No. 19 Ohio State
4-3, 0-0 GWLL
6-0, 0-0 GWLL
Saturday, March 29 – 1 p.m.
Buckeye Lax Hits
The Buckeyes entered the week in the Top 15 in the nation in four categories – scoring offense (9th), man-up offense (10th), scoring margin (10th) and scoring defense (15th).
All three of the Buckeyes losses this season have been in overtime to ranked teams.
Four Buckeyes have double-digit goals this season – Kevin Buchanan (20), Peet Poillon (14), Joel Dalgarno (13), and Jeff Ryan (12). Five Buckeyes have double-digit points – Dalgarno (23), Buchanan (20), Ryan (16), Poillon (15) and James Green (12).
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last four games and have double-digit goals in 6-of-7 games on the year. The defense has allowed more than eight goals just once.
Buchanan and Dalgarno rank in the Top 5 nationally in current point-scoring streaks. Buchanan carries a 36-game streak into the game vs. Quinnipiac, while Dalgarno has a point in all 34 games of his Buckeye career.
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-3, 0-0 GWLL) will begin Great Western Lacrosse League play at Quinnipiac (6-0, 0-0 GWLL) this Saturday. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. in Hamden, Conn.
A webstream of the game will be available online. To access the broadcast, go to http://athleticsmedia.quinnipiac.edu/athletics/streaming-page.html.
Ohio State moved back to No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday. Ohio State is the first team receiving votes in the USILA coaches poll.
The Buckeyes are 4-3 this season, with wins over Colgate, Penn State, Robert Morris and Villanova. 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).
Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan is first on the team with 20 goals and 25 points. Junior Joel Dalgarno leads the Buckeyes in assists (11) and comes in second in goals (13) and 24 points. Junior Jeff Ryan is third in points with 19 and fourth with 12 goals. Junior Peet Poillon is fourth on the team with 18 points and ranks second with 14 goals. Sophomore James Green has also hit the double-digit mark with 12 points, including six goals.
In net, senior Stefan Schroder has started all seven games and has a 7.26 goals-against average and .574 save percentage. Junior Nick Carr has a team-best 28 groundballs, followed by Schroder with 20 groundballs. Behind them are junior Scott Matthews with 16 and seniors Josh Funk and Ricky Pages and junior Keith Lovett with 15 each.
As a team, the Buckeyes are averaging 11.25 goals a game, while allowing 7.27.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes suffered a 12-11 loss in double overtime to No. 13 UMBC last Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes led, 9-7, at the end of the third quarter but the Retrievers scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to tie the game and take the lead. The Buckeyes tied the game nine seconds after UMBC took the lead at 3:17. The teams traded goals again to close out regulation, with Ryan Smith tallying for UMBC at 2:34 and Kevin Buchanan scoring for Ohio State at 1:47. The squads were unable to score through the first overtime. Ohio State came close, as a shot went off the crossbar, but the game went to a second overtime. UMBC’s Matt Latham scored with 2:24 remaining in the second OT to lift the Retrievers to the win.
Buchanan had a team-best four goals and five points in the game, while junior Peet Poillon had two goals and three points, Josh Funk scored twice and Joel Dalgarno added two assists.
Open it Up
This marks the third-consecutive season Ohio State is opening Great Western Lacrosse League play vs. Quinnipiac.
The Buckeyes are 4-7 all-time in GWLL openers, but have won the last five, with wins at home vs. Quinnipiac in 2007 (14-6) and on the road vs. the Bobcats in 2006 (9-8). The team opened league play with a victory at Butler in 2005 (13-9), a win over Notre Dame (9-8) in 2004 and an 11-5 win over the Irish to open the 2003 campaign.
Notre Dame won the outright GWLL title last season with a 5-0 ledger, followed by Ohio State in second place (4-1) and Denver in third (3-2). Quinnipiac, Bellarmine and Air Force all were 1-4 in conference play.
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. Bobcats
Ohio State is 6-0 all-time vs. Quinnipiac, as the teams have met each of the last six years.
The teams have met just once on the Bobcats’ home field, a 9-8 Buckeye win March 18, 2006.
Last season, Ohio State downed the Bobcats, 14-6, in Columbus (March 31, 2007). The other meeting in Columbus came March 19, 2005, a 14-2 Buckeye victory.
The teams met on neutral fields in the first three matchups. Ohio State won 10-9 in Baltimore March 9, 2002. In 2003, the Buckeyes posted a 17-5 victory at UMBC Stadium in Baltimore and in 2004 Ohio State was a 14-7 winner in New Haven, Conn.
Junior Joel Dalgarno has a team-high six goals, five assists and 11 career points vs. Quinnipiac, including an eight-point game (3g, 5a) last year. Senior Kevin Buchanan has a 4-4-8 line vs. QU in three career games to rank second.
Quinnipiac enters the game with Ohio State 6-0 on the year, with a 4-0 mark at home. The squad has had a two-week break since downing Hartford, 8-5, March 15 in Hamden, Conn.
The Bobcats are averaging 8.83 goals a game, while allowing 5.17 goals an outing. The team is 5-for-25 (.200) on man-up chances and has stopped 31-of-43 (.721) of its opponents’ opportunities.
Garret Kerr has a team-best 13 goals and 14 points this year. Gary Messina is second with 10 points and has a team-best six assists. Ted Dimond ranks second in goals with six, while Todd Kaiser is second with five assists and third with eight points.
Goalie Kevin Benzing has played in all six games for the Bobcats and has a 5.08 goals-against average and .610 save percentage, allowing 30 goals and making 47 saves.
Eric Fekete, a 1989 graduate of Skidmore, is in his seventh year at the helm of the Bobcats and as a collegiate head coach. He has a career ledger of 33-54.
In the Record Books
Senior Kevin Buchanan has 124 points (73g, 51a) as a Buckeye to tie for 16th in program history, four points behind 15th-place Jim Ash (1985-88).
Buchanan is two assists away from tying for 10th in program history with 53 career helpers.
Junior Joel Dalgarno now has 115 points as a Buckeye, with 66 goals and 49 assists, to rank 20th in program history. He is seven behind Rob Grim (1979-82) and Kevin Johnson (1997-99) in 19th with 122 points each.
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.
Kevin Buchanan tied his season high with four goals and was one point shy of his season-best six-point outing vs. Penn State with five points vs. UMBC last Saturday. He has a team-best 20 goals and 25 points this year.
Buchanan is first in the Great Western Lacrosse League in points (3.57) and goals (2.86) per game. Nationally, he is sixth in goals an outing and 15th in points per game.
He is on a 36-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has a 69-47-116 line during the stretch, has multiple points in each of his last 19 games and is on a 16-game goal-scoring streak. He has multiple goals in 6-of-7 games this year.
Buchanan’s six-point game vs. Penn State (4g, 2a) is tied for the best single-game performance in the league this year.
No. 34 Gets to the Goal
Senior Josh Funk had the second two-goal game of his career vs. UMBC last week. He matched the two goals he scored vs. Army May 6, 2007.
Funk, who had a personal-best three-game goal-scoring streak earlier this year, now has a career-high five goals this season. He is two shy of the person-best seven points (4g, 3a) he had as a junior.
Against UMBC, senior Chris Friel scored his first goal since Feb. 17, 2007 vs. North Carolina. He now has three goals and four points as a Buckeye.
The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last four outings and have double-digit goals in five games this year. The team is averaging 11.25 goals a game on the season.
In the Nation
In the national rankings released Tuesday, Ohio State ranked in the Top 15 nationally in scoring offense (9th/11.71), man-up offense (10th/.4.14), scoring margin (10th/+4.14) and scoring defense (15th/7.57), and win percentage (18th/.600).
Individually, senior Kevin Buchanan is sixth nationally in goals per game (2.86). Buchanan is 15th in points per game (3.57), followed by junior Joel Dalgarno in 16th (3.43). Dalgarno is 21st in assists per game (1.57). Goalie Stefan Schroder ranked 13th in goals-against average (7.36) and was 20th in save percentage (.574).
In the League
In the latest GWLL rankings, the Buckeyes were first in man-up scoring percentage (.429) and shooting percentage (.355) and were second in goals per game (11.71) and saves per game (10.43).
Kevin Buchanan is first in goals (2.86) and points (3.57) per game. Joel Dalgarno is second in points per game (3.43), with Jeff Ryan tying for sixth (2.71) and Peet Poillon coming in eighth (2.57). Dalgarno also is second in assists per game (1.57), followed by Ryan tied for fourth (1.00). Poillon is tied for fourth in goals per game (2.00), Dalgarno is seventh (1.86) and Ryan is eighth (1.71). Buchanan (3rd/6.43), Dalgarno (4th/6.29) and Poillon (t-8th/5.43) all are in the Top 10 in shots per game.
Goalie Stefan Schroder was second in saves per game (10.00) and third in goals-against average (7.26) and save percentage (.574).
Junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 34 games (66-49-115) with two assists vs. UMBC. Against the Retrievers, Dalgarno was held without a goal, ending his goal-scoring streak at eight and marking just the fourth time in 34 career games he did score.
He has multiple points in each game this year, posting a season-best five points in two of the last three games.
Dalgarno, who led the 2007 squad in goals (29) and points (50), leads the 2008 team in assists (11).
UMBC’s 12 goals Saturday marked the first time this season the team allowed more than eight goals in a game. The squad has held its opponents to 7.27 goals an outing on the year.
The team held Robert Morris to an opponent low five goals March 15 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.
No. 10 Off Track
Sophomore James Green saw his six-game point streak ended against UMBC. It ended a stretch where he had two points in six-consecutive games.
In the Cage
Senior Stefan Schroder has started all seven games for the Buckeyes this season and has played all but 7:24 in the cage. He has allowed 52 goals while making 70 saves. He had a season-high 14 saves at Robert Morris March 15 and has 10 or more saves in three of his last four games.
Schroder has gotten the starting nod in all 21 games since joining the Buckeyes last season and has a career goals-against average of 7.87, with a career save percentage of 5.73.
We’re Going Streaking
Kevin Buchanan and Joel Dalgarno rank in the Top 5 in the nation for longest current scoring streak. Buchanan’s 36-game run is tied for third nationally, while Dalgarno is fifth with points in 34-consecutive games. The national leader is Duke’s Matt Danowski, who has a point in 57 games in a row.
After he was held scoreless in the season opener, Jeff Ryan has at least one goal, and multiple points in each of the last seven games. He also is on a four-game assist streak. He had a season-high three assists and five points vs. Colgate Feb. 24 and has two four-point games (3g, 1a) this season.
Ryan ranks third for the Buckeyes with 19 points this season and is fourth with 12 goals.
Going for Goal
After going without a point at Bucknell, junior Peet Poillon has rebounded with nine goals and 11 points in his last four games combined. He has two goals in each of the last three games after a hat trick, the second of his career, vs. Penn State March 8. Poillon is second on the team with 14 goals and fourth with 18 points this year.
The Buckeyes have converted 9-of-21 man-up chances this season, ranking 10th nationally in man-up offense (.429). The team had a season-best four man-up goals at Robert Morris (4-6) and was 3-for-4 against Penn State.
Junior Peet Poillon has a team-best three man-up goals, followed by senior Kevin Buchanan with two.Four other Buckeyes have scored extra-man goals this year – juniors Joel Dalgarno and Jeff Ryan and sophomores James Green and Mario Ventiquattro.
The Buckeyes return home for two games next week. The team will host GWLL foe Bellarmine at 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 2) and Air Force at noon April 6.
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.
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.