season high with 14 saves in the win over North Carolina last Saturday, the sixth time this season Schroder had 10 or more saves, including the fifth time in the last eight games. He also had 14 saves at Robert Morris March 15. He is eighth nationally in goals-against average (6.79) and 11th in save percentage (.592).
Schroder has gotten the starting nod in all 25 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.58, with a career save percentage of .580.
Junior Joel Dalgarno, who led the GWLL in scoring as a sophomore last year, is second in the league in scoring this season (behind teammate Kevin Buchanan). Dalgarno has 45 points, including a league-best 24 assists, this year. He is in the Top 10 nationally in points per game and assists per outing.
Dalgarno was held scoreless vs. North Carolina last weekend, marking the first time in 38 games as a Buckeye he did not record at least one point. He has 74 goals and 62 assists for 136 points for the Scarlet and Gray, ranking eighth in career assists and 12th in career points.
Dalgarno has at least one assist in 28-of-38 career games, has at least one goal in 33-of-38 outings and has multiple points in 34-of-38 contests.
Dalgarno had a career-best eight assists and nine points at Quinnipiac March 29, followed by back-to-back six-point outings vs. Bellarmine (1g, 5a) April 2 and Air Force (3g, 3a) April 6.
Dalgarno’s eight assists and nine points vs. QU both are single-game league highs this season.
No. 24 Scores
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro has 11 goals in his last four games combined, including hat tricks at Quinnipiac March 29, vs. Air Force April 6 and vs. North Carolina last Saturday and two goals vs. Bellarmine April 2. He has 15 goals and 18 points this season, surpassing the nine goals and 12 points he had as a freshman last year.
Junior Jeff Ryan pushed his goal and scoring streaks to 10 with two goals and three points vs. North Carolina last Saturday. Ryan ranks third on the team with 31 points, six shy of the 37 he set as a sophomore last season. He is tied for third on the team with 21 goals and ranks third with 10 assists this year. He had a season-best three assists and five points vs. Colgate Feb. 24 before posting three goals and four points at Robert Morris March 15, at Villanova March 18, at Quinnipiac March 29 and vs. Bellarmine April 2.
Ryan has a point in 24-of-25 games as a Buckeye and now has 68 career points for the Scarlet and Gray, with 48 goals and 20 assists. He played his freshman season at Hobart, where he had a 7-6-13 line in 2006.
Peet Posts Points
Junior transfer Peet Poillon has multiple goals and points in all but one game this season (March 1 at Bucknell) and has three or more points in 7-of-11 outings. He has two four-point games, with three goals and an assist vs. Bellarmine April 2 and vs. Colgate Feb. 24. Poillon, in his first season playing Division I lacrosse, is second on the team with 24 goals and fourth with 29 points.
Junior Doug Ruhnke, who has started three of the last five games, brings a five-game point streak (3-3-6) into the game vs. Denver. He has a 5-3-8 line this season, including a season-best two goals vs. Penn State March 8. He has matched his career best of five goals set last season and is three back of the career-best 11 points he had as a sophomore last year.
Sophomore James Green has multiple points in 9-of-11 games this season and at least one point in all but one game on the year. He has a career-best 12 goals, eight assists and 20 points this year, passing the 10-3-13 line he had as a freshman.
The three Buckeye starters on defense each have career highs in groundballs this season. Junior Scott Matthews, in his third year as a starter, has a career-best 23 groundballs, bettering the then-career best 21 he had as a freshman. Sophomore Scott Foreman has 14 in 11 games this year after seeing action in seven games a year ago and recording seven gbs. Sophomore Keith Lovett, also in his first year starting, has 25 groundballs this year (14 in 2007).
Senior Ricky Pages had his second assist this season, and the second helper of his career, vs. North Carolina last Saturday. He has a career-best four points this year, including two goals to match his career best.
In the League
In the latest GWLL rankings, the Buckeyes are first in goals per game (13.64), goals allowed per game (7.09), man-up scoring percentage (.520) and shooting percentage (.366).
Kevin Buchanan (4.45) and Joel Dalgarno (4.09) are first and second, respectively, in points per game. Buchanan ranks third in assists (1.82) and second in goals per game (2.64). Dalgarno is first in assists per outing (2.18) and tied for fifth in goals per game (1.91).
Junior Jeff Ryan is sixth in points per game (2.82), tied for fifth in goals a game (1.91) and 10th in assists per game (.91). Junior Peet Poillon is fourth in goals a game (2.18) and eighth in points per game (2.64).
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro has a league-best seven man-up goals.
Junior Nick Carr is fourth in groundballs per game (4.64) and ranks fourth in faceoff winning percentage (.493).
Goalie Stefan Schroder is second in goals-against average (6.79) and save percentage (.592).
Joel Dalgarno and Kevin Buchanan, the Buckeyes’ leading scorers the last two seasons, are continuing the trend again this year. The duo have recorded some of the top single-game performances in the GWLL this season.
Dalgarno’s eight assists and nine points vs. Quinnipiac March 29 is the top performance in both categories this year. Dalgarno had six-point outings vs. Air Force April 6 and Bellarmine April 2 to tie for fourth in the league.
Buchanan’s seven-point game vs. North Carolina is tied for the second-best outing this year, while his five goals vs. the Tar Heels are tied for third. Buchanan also has three six-point games this season (vs. Penn State, vs. Air Force, vs. Bellarmine), which are tied for fourth in the league. His five assists vs. the Falcons and Knights are the second-highest total in the league this year, while his five goals vs. UNC are tied for third in the league.
Senior captains Kevin Buchanan and Ricky Pages played in the 50th game of their Buckeye careers vs. Bellarmine April 2 and now have played in 52 games each. Buchanan has started 51 of those contests. Josh Funk is one game away from the 50th of his career.
Second is First
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 47-21, in the second quarter this season.
The Buckeyes will close out regular-season play at Notre Dame next weekend. The teams will meet at noon Sunday, April 27 in South Bend, Ind.
GWLL Tourney Info
The inaugural Great Western Lacrosse League championship tournament will be held May 2 and 4 at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich. The winner of the tournament, which includes the Top 4 teams in the final regular-season league standings, will receive the conference’s bid into the 2008 NCAA Championship.
Semifinals will be held at 5 and 7:30 p.m. May 2, with the championship set for noon May 4. Tickets are now on sale online through TicketWeb.com. Weekend passes are $20 and include all three games. Sellouts are anticipated. Single-day tickets for $15 will only be sold at the door if seats remain unsold.
Go online to collegelacrosseinmichigan.com for more tournament information, including directions and local hotels.
Joel Dalgarno was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 24-30, the conference announced April 2. Dalgarno led the Buckeyes to an 18-7 win in their league opener at Quinnipiac March 29, posting a career-best eight assists and nine points.
Dalgarno assisted on eight of the Buckeyes’ 18 goals in their victory over the Bobcats, including helpers on six of the team’s seven man-up goals in the contest. The nine points was the best single-game performance by a Buckeye since 2003 and one point shy of Dalgarno’s previous high of eight points, set vs. QU last season. The eight assists were the most in a single game in the NCAA this season and the nine points were tied for the third-best performance this year.
This is the second league honor for Dalgarno in his career. He also was honored April 4, 2007.
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, the third league weekly honor of his career.
Buchanan 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 tied for the third-highest single-game outing in his career.
Buchanan is a three-time league player of the week (May 9, 2006; Feb. 28, 2007).
GWLL POTW Again
Senior Kevin Buchanan was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 31-April 6, the conference announced Wednesday. It was the second league award for Buchanan this season (March 13) and is the fourth honor of his career.
Buchanan led the Buckeyes to two wins last week, with five assists and six points in each game, as Ohio State downed Bellarmine, 20-4, Wednesday and Air Force, 16-5, Sunday. Against Bellarmine, Buchanan scored a man-up goal and assisted on two other EMO tallies, along with three assists with the teams at even strength. In the game vs. the Falcons, Buchanan had six points in the first half, including a man-up goal and an EMO assist. He helped the Buckeyes move into second nationally in man-up offense.
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.