The No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team opens a two-game homestand when it hosts Bucknell at noon Saturday indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Seating is limited to 700 fans inside the WHAC and fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets as they are expected to be sold out before gameday.

Once capacity has been reached inside WHAC, only fans who have prepurchased tickets will be allowed admittance. Fans with Varsity O cards, Buckeye Club cards, Ohio State students and children under 6 who receive free admission when space is available are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to guarantee a spot.

Adult tickets are $5 and student/youth tickets are $3. Tickets are available online at (click on TICKETS), through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Ohio State ticket office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Tickets, subject to availability, also can be purchased at the gate on game day starting one and a half hours prior to faceoff (cash only).

Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available for $2 and must be purchased before the day of the game. The group rate is only available in person at the Ohio State ticket office, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or by phone through the Ohio State group sales department (614-247-1984).
Next Week
The Buckeyes continue their homestand at noon next Saturday (Feb. 28) when they host Fairfield. The game is scheduled to be played outdoors, but will be moved inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets to reserve a space should the game be moved indoors.

Live All Year Long
This year, all six Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. There are both monthly and yearly subscription packages. For more information or to sign up, click on Multimedia on the upper right-hand corner of Ohio State’s student’s radio station will provide commentary on the games.

Last Time Out
No. 19 Ohio State fell to No. 12 Navy, 8-6, last Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

The Buckeyes were down 3-0 at the end of the first quarter but fought back to tie the game at 3-all in the second. The Midshipmen scored back-to-back goals to take a two-goal lead before Mario Ventiquattro’s tally with three seconds left in the half brought Ohio State back within one (5-4) heading into halftime. Navy scored the first two goals of the second half to go ahead 7-4 but the Buckeyes responded with back-to-back goals, including a Ventiquattro tally with one second left in the quarter, as Navy led 7-6 through three quarters. The Midshipmen had the only goal in the fourth quarter with 2:34 remaining and held the Buckeyes scoreless for the 8-6 final.

Senior captain Joel Dalgarno had a team-best three goals and four points for the Buckeyes vs. the Midshipmen. Senior Jeff Ryan added a goal and two assists, Ventiquattro had two goals and junior James Green added two assists in the game.

Polling Place
The Buckeyes were ranked 19th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll released earlier this week and are the second team receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll. Bucknell is rated 19th by the coaches and is the first team outside the Top 20 in the IL poll.

One to Watch
Senior captain Joel Dalgarno was named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List, the group announced this week. The 60 players on the list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy. He is one of three GWLL players on the list, joining Ryan Hoff from Notre Dame and Jamie Lincoln from Denver.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 1-1 this year, with a 21-1 win over Detroit Mercy and an 8-6 loss on the road at Navy last week.

Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with seven goals and nine points. Senior Jeff Ryan and junior Jeff Ryan are tied for first with four assists each. Ryan is second with eight points. Sophomore Mike Pires is second with five goals, with all five coming vs. UDM.   

Sophomore Brandon Freeman has started both games in net and has 17 saves, with eight goals allowed, in 90 minutes.

Senior Nick Carr has won 10-of-20 faceoffs to rank first on the team. Carr and senior Scott Matthews have a team-best five groundballs each, followed by Pires, Freeman and junior Scott Foreman with four each.

Buckeyes vs. Bison
Saturday is the fifth meeting between the Buckeyes and Bucknell. The last two meetings between the schools saw the Buckeyes lose a nail biter, 8-7, in triple overtime on the road and lose another close one, 7-6, the previous year in Columbus. Overall, the Bison lead the series 4-0, dating back to 1991. This is the second meeting in Columbus. Bucknell won all three games in Lewisburg, Pa.

Ohio State and the Patriot League
Bucknell is the second-consecutive Patriot League team the Buckeyes are facing after falling to Navy last week, 8-6. Ohio State has a record of 7-10 against the current members of the Patriot League: 5-0 vs. Army, 1-5 vs. Navy, 1-1 vs. Colgate and 0-4 vs. Bucknell. Ohio State has never played Holy Cross, Lehigh or Lafayette. Ohio State will also face Patriot League member Colgate this season.

Bison Bites
In its first game of the season last week, Bucknell fell in its attempt to upset No. 6 Duke, 11-7. The Bison put forth an impressive effort, however, with five goals from senior attackman Joe Mele and four of those assists coming from junior attackman Austin Winter.

The Bison have high hopes this year and were ranked 18th by Inside Lacrosse and 20th by the USILA in their preseason polls. They return all but two starters and 93 percent of their offensive production (118 of 127 goals) remains intact. Last year, Bucknell was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, winning 10 games and competing in the Patriot League championship game.

Senior defenseman Billy Haire and junior attackman Austin Winter were both named preseason honorable mention All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook. Winter was also named an honorable mention All-American and to the Patriot League first team following the 2008 campaign, after averaging 2.20 assists and totaling 58 points. He has scored a point in every game of his career and produced a six-point game in the last meeting against the Buckeyes.

The Bison are led by head coach Frank Dedojaka who, in his fourth season at the helm, has posted a record of 27-17, with a career record of 66-48 (eight seasons).

Buckeyes vs. Bison in 2008
The Buckeyes lost on the road at Bucknell, 8-7, in triple overtime March 1, 2008. The Buckeyes held a 5-4 lead at halftime and pushed their advantage to 6-4 just 29 seconds into the second half. The Bison battled to tie the score at 6 with a goal early in the fourth quarter, but Buckeye Kevin Buchanan put Ohio State back on top just 21 seconds later. Bucknell’s Austin Winter tied the game with a score with 3:35 remaining in regulation.

The teams were unable to score through the first two overtimes, with Buckeye goalie Stefan Schroder making two saves in the second OT. Bucknell’s John Togneri scored unassisted with 2:35 left in the third overtime to give the Bison the win.

Moving Up the Charts
With three goals and four points at Navy last Saturday, senior Joel Dalgarno now has 175 career points to tie Kevin Buchanan (2005-08) for second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79.

Dalgarno has 100 goals to tie for seventh in program history, one behind sixth-place Skip Van Bourgondien (1971-73) and two back of fourth-place David Blue (1990-93) and Curtis Smith (2000-03). Thomas Holzer (1991-94) is third with 103, Bill Rodgers (1978-81) is second with 107 and Gilmore ranks first with 123.

Dalgarno is tied for fifth in assists with 75, matching Craig Cooper (1974-78) and Mike Norton (2000-03). He is three behind Buchanan in fourth and four back of Jon Ewert (183-86) in third.

On the Way to 100
Junior James Green had two assists last week to move past the 50-point mark in his career and now has 51 as a Buckeye. In 32 games career games he has recorded 33 goals and 18 assists. Green now has four two-assist games in his career, including in both games this year.

It’s Not Over Yet
Junior Mario Ventiquattro scored twice in the final seconds of a quarter at Navy last week. He cut the lead to 5-4 with a goal with three seconds before halftime and then tallied with one second on the clock to close out the third quarter.

Sophomore goalie Brandon Freeman had a career-high 12 saves at Navy last week. His previous best was five, set vs. Bellarmine April 2, 2008. He has started both games this season, the first two starts of his career.

Jeff Helps Out
Senior Jeff Ryan has two assists in each game this year and now has six games with two assists in his career. He had a career-high three helpers Feb. 24, 2008 vs. Colgate.

The Rooks Get in the Mix
Four true freshmen have played in both games for the Buckeyes this season – Joe Bonanni, Brock Sorensen, Eddie Bambino and Keenan Ochwat.