No. 17/18 Ohio State
6-3, 2-0 GWLL
2-4, 0-0 GWLL
Sunday, April 6 – 11:30 a.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Buckeye Lax Hits
A Buckeye win over Air Force Sunday would give the team a berth in the inaugural GWLL tournament, set for May 2/4 in Birmingham, Mich.
Senior Kevin Buchanan and junior Joel Dalgarno, who shared the team lead with six points each vs. Bellarmine Wednesday night, carry 38 and 36-game point scoring streaks, respectively, into the game vs. Air Force.
The Buckeyes are 12-for-17 on extra-man chances in their last two games combined. Entering the week, the squad was third nationally on extra-man offense. The team has converted 56.8 percent (21-of-38) of its chances this season.
The Buckeyes have scored double-digit goals in each of their last six games and are averaging 19.0 goals a game over their last two games, with an 18-7 win at Quinnipiac last Saturday and 20-4 victory at home vs. Bellarmine Wednesday. The team, which entered the week sixth in the country in scoring offense, is averaging 12.92 goals a game on the year.
The No. 17/18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-3, 2-0 GWLL) continues league play when it hosts Air Force (2-4, 0-0 GWLL) at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Note the game time has been changed to accommodate Air Force’s travel schedule.
Live stats will be available through a link on the men’s lacrosse schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Ohio State student radio station will have a webcast of the game online at ohiostatesports.net.
Ohio State moved up to No. 17 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday. In the USILA coaches poll, the Buckeyes are slotted 18th.
The 11 members of the Buckeyes’ 2008 senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony Sunday before their final game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The group includes Mat Ballay, Charlie Billingsley, Kevin Buchanan, Matt Cornell, Bill Curry, Chris Friel, Josh Funk, Steve McKinlay, Ricky Pages, Peter Schell and Stefan Schroder.
Check it Out
Senior Kevin Buchanan held an online chat with fans live Friday. Check out his answers on the men’s lacrosse page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Buckeyes are 6-3 this season, with wins over Colgate, Penn State, Robert Morris, Villanova, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine. 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 12.92 goals a game and allowing 6.89 goals a contest. The team has converted 21-of-37 (.568) man-up changes.
Junior Joel Dalgarno has a team-best 21 assists and 39 points. Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 23 goals and is second with 36 points. Junior Peet Poillon has 20 goals and 25 points, with junior Jeff Ryan chipping in 18 goals and 27 points this season. Sophomore James Green has a 10-7-17 line and classmate Mario Ventiquattro also has hit double digits with 13 points, including nine goals.
Senior goalie Stefan Schroder has started all nine games and has a 6.54 goals-against average and .580 save percentage.
Junior Nick Carr is first on the team with 42 groundballs and has won 88-of-181 faceoffs. Schroder is second with 25 groundballs, followed by senior tri-captain Ricky Pages with 20 and junior Scott Matthews and Keith Lovett with 19 each.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes opened league play at home with a 20-4 victory over Bellarmine Wednesday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter and moved to a 13-0 lead at halftime.
In all, 11 Buckeyes scored at least one goal. Junior Joel Dalgarno had a game-high four goals and tied teammate Kevin Buchanan for the team lead with six points each vs. the Knights. Buchanan had a team-best five assists in the game, with juniors Jeff Ryan and Peet Poillon each recording four points on a hat trick and an assist. Senior Mat Ballay and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro each scored twice. Junior Nick Carr led the team with a career-best nine groundballs. The Buckeye defense held the Knights to just 17 shots in the game, including five in the first half.
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.
Four teams opened league play last weekend. Ohio State downed Quinnipiac, 18-7, and Notre Dame won at Bellarmine, 19-7.
The Buckeyes moved to 2-0 and dropped Bellarmine to 0-2 with a 20-4 Ohio State victory Wednesday in Columbus. Two more GWLL games are on the slate for this week with Ohio State hosting Air Force and Denver traveling to Notre Dame.
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. Falcons
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Air Force, 12-10, including an 8-3 ledger in games played in Columbus, and has won the last 10 games between the teams. The squads met in Colorado Springs last season, with Ohio State recording a 10-6 victory. The last meeting in Columbus was April 23, 2006, an 11-7 Buckeye win.
Senior Kevin Buchanan has a team-best six goals, five assists and 11 points in three career games vs. the Falcons. Junior Joel Dalgarno has a 3-4-7 line in two games, while sophomore James Green (1g, 2a) and junior Jeff Ryan (2g, 1a) each had three points vs. Air Force last season in their first game vs. the Falcons.
Air Force enters the game with the Buckeyes 2-4 this year, with wins over Providence and Presbyterian and losses to Army, Penn, Brown and Maryland. The game Sunday opens GWLL play for Air Force, as their game vs. Notre Dame, scheduled for March 22, was postponed.
The Falcons are averaging 7.43 goals a game this season, while allowing 10.73. The squad has converted 9-of-25 man-up chances (.360) and has allowed eight goals on 26 opportunities (.692).
Griffin Nevitt is first on the team in goals (9), assists (4) and points (13). David Rose is second in goals (8) and points (11) and is one of three Falcons with three assists this season, joining Jack Parchman and Dan Gnazzo. Ridge Flick is third with five goals.
In goal, Woody Johnson has played in five games, with a 1-1 ledger, 9.69 goals-against average and .541 save percentage. In four games this year, Brian Wilson is 1-3, with a 12.73 GAA and .422 svpct.
Fred Acee, a 1963 graduate of Cortland State, is in his 11th year at Air Force (37-99) and in his 41st year as a collegiate head coach (349-218-1).
Joel Dalgarno and Kevin Buchanan, the Buckeyes’ leading scorers the last two seasons, each had six-point games in the win over Bellarmine. Dalgarno had a season-best four goals and added two assists, while Buchanan had a season-high five assists and added a goal.
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 last Saturday.
In the Record Books
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 135 points (76g, 59a) as a Buckeye to rank 11th in program history, two behind 10th-place Dean Curtis (1990-93).
Junior Joel Dalgarno now has 130 points as a Buckeye, with 71 goals and 59 assists, to rank 15th (tied) in program history with Brian Driscoll (1966-68).
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) in program history with 133 career points.
With 59 career assists each, Dalgarno and Buchanan are seventh in program history, moving ahead of Gilardi, who had 58 assists from 2001-04. Next on the list is Kevin Johnson, who posted 63 assists from 1997-99.
In the Buckeyes’ 20-4 victory over Bellarmine Wednesday, it marked 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 last weekend.
The win Wednesday was the sixth-highest scoring game for a team in the NCAA this season.
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last six outings and have double-digit goals in seven games this year. The team ranks in the Top 5 nationally in goals per game.
Ohio State has held its opponents to eight or less goals in 8-of-9 games this season. The squad is allowing 6.89 goals on the year to rank in the Top 10 nationally.
The team allowed just four goals against Bellarmine Wednesday, including holding the Knights scoreless through the first 40:27 of the game (until a goal with 4:33 left in the third quarter).
The Buckeyes were 7-for-9 at Quinnipiac and 5-for-8 vs. Bellarmine on man-up chances in their last two games, converting 70.6 percent of their opportunities.
The team has now converted 21-of-37 EMO chances this season (.568) and ranks in the Top 3 in the NCAA.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro leads the team with five EMO goals, followed by junior Peet Poillon with four. 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).
Have a Game
Junior Joel Dalgarno had a career-best eight assists and nine points in the win vs. Quinnipiac last week to earn Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week honors Wednesday. It was the best single-game performance for a Buckeye since Curtis Smith had nine points (7g, 2a) vs. Quinnipiac in 2003 and sets the school record for assists in a game. Dalgarno’s eight assists were the most since senior Kevin Buchanan had six against Harvard Feb. 25, 2007. The nine points mark topped the then-career best eight points Dalgarno had vs. the Bobcats last year.
Dalgarno’s 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 in a game this year. Both are league highs this season.
We’re Going Streaking
Kevin Buchanan and Joel Dalgarno rank in the Top 5 in the nation for longest current scoring streak. Buchanan’s 38-game run is in the Top 3 nationally, while Dalgarno is in the Top 4 with points in 36-consecutive games. The national leader is Duke’s Matt Danowski, who has a point in 51 games in a row.
Kevin Buchanan is averaging 5.3 points a game over the last three games, following up back-to-back five-point games with a six-point effort vs. Bellarmine Wednesday. He had a season-best five assists vs. the Knights, while tying his season high for points in a game, first set vs. Penn State March 8.
Buchanan leads the Buckeyes with 23 goals this year and is second with 36 points. He has multiple goals in 7-of-9 games, with two four-goal outings.
Buchanan is first in the Great Western Lacrosse League in goals per game and ranks second in points per outing. Nationally, he is in the Top 15 in goals and points per game.
He is on a 38-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has a 72-55-127 line during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 21 games and is on an 18-game goal-scoring streak.
Buchanan now is in the Top 10 in the Buckeye record book for career assists and is in the Top 15 in career points.
Junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 36 games (71-59-130) against Bellarmine, posting six points, including a season-best four goals.
He has multiple points in each game this year and multiple assists in each of the last five games. He is first in the GWLL in assists and points per game. Dalgarno is averaging 2.0 goals, 2.33 assists and 4.33 goals a game this season.
Dalgarno has at least one assist in 27-of-36 career games and now ranks seventh (tied) in OSU history in career assists. He has at least one goal in 32-of-36 outings and has multiple points in 33-of-36 contests.
Dalgarno, who led the 2007 squad in goals (29) and was the league-leader in points (50), leads the 2008 team in assists (21) and points (39).
Senior Mat Ballay had the first two-goal game of his career and scored his first goal since Feb. 23, 2007 vs. Wagner when he tallied twice vs. Bellarmine Wednesday.
Seniors Kevin Buchanan and Ricky Pages played in the 50th game of their Buckeye careers vs. Bellarmine Wednesday. Buchanan started 49 of those contests.
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all nine games for the Buckeyes this season. He has allowed 55 goals while making 76 saves. He had a season-high 14 saves at Robert Morris March 15 and has 10 or more saves in three of his last six games. He played 30 minutes and did not allow a goal vs. Bellarmine Wednesday.
Schroder has gotten the starting nod in all 23 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.55, with a career save percentage of .575.
Two For 10 Again
Sophomore James Green has at least two points in 8-of-9 games this season. After a season-best three goals at Quinnipiac, he posted his seventh two-point game this season with a goal and an assist vs. Bellarmine. He had a season-best two assists in the season opener vs. Navy and has a goal and an assist in five other games.
Junior Jeff Ryan, who has multiple points in each of the last eight games after going scoreless in the season opener vs. Navy, had his fourth hat trick and four-point game of the season in the win over Bellarmine Wednesday. 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. the Knights.
Ryan has a point in 22-of-23 games as a Buckeye and now has 64 career points for the Scarlet and Gray, with 45 goals and 19 assists. He is third on the team in points (27) and tied for third in goals (18) this season.
Second is First
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 36-15, in the second quarter this season.
Peet Posts Points
Junior transfer Peet Poillon has multiple goals and points in all but one game this season and has three or more in 7-of-9 outings. He matched his season best with three goals and an assist for four points Wednesday vs. Bellarmine, first set vs. Colgate Feb. 24. Poillon is second on the team with 20 goals and fourth with 24 points this season.
Scoop It Up
Junior Nick Carr had a career-best nine groundballs in the win over Bellarmine. His previous best was seven, set at Robert Morris earlier this season. He won 10-of-19 faceoffs vs. the Knights.
No. 24 Scores
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro has five goals in his last two games combined, with a hat trick at Quinnipiac and two goals vs. Bellarmine. He has nine goals and 13 points this season, breaking the 12 points he had as a freshman last year.
Junior Doug Ruhnke, who has started two of the last three games, brings three-game point (1-3-4) and assist streaks into the game vs. Air Force. He has a 3-3-6 line this season, including a season-best two goals vs. Penn State March 8.
Senior Ricky Pages has matched his career best with two goals and has a personal-high three points this season. He scored vs. Bellarmine Wednesday, in addition to tallying at Villanova March 18. He picked up an assist at Bucknell March 1.
On the Scoresheet
Junior Corey Bentine’s goal vs. Bellarmine was his first this season and the first since Feb. 10, 2007 vs. Robert Morris.
Junior Brian Lalley had his first assist of the season, and first since April 22, 2007, against Bellarmine.
Sophomore Andrew Stimmel and freshman Mike Pires each have scored a goal in each of the last two games. Stimmel’s gaols mark the first tallies of his Buckeye career after scoring twice as a freshman at Penn State last season. Pires has three goals and an assist as a rookie this year.
In the Nation
In the national rankings released Tuesday (before the game vs. Bellarmine), Ohio State ranked in the Top 20 nationally in man-up offense (3rd/.533), scoring margin (5th/+5.0), scoring offense (6th/12.5), scoring defense (15th/7.5), and win percentage (19th/.625).
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan was sixth nationally in goals per game. Buchanan and junior Joel Dalgarno were in the Top 15 in points per game and Dalgarno was in the Top 5 in assists per game. Goalie Stefan Schroder ranked 13th in goals-against average (6.95) and was 21st in save percentage (.577).
The Buckeyes will leave conference play to take on North Carolina at 1 p.m. April 12 at Boys’ Latin in Baltimore, Md.
In the League
In the latest GWLL rankings released Tuesday before the Buckeyes’ game vs. Bellarmine, the Buckeyes were first in man-up scoring percentage (.533) and shooting percentage (.362) and were second in goals per game (12.50) and saves percentage (.571).
Kevin Buchanan was first in goals (2.86) and Joel Dalgarno was first in assists (2.375) per game. Dalgarno (4.125) and Buchanan (3.75) were first and second in points per game, respectively.
Junior Peet Poillon was fourth in goals per game (2.12), with classmate Jeff Ryan (1.88) tied for sixth and Dalgarno (1.75) tied for ninth.
Ryan was fifth in points a game (2.88), followed by Poillon (2.62) who was tied for seventh.
Ryan was tied for sixth in assists per game (1.00), with Buchanan tied for 10th (.88).
Junior Nick Carr was fifth in groundballs per game (4.12), while sophomore Mario Ventiquattro was tied for third in man-up gals per game (.50).
Buchanan and Dalgarno were tied for third in shots per game (6.38). Poillon was eighth in shots an outing (5.50) and sophomore James Green was tied for ninth (5.38).
Goalie Stefan Schroder was second in save percentage (.577) and ranked third in goals-against average (6.95) and saves per game (9.38).
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 os 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.