The No. 20 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 GWLL) hits the road for its first game away from Columbus this season, taking on No. 19 Bucknell (1-1, 0-0 Patriot) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa.
The Buckeyes were ranked 20th in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, released Monday. The squad is the first team receiving votes outside the Top 20 in the USILA coaches poll.
Last Time Out
Five Buckeyes had multiple points, led by Jeff Ryan’s two goals and three assists for five points, as Ohio State overcame a two-goal deficit and downed Colgate, 13-6, Sunday at North Turf Field in Columbus. The Buckeyes trailed, 5-3, at halftime after Colgate went on a three-goal run to tie the game and take the lead in the final 2:53 of the second quarter. Coming out of halftime, the Buckeyes outscored the Raiders 5-0 in the third quarter and 5-1 in the fourth quarter for the 13-6 final.
Buckeyes and Bison
Ohio State is 0-3 all-time vs. Bucknell, including a 7-6 loss in Columbus last season. The Bison won both meetings in Lewisburg, Pa., posting a 19-8 victory April 13, 1991 and a 20-8 win April 11, 1993.
Ohio State and the Patriot League
Bucknell marks the third-consecutive Patriot League team Ohio State is facing to open the 2008 campaign. The Buckeyes have a record of 7-8 against the current members of the Patriot League: 5-0 vs. Army, 1-4 vs. Navy (including an 8-7 overtime loss Feb. 16), 1-1 vs. Colgate (with a 13-6 victory last Sunday) and 0-3 vs. Bucknell. Ohio State has never played Holy Cross, Lehigh or Lafayette.
A Familiar Face
Former Buckeye Pat Myers (2000-03) is in his third season as an assistant coach for Bucknell. He was a four-year letterwinner at Ohio State and was named the GWLL Rookie of the Year in 2000.
He was a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State in 2004 when the squad won the outright GWLL title and participated in the NCAA tournament and most recently was an assistant at Cornell.
Myers’ brother, Nick, is in his third season as an assistant coach at Ohio State.
No. 19-ranked Bucknell is 1-1 this season after opening the year with a 16-4 loss at No. 2 Duke, but rebounded to top Hobart, 10-9, last weekend.
Through two games, Freshman Ryan Klipstein has a team-best four goals and six points after a five-point game vs. Hobart. Austin Winter, the 2007 patriot League Rookie of the Year, has three assists and five points. Tim Brandau is second with three goals.
In the cage, Nick Sciubba, a second team all-conference pick last season, has played all but 17:59, allowing 20 goals and making 23 saves.
Frank Fedorjaka is in his third season as the head coach at Bucknell and his eighth year as a collegiate head coach.
Quick Look Back
Ohio State lost to Bucknell, 7-6, March 3, 2007 at North Turf Field in Columbus. The Buckeyes entered the fourth quarter trailing by three (7-4), before Joel Dalgarno scored twice to cut the Bison lead to one (7-6). However, the team was unable to get the tying goal and suffered the non-conference loss.
Senior tri-captain Kevin Buchanan had a hat trick and four points in the win over Colgate and now has 106 points as a Buckeye to rank 21st in program history, with 59 goals and 47 assists. It was the first time he had back-to-back games with three goals or more in his career.
He is on a 31-game point streak that began with two games remaining in the 2005 season (May 1, 2005 vs. Fairfield). He has 54-42-96 totals during the stretch and has multiple points in each of his last 14 games. He carries an 11-game goal-scoring streak into the game vs. Bucknell.
He leads the Buckeyes in goals (6) this year and shares the team point lead with Poillon with seven each.
Have a Day
With five points vs. Colgate, junior Jeff Ryan tied his career high, first set in the 2007 opener vs. Robert Morris.
His three assists vs. the Raiders were a career best. He had two assists in a game four times last season.
Junior Joel Dalgarno extended his point streak, which began in his first game as a Buckeye, to 29 games (58-39-97) with two goals vs. Navy last week.
Dalgarno is three points away from becoming the 24th Buckeye to reach the 100-point mark for his career.
He is third on the team this season with six points and is tied for second with five goals.
No. 4 Facts
Junior Peet Poillon, a transfer from Howard Community College where he was a two-time NJCAA All-American, is tied for the team lead with seven points this year and is tied for second with five goals.
That’s a First
Freshman Mike Pires, who has started both games this season, scored his first career goal vs. Colgate last week. He had an assist vs. Navy in the season opener.
In the 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.
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.
The Buckeyes return home to face Penn State, the other Big Ten school with lacrosse at noon March 8 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.