May 23, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Katja Pogacar, Women’s golf

  • Pogacar was the trendsetter for the Buckeyes in stroke play helping them earn the No. 4 seed for match play at the NCAA Championship. The senior fired rounds of 74-77-75 (226) to place 17th for the individual portion of stroke play.

Eric Fannell, Men’s lacrosse

  • Fannell saved one of his best games of his career for the biggest stage on Saturday. Playing in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, Fannell fired off a career-high tying five goals to propel the Buckeyes to victory over No. 6 Duke. The senior was very efficient scoring on five of seven shots (.714) and he dished out two assists as well.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (32-3)

  • Ohio State cruised past South Carolina (Round of 16) and Texas Tech (Round of 8) over the weekend to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
  • On Friday, the Scarlet and Gray won the doubles points on the victories of Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz/Gabriella De Santis. After that win, the Buckeyes made quick work of the Gamecocks with straight set singles wins by Di Lorenzo (6-1, 6-1), Kowase (7-5. 6-2) and Sandy Niehaus (6-3, 6-0).
  • The Buckeyes returned Sunday in dominant fashion in the quarterfinals not dropping a single point to the Red Raiders. Sanford/Niehaus and Angeles Paz/De Santis secured the doubles point for Ohio State with wins, and Anna Sanford (7-6 (7-5), 6-4), Kowase (6-4, 6-1) and Angeles Paz (6-2, 6-2) all won their singles matches in straight sets. The win was the 32nd of the year for Ohio State, setting a program record.
  • Ohio State lost a heartbreaker Monday evening in the NCAA Championship semifinals to Stanford, 4-3. The seniors of Angeles Paz, Kowase, De Santis and Niehaus closed their career with 102 team wins, which is the winningest senior class in program history.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (33-4)

  • The Buckeyes won two thrillers over the weekend against Oklahoma (Round of 16) and TCU (Round of 8) to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in program history.
  • After dropping the doubles point against the Sooners, Kyle Seelig and Herkko Pollanen both made quick work of their opponents to win their matches. Mikael Torpegaard dropped the first set of his match against Spencer Papa. Torpegaard stormed back by winning the next two sets with scores of 7-6 (1) and 6-3. Freshman JJ Wolf picked up a win over No. 32 Andrew Harris, his highest ranked win of the season to seal the match with a 4-3 win.
  • On Saturday, the Buckeyes halted TCU’s impressive 17-match win streak to pick up their 17th win in a row in nail-biting fashion. Ohio State got the match started with the doubles point and received a quick two-set win by Pollanen. Both of Ohio State’s other singles wins went the distance. Kyle Seelig defeated Trevor Johnson (3-6, 7-5, 6-3) and Hugo Di Feo clinched the win with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 83 Guillermo Nunez.
  • The Buckeyes fell to No. 2 Virginia on Monday by a score of 4-2 in the NCAA Championship semifinals.

No. 3 Men’s Lacrosse (14-4)

  • Ohio State defeated No. 6 Duke, 16-11, on Saturday in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals at James M. Shuart Stadium to advance to to NCAA Championship weekend for the first time in program history.
  • Senior Eric Fannell had a game-high and career-high tying five goals and seven points. Senior goalie Tom Carey had 14 saves for the Buckeyes and classmate Jake Withers won 17 faceoffs and had 11 groundballs. Seven other Buckeyes besides Fannell found the back of the net: sophomore Jack Jasinski had four points with two goals and two assists, senior Johnny Pearson had two goals and an assist for three points and senior JT Blubaugh and freshman Lukas Buckley each scored twice. Freddy Freibott scored a goal, had three groundballs and a caused turnover.
  • The 16 goals scored by the Buckeye offense matched a season high.
  • The Buckeyes will square off against Towson at noon ET on Saturday (May 27) on ESPN2 in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship.

Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State earned the No. 4 seed for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship match play bracket by recording a 54-hole stroke play total of 913 (+49).
  • Ohio State’s fourth-place finish is tied for the highest in school history following stroke play at the NCAA Championships (also placed fourth in 2003).
  • This marks Ohio State’s seventh Top-10 finish all-time at the NCAA Championships, all under the direction of OSU Hall of Fame head coach Therese Hession.
  • Seniors Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik were Ohio State’s best performers. Pogacar came in at 10-over and wrapped up stroke play tied for 17th overall out of a 132 competitors. Porvasnik earned a share of 32nd place after taking 230 strokes during the three-round stretch.
  • You can watch Ohio State take on Southern California in match play Tuesday morning on the Golf Channel beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, May 23

  • Women’s Golf, NCAA Championships, All Day — Sugar Grove, Ill..

Wednesday, May 24

  • Women’s Golf, NCAA Championships, All Day — Sugar Grove, Ill.

Thursday, May 25

  • Women’s/Men’s Track & Field, NCAA East Preliminaries, All Day — Lexington, Ky.

Friday, May 26

  • Women’s Rowing, NCAA Championship, All Day — West Windsor, N.J.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track & Field, NCAA East Preliminaries, All Day — Lexington, Ky.

Saturday, May 27

  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Towson (NCAA Semifinals), 12 p.m. — Foxboro, Mass.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track & Field, NCAA East Preliminaries, All Day — Lexington, Ky.
  • Women’s Rowing, NCAA Championship, All Day — West Windsor, N.J

Sunday, May 28

  • Women’s Rowing, NCAA Championship, All Day — West Windsor, N.J.