April 27, 2006

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The Facts
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-5, 3-1 GWLL) hits the road to face Great Western Lacrosse League opponent No. 15/20 Notre Dame (8-4, 1-2 GWLL) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Moose Krause Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.

GameTracker, online at, will have live stats from the game.

Last Time Out The Buckeyes went 1-1 at home last weekend, with a 13-9 loss to Denver last Friday and an 11-7 victory over Air Force last Sunday in GWLL action.

Notre Dame downed Lehigh, 10-7, in Bethesda, Md., last Sunday.

The GWLL Picture
The Buckeyes stand in second place in the Great Western Lacrosse League with a 3-1 ledger entering their league season finale with Notre Dame (1-2).

With two wins last week, Denver clinched the GWLL’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament with a 4-0 record entering its final weekend of league play. The Pioneers travel to face Air Force (2-2 GWLL) this weekend.

Quinnipiac (0-3) has two league games remaining, hosting Butler (1-3) this weekend before heading west to take on Notre Dame May 6. That game closes out Notre Dame’s league schedule.

A Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 6-5 on the year and 3-1 the Great Western Lacrosse League.

The Buckeyes are second in the GWLL in goals per game (9.55) and are allowing 9.63 goal a game. The Buckeyes rank second in the league in man-up offense (.282) and are 10th nationally in man-down defense (.755).

Freshman Joel Dalgarno has a team-high 22 goals and 35 points and ranks second with 13 assists. Sophomore Kevin Buchanan is second in goals (21) and points (33) and third in assists (12). Senior Andrew Bender is third in points (28) and has a team-best 14 assists on the year. Junior Eric O’Brien has a team-best 34 groundballs this season. In the cage, freshman John Bolen, who has started the last six games and is 5-1 as a starter, has an 8.20 goals-against average. The Ohio State-Notre Dame Series
The series between the Buckeyes and Irish is tied, with each team posting 21 wins. After a nine-game losing streak to Notre Dame from 1991-98, OSU is 3-4 against the Irish in the last seven meetings.

Last season, the Buckeyes were downed by Notre Dame at home, 16-5, April 29, 2005.

The Buckeyes trail the series in South Bend, 10-11. Ohio State won the last meeting on ND’s home field, coming from behind for a 9-8 victory March 31, 2004.

A Look at the Fighting Irish
Notre Dame, ranked No. 15/20, enters the weekend 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the Great Western Lacrosse League, with road losses to Denver (8-5) and Air Force (9-8) and a win at Butler (9-8).

The Irish are averaging 8.08 goals a game, while allowing 7.17 to rank first in the conference.

Pat Walsh leads the Irish with 19 assists and 36 points and is second with 17 goals. Brian Hubschmann is first with 22 goals and second with 35 points. Matt Karweck is third on the team in goals (16) and points (20).

Joey Kemp has started all 12 games in the cage, with a 7.10 goals-against average and .590 save percentage.

Kevin Corrigan, a 1982 graduate of Virginia, is in his 18th year at the helm of the Irish. He has a school record of 154-87 and a 164-102 ledger in 20 years as a collegiate head coach.

A Record-Setting Game
Buckeye sophomore Kevin Buchanan had a career-high and team season-best eight points in the win over Air Force last Sunday. The eight points were a career best, topping the six-point outing (5g, 1a) he had vs. Hobart earlier this season. The four assists also were a career best, breaking the mark of two he had vs. Quinnipiac March 18.

Buchanan’s eight points were the most for a Buckeye since Curtis Smith had nine against Quinnipiac March 8, 2003.

Buchanan’s eight-point game is the best in the GWLL this season and is tied for the fourth-highest single-game total among all NCAA players.

On a Run
Kevin Buchanan has at least one point in each game this season and at least one goal in each of the last nine games.

Buchanan ranks second on the squad with 21 goals and 33 points and is third with 12 assists. All three marks are a career best.

Leader of the Pack
Freshman Joel Dalgarno leads the Buckeyes with 22 goals and 35 points this season. He has at least one point in every game on the year and has at least three points in each of his last eight outings. He has at least one goal in all but one game and at least one assist in seven of the last eight outings.

Dalgarno also leads the Buckeyes with 58 shots and 43 shots on goal on the year.

Man-Up Men
Joel Dalgarno, Kevin Buchanan and Andrew Bender are tied for the team lead with three man-up goal each. The Buckeyes have converted 28.2 percent of their extra-man chances to rank second in the GWLL.

Man-Down Men
The Buckeyes rank 10th nationally, stopping 75.5 percent of their opponents’ man-up chances.

The Buckeyes have allowed just four man-up goal in their last six games, stopping 87.5 percent of their opponent chances (28-32). The squad has had two outstanding performances this weekend, stopping Brown on six chances and Robert Morris on seven opportunities.

Ben Wolff scored a man-down goal for the Buckeyes in the win over Butler. It was the Buckeyes’ first man-down goal since Tom Randisi tallied at Hobart April 17, 2004.

A Streaker
Junior Jason Lutz is on four-game point and three-game goal streaks. He has 3-4-7 totals in his last four games. Lutz has a career-best six assists and 12 points on the year.

Leaders of the League
A number of Buckeyes rank among the top players in the GWLL this season.

Buckeyes Joel Dalgarno (3.18) and Kevin Buchanan (3.00) rank first and second, respectively, in the Great Western Lacrosse League in points per game. Andrew Bender is eighth (2.55).

Dalgarno is third in goals per game (2.0), followed by fourth-place (tied)Buchanan (1.91). Craig Nolan is tied seventh in the league (1.60).

Bender ranks third in the conference in assists per game (1.27).

At the faceoff X, freshman Nick Carr is fourth, winning 51.1 percent of his faceoffs, followed by junior Eric O’Brien in fifth (.500).

And in The League Only
In league games only, Kevin Buchanan is first with 4.25 points a game, followed by Joel Dalgarno (3.75), who is tied for second. Andrew Bender is tied for eighth (2.50).

Buchanan is tied for first with 2.00 assists a game, while Dalgarno is tied for fifth (1.25) and Bender is tied for eighth (1.00).

Dalgarno is tied for second in goals a game (2.25), followed by Buchanan in a tie for third (2.25).

Eric O’Brien is third in groundballs a game (5.25) and third in face-off win percentage (.545).

Goalie John Bolen is second in saves per game (10.75).

The Rooks
So far this season, 11 Buckeye freshmen have seen action for the Scarlet and Gray – Nick Carr, Scott Fetterolf, Doug Ruhnke, Jake Lecky, Joel Dalgarno, Brian Lalley, Tim Pederson, John Bolen, Mark Ferreri, Scott Matthews and Bobby Mehraban. Dalgarno has started all 11 Buckeye games, while Matthews has started eight contests.

A High
Against Denver, both Buckeye senior Jason Bloom and junior Jason Lutz had a career-best three points. Bloom had a personal-best two goals and three points against Denver, while Lutz had a career-best two assists and three points in the game.

A First
Sophomore Jon Rydberg’s goal against Denver last week was the first of his career. He played in 11 games last season, but did not record a point.

A Team Effort
In the two Buckeye games last weekend, 12 of the Buckeyes’ 20 goals were assisted. On the year, the Buckeyes have 63 assists on 105 goals.

Sharp Shooters
The Buckeyes have converted 28.9 percent of their shots, scoring 85 goals on 294 shots. Of their 294 shots this season, 62.9 percent (185) have been on net. Ohio State is 4-0 when outshooting the opponent this season, but 1-4 when being outshot.

Wrap it Up
The two games last weekend closed out the home portion of the Buckeyes’ 2006 schedule. The squad was 4-2 at home in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this year.

Scoop It Up
Junior Eric O’Brien leads the Buckeyes with 34 groundballs on the year. He had a career-high tying nine against Butler and then posted eight i the win over Air Force. He led the Buckeyes with 65 groundballs last season.

Senior Brian Yontz is second on the squad with 29 groundballs this season, including a season-high six vs. Butler.

Three for Six
Three Buckeyes have posted six points in a game this season. Sophomore Kevin Buchanan scored five goals and added an assist for his six points vs. Hobart March 4. Senior Craig Nolan scored six goals against Robert Morris April 8. Senior Andrew Bender had three goals and three assists against Butler April 14.

Before this season, the last time a Buckeye had six points in a game was current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi April 23, 2004 vs. Air Force.

Leading the Way
Five senior Buckeyes were selected by a vote of their teammates to serve as captains for the squad this season – midfielders Andrew Bender, Gary Bining and Jason Bloom, attackman Ben Wolff and defenseman Brian Yontz.

Up Next
The Buckeyes wrap up the regular season with a game at Army at 7 p.m. May 6. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.