#20 Ohio State at #2 Virginia Saturday, March 19 – 3 p.m. Klöckner Stadium – Charlottesville, Va.
Buckeye Quick Shots • Ohio State is meeting Virginia for the first time since 2001. The teams have met four times, with three of the first four in Charlottesville. • The Buckeyes are in a stretch of their schedule with five of six games on the road. The team, on Spring Break next week, will take on third-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday in South Bend, Ind. • Sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo each have a team-best 13 goals to lead the Buckeyes. Schuss has a team-high 22 points and nine assists and Tundo is second with 19 points and six assists. • The Buckeyes have allowed one man-up goal this year. Ohio State and Virginia are tied for the NCAA lead in man-down defense (.929). • Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal this campaign, with 15 contributing at least one assist; 11 have at least one of each. • Ohio State is outscoring opponents, 36-16, in the second half this season, including 19-6 in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State Lacrosse this Weekend The No. 20 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-2, 0-0 ECAC) will take on No. 2-ranked Virginia (6-1, 0-0 ACC) at 3 p.m. Saturday in Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
An audio webcast of the game can be found online at www.wina.com, with live stats available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and VirginiaSports.com. In-game updates also can be found on Twitter @OhioState_MLAX.
Ohio State In the Polls Ohio State, after going 1-1 last week with a win over Lehigh but loss at Albany, dropped to 20th in both the USILA coaches’ poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The squad has been as high as 12th and 14th in the polls, respectively. The team moved into the national rankings for the first time this season Feb. 21 after upsetting then-No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 5-2 on the year, with wins over Detroit (4-3), Mercer (20-2), No. 3 North Carolina (13-8), Penn State (6-5 3OT) and Lehigh (11-7) and 11-9 losses at No. 11 UMass and Albany. The team is averaging 10.29 goals a game, while allowing 6.58. The Buckeyes, who average 32.6 shots a game, have a 31.6 shooting percentage. The team is 5-for-21 (.238) on man-up chances and 13-for-14 (.929) on man-down defense.
The squad is led in scoring by sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo. Schuss has a team-high 22 points and nine assists and is tied with Tundo for first with 13 goals apiece. Tundo is second with 19 points and six assists. Freshman Tyler Frederick is fourth with six goals and third with 13 points and senior Jarred Bowman is third with seven goals. Freshman Greg Dutton has started six games in the cage and has a 7.37 goals-against average and .541 save percentage. Sophomore Trey Wilkes has won 31-of-56 faceoffs (55.4 percent), while freshman Shawn Kaplan has won 39-of-78 (50 percent). Kaplan has a team-best 19 groundballs, followed by junior Keenan Ochwat, freshman Joe Meurer and redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto with 15 each.
Ohio State Vs. Virginia Ohio State and Virginia have met four times, but not since 2001, with the Cavaliers winning the first four matchups. The first meeting came in 1968, a 12-8 UVA win in Charlottesville. The teams then met three-consecutive years from 1999-01, with two games on UVA’s home field. The Cavaliers won in Charlottesville in 1999 and 2001, with the Buckeyes falling in Columbus, 13-7, in 2000.
Ohio State and the ACC Virginia competes in the ACC, where it is joined by North Carolina, Duke and Maryland. This season, Ohio State faced off against Duke in a preseason scrimmage and then downed the then-No. 3 ranked Tar Heels, 13-8, Feb. 19 in Ohio Stadium.
Virginia Vitals Virginia, ranked second nationally, is 6-1 on the year, with the lone loss on the road at No. 1 Syracuse, 12-10, March 4. The squad is coming off an 11-9 win over Cornell last Saturday in the Face-Off Classic in Baltimore, Md.
Virginia, which averages 45.7 shots a contest, is averaging 14.57 goals a game to rank second nationally while holding opponents to 8.29 an outing. The squad is 16-for-26 (.615) on man-up chances and 26-for-28 (.929) on man-down defense, ranking first in the country in both categories. The team is second in the NCAA averaging 43.29 groundballs a game and is fifth in caused turnovers per game (10.86).
Steele Stanwick has a team-high 27 points and 14 assists. Chris Bocklet is first with 19 goals, ranking second with 22 points. Shamel Bratton is second with 14 goals and third with 18 points. Colin Briggs also has double-digit goals (10). Adam Ghitelman is 5-1 in the cage, with a 7.85 goals-against average and .590 save percentage.
Alexander Honored Dominique Alexander, a sophomore midfielder on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Alexander had seven points, with four goals and three assists, in two games combined last week.
Alexander had a hat trick in the Buckeyes’ 11-7 win over Lehigh, marking his first goals of the year. He twice gave Ohio State the lead against the Mountain Hawks, opening the scoring and then putting the Buckeyes ahead, 4-3, in the second quarter.
The Baldwin, N.Y., native led the squad with a career-high three assists and personal-high tying four points at nationally-ranked Albany, an 11-9 loss Saturday afternoon.
In the two games combined Alexander had six groundballs, did not have a turnover and had one caused turnover.
This is the second league weekly honor for Alexander, who picked up ECAC Rookie of the Week accolades May 3, 2010. He has played in 21 games for the Scarlet and Gray, starting 20, and has 15 goals, 12 assists and 27 points. Buckeyes’ Last Time Out Ohio State fell at Albany, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y. The Buckeyes cut a five-goal third-quarter deficit to two in the fourth stanza, but the comeback attempt fell short and the squad suffered the nonconference loss to the Great Danes.
The teams were tied at 2 after the first quarter and Ohio State outscored Albany, 3-1, in the first 5:43 of the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead. Albany responded with a five-goal run to tie the game and take an 8-5 lead with 2:51 left in the second quarter. Buckeye Brock Sorensen scored a man-up goal with 2:33 left in the stanza for an 8-6 Albany lead at halftime. The Great Danes won the third quarter, outscoring Ohio State 3-0, to extend the lead to 11-6. The Buckeyes shut out Albany for the final 23:53 of regulation and scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter but were unable to draw even.
For Ohio State, freshman goalie Greg Dutton had a career-high 12 saves in the game. Sophomore Dominique Alexander led the Buckeyes with three assists and four points, while sophomores Logan Schuss and Dan Wertz each scored twice and freshman Tyler Frederick had two assists.
Streakers With two goals at Albany, sophomore Logan Schuss extended his point streak to 21 games (each game of his collegiate career). He has multiple points in all six of his games this season, with two or more goals in each of his last five games. It is tied for the 14th-longest current point streak in the nation, with 44 goals, 34 assists and 78 points in the stretch.
Sophomore Jeff Tundo has at least one goal and point in all six games this year (13g, 6a, 19p). He has three multiple-goal games and two games with two helpers.
Freshman Tyler Frederick has at least one point in each of his last six games (6-7-13). Senior Jarred Bowman has goals in back-to-back games, while sophomore Dominique Alexander has seven points (4g, 3a) in his last two games combined.
No. 18 Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 22 points and nine assists, ranking 15th nationally and third in the ECAC in points per game (3.57). He is on a 21-game point streak and has three or more points in four of six games this year, including six points, with three goals and three assists, vs. Lehigh March 8. Schuss shares the ECAC lead with two game-winning goals, including the GWG in triple overtime at Penn State March 5. Schuss, the 2010 ECAC Rookie of the Year and the first Buckeye to earn All-America honors as a freshman, has 78 points in 21 career games with 44 goals and 34 assists.
Man-Down Ohio State and Virginia share the nation’s lead in man-down defense, each stopping 92.9 percent of their opponent chances. Ohio State is 13-for-14, with the lone goal coming vs. Lehigh March 8. The Buckeyes average an ECAC-low 2.29 penalties per game.
In the Rankings • Ohio State is in the Top 10 in the NCAA in scoring defense (6.71), scoring margin (+3.57) and man-down defense (.929). • The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC in goals per game (10.29), goals allowed per game (6.58), assists per game (5.71), points per game (16.00) and shot percentage (.316). The squad is first in man-down defense (.929), fewest penalties per game (2.29) and fewest penalty minutes per game (1.57). • Individually in the ECAC, Logan Schuss is tied for third in assists (1.50) and points (3.67) per game. Schuss and Jeff Tundo are tied for fifth in goals per game (2.17), with Tundo tied for ninth in assists per contest (1.00) and tied for fifth in points per game (3.17). Schuss is fourth in the league in shots per game (6.83) with Tundo seventh (tied) at 5.67 and Dominique Alexander tied for 10th (5.00). Goalie Greg Dutton is second in goals-against average. Trey Wilkes is fifth in faceoff percentage (.554). • Jeff Tundo’s six-goal and eight-point performance against Mercer Feb. 12 are tied for the league high for a single game this year.
Buckeye This and That • Ohio State is in a stretch of its schedule with five of six games on the road. • Dan Wertz had his second two-goal game last Saturday at Albany. He entered the year with three goals in 14 games a season ago and already has five goals this year. • Junior Keenan Ochwat leads the Buckeyes with 14 caused turnovers, nearly half of the 31 he has in his career. He is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers this year. • Senior Jarred Bowman already has a career-high seven goals and nine points this year. He entered the campaign with three goals, four assists and seven points in his first three seasons. He had a career-high four-point game Feb. 26 at UMass, including his first career hat trick. • Ohio State has earned three ECAC Player of the Week honors this season. Jarred Bowman and Dominique Alexander have been the offensive player of the week, while freshman goalie Greg Dutton was tabbed the rookie of the week.
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 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 remaining 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. The squad hosts Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9.
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. Weekly and special releases, updated season and career statistics, links to live stats and audio and video streams and more can all be found on the site. 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 travel to No. 3 Notre Dame Wednesday before a weekend off. The team will open ECAC play with home games against No. 10 Loyola April 2 and Hobart April 9.