COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-4, 0-0 GWLL) wraps up its stretch of three games in seven days when it hosts Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game is the Buckeyes’ Great Western Lacrosse League opener and also serves as senior day.
Thanks for the Years
The 10 members of the Ohio State senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday. The group includes Corey Bentine, Nick Carr, Peter Coluccini, Joel Dalgarno, Brian Lalley, Scott Matthews, Andrew Pace, Tim Pedersen, Doug Ruhnke and Jeff Ryan. Over the past three-plus years the group has been a part of 31 wins, a GWLL regular-season title, an NCAA touranment appearance and the first NCAA tourney win in program history.
The Fun Stuff
The game Saturday is a FunDay, where fans can receive a game ticket, hot dog, soda and popcorn for $7.
Free rally towels will be handed out to the first 750 fans, courtesy of Nationwide.
Ohio State is 4-0 in Columbus. The team had three wins inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Detroit 21-1, Bucknell 10-9 OT, Fairfield 11-6) before downing Robert Morris, 19-13, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium two weeks ago.
Follow the Buckeyes Online
Live stats from the game Saturday can be accessed from the men’s lacrosse schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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 located on the upper right-hand corner on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Ohio State’s student radio station will provide commentary on the games.
Tickets are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (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 also can be purchased at the gate on game day starting one and a half hours prior to faceoff. 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).
The game Saturday opens Great Western Lacrosse League play for the Buckeyes. The team won its conference opener at Quinnipiac a year ago and downed the Bobcats in Columbus in 2007 in the last GWLL opener that was at home.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes suffered two losses over the last week, falling in overtime at No. 7 UMBC, 9-8, last Saturday and losing to No. 17 Colgate Tuesday night, 9-4. Against the Raiders, the teams were tied at three going into the fourth quarter before the Bobcats outscored the Buckeyes, 6-1, in the fourth.
Buckeyes vs. Bobcats
Ohio State leads Quinnipiac, 7-0, in the all-time series, with the teams meeting each of the last seven years. In Columbus, the Buckeyes lead 2-0, downing the Bobcats, 14-6, March 31, 2007, and 15-2 March 19, 2005.
The squads met on the Bobcats’ turf last season, an 18-7 Buckeye victory.
The Last Time – OSU vs. QU
The Buckeyes opened GWLL play with an 18-7 victory at Quinnipiac March 29, 2008. The Buckeyes led, 4-1, after the first quarter before breaking the game open in the second, outscoring the Bobcats, 8-1, before halftime.
Joel Dalgarno had a game-high eight assists and nine points. 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.
On the Bobcats
Quinnipiac, who is 2-5 overall and 0-1 in GWLL action, enters the league game vs. Ohio State after posting a 15-4 win over Detroit, snapping a five-game losing streak. Jack Oppenheimer leads the Bobcats in goals (10) and points (14), and is second in assists (4). Against Detroit, junior Ted Dimond recorded his second three goal game of the season while adding two assists. He also scored three times to lead the Bobcats to a 13-5 win at Wagner (Feb. 14).
In the net, Kevin Benzing owns a .566 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against average to rank 20th and 24th, respectively, in the national polls.
Ohio State is 4-4 this year, including a 4-0 mark at home.
The team is averaging 10.42 goals a game, while allowing 8.18. The squad averages 31.1 shots a game and gives up 34.5. The Buckeyes have converted 41.9 percent of their EMO chances (13-of-31) and have stopped 23-of-34 opponent chances (.676).
Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with 15 assists and 31 points and is second on the team with 16 goals. Senior Jeff Ryan is first with 18 goals and ranks second with 10 assists and 28 points. Junior Mario Ventiquattro is third with 13 goals, followed by sophomore Mike Pires with 12. Ventiquattro is third with 18 points, followed by junior James Green (15) and Pires (13).
Junior Brandon Freeman has started all eight games in net and has 65 saves, with 80 goals allowed, for an 8.59 goals-against average and .552 save percentage.
Senior Nick Carr has won 56.2 percent of his faceoffs (54/96) to lead the squad. Carr is first with 26 groundballs, followed by Freeman with 22 and senior Scott Matthews with 18.
In the Nation
In the NCAA statistics released this week (prior to the Buckeyes’ game at Colgate), Ohio State ranked in the Top 25 in nine team categories: assists per game (3rd/8.29), points per game (6th/19.71), scoring offense (11th/11.43), man-up offense (11th/.433), scoring margin (11th/+3.29), scoring defense (21st/8.14), face-off win percentage (23rd/.516), winning percentage (25th/.571).
Attackman Joel Dalgarno is fifth in points per game (4.29) and assists per game (2.0) and 25th in goals per outing (2.29). Attackman Jeff Ryan ranks 15th in points per game (3.86) and 18th in goals per outing (2.56). Goalie Brandon Freeman is 25th in goals-against average (8.54) and Nick Carr ranks 16th in face-off win percentage (.563).
Ohio State players carry the following point streaks into the weekend.
Name, Games, Goals
Ventiquattro, 7, 13
Pires, 4, 7
Name, Games, Assists
Dalgarno, 14, 26
Name, Games, G-A-P
Dalgarno, 14, 35-26-61
Ryan, 10, 20-10-30
Ventiquattro, 10, 15-7-22
Pires, 4, 7-1-8
Noting No. 16
Senior Joel Dalgarno’s is first on the squad with 15 assists and 31 points this year and second with 16 goals.
Dalgarno now has 197 career points, remaining second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79. He now has 109 goals to stand in second place in program history, behind Gilmore who ranks first with 123. Dalgarno is third in assists with 88, trailing Cliff Murray (1966-68) is second with 97 and Gilmore in first with 127.
Dalgarno is fifth in the NCAA in points (4.29) and assists (2.0) per game and 25th in goals per outing (2.29).
Senior Jeff Ryan, in his third year as a Buckeye, ranks 23rd (tied) in program history with 103 career points. He has a team-best 18 goals this season, ranking 18th nationally in goals per game and has 28 points to rank 15th in the country in points per game. Ryan was held to one point against Colgate Tuesday, extending his point streak to 10 games but marking the first time this sseason he was held to less than two points.