No. 16 Ohio State
7-3, 3-0 GWLL
No. 8 North Carolina
7-3, 0-3 ACC
Saturday, April 12 – 1 p.m.
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland
Buckeye Lax Hits
Senior Kevin Buchanan and junior Joel Dalgarno, who shared the team lead with six points each vs. both Bellarmine and Air Force last week, carry 39 and 37-game point scoring streaks, respectively, into the game vs. North Carolina.
The duo are in the Top 5 nationally in points per game and lead the GWLL in scoring.
Ohio State is second in the country in both man-up offense (.543) and scoring margin (+6.7).
The Buckeyes have scored double-digit goals in each of their last seven games and are third nationally in scoring offense (13.6 goals per game).
Next Saturday (April 19), Ohio State will face conference foe Denver in Ohio Stadium prior to the football team’s spring game. The program is looking to break the national lacrosse attendance record (52,004).
The Buckeyes are ninth nationally in team defense (6.9 goals allowed per game) and senior goalie Stefan Schroder is fourth in the country in goals-against average (6.33).
The No. 16 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-3, 3-0 GWLL) travels to Baltimore this weekend to face No. 8 North Carolina (7-3, 0-3 ACC). The teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. Directions to the field can be found online at www.boyslatinmd.com/about/directions.aspx.
Live stats will be available for the game through the men’s lacrosse page at tarheelblue.com.
Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 16 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday. In the USILA coaches poll, the Buckeyes are now 19th.
When the Buckeyes take on North Carolina Saturday in Baltimore, it will mark the return of eight current players, as well as head coach Joe Breschi, to their home state. Eight Buckeyes hail from Maryland and the Baltimore area – seniors Kevin Buchanan (Cockeysville/Calvert Hall), Josh Funk (Poolesville/Poolesville) and Matt Cornell (Ellicott City/Archbishop Spaulding), juniors Nick Carr (Baltimore/Calvert Hall) and Scott Matthews (Nottingham/Boys’ Latin), sophomores Scott Foreman (Timonium/Calvert Hall) and Patrick Hansen (Annapolis/St. Mary’s) and freshman Andrew Klontz (Silver Spring/Sandy Spring Friends). Breschi is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield.
The game will be played at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, the alma mater of Matthews, a three-year starter on defense for the Buckeyes. He will be recognized by the school before the game Saturday.
The Buckeyes will take on Denver at 11 a.m. next Saturday (April 19) 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 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.
Tickets to the game are $5 and include both the lacrosse and football games. They can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Gates to the stadium will open at 10 a.m., with general admission seating.
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 effort. To date, the foundation has raised over $30,000 from the sale of the laces. For more information, visit HEADstrongfoundation.org.
The Buckeyes are 7-3 this season, with wins over Colgate, Penn State, Robert Morris, Villanova, Quinnipiac, Bellarmine and Air Force. 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 13.22 goals a game and allowing 6.71 goals a contest. The team has converted 25-of-46 (.543) man-up chances.
Junior Joel Dalgarno has a team-best 24 assists and 45 points. Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 24 goals and is second with 42 points. Junior Peet Poillon has 22 goals to rank second and is fourth with 27 points. Junior Jeff Ryan is third in points with 28, on 19 goals and nine assists. Sophomore James Green has an 11-7-18 line and classmate Mario Ventiquattro also has hit double digits with 16 points, including 12 goals.
Senior goalie Stefan Schroder has started all 10 games and has a 6.33 goals-against average and .597 save percentage.
Junior Nick Carr is first on the team with 50 groundballs and has won 105-of-203 (.517) faceoffs. Schroder is second with 32 groundballs, followed by junior Scott Matthews and sophomore Keith Lovett with 23 each. Senior tri-captains Ricky Pages and Josh Funk have 22 and 21 groundballs, respectively.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes pushed their winning streak to three and moved to 3-0 in GWLL play with a 16-5 victory over Air Force Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Senior Day. The Buckeyes outscored the Falcons 5-1 in the first quarter and 8-1 in the second to take a 13-2 lead into halftime.
Junior Joel Dalgarno and senior Kevin Buchanan each had six points in the game to lead the team. Dalgarno had three goals and three assists, while Buchanan had five assists and a goal. Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro had a hat trick in the game and junior Peet Poillon chipped in two goals. Senior Peter Schell had two points on a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had 10 saves and allowed three goals while playing 45 minutes. Junior Nick Carr won 17-of-22 faceoffs and had a game-high eight groundballs.
In the national rankings released Tuesday, Ohio State ranked in the Top 12 nationally in man-up offense (2nd/.543), scoring margin (2nd/+6.7), scoring offense (3rd/13.6), scoring defense (9th/6.9) and win percentage (12th/.700).
With the Nation’s Best
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan and junior Joel Dalgarno are in the Top 5 in the NCAA in points per game. Dalgarno is in the Top 7 in assists an outing and Buchanan is 12th in goals per game. Stefan Schroder is fourth in goals-against average (6.33) and 11th in save percentage (.597). Junior Nick Carr is 14th in groundballs per game (5.0).
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 leads the league with a 3-0 mark. Denver is 1-0, followed by Notre Dame (1-1), Quinnipiac (0-1), Air Force (0-1) and Bellarmine (0-2).
Four GWLL games are set for this weekend, as Quinnipiac and Bellarmine travel to Colorado to take on Air Force and Denver.
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. Tar Heels
The Buckeyes are looking to post their first victory over North Carolina when the teams meet this weekend (0-13). This marks the third-consecutive year the teams will meet in Baltimore. UNC won 14-10 Feb. 17, 2007 and 14-5 Feb. 18, 2006.
The Buckeyes and Tar Heels have met seven of the last nine seasons, including twice in 2004 (regular-season and NCAA tournament).
UNC leads the series in Chapel Hill, 8-0, has a 2-0 lead in games in Columbus and leads 3-0 at neutral sites.
The Alma Mater
Ohio State head coach Joe Breschi, the Buckeyes’ all-time coaching wins leader (88), played for North Carolina from 1987-90. He was a two-time All-ACC selection, as well as a first team All-American in 1990 and an honorable mention All-America selection in 1989. Breschi, UNC’s captain as a senior, was named to the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Men’s Lacrosse Team in 2002.
In addition, Breschi spent two seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina. The squad captured a national championship and two ACC titles, posting a 28-3 record, during his tenure.
Tar Heel Tape
North Carolina is 7-3 this season and is coming off a 12-11 overtime loss to Virginia last week. The team is ranked eighth nationally and averages 10.3 goals a game, while allowing 8.2. The team has scored on 42.6 percent of its extra-man chances.
Bart Wagner leads the Tar Heels with 13 assists and 27 points. Ben Hunt has a team-best 18 goals and is second with 24 points. Wagner (14), Sean Delaney (12) and Michael B. Burns (11) each have double-digit goals on the year. Billy Bitter is second on the squad with nine assists. In all, eight Tar Heels have 10 or more points.
Grant Zimmerman has started all 10 games in goal and has an 8.35 goals-against average and .602 save percentage.
Senior Kevin Buchanan has been named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for the week of March 31-April 6, the conference announced Wednesday. It is 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.
In the Record Books
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 141 points (77g, 64a) as a Buckeye to rank eighth in program history in career points, four behind Tim McCabe (1986-89) in seventh place and seven back of sixth-place Mike Avery (1988-91).
Junior Joel Dalgarno now has 136 points as a Buckeye (74g, 62a), to rank 12th in program history, one behind 11th-place Dean Curtis (1990-93).
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.
Buchanan now has 64 career assists, ranking sixth in the Buckeye record book. Dalgarno comes in eighth with 62 career helpers.
Next up for Buchanan are Craig Cooper (1974-78) and Mike Norton (2000-03) in fourth with 75 career assists. Dalgarno is one assist behind Kevin Johnson (1997-99) in sixth place.
Kevin Buchanan, a two-time GWLL Player of the Week this season, is averaging 5.5 points a game over the last four contests, following up back-to-back five-point games with two-consecutive six-point outings. After posting a goal and season-best five assists vs. Bellarmine last Wednesday, he matched the total vs. Air Force last Sunday. He now has three six-point games this season.
Buchanan leads the Buckeyes with 24 goals this year, just two shy of the career-best 26 goals he had as a junior. He ranks 12th nationally in goals per game and has multiple goals in 7-of-10 games, with two four-goal outings.
Buchanan is second for the Buckeyes with 42 points and is in the Top 5 in the NCAA in points per game (4.2 per game). Buchanan is second in the Great Western Lacrosse League in goals and points per game.
He is on a 39-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has a 73-60-133 line during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 22 games and is on a 19-game goal-scoring streak.
Buchanan now is in the Top 10 in the Buckeye record book for career assists and points.
Junior Joel Dalgarno, who led the GWLL in scoring as a sophomore last year, is in the same spot this season. Dalgarno ranks first for the Buckeyes with 45 points, including a league-best 24 assists. He is in the Top 5 nationally in points per game and assists per outing.
Dalgarno has 21 points in the last three games combined, with a career-best eight assists and nine points at Quinnipiac March 29, followed by back-to-back six-point outings vs. Bellarmine (1g, 5a) and Air Force (3g, 3a) last week.
Dalgarno has at least one point in all 37 games he has played in as a Buckeye, with 74 goals and 62 assists for 136 points. He has multiple points in each game this year and multiple assists in each of the last six games.
Dalgarno has at least one assist in 28-of-37 career games and now ranks eighth in OSU history in career assists. He has at least one goal in 33-of-37 outings and has multiple points in 34-of-37 contests.
Dalgarno’s eight assists and nine points vs. QU both are single-game league highs this season.
In the League
In the latest GWLL rankings, the Buckeyes are first in goals per game (13.60), goals allowed per game (6.71), man-up scoring percentage (.543) and shooting percentage (.377).
Joel Dalgarno (4.50) and Kevin Buchanan (4.20) are first and second, respectively, in points per game. Dalgarno is first in assists per outing (2.40) and fifth in goals per game (2.10). Buchanan (1.80) ranks third in assists and second in goals per game (2.40).
Junior Peet Poillon is fourth in goals a game (2.20) and sixth in points per game (2.70). Jeff Ryan is fifth in points per game (2.80), sixth in goals a game (1.90) and tied for ninth in assists per game (.90).
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro has a league-best six man-up goals, followed by Poillon with five.
Junior Nick Carr is tied for second in groundballs per game (5.00) and ranks third in faceoff winning percentage (.517).
Goalie Stefan Schroder is first in goals-against average (6.33) and second in save percentage (.597).
Joel Dalgarno and Kevin Buchanan, the Buckeyes’ leading scorers the last two seasons, each had six points in each of the last two games. Against Bellarmine last Wednesday, Dalgarno had a season-best four goals and added two assists, while Buchanan had a season-high five assists and added a goal.
In the game vs. Air Force last Sunday, Dalgarno had a hat trick and three assists, while Buchanan again had a goal and five assists.
Buchanan also had six points against Penn State March 8, with four goals and two helpers.
Dalgarno had a team season-high eight assists and nine points at Quinnipiac March 29.
The Buckeyes, who rank third nationally in scoring offense averaging 13.6 goals a game, scored 18 goals a game over the last three contests.
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 Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last seven outings and have double-digit goals in 8-of-10 games this year.
Ohio State has held its opponents to eight or less goals in 9-of-10 games this season. The squad is allowing 6.9 goals on the year to rank in the Top 10 nationally.
After allowing a season-low four goals vs. Bellarmine last Wednesday, the Buckeyes gave up just five goals vs. Air Force Sunday in their last time out. 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.
After converting 16-of-25 (.640) of their extra-man chances in the last three games combined, the Buckeyes now rank second nationally in man-up offense (.543). The Buckeyes were 7-for-9 at Quinnipiac, 5-for-8 vs. Bellarmine and 4-for-8 against Air Force.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro leads the team with six 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).
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all 10 games for the Buckeyes this season and is coming off a 10-save performance vs. Air Force in 45 minutes in the cage. It was the fifth time this season Schroder had 10 or more saves, including the fourth time in the last seven games. He had a season-high 14 saves at Robert Morris March 15
He is fourth nationally in goals-against average (6.33) and is 11th in save percentage (.597).
Schroder has gotten the starting nod in all 24 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.49, with a career save percentage of .582.
Scoop It Up
After recording 17 groundballs in his last two games combined, junior Nick Carr now ranks in the Top 15 in the country in groundballs per game. He had a career-best nine groundballs in the win over Bellarmine last Wednesday before scooping up eight vs. Air Force last Sunday. His previous best was seven, set at Robert Morris earlier this season. He is third in the GWLL in faceoff winning percentage (105-203/.517). He won 17-of-22 faceoffs vs. the Falcons.
No. 24 Scores
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro has eight goals in his last three games combined, with hat tricks at Quinnipiac and vs. Air Force and two goals vs. Bellarmine. He has 12 goals and 15 points this season, breaking the nine goals and 12 points he had as a freshman last year.
Junior Doug Ruhnke, who has started three of the last four games, brings a four-game point (2-3-5) streak into the game vs. North Carolina. He has a 4-3-7 line this season, including a season-best two goals vs. Penn State March 8.
Senior Peter Schell posted his first points of the season with a goal and an assist vs. Air Force Sunday. It was the second multiple-point game of his career, after he had two assists vs. Wagner Feb. 23, 2007.
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 51 games each. Buchanan has started 50 of those contests. Josh Funk is two games away from the 50th of his career.
Junior Jeff Ryan had his multiple-point streak ended at eight but extended his goal and scoring streaks to nine with a goal vs. Air Force Sunday. Ryan ranks third on the team with 34 points, just three shy of the 37 he set as a sophomore last season. He is fourth on the team with 22 goals and ranks third with nine assists. He had a season-best three assists and five points vs. Colgate Feb. 24 before posting 3-1-4 lines at Robert Morris March 15, at Villanova March 18, at Quinnipiac March 29 and vs. Bellarmine April 2.
Ryan has a point in 23-of-24 games as a Buckeye and now has 65 career points for the Scarlet and Gray, with 46 goals and 19 assists.
Peet Posts Points
Junior transfer Peet Poillon has multiple goals and points in all but one game this season and has three or more points in 7-of-10 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 22 goals and fourth with 27 points.
Second is First
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 44-16, in the second quarter this season.
Freshman Mike Pires has scored a goal in each of the last three games and now has four goals and five points this year to lead the Buckeye rookies.
The Buckeyes will return home to host Denver at 11 a.m. April 19 in Ohio Stadium.
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 last weekend, 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 are the most in a single game in the NCAA this season and the nine points are 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).
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.