April 6, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will face off against the No. 7/8 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at 1 p.m.Saturday atHomewood Field. Ohio State enters the game with a record of 3-4, while the Blue Jays are 3-3.
Tom Glatzel scored five goals and dished out two assists to lead the No. 15 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team to a 13-4 victory over Ohio State. The Buckeyes were led by Pat Meyers (Fr., Kennebunk, Maine) who scored one goal and added one assist. Buckeye goalie Mike Abeles (Sr., Westfield, N.J.) went the distance and finished with 11 saves on 38 Irish shots.
Head Coach Joe Breschi
Joe Breschi is in his third season as head lacrosse coach at Ohio State. Last season Breschi led OSU to a stellar 10-3 finish, marking only the seventh 10-win season in 45 years of Ohio State lacrosse. Late in the season the Buckeyes captured a share of the GWLL title with wins over Notre Dame, Denver and Air Force. Breschi was named the 1999 GWLL Coach of the Year.
Scouting Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins is coming off a 10-8 win over No. 8 North Carolina and a 17-7 win over Villanova. The Blue Jays have faced five top 10 opponents this season, including a 13-12 loss to No. 1 Syracuse. The Jays are led by Dan Denihan who has scored 31 points on 12 goals and 19 assists. In goal the Blue Jays are led by All-American Brain Carcaterra who has 69 saves and a save percentage of .515.
Hopkins Coach Haus
Johns Hopkins is coached by John Haus, who is now in his second season as the head coach of the Blue Jays. Haus guided the Blue Jays to an 11-3 record and a trip to the NCAA Semifinals last season. He boasts an overall coaching record of 60-27 (.690) and has led four of his five teams to at least the NCAA Semifinals. Including this season, he now also boasts a 14-6 (.700) record as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Including his time as a player and coach, Haus had been involved in college lacrosse for a total of 16 years. In that time, teams he has played for or coached (head coach or assistant) have posted a cumulative record of 165-62 (.727), won three NCAA Championships, played in six NCAA title games, advanced to the NCAA Semifinals 12 times, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament 15 times.
Ohio State and Johns Hopkins have met on the lacrosse field once. The Blue Jays beat the Buckeyes 17-8 last season in Baltimore.
Zytkowski Out for the Season
Senior captain and preseason honorable mention All-American selection Greg Zytkowski (Sr., North Olmsted, Ohio) had knee surgery on March 24 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered during a preseason practice. Zytkowski will sit out the entire season and will be granted a medical redshirt this year.
Freshmen Are On Fire
The freshmen are leading Ohio State in scoring. Freshmen have scored 31 of the team’s 64 goals. Curtis Smith (Fr., Saanichton, B.C.) leads the team in total points with 15, seven goals and eight assists. Buckeye rookies have scored 59 of the 106 total points on the season.
Abeles Eighth All-Time
Senior goalie Mike Abeles moved to the eighth position on the career saves list with his 15 saves against Vermont. He now has 424 career saves. He needs only eight more saves to move into the seventh spot currently occupied by John Baker with 432 saves. Abeles still needs 113 saves to catch his dad, Chris Abeles, who is fifth all-time.
Lange on Pace
Senior Buddy Lange leads the team in goals with 11. If he continues at this pace, Lange will become the first OSU player to lead the team in goals for three-consecutive seasons since two-time All-American Skip Van Bourgondien did it in 1971-72-73.
Buckeyes in the NCAA Rankings
Two Buckeyes were highlighted in the NCAA individual statistics this week. Freshman Anthony Kelly is ranked No. 16 for face-off winning percentage. He has won 47 of his 82 attempts for a percentage of .573. Goalie Mike Abeles is ranked in two categories. He is ninth in save percentage with 104 saves, good enough for a .627 percentage. He is No. 19 for goals-against average allowing 9.07 goals per game. The Buckeyes as a team also are ranked in one category. OSU is No. 11 for man-advantage offense, connecting on 14 of 35 extra-man opportunities.
Ohio State Good on Groundballs
The team who wins the groundball battle, usually wins the war. The Buckeyes are winning the war. Ohio State is beating its opponents in the groundball battle 267-199. Leading the way for OSU are senior Jon Torpey and freshman Anthony Kelly with 28 and 22, respectively. The Buckeyes have nine other players with double-figure groundballs.
College Lacrosse USA Honors Ohio State
College Lacrosse USA, the leading website covering NCAA lacrosse, has picked Ohio State to repeat as champions in the Great Western Lacrosse League. CLUSA also announced its preseason picks for the all-conference team. Four Buckeyes highlight the list, more than any other school. Among the names on the list are attackman Buddy Lange, midfielder Greg Zytkowski, defender Jon Torpey and goalie Mike Abeles. Abeles was also selected as the preseason Player of the Year. CLUSA also picked Ohio State to be the conference representative to head to the NCAA Tournament. A trip to the tournament would be the first in program history.
Preseason Honors for Two Buckeyes
Greg Zytkowski and Mike Abeles earned preseason honorable mention All-America honors in Face-Off Magazine, one of the leading authorities on college lacrosse. Zytkowski and Abeles are two of four captains of the 2000 Ohio State lacrosse team. Zytkowski a two-time all-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, finished the 1999 season with nine goals and 12 assists. He ranked fourth on the team with 30 ground balls. It marks the second time in as many years that Zytkowski has been named to Face-Off’s preseason All-America team. Abeles also was a first-team all-GWLL pick last season. He posted the sixth-highest save percentage in the nation (.632), and ranked 13th nationally with a 8.80 goals against average. Abeles has started 19 consecutive games in goal for Ohio State entering his senior year.
Tough Task Ahead
Entering the season, nothing defines the 2000 Ohio State lacrosse team more than its highly competitive schedule. The Buckeyes will face eight teams that are ranked in Face-Off Magazine’s national preseason poll. In fact, OSU will meet more ranked opponents (eight) than unranked opponents (six). Ohio State’s grueling schedule includes No. 1 Virginia, No. 3 Johns Hopkins, No. 5 Duke, No. 10 North Carolina, No. 14 Notre Dame, No. 18 Cornell, No. 21 Butler and No. 27 Fairfield. Ohio State, ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll, also faces the undaunting task of playing nine road games compared to just five home games.
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has home field advantage in just three more games during the 2000 season. The Buckeyes will play nine games away from the friendly confines of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU will spend almost a month (3/18-4/16) on the road, playing seven road games in a row.
More on Joe Breschi
Joe Breschi came to Ohio State from Brown University where he was the head assistant lacrosse coach for five seasons. He played an integral role in bringing Brown’s program into the national spotlight, guiding the Bears to their first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance in 1994. Breschi also helped Brown earn two consecutive Ivy League Championships. He served as defensive coordinator for the Bears, and headed all scouting, recruiting and conditioning efforts. Breschi coached at North Carolina, his alma mater, for two seasons before going to Brown. He was the head assistant at UNC, and part of a nationally recognized program that captured two ACC titles and a National Championship during his tenure. The Tar Heels compiled a stellar 28-3 record during Breschi’s coaching stint. Success at North Carolina came not only as a coach for Breschi, but also as a player. He was an all-ACC selection in both 1989 and 1990, and was selected to play in the prestigious North/South Lacrosse All-Star game in ’90. He was a first team All-America pick in 1990, and an honorable mention All-America selection in 1989. After captaining the Tar Heels his senior season, Breschi was selected as the UNC nominee for the 1990 Anthony J. McKevlin Award, given annually to the outstanding male athlete in the ACC. He also was a member of the USA National Team in 1994 and 1998.