#13/16 OHIO STATE vs LEHIGH Tuesday, March 8 – 7 p.m. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
BUCKEYE QUICK SHOTS • Ohio State is coming off a triple-overtime victory at Penn State Saturday. Logan Schuss had the OT winner against the Nittany Lions for the second-consecutive year. • At Penn State, Buckeye freshman Shawn Kaplan won nine faceoffs – including all six he took in the second half and overtime – to garner ECAC Rookie of the Week accolades. • The Buckeyes are in the Top 10 nationally in four categories – man-down defense, scoring defense, scoring margin and winning percentage. • Ohio State is playing its second game in four days. The game vs. Lehigh is the team’s only home game in March and is the squad’s first contest in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this year. • The Ohio State defense and goalie Greg Dutton shut out Penn State for two separate stretches of 29:31 during the game Saturday. • Sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo lead the Buckeyes with 14 points each. Tundo has a team-best 10 goals, with Schuss posting a team-high six helpers.
BUCKEYES VS. MOUNTAIN HAWKS The No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team returns home to host Lehigh Tuesday night. The Buckeyes (4-1) and Mountain Hawks (3-1) will meet at 7 p.m. under the lights in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The game will have an audio/video webcast available for a fee through Buckeye Vision at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. OhioStateSports.net will carry an audio-only feed. Live stats can be found through OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links to video, audio and live stats can all be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In-game updates also can be found on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
OHIO STATE IN THE POLLS Ohio State moved into the national rankings for the first time this season Feb. 21 after upsetting then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19. In the polls this week the Buckeyes are No. 13 in the USILA coaches’ poll and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State is 4-1 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2), North Carolina (13-8) and Penn State (6-5 3OT) and a loss at No. 11 UMass (11-9). The team is averaging 10.40 goals a game, while allowing 5.80. The Buckeyes, who average 32.8 shots a game, have a 31.7 shooting percentage. The team is 3-for-13 (.231) on man-up chances and 11-for-11 on man-down defense.
The team is led in scoring by sophomores Jeff Tundo and Logan Schuss, who both have 14 points. Tundo has a team-high 10 goals, followed by Schuss with eight. Schuss is first with six assists, followed by Tundo and freshman Tyler Frederick with four. Frederick, who is third with nine points, and senior Jarred Bowman are tied for third with five goals each. Freshman Greg Dutton has started four games in the cage and has a 6.54 goals-against average and .534 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 31-of-54 faceoffs (67.4 percent), while freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 31-of-54 (55.0 percent). Wilkes and Kaplan each have 11 groundballs to rank second behind junior Keenan Ochwat who has 14. Redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto and freshman Joe Meurer are tied for fourth with 10 groundballs each.
KAPLAN PICKS UP LEAGUE HONOR Shawn Kaplan, a freshman from Lafayette, Hill, Pa., has been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Kaplan won 9-of-11 faceoffs in the Buckeyes’ 6-5 triple overtime win at Penn State Saturday.
Kaplan, a product of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, did not lose a faceoff in the second half or overtime, winning all three draws in both the third and fourth quarters and the opening faceoff in each overtime period. He won the faceoff and picked up the groundball in the third overtime, giving Ohio State control of the ball on the game’s last possession. He also had a team game high and personal-best six groundballs in the game.
Kaplan has won 22-of-40 faceoffs on the year and is second on the team with 11 groundballs.
BUCKEYES VS. MOUNTAIN HAWKS The game Tuesday is the first between Ohio State and Lehigh.
The Mountain Hawks are in the Patriot League, where they are joined by Bucknell, Colgate, Army, Lafayette, Navy and Holy Cross. Ohio State is 8-12 all-time vs. current Patriot League members. The last matchup with a Patriot League school was in 2010, an 11-5 Bucknell win in Lewisburg, Pa. Ohio State hosted Patriot League schools Navy and Bucknell in 2009, falling to Navy 8-6 and beating the Bison in overtime, 10-9.
MOUNTAIN HAWK MEMO Lehigh is 3-1 this season after a 13-9 win at Detroit Sunday. The squad also has victories over Saint Joseph’s and Navy at home and a loss at Villanova. The Mountain Hawks are scoring 12.75 goals a game while allowing 8.75. The team is 5-for-16 (.312) on man-up chances and 15-for-18 (.833) on man-down defense.
Dante Fantoni has a team-high 14 points and is tied with Cameron Lao-Gosney for second with eight goals each, sharing the assist lead with David DiMaria with six each. DiMaria is second on the team with 12 points and Adam Johnston has a team-best 11 goals and is tied with Jonathan Stumpf (7g, 4a) for third with 11 points each. Ryan Snyder has won 64-of-86 (74.4 percent) of his faceoffs and has 46 groundballs to lead the squad. Dan Carr has started all four games in the cage and has an 8.43 goals-against average and .515 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT The Buckeyes came back from an early deficit, allowing just one goal after the first quarter, and downed Penn State in triple overtime, 6-5, Saturday in University Park, Pa., to claim the unofficial “Big Ten Championship.” Ohio State seniors end their careers 3-1 vs. the Nittany Lions.
Saturday, the Buckeyes opened the scoring on a Tyler Frederick goal (assisted by Logan Schuss) before the Nittany Lions scored four goals in a row to take a 4-1 lead after the first. Buckeye senior Zach Boyt had the only goal of the second quarter to give PSU a 4-2 lead at halftime. Ohio State held Penn State scoreless for 29:31 until Shane Sturgis broke the streak at the 5:49 mark of the third quarter to regain a three-goal lead (5-2) for PSU. Schuss found Tundo for a score at 1:32 to make the score 5-3 after 45 minutes. At 7:52 of the fourth quarter Brock Sorensen converted the Buckeyes’ only man-up chance of the day to draw Ohio State within one, with Tundo assisting. With time winding down, Pires found Schuss for a goal with 34 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. The teams were scoreless through the first two four-minute overtime sessions. In the third overtime, Buckeye freshman Shawn Kaplan won the opening faceoff and the Buckeyes took a timeout. After the restart, Schuss fought for a loose ball, turned and fired to lift the Buckeyes to the victory.
NOTING THE WIN VS. PENN STATE • Ohio State defeated Penn State in overtime in each of the last two meetings, with Logan Schuss scoring the winner in both contests. • The win was just the Buckeyes’ second at Penn State in the history of the series. • The Buckeyes had two different shutout streaks of 29:31 against the Nittany Lions. • It was the Buckeyes’ first three-overtime game since losing at Bucknell, 8-7, March 1, 2008. The team is 1-3 all-time in three overtime games. The first was a 7-6 loss at home vs. Notre Dame in 1974. The win was over Denison in Columbus in 1980 (8-7). The squad lost 14-13 at UMBC in 1992 and 13-12 at North Carolina in 2002. • After losing six of the first eight faceoffs vs. the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes were undefeated at the X the rest of the game. • Freshman Shawn Kaplan was 9-of-11 on faceoffs to lead the squad, winning all three draws in the third and fourth quarters and the opening faceoff in each overtime period. Kaplan had a team-high six groundballs in the game. • Ohio State was 3-for-3 on man-down defense vs. the Nittany Lions. • Freshman goalie Greg Dutton had a career-high nine saves in the game after eight saves in his last two outings. • Logan Schuss had a team-best four points, with two goals and two assists, vs. PSU. Jeff Tundo had a goal and an assist to record the only other multiple-point game for a Buckeye. • Brock Sorensen’s goal was his first since April 10, 2010 at Hobart. • Sophomore Dominique Alexander had a team season-high 12 shots in the contest.
STREAKERS With four points at Penn State, sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 19 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has multiple points in all four of his games this season, with two or more goals in each of his last three games. It is the 15th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 39 goals, 31 assists and 70 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo has at least one goal and multiple points in all four games this year, with two points in each of the last three games.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has a goal and at least one point in each of his last four games (5-4-9), while senior Mike Pires also is on a four-game point streak (4-1-5). BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS The Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 nationally in four categories. The squad is tied with Brown and Bryant for first with a 100 percent man-down defense. The team is eighth in both scoring defense (5.8) and scoring margin (+4.6) and 10th in win percentage (.800). The team is in the Top 25 nationally in seven other categories.
Individually, Jeff Tundo and Logan Schuss are tied for 24th in points per game (3.4), with Tundo 23rd in goals per game (2.5). Schuss is 30th in assists per outing (1.5). Freshman goalie Greg Dutton is 15th in goals-against average (6.56) and 30th in save percentage (.534)
Tundo and Schuss, who has a league-best two game-winning goals, are tied for third in the ECAC in points per game. Tundo is tied for third in goals per outing, with Schuss tied for fifth. Schuss is fourth in assists per game, while Tundo comes in 10th (1.00). Dutton is third among league goals in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes is fourth in faceoff winning percentage (.574), with freshman Shawn Kaplan seventh (.550). BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT • Ohio State is in a stretch of its schedule with five of six games on the road. The game vs. Lehigh is the only home game for the squad in March and marks the team’s first game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. • The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 27-19 in the second half this year, including 15-6 in the third stanza and 12-4 in the fourth. • Jeff Tundo is one point away from his 50th career point as a Buckeye. • The win over Penn State was the Buckeyes’ second one-goal victory this season. Logan Schuss has the gamewinner in each contest.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with Lehigh and Loyola remaining. The game vs. Hobart April 9 will be produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The broadcast may then be televised at a later date on Big Ten Network; an air date has not been set. The Showdown in the Shoe against Fairfield April 23 will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network.
THE BUCKEYE CAPTAINS Five captains have been selected for Buckeyes this season, including seniors Jarred Bowman, Conor David, Scott Lathrop and Bryce Woodson and junior Brock Sorensen. The captains were selected by a vote of their teammates and the five selected were part of a group of players who indicated an interest in leading the team before practice began and auditioned throughout fall camp.
ON THE SIDELINES Nick Myers is now in his third year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He is joined by Andrew Baxter, also in his third year with the squad, and Dave Dobbins, who is in his second campaign. The newest addition to the staff is Patrick DeBolt, who joins the team as the volunteer assistant coach after spending last year with NCAA champion Duke as its volunteer. DeBolt is a 2009 graduate of Hofstra and spent time as an undergraduate assistant with the team. Mark Bergey is in his second year as the team’s director of operations.
PRESEASON PICKS The Buckeyes were slated fourth in the ECAC Lacrosse Preseason Poll. Denver is first, followed by Loyola and Fairfield. Hobart was ranked fifth, with Air Force sixth and Bellarmine seventh.
Buckeye sophomore Logan Schuss, an honorable mention All-American and the ECAC Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team. In the coaches’ preseason picks in Faceoff Yearbook Schuss and defenseman Brock Sorensen both were named to the team.
GET YOUR TICKETS Tickets for all Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games in 2011 are now on sale. Tickets for the first six contests are $5 for adults and $3 for children, with Ohio State students and children 6 and under admitted free. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $2 each; to purchase contact group sales at 614-247-1984.
Tickets for the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield at 11 a.m. April 23 in Ohio Stadium, went on sale Feb. 4. Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football spring game, are $7 each when purchased prior to game day. Children 6 and under and Ohio State students (with BuckID) are admitted free. Gameday tickets will be $15 each and must be purchased with cash. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available prior to gameday for $5 each. The group rate is not available online; those interested in purchasing group tickets should call 614-292-0043.
Tickets to all games may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on SHOP, then TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS, or click HERE), by calling 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Note additional service charges apply to any phone or online ticket orders.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES Keep up with the Buckeyes online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of Ohio State athletics. In addition, the men’s lacrosse team has a Twitter feed which is updated during the week and in-game. Visit Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX to follow the squad.
A LOOK AHEAD The Buckeyes will be on the road for a game at Albany at noon Saturday. The team will then travel to Virginia March 19 and Notre Dame March 23 before opening ECAC play with home games against Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9.