Feb. 22, 2013
No. 17/19 Ohio State vs. Marquette
Saturday, Feb. 23 – 1 p.m.
Woody Hayes Athletic Center – Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State Lacrosse This Week
The No. 17/19-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-0) returns to Columbus for a game against Marquette (0-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Tickets to the game are SOLD OUT.
The game between the Buckeyes and Golden Eagles will be streamed live through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Matchup information, as well as links to follow each game, both home and away, through available live stats, audio and video, are updated prior to each contest on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday).
In the Polls
In the newest polls released Monday, Ohio State moved up three spots in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll to No. 17 and remained at No. 19 in the USILA Coaches Poll.
Six opponents on Ohio State’s regular-season schedule are also ranked (IL/USILA): Loyola (2/1), Notre Dame (3/3), Denver (11/11), Virginia (6/6), Penn State (9/8) and Fairfield (15/15). Ohio State’s preseason slate included ranked teams in Johns Hopkins (4/4) and Syracuse (18/18) in the spring and North Carolina (12/9) and Lehigh (8/12) in the fall.
Keep up with the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_MLAX), facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateMensLacrosse) and Instagram (instagram.com/OhioState_MLAX).
Ohio State is 2-0 this season, with wins over Detroit (14-8) and Jacksonville (9-6). The squad is averaging 39 shots per game while holding opponents to 22 an outing. The man-up unit is 4-for-7 (.571) while the squad has stopped 4-of-8 (.500) opponent chances. The squad has won 27-of-45 faceoffs (.600) and cleared at 90.5 percent (38-of-42).
Senior Logan Schuss has a team-best nine goals and 13 points, while freshman Carter Brown is first with five assists and second with seven points. Sophomore Jesse King is second with five goals. In goal, junior Greg Dutton has started both games and has a 7.00 goals-against average and .562 save percentage. Senior Trey Wilkes has won 24-of-42 faceoffs and is second with nine groundballs, following team leader Kevin Mack (10). Junior Darius Bowling is first on the team with four caused turnovers and third with eight groundballs.
Last Time out – Buckeyes Top Dolphins, 9-6
In the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field, Ohio State defeated host Jacksonville, 9-6, Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes, who were ahead by one goal at halftime and after the third quarter, outscored the Dolphins, 3-1, in the fourth quarter for the victory.
Individually, seniors Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander and sophomore Jesse King each scored twice, while junior Adam Trombley and sophomore David Planning each had two points on a goal and an assist. Schus added an assist for a three-point day. Junior goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes. The defense, led by starters freshman Robby Haus and juniors Joe Meurer and Dominic Imbordino, limited the Dolphins to six goals and 24 shots, with just two goals allowed and six shots against in the second half.
Ohio State is 11-0 all-time in games played inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The first indoor game for the program came in March 2008 when a blizzard forced the Buckeyes and Penn State indoors and the Buckeyes downed the Nittany Lions, 17-6. In 2009 the Buckeyes defeated Detroit (21-1), Bucknell (10-9 OT) and Fairfield (11-6) inside the WHAC. The 2010 squad posted wins over Villanova (10-8), Detroit (16-7) and Penn State (11-10 OT) on the Woody Hayes turf and in 2011 the Buckeyes defeated Detroit (4-3) and Mercer (20-2) indoors. Last season the only indoor game was between the Buckeyes and Titans, an 11-6 Buckeye victory.
Welcome to Division I
The game Saturday marks the first varsity game for Marquette in program history. Ohio State was also the first Division I opponent for Detroit (in 2009) and Mercer (in 2011), all inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Honors Abound for Schuss This Week
Monday, Buckeye senior co-captain Logan Schuss was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week for his league-best 13 points in the first two weeks of the season. He had a career-high 10 points, along with career-high tying seven goals, vs. Detroit and then added two goals and an assist vs. Jacksonville.
Wednesday, Schuss was named one of 20 candiates for the 2013 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 – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. For more information, visit seniorclassaward.com.
Friday, Schuss was named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlights the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot alongside these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State has outscored opponents 12-4 in the second half this year (6-2 in both the third and fourth quarters). The team has outshot opponents, 24-10, in the second half, with five shots allowed in each quarter.
• Senior Logan Schuss enters the game vs. Marquette on a 47-game point streak (111g, 67a, 178p). Dating back to last season, sophomore Jesse King is on an eight-game point streak (13g, 6a, 19p), senior Dominique Alexander has points in his last seven games (8g, 9a, 17p) and junior Adam Trombley is on a six-game streak (5g, 4a, 9p). Schuss is on a 10-game assist streak (16a) and has multiple points in each of his last 23 outings. David Planning is on a three-game point streak (3g, 2a, 5p).
• Senior Dan Wertz tallied vs. Jacksonville, his first goal of the season and first since Loyola April 2, 2011.
• Sophomore David Planning had his third career two-point game vs. Jacksonville with a goal and an assist, his first two-point outing since May 2, 2012 vs. Fairfield.
• Freshman Kacy Kapinos won the two faceoffs he took vs. Jacksonville, marking the first draws of his collegiate career (and his first collegiate appearance). Sophomore Evan Mulchrone played against the Dolphins for his first game for the Scarlet and Gray.
• The Buckeyes were 19-for-19 on clears vs. Jacksonville.
After a road game at Penn State, the Buckeyes will return for the first of two games vs. ranked opponents in Columbus in March, hosting No. 11 Denver March 9. The squad will then embark enter a stretch of three-consecutive road games before returning home to host defending national champion Loyola March 30.
The game vs. the Pioneers, which opens ECAC play for the Buckeyes, is scheduled to be played outdoors at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.