The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team opens the 2009 campaign when it hosts Detroit Mercy at noon Saturday indoors in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The game Saturday is quickly approaching a sell-out and it is expected no tickets will be available at the gate on game day. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets. Ticket information is included below.

Live Online All Year Long
This year, all six Ohio State men’s lacrosse 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 the Multimedia Link on the upper right-hand corner of the home page.

Ohio State’s student-run radio station will call the play-by-play for the Buckeyes’ game vs. Detroit Mercy Saturday.

Reserve Your Spot
After a trip to take on Navy Feb. 14, Ohio State will return home for back-to-back games vs. Bucknell Feb. 21 and Fairfield Feb. 28. The games are scheduled for outside at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, but will be moved inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in the case of inclement weather. It is suggested fans pre-purchase those tickets to secure a spot at the game, should either or both be moved indoors where seating is limited.

Ticket Information
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). For the first five games of the year, adult tickets are $5 and student/youth tickets are $3. Youth 6 and under and Ohio State students (with a valid OSU ID) are free. 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).

A Look at UDM
The game Saturday marks the first game in Detroit Mercy history, as the program is in its inaugural year as a Division I squad. The Titans scrimmaged Michigan State last weekend, winning 12-3. The Titan offense was led by senior Michael Schumacher, junior Pat O’Shea and freshman Zach Nichols, who each recorded three goals.

Matt Holtz is the head coach of the program, joining the UDM staff after serving as the club head coach at Michigan State from 2005-07, leading the Spartans to a 22-10 record. He was the 2007 Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) Coach of the Year and led the squad to the CCLA finals that same season.

Detroit Mercy added three programs in total for 2008-09 men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis. The move was announced in 2007.

For Starters
This is the third-consecutive year Ohio State is opening the year with a home game. The Buckeyes suffered an 8-7 loss in overtime to Navy to begin the 2008 campaign. The squad won the 2007 opener, downing Robert Morris in Columbus, 13-5.

We’ve Been Here Before
Ohio State played a regular-season game inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the first time last season, when a blizzard forced the Buckeyes and Penn State indoors. The Buckeyes downed the Nittany Lions, 17-6, in that contest.

At the Helm
Nick Myers is in his first season as the Ohio State head coach. Myers, a graduate of Springfield College, spent the past three seasons as the top assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Myers began his coaching career as the volunteer coach for the Buckeyes for two seasons (2002, ’03) before joining the Butler squad as the top assistant for 2004 and ’05. 

Welcome Aboard
Joining the Buckeye coaching staff for 2009 was Andrew Baxter, who came to Ohio State after four seasons as the first assistant at Drexel and five years overall with the Dragons. Baxter serves as the team’s offensive coordinator and leads the squad’s recruiting efforts.

Bill Katsaros, who was the Buckeyes’ volunteer coach a season ago, was hired as the team’s full-time assistant coach in the fall. Katsaros concentrates on work with the goalies and offensive personnel and is the director of the Buckeye lacrosse camps.

Mark Bergey joined the team as the volunteer assistant coach for 2008-09. A graduate of Western New England College in 2006, he focuses on working with the Buckeye defense and special teams.

A Look Back
Ohio State finished 2008 11-6 overall and shared the Great Western Lacrosse League regular-season title with a 4-1 league ledger. The squad reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time after defeating Cornell on its home field in the first round, 15-7. The team ranked third nationally in scoring offense (13.18 goals a game) and man-up offense (.457).

The Buckeyes return seven starters from that team, including honorable mention All-American and first-team All-GWLL attackman Joel Dalgarno and first team All-GWLL selection defenseman Scott Matthews. Second-team all-conference honorees midfielder James Green and defenseman Keith Lovett also are back for the squad. In all, five of the top seven scorers on the team return in 2009.

So Close
Senior Joel Dalgarno enters 2009 with 166 career points, with 93 goals and 73 assists, ranking third in the Buckeye record book for career goals and seventh in career assists. He is nine points behind second-place Kevin Buchanan (2005-08) and 84 points shy of first-pace Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79. Dalgarno’s 73 assists are two back of fifth place, five shy of fourth place and six behind third place. Cliff Murray is second all-time with 97 and Gilmore is first with 127.

A Special Game
Ohio State will take on Notre Dame in the Showdown in the Shoe at 11 a.m. April 25 prior to the football team’s spring game in Ohio Stadium. Tickets, which include both the lacrosse and football games, are on sale now. All tickets are $5, with children 6 and under free. Tickets are available for groups of 50 or more for $4 each. See the note above for how to purchase tickets.

Celebration of 60
The 2009 campaign marks the 60th season of varsity lacrosse at Ohio State. The team is celebrating the anniversary all season, highlighted by a recognition at the game vs. Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium.

Honors Already
Led by senior attackman Joel Dalgarno’s first-team selection, Ohio State had three players named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook 2009 Preseason All-America Team. Junior midfielder James Green and senior defender Scott Matthews were second-team choices.

Dalgarno, Green and Matthews also were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-Great Western Lacrosse League team. The Buckeyes were picked to finish third in the magazine’s poll.

Leading the Charge
Seniors attackman Joel Dalgarno and defenseman Scott Matthews were named team captains for the squad for 2008-09 after a vote by their teammates in the fall.

Dalgarno, from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, has been named the team’s Offensive MVP the past two seasons. He is a two-time first team All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, was an honorable mention All-American in 2008 and was the 2006 GWLL Newcomer of the Year. He led the Buckeyes with 35 assists last year, ranking second in goals (40) and points (75). Dalgarno enters 2009 third in program history with 166 career points, ranking seventh in assists and just outside the Top 10 in goals. He has a point in all but one game of his Buckeye career.

Matthews, a native of Nottingham, Md., was a first-team All-GWLL selection in 2008. He started all 17 games a year ago and has earned the start in 44 games in his Buckeye career. Matthews had a career-best 31 groundballs and recorded his first career goal against Quinnipiac last season. He is the recipient of the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship for 2008-09, was the team’s Unsung Hero award co-winner in 2007 and the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player in 2006.

A New Look
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has entered into agreements with both STX and Cascade to provide equipment and helmets, respectively, for the Buckeyes, beginning in the 2008-09 campaign. The team debuted its new gear last weekend in scrimmages vs. Loyola and Delaware in College Park, Md. Ohio State is one of seven schools to be fully sponsored by STX, joining Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Cornell, Navy and Hofstra.

As a department, Ohio State athletics is in the second year of a seven-year contract with Nike, who will continue to provide uniforms, workout gear and more for the lacrosse players.