No. 17 Ohio State
5-3, 1-0 GWLL
6-3, 0-1 GWLL
Wednesday, April 2 – 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Buckeye Lax Hits
Junior Joel Dalgarno had a career-best eight assists and nine points in the Buckeyes’ win at Quinnipiac last weekend. It was the best single-game performance for a Buckeye since Curtis Smith had nine points March 8, 2003, also vs. the Bobcats.
The Buckeyes were a season-best 7-for-9 on extra-man chances at Quinnipiac. The squad now ranks third nationally, scoring on 53.3 percent of its EMO opportunities.
Dalgarno and senior Kevin Buchanan both rank in the Top 10 in Ohio State history in career assists. Dalgarno now has 57 assists to rank eighth (tied) all-time while Buchanan has 54 to tie for ninth.
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last five games and have double-digit goals in 6-of-8 games on the year. The squad is averaging 12.5 goals a game, ranking sixth nationally. In addition, the team is outscoring opponents by five goals a game to rank fifth in the country.
The No. 17/18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 0-0 GWLL) opens a two-game homestand against Great Western Lacrosse League opponent Bellarmine at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Sunday, the Buckeyes continue league play when they host Air Force at 11:30 a.m. in JOMS. Note the gametime has been changed to accommodate Air Force’s travel schedule.
Live stats from both games will be available through a link on the men’s lacrosse schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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 Buckeyes are 5-3 this season, with wins over Colgate, Penn State, Robert Morris, Villanova and Quinnipiac. 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 12.07 goals a game and allowing 7.24 goals a contest. The squad has converted 16-of-30 (.533) man-up changes.
Junior Joel Dalgarno has a team-best 19 assists and 33 points. Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 22 goals and is second with 30 points. Junior Peet Poillon is second with 17 goals and fourth with 21 points, while classmate Jeff Ryan is third with 23 points and third in goals with 15. Sophomore James Green has also hit the double-digit mark with 15 points, including nine goals and classmate Mario Ventiquattro has 11 points, with seven goals on the year.
In net, senior Stefan Schroder has started all eight games and has a 6.95 goals-against average and .577 save percentage. Junior Nick Carr has a team-best 33 groundballs, followed by Schroder with 21. Junior Scott Matthews had 19 groundballs, with seniors Ricky Pages and Josh Funk next with 18 and 17, respectively.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes opened GWLL play with an 18-7 victory at Quinnipiac last Saturday. The Buckeyes led, 4-1, after the first quarter before breaking the game open in the second, outscoring the Bobcats, 8-1, before halftime.
Junior Joel Dalgarno had a game-high eight assists and nine points. Senior Kevin Buchanan was second with a five-point game on two goals and three assists, while junior Jeff Ryan had four points, including a hat trick. Junior Peet Poillon and sophomores James Green and Mario Ventiquattro also had hat tricks in the win.
Have a Game
Junior Joel Dalgarno had a career-best eight assists and nine points in the win vs. Quinnipiac last week. It was the best single-game performance for a Buckeye since Curtis Smith had nine points (7g, 2a) vs. Quinnipiac in 2003. Dalgarno’s eight assists were the most since senior Kevin Buchanan had six against Harvard Feb. 25, 2007. The 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.
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.
Three GWLL games are on the slate for this week, as Ohio State hosts both Bellarmine and Air Force and Denver travels 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. Knights
Bellarmine is in its second year as a member of the GWLL. The Buckeyes and Knights met for the first time last season, with Ohio State posting a 13-9 victory on the Knights’ home field in Louisville, Ky. Senior Kevin Buchanan had four goals and five points in the game to lead the Buckeyes.
Bellarmine is 6-3 this year, including a 5-1 ledger at home. The squad is 1-2 on the road and will play the rest of its schedule away from home.
The Knights are averaging 9.60 goals a game and allowing 9.04. The squad has converted 32.4 percent of its man-up chances (11-34) and has stopped 77.8 percent (35-45) of their opponents’ chances.
Adam Gardner has a team-best 14 goals, followed by Shane Andersen with 11 and Matt Holland with 10. Holland has a team-best 10 assists and 20 points, with Andersen second in assists (8) and points (19). Gardner is third with 15 points this season.
David Haas has started five games in goals, with a 9.31 goals-against average and .400 save percentage. Scott Bowles has two starts and has appeared in five games, with an 11.93 gaa and .439 svpct. Justin Burks also has started one game, with a 6.79 GAA and .565 svpct.
Jack McGetrick, a 1972 graduate of Cortland State, is in his fourth year at Bellarmine (29-23) and in his 14th year (116-97) as a collegiate head coach.
In the Nation
In the national rankings released Tuesday, 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 is sixth nationally in goals per game. Buchanan and junior Joel Dalgarno are in the Top 15 in points per game and Dalgarno is 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).
In the Record Books
After posting three assists and five points vs. Quinnipiac last week, senior Kevin Buchanan has 129 points (75g, 54a) as a Buckeye to rank 15th in program history, one behind 14th-place Brian Driscoll (1966-68).
After his eight assists and nine points vs. QU, junior Joel Dalgarno now has 124 points as a Buckeye, with 67 goals and 57 assists, to rank 17th (tied) in program history with Roger Allen (1982-85).
With 57 career assists, Dalgarno moved into the Top 10 all-time, ranking eighth (tied) with Todd Walker (1976-79), one behind current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi, who had 58 assists from 2001-04.
With 54 career assists, Buchanan is tied for 10th in school history with Rob Grim (1979-82), three behind Dalgarno and Walker.
All-time, 24 Buckeyes have recorded 100 or more points. Buchanan and Dalgarno are the first Buckeyes to hit triple digits since Gilardi in 2004. He ranks 11th (tied) in program history with 133 career points.
Ohio State has held its opponents to eight or less goals in 7-of-8 games this season. The squad is allowing 7.24 goals a on the year.
The team held Robert Morris to an opponent low five goals March 15, has given up six goals on two other occasions and allowed seven goals vs. Quinnipiac in its last time out.
The Buckeyes were 7-for-9 on man-up chances at Quinnipiac last Saturday to move into third nationally, converting 16-of-30 chances (.533).
Junior Peet Poillon and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro lead the team with four EMO goals each. Seven 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).
A Rare Goal
Junior defenseman Scott Matthews scored a goal in the win at Quinnipiac last Saturday, marking the first of his career. He had an assist as a freshman in 2006.
Junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 35 games (67-57-124) against Quinnipiac.
He has multiple points in each game this year and multiple assists in each of the last four games. He is first in the GWLL in assists and points per game.
Dalgarno has at least one assist in 26-of-35 career games and now ranks eighth (tied) in OSU history in career assists. He has at least one goal in 31-of-35 outings and has multiple points in 32-of-35 contests.
Dalgarno, who led the 2007 squad in goals (29) and was the league-leader in points (50), leads the 2008 team in assists (19) and points (33). He is averaging 2.4 assists and 4.13 points a game 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 37-game run is tied for third nationally, while Dalgarno is fifth with points in 35-consecutive games. The national leader is Duke’s Matt Danowski, who has a point in 58 games in a row.
The Buckeyes scored a season-high 18 goals at Quinnipiac last Saturday, their most since a 19-1 victory over Wagner Feb. 23, 2007. It is tied for the 14th-highest single-game output in the NCAA this season.
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last five outings and have double-digit goals in six games this year. The team is averaging 12.07 goals a game on the season to rank sixth in the country.
Sophomore James Green, who was held scoreless vs. UMBC March 22, responded with a season-best three goals and four points in the win over Quinnipiac. It was the second hat trick of his career, matching the three goals he scored at Denver last year. The four points were a career high. He had two points in each of the first six games this year.
Kevin Buchanan posted his second-consecutive five-point game with two goals and three assists at Quinnipiac. He had a season-best six points (4g, 2a) vs. Penn State March 8.
Buchanan leads the Buckeyes with 22 goals this year and is second with 30 points. He has multiple goals in 7-of-8 games, with two four-goal outings. His three assists vs. QU were a season best.
Buchanan is first in the Great Western Lacrosse League in goals per game and ranks second in points per outing. Nationally, he is sixth in goals a game and in the Top 15 in points per game.
He is on a 37-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has a 71-50-121 line during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 20 games and is on a 17-game goal-scoring streak. He has multiple goals in 7-of-8 games this year.
Buchanan now is in the Top 10 in the Buckeye record book for career assists and is in the Top 15 in career points.
In the League
In the latest GWLL rankings, 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 is first in goals (2.86) and Joel Dalgarno is first in assists (2.375) per game. Dalgarno (4.125) and Buchanan (3.75) are first and second in points per game, respectively.
Junior Peet Poillon is fourth in goals per game (2.12), with classmate Jeff Ryan (1.88) tied for sixth and Dalgarno (1.75) tied for ninth.
Ryan is fifth in points a game (2.88), followed by Poillon (2.62) who is tied for seventh.
Ryan is tied for sixth in assists per game (1.00), with Buchanan tied for 10th (.88).
Junior Nick Carr is fifth in groundballs per game (4.12), while sophomore Mario Ventiquattro is tied for third in man-up gals per game (.50).
Buchanan and Dalgarno are tied for third in shots per game (6.38). Poillon is eighth in shots an outing (5.50) and sophomore James Green is tied for ninth (5.38).
Goalie Stefan Schroder is second in save percentage (.577 and ranks third in goals-against average (6.95) and saves per game (9.38).
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season and has played all but 22:24 in the cage. He has allowed 55 goals while making 75 saves. He had a season-high 14 saves at Robert Morris March 15 and has 10 or more saves in three of his last five games.
Schroder has gotten the starting nod in all 22 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.73, with a career save percentage of 5.74.
Ryan Rolls Along
After he was held scoreless in the season opener, Jeff Ryan has at least one goal and multiple points in each of the last eight games. He also is on a five-game assist streak. He had a season-high three assists and five points vs. Colgate Feb. 24 and has three four-point games (3g, 1a) this season.
Going for Goal
After going without a point at Bucknell March 1, junior transfer Peet Poillon has rebounded with 12 goals and 14 points in his last five games combined (2.8 points per game). He had his third hat trick of the season at Quinnipiac and has multiple goals in all but one game this year. He now is second on the team with 17 goals.
No. 24 Scores
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro had his first hat trick of the season at Quinnipiac last week. He was one goal shy of the career-best four tallies he had at Denver last season.
The Buckeyes remain at home to host GWLL foe Air Force at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
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.
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.