Buckeye Lax Hits
Ohio State will play three games in a span of seven games, traveling to take on UMBC Saturday and Colgate Tuesday before returning home to host Quinnipiac next Saturday in the GWLL opener. Ohio State, which is on the quarter system, has spring break next week before beginning Spring Quarter March 30.
Senior Joel Dalgarno is in second place in the Ohio State record book in both goals (108) and points (193) and is third with 85 assists.
Senior Jeff Ryan hit the 100-point mark for his Buckeye career with a personal-high eight points vs. Robert Morris last Friday. He has a 68-32-100 line in 37 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State is playing its second of three games in Maryland this season when it travels to UMBC this weekend. Nine Buckeyes call Maryland home. The squad will return to Baltimore to host North Carolina April 11 at Calvert Hall.
Ohio State enters the weekend eighth in the NCAA in scoring offense (12.0 goals per game). Colgate is sixth in the country (12.67), while UMBC is 10th (11.5).
The Buckeyes have 55 assists on 72 goals this year, leading the nation in assists per game.
Four Buckeyes have double-digit goals this season – Jeff Ryan (16), Joel Dalgarno (15), Mario Ventiquattro (10) and Mike Pires (10). Those four are joined by James Green as Buckeyes with double-digit points this season. In all, 16 Buckeyes have a goal and 17 have an assist this season.

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (4-2, 0-0 GWLL) heads east for two games to begin spring break. The Buckeyes will take on No. 6 UMBC at 1 p.m. Saturday at UMBC Stadium in Baltimore before heading north to face Colgate at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y.

Links to live stats, audio and video for the UMBC game can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at

For the Colgate game, a live webstream is available through the all-access package.

We’ll Be Back
Ohio State closes out spring break with a home game against Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game is the Buckeyes’ Great Western Lacrosse League opener and also serves as senior day. It will be the Buckeyes’ third game in seven days.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 4-2 this year, with a 21-1 win over Detroit Mercy Feb. 7, an 8-6 loss on the road at Navy  Feb. 14, a 10-9 victory in overtime over Bucknell Feb. 21, an 11-6 win at home vs. Fairfield Feb. 28, an 11-5 loss at Penn State and a 19-13 victory over Robert Morris last weekend.

The team is averaging 11.91 goals a game, while allowing 7.94. The squad averages 35.3 shots a game and gives up 34.5. The Buckeyes have converted 44.4 percent of their EMO chances (12-of-27) and have stopped 20-of-29 opponent chances (.690).

Senior Joel Dalgarno is first on the team with 12 assists and 27 points and is second on the team with 15 goals. Senior Jeff Ryan is first with 16 goals and ranks second with nine assists and 25 points. Junior Mario Ventiquattro and sophomore Mike Pires are tied for third with 10 goals each, with Ventiquattro ranking third with 15 points. Junior James Green is third with eight assists and is fourth with 13 points.

Junior Brandon Freeman has started all six games in net and has 55 saves, with 47 goals allowed, for an 8.48 goals-against average and .539 save percentage.

Senior Nick Carr has won 54.3 percent of his faceoffs (44/81) to lead the squad. Carr is first with 20 groundballs, followed by Freeman with 18 and senior Scott Matthews with 15.

In the Nation 
In the NCAA statistics released this week, Ohio State ranked in the Top 25 in nine team categories: assists per game (1st/9.17), points per game (5th/21.17), scoring offense (8th/12.0), scoring margin (11th/+4.0), man-up offense (12th/.444), scoring defense (14th/8.0), groundballs per game (17th/32.67), winning percentage (19th/.667) and man-down defense (24th/.690).

Attackman Joel Dalgarno is fifth in points per game (4.5), ninth in assists per game (2.0) and 17th in goals per outing (2.5). Attackman Jeff Ryan ranks ninth in points per game (4.17) and 12th in goals per outing (2.67). Goalie Brandon Freeman is 21st in goals-against average (8.48) and Nick Carr ranks 24th in face-off win percentage (.543).

Last Time Out
Seniors Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno had eight and seven points, respectively, as the duo led the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to a 19-13 victory over Robert Morris last Friday night in front of 993 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Ryan, Dalgarno and sophomore Mike Pires each had four goals in the contest, with Ryan adding a team-best four assists for a career-high eight points.

Robert Morris opened the game with three goals before the Buckeyes rallied to tie the game. After falling behind once more with 6:40 left in the first quarter, Ohio State went on a four-goal run to lead 7-4 and did not trail the rest of the game.

The Buckeyes led 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 9-5 at halftime. Ohio State outscored Robert Morris 5-2 in the third for a 14-7 lead through three. The squads combined for 11 goals in the fourth for the 19-13 final.

Buckeyes vs. Retrievers
Ohio State trails the all-time series with UMBC, 2-5, and has lost the last two matchups with the Retrievers. The Buckeyes lost to UMBC, 12-11 in double overtime, in Columbus a year ago, ending a stretch of three-consecutive meetings on the Retrievers’ home field. Ohio State’s last win in the series was a 10-9 OT victory March 5, 2005 in Baltimore. Ohio State trails, 1-4, in games played in Baltimore.

A Look Back
The Buckeyes suffered a 12-11 loss in double overtime to No. 13 UMBC March 22, 2008, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Buckeyes led, 9-7, at the end of the third quarter but the Retrievers scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to tie the game and take the lead. The Buckeyes tied the game nine seconds after UMBC took the lead at 3:17. The teams traded goals again to close out regulation, with Ryan Smith tallying for UMBC at 2:34 and Kevin Buchanan scoring for Ohio State at 1:47. The squads were unable to score through the first overtime. Ohio State came close, as a shot went off the crossbar, but the game went to a second overtime. UMBC’s Matt Latham scored with 2:24 remaining in the second OT to lift the Retrievers to the win. Buchanan had a team-best four goals and five points in the game.

Retriever Riffs
UMBC is 4-2 on the year and is coming off a 9-7 road win over Maryland last weekend. The squad is 10th in the NCAA in offense, averaging 11.5 goals an outing, and is second in the country in man-up offense (.591).

Peet Poillon has a team-best 13 assists and 22 points this season. Alex Hopmann has a team-best 15 goals and is third with 17 points and Kyle Wimer is second with 14 tallies and 20 points. Jeremy Blevins has started all six games in the cage and has an 8.80 goals-against average and .556 save percentage.

Ohio State and America East
Ohio State is 7-10 vs. current America East teams – 2-0 vs. Hartford, 2-2 vs. Stony Brook, 2-5 vs. UMBC and 1-3 vs. Vermont. The Buckeyes have never played Binghamton (0-0) or Albany (0-0).

Buckeyes vs. Raiders
Ohio State is 1-1 vs. Colgate after a 13-6 win Feb. 24, 2008, in Columbus. The game was the first between the teams since an 11-10 Colgate victory in Columbus in 1998. This is the Buckeyes’ first trip to Hamilton, N.Y.

Buckeyes vs. Raiders in 2008
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, Feb. 24, 2008, 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.

Ohio State and the Patriot League
Colgate is the third Patriot League team Ohio State will face this year, after losing at Navy (8-6) Feb. 14 and downing Bucknell at home Feb. 21 (10-9 OT).

Ohio State has a record of 8-10 against the current members of the Patriot League: 5-0 vs. Army, 1-5 vs. Navy, 1-1 vs. Colgate and 1-4 vs. Bucknell. Ohio State has never played Holy Cross, Lehigh or Lafayette.

Raider Recap
Colgate enters the weekend 3-3 on the year and will take on Navy Saturday before hosting the Buckeyes in their “Springcoming” game Tuesday.

The Raiders are sixth nationally, averaging 12.67 goals a game, but are allowing 10.83 an outing. The squad is eighth in man-up offense (.483) and 10th in face-off win percentage (.569).

Brandon Corp has a team-high 12 assists and 28 points and ranks second with 16 goals. He is second nationally in points per game. Kevin Colleluori, who has played in five games on the year, is second with 23 points (ranking third in the NCAA in points per outing) and leads the team with 17 goals, ranking first in the NCAA in goals a game. Nick Monastero is third with 12 goals and 17 points.

Tim Harrington has played six games in net and has a 10.52 goals-against average and .500 save percentage.
Ohio State players carry the following point streaks into the weekend.
Ryan 9/15
Ventiquattro 5/10
Dalgarno 2/5
Pires 2/5
Dalgarno 12/23
Dalgarno 11/34-23-57
Ryan 8/18-9-27
Ventiquattro 8/12-7-19
Pires 2/5-0-5
Ruhnke 2/1-1-2

Have a Game – J.R. Edition
Senior Jeff Ryan’s eight points against Robert Morris last Friday were a career high and are tied for the fourth-highest single-game output this year in the NCAA. He has three five-point games in his career, including against Detroit Feb. 7 in the season opener. It was his second-career four-goal game, first set vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007.

Ryan has a team-high 16 goals this year and is second with 25 points. He ranks ninth in the country in points per game (4.17) and is 12th in goals per outing (2.67). Ryan has multiple goals in 5-of-6 games this year and has at least two points in each game.

Ryan now has 100 points as a Buckeye, with 68 goals and 32 assists. He has 113 collegiate points, recording 75 goals and 38 assists.

No. 43 on D
Senior Scott Matthews was ranked sixth among the NCAA’s defensemen this season by Inside Lacrosse in ratings released earlier this week.

Matthews scored his second career goal against Robert Morris Friday night. It was his first since March 29, 2008 at Quinnipiac. He has two shots, and two goals, in his career. Matthews has 15 groundballs this year, along with a team-best seven recorded caused turnovers.

Noting No. 16
Senior Joel Dalgarno’s seven points against Robert Morris were a season best and marked his fourth career game with seven or more points. He has two four-goal games this year and has three or more points in each game. He is first on the squad with 12 assists and 27 points this year and second with 15 goals.

Dalgarno now has 193 career points, remaining second in program history. The all-time leader is Terry Gilmore, who had 250 points from 1976-79. He now has 108 goals to move into second place in program history, behind Gilmore who ranks first with 123. Dalgarno is third in assists with 85, trailing Cliff Murray (1966-68) is second with 97 and Gilmore in first with 127.

Dalgarno is fifth in the NCAA in points per game (4.5), ninth in assists per game (2.0) and 17th in goals per outing (2.5).

A High
Sophomore Bryce Woodson matched his career total with two assists against Robert Morris. He had single assists vs. both Detroit and Fairfield earlier this year.

With four goals against Robert Morris, sophomore Mike Pires was one shy of the career-best five goals he had against Detroit to open the season. He is tied for third on the team with 10 goals. As a freshman, Pires had four goals and an assist for five games while playing in nine games.

At the X
Senior Nick Carr won 18-of-31 faceoffs against Robert Morris and tied his career high with nine groundballs, first set vs. Bellarmine April 2. He ranks 24th nationally, winning 54.3 percent of his faceoffs this year.

Against Robert Morris, senior Doug Ruhnke’s goal was his first of the season. Junior Andrew Stimmel’s assist was his first of the year and second of his career (March 2, 2008 vs. Denver).

Goalie Brandon Freeman had his first career assist against the Colonials, setting up Scott Matthews’ first goal of the year. The assist was the first for a Buckeye goalie since at least 2001.

Man-Up Madness
The Buckeyes were a perfect 4-for-4 on man-up chances last Friday vs. Robert Morris and now rank 12th in the country, converting 44.4 percent on the year (12-for-27). Sophomore Mike Pires has a team-best five EMO goals, followed by junior James Green with three.

A Helpful Group
Ohio State ranks first in the country in assists per game with an average of 9.17 an outing. The squad, which is eighth in the country in goals per game (12.0) has 55 assists in 72 goals this season. Seventeen Buckeyes have at least one assist on the year.

Super Mario
Junior Mario Ventiquattro has two or more goals in 4-of-6 games this season and is tied third on the team with 10 goals after scoring twice vs. Robert Morris.

Sophomore goalie Brandon Freeman has posted 10 saves or more in four of his last five games, with 10 against Penn State, Fairfield and Bucknell and a career-high 12 at Navy Feb. 14. He has started all six games this season, the first starts of his career. He has 55 saves on the year. Freeman is 21st nationally in goals-against average (8.48).

A CLASS Player
Senior attackman Joel Dalgarno has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior Class Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence.

The list of 30 student-athletes will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot. The ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the “Four C’s” of Classroom, Character, Community and Competition. The award winner will be announced and presented with his trophy at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Foxborough, Mass.

One to Watch
Senior captain Joel Dalgarno was named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List, the group announced. 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.

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 located on the upper right-hand corner on Ohio State’s student radio station will provide commentary on the games.

How to Go
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 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).

Pires Honored
Sophomore midfielder Mike Pires was named the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week Feb. 9. Pires, a native of Saanichton, British Columbia, had a team-best five goals in the Buckeyes’ 21-1 season-opening win vs. Detroit-Mercy Feb. 7. Against Detroit-Mercy, Pires needed just six shots to tally his career-high five goals, marking the first multiple-point game of his career. Three of Pires’ five goals vs. the Titans were man-up tallies, tying for the most by a Buckeye in a single game since 2003. His five goals in the game tied for the fifth-most over that time span. Pires had four goals and five points while playing in nine games a year ago.

Highs and Lows
The 21 goals scored by the Buckeyes vs. Detroit were the most since beating Northwood, 22-6, in 1996. The squad reached the 20-goal mark against both Bellarmine (20-4) and Denver (20-13) last season. The 20-goal win ties for the fifth-largest margin of victory in OSU history and is the biggest since downing Wittenberg by 26, 29-3, in 1989.

The Ohio State defense limited Detroit Mercy to just one goal late in the fourth quarter in the win last Saturday. It was the fewest since downing Wagner, 19-1, Feb. 23, 2007. The team’s last shutout was March 2, 2002 vs. VMI.

Welcome to the Show
Thirteen Buckeyes played in their first games for the Scarlet and Gray vs. Detroit Mercy: senior Peter Coluccini, juniors Justin Hayes and Andrew Reinhardt, sophomores Ryan Keneally and Dillon Sheehy and freshmen Mike Smail, Joe Bonanni, Stephen Tepsick, Scott Morell, Eric Smith, Brock Sorensen, Eddie Bambino and Keenan Ochwat.

Over the Summer
Junior James Green won a gold medal with Team USA at the ILF Under-19 World Championship in British Columbia. Green scored the gamewinning overtime goal vs. Canada in a comeback victory in the final game of pool play. The United States was 7-0 in the tournament and Green contributed seven goals and at least two assists.

Freshman Brock Sorensen was a team captain as Canada won the silver medal. Sorensen earned a spot on the tournament’s All-World team.

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. He is the 13th head coach in the 60 years of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program. 

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.

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.

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. 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.