April 13, 2005

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The Facts
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (3-5, 1-0 Great Western Lacrosse League) steps out of conference play when it plays host to Robert Morris (0-10) at 4 p.m. Friday at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes defeated Butler, 13-9, in their GWLL opener last Saturday in Indianapolis, Ind.

Robert Morris lost to Bellarmine, 13-3, last week in Louisville, Ky.

Noting the Win vs. the Bulldogs
The Buckeyes’ win over Butler marked their third consecutive victory in a GWLL season opener. The win was the Buckeyes’ fourth consecutive over the Bulldogs.

A Buckeye Primer
Ohio State is 3-5 on the year, with wins over UMBC (in overtime), Quinnipiac and Butler.

Kyle Olson has a team-best 17 points and is tied with Ben Wolff for the goal-scoring lead with 13 each. Wolff ranks second with 16 points, followed by Tom Randisi (7-7) with 14 and Justin Doran (5-7) with 12 and Andrew Bender (4-6) with 10. Eric O’Brien has taken a majority of the faceoffs, winning 54.5 percent (78-143). He also has a team-best 48 groundballs. In net, Mike Rimmer has started six games and has a 9.47 goals-against average and .576 save percentage.

The Buckeyes are averaging 8.89 goals a game, while allowing 9.87. The squad has converted 34.4 percent of its man-up chances.

The Series vs. the Colonials
Robert Morris is in its first season as a Division I program. The Buckeyes and Colonials never have met on the lacrosse field.

A Look at the Colonials
Robert Morris is 0-10 on the year, including an 0-6 mark in road games, 0-3 ledger in neutral-site contests and is 0-1 at home. The squad averages 7.4 goals a game, while allowing 14.20. RMU is not aligned with a conference this season.

Brenden Young leads RMU with 24 points and is second with 15 goals. Andrew Watt has a team-best 17 goals and is second in points with 22. Eric DeSalvatore is third on the squad with 11 tallies on the year. Young and Michael Fleming are tied for the team lead with nine assists each. Jason Dockum has started six games in goal and played in nine, with a 14.14 goals-against average and .453 save percentage. John Kennedy has started two games and seen action in five, with a 14.37 gaa and .462 svpct.

Kenneth Davis, a 1997 graduate of Wilmington College, is in his first season at the helm of the Colonials. He has a 26-29 career mark in three years.

Welcome Home
Ohio State’s game vs. Robert Morris marks the squad’s first home game since March 19 after three consecutive road contests. After the game vs. the Colonials, the Buckeyes travel to face GWLL foes Denver (April 22) and Air Force (April 24) before ending the regular season with three consecutive home games.

Six for Six
Junior Ben Wolff is the only Buckeye to play in all eight games and record at least a point (and a goal) in each. Wolff had one goal and point in each of the first three games and has had multiple-point outings in his last five games. He had a career-best four goals in the win over Quinnipiac, two goals and an assist vs. Hobart and a goal and a helper against Brown. Overall, Wolff is on a 14-game scoring streak dating back to last season.

Other Streakers
Since being held scoreless vs. Navy in the second game of the season, Kyle Olson, Tom Randisi and Andrew Bender have responded with at least a point in the last six games.

A First
Buckeye freshman Josh Funk posted an assist in the win over Butler, marking the first point of his Buckeye career.

Classmates Charlie Billingsley and Matt Cornell saw their first action as Buckeyes against the Bulldogs.

Scoop it Up
Eric O’Brien has a team-best 48 groundballs this season. He ranks third in the league with 6.0 groundballs a game. He has taken nearly all of the Buckeyes’ faceoffs this season, winning 54.5 percent (78-143), to rank fourth in the league.

O’Brien scored a goal in the win at Butler and now has a career-best two on the year.

Double it Up
The Buckeyes are 3-0 this season when posting at least 10 goals. They scored a season-best 15 vs. Quinnipiac, 13 against Butler and 10 in the double-overtime win at UMBC.

Redshirt-freshman goalie Mike Rimmer is third in the GWLL with a .573 save percentage this season. He has 16 saves in each of his last two outings and had a career-best 19 vs. Hobart.

The New Leader
Buckeye head coach Joe Breschi became the Buckeyes’ all-time winningest coach with the victory over Quinnipiac March 19. He broke the record previously held by Paul Hartman, who was 60-45-2 from 1961-66. Breschi is 62-41 at the helm for OSU.

A Career Year
Junior Justin Doran, who played in seven games and had no points in his first two years as a Buckeye, is tied for first on the team with seven assists this season and is fourth with 12 points. Doran has three three-point games this season and has a goal in five outings.

A Look Back – OSU 13, Butler 9
Ohio State downed Butler, 13-9, April 9 in Indianapolis, Ind., in its Great Western Lacrosse League opener. Buckeye senior Kyle Olson had a team-best three goals in the win, while junior Craig Nolan had two goals and an assist, senior Tom Randisi had two assists and a goal and junior Ben Wolff had two goals.

The Buckeyes got on the board first, as Josh Wittenberg scored with 6:36 remaining in the opening quarter. Josh Funk assisted on the goal, marking his first career point. The Bulldogs responded with a man-up goal 26 seconds later by Grant Albertson, but OSU’s Eric O’Brien scored six seconds after that to give OSU the lead for good. Olson scored his first goal of the game at with 4:38 left on the clock. Albertson, who ended the game with a team-best four goals, scored his second of the game with 2:51 left in the first.

Ohio State opened the second quarter with three goals in the first 48 seconds. Ben Wolff, set up by Gary Bining, scored a man-up goal at 14:50, followed by Olson at 14:42 and Nolan at 14:12. Justin Doran ended the Buckeye run with a goal at 11:51. The Bulldogs scored the last two goals of the quarter to send OSU into the lockerroom at halftime with a 7-4 lead.

OSU scored the only three goals of the third quarter, by Olson, Randisi and Nolan. Olson scored his fourth goal of the game 28 seconds into the final quarter. Butler scored at 12:12 and 11:35, followed by a Bryan Keane goal, set up by Andrew Bender, with 10:26 on the clock. Butler scored three of the final four goals, with Jon DeCanio tallying for OSU, for the 13-9 final.

The Buckeyes had 33 shots in the game, while Butler had 40. Buckeye redshirt-freshman Mike Rimmer had 16 saves in all 60 minutes.

Ohio State won 12-of-25 faceoffs in the game. Eric O’Brien won 9-of-20 draws, while Jon Rydberg won 3-of-5 faceoffs.

The Buckeyes converted 2-of-4 man-up chances vs. Butler, while the Bulldogs were 2-for-9.

Leading the Way
Redshirt junior Jason Bloom, redshirt senior John Dauro, senior Peter Frantz and senior Tom Randisi are serving as captains for the Buckeyes this season. Randisi is in his second season as a captain for the squad.

A Quick Look Back
The Buckeyes are coming off one of the best seasons in program history, after qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championship, posting a 12-4 record and winning the outright Great Western Lacrosse League title with a 5-0 ledger. The season was highlighted be an 11-game winning streak, the longest for the program since 1978.

Last season, the Buckeyes ended the year sixth in the nation, allowing 7.5 goals a game, and were 16th in scoring offense (10.13).

Ohio State returns 33 letterwinners from the 2004 squad, including four starters. Among the returnees are All-GWLL honorees Tom Randisi, who was third on the 2004 squad with 20 goals, and defenseman Peter Frantz. Kyle Olson, who was second on the team with 31 points last season, and Ben Wolff, who was fourth with 27 points, also return to the Buckeye roster.

No. 11 Honored
Buckeye senior midfielder Tom Randisi was a Face-Off Yearbook Division I Preseason All-America honorable mention choice.

Randisi, from Towson, Md., is a two-time All-GWLL second-team selection. He has started 43-of-44 games as a Buckeye and has 60 career points, including 43 goals. Last season, Randisi posted 20 goals and 26 points.

Coming Up
The Buckeyes will travel to Colorado to take on GWLL foes Denver at 6 p.m. EDT April 22 and Air Force at 2 p.m. EDT April 24.