To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Fairfield Stags conclude their regular season with an ECAC matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday April 27th at 1 PM ET. The Stags come into the game with a 8-5 overall record and a 4-2 record in ECAC. The Buckeyes have a 9-3 overall record and 4-2 record in the ECAC. Currently the Buckeyes are ranked #13/#13 in the Nike and USILA National Polls. The winner of this game will earn the third seed for the ECAC Lacrosse League that starts on May 2nd on the campus of Hobart College.
Ohio State started its season at home against Detroit University and won the game by a 14-8 score. Ohio State started its road season with a game in Jacksonville, FL against host Jacksonville winning the game 9-6. Marquette came to Columbus in its debut season and the Buckeyes won this game 18-8. They went on the road to play a football rival, Penn State. OSU beat the Nittany Lions by a 10-9 score in OT. Denver came to Columbus and handed the Buckeyes their first loss of the season by a 10-9 margin. OSU then traveled to Charlottesville, VA to play Virginia. The Buckeyes got back on the winning side of the ledger beating Virginia by a 11-10 score. Staying on the road, they lost to Notre Dame in South Bend by a 9-4 margin. Their third straight road game took the Buckeyes to Bellarmine for an ECAC contest and OSU went home with a 9-7 victory. Playing back at home in Columbus, the Buckeyes lost to Loyola 9-4 in their second ECAC game. Continuing to play ECAC opponents, Hobart lost to OSU in Columbus by a 10-6 score. Traveling to their arch football rivals in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Buckeyes improved their ECAC conference record beating the Wolverines by a 17-9 score. Last Saturday, the Buckeyes were also in Colorado, taking on the Air Force Academy. The teams were tied at 4-4 at the end of the first period. The Buckeyes jumped out to 2-0 lead with Senior Co-Captain Logan Schuss scoring 50 seconds into the game. Then the Air Force scored three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. With less than three minutes left in the first period, OSU scored two goals 36 seconds apart to regain the lead at 4-3. With only 32 seconds left in the initial quarter, Air Force tied the game. Air Force scored the first goal of the second period but the Buckeyes had a two goal run to get the lead at 6-5. Air Force ties the game and retook the lead with a man up goal to forge a 7-6 halftime lead. Ohio State entered the third period with two men down and the Buckeyes killed the penalties and scored all three of the goals scored in the period to have a 9-7 at the break. Two minutes in the fourth quarter, Air Force scores to cut the lead to 9-8. OSU scored its final goal at 6:48 to push the lead to two goals. Air Force was able to cut the lead to one on a goal with 47 seconds remaining the contest. The Buckeyes win the face off but lose the ball on a turnover. The Falcons final shot was saved by the OSU goal keeper and the Buckeyes went back to Columbus a winner by a 9-8 score. In the contest, freshman defenseman Robby Haus earned the ECAC Rookie of the Week honors for his four ground ball effort along with being on the man down unit that killed off a two man down penalty.
The Buckeyes have scored 125 goals this season while taking 413 shot attempts for a 10.42 goals per game average and a .303 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 99 goals after taking 372 shot attempts for a .266 shot percentage for a 8.25 goals per game average. The Buckeyes are averaging 34.4 shots per game and their opponents have averaged 31.0 shots per game. OSU has scored 78 goals with an assist this season and 47 unassisted goals. Their opponents have gotten 54 goals with an assist and 45 unassisted goals. With a man up, the Buckeyes have scored 19 goals out of 40 chances for a .475 conversion percentage. Their opponents have scored 12 goals with 34 chances with a .353 conversion rate.
OSU has gotten to 339 ground balls while the opposition has scooped up 315 ground balls. The Buckeyes have had 154 turnovers while the opponents have had 159 turnovers. OSU have 66 caused turnovers and the opposition have had 74 caused turnovers. In the face off circle, the Buckeyes have won 158 out of 266 face offs for a .594 win percentage. Their opponents have 108 face off wins out of the 266 chances for a .406 winning percentage. The Buckeyes have a .894 successful clearing percentage while the opposition has a .886 clearing percentage. OSU hase been flagged by the officials 36 times while the opposition have had 45 penalties called on them by the officials.
OSU best scoring period is the third period with 37 goals. The second period have seen the Buckeyes scoring 32 times in 2013 and 28 times in the first period. The Buckeyes lowest scoring period is the fourth period with 27 goals and OSU scored one goal in OT this year. The opponents best scoring period has been the second period with 33 goals. The first period has seen the opponents getting 28 goals and 24 goals in the fourth quarter. The OSU have limited the opponents to 14 goals in the third period.
Leading the OSU in scoring is Logan Schuss. He has scored 31 goals and has been credited with 20 assists for 51 points this season. Jessie King and Carter Brown both have scored 19 goals. King has gotten to 15 assists for a total point total 34. Brown has a total of 32 points with 13 times being with an assist. Turner Evans has had 15 goals and 5 assists for 20 points in the 2013 season. David Planning has scored 11 goals and five assists for 16 points. Greg Dutton has played the majority of the minutes this season in goal for the Buckeyes. He has started in 10 games while getting 593 plus minutes. He has allowed 83 goals for a 8.39 goals against average. Dutton’s save percentage is .524 with 95 saves this season. Getting two starts and playing in three games is Scott Spencer. Spencer has played 130 minutes in the pipes with 24 saves and 16 goals against. His goals against average is 7.37.
Fairfield has scored 118 goals this year after taking 447 shot attempts for a 9.08 goals per game average and a .264 shot percentage. The opponents have scored 121 goals with the opposition has taken 457 shot attempts for a 9.31 goals per game average and a.265 shot percentage. Fairfield has taken 34.4 shots per game and the opponents are averaging 35.2 shots per game. The Stags have gotten 56 goals via an assist and 62 unassisted goals while the opponents have 59 goals via the assist and 62 unassisted goals. Fairfield have converted 15 extra man goals this season going 15-56 this season for .268 conversion rate while the opponents have scored 12 goals in 37 attempts for a .324 conversion rate.
Fairfield has gotten to 410 ground balls and the opponents have scooped up 418 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 189 times this year while the opponents are turning the ball over 186 times. Fairfield’s defense has caused 89 turnovers this season and the opponents have caused the Stags to turn the ball over 115 times. In the face off circle, Fairfield has won 128 of 278 attempts for a .460 winning percentage and the opponents have been successful 150 times out of 278 chances for a .540 winning percentage. The Stags have been successful on .869 percentage of their clears and the opposition has cleared the ball with a .870 percentage. Fairfield has been penalized 41 times this season and the opponents have been flagged 57 times.
The opening stanza has seen Fairfield score 33 times in the 2013 campaign. The second and fourth periods have been the second most productive periods with the Stags hitting the back of the net 31 times. Fairfield’s least productive period had been the third period with 22 goals being scored. After the Denver game, the Stags have one OT goal. The opponents best scoring period is the final quarter with 33 goals. Opponents have scored 30 times in the third quarter. The opponents have scored 29 times in the first and second periods.
Leading the Stags in scoring are Jordan Greenfield with 27 goals and 8 assists for 35 points and Sam Snow is second on the team with 17 goals and ten assists for 27 points. Super Soph Colin McLinden has ten goals and fourteen assists for 24 points. Tristian Sperry now has 21 points with 17 goals and four assists. Eric Warden has 12 goals and four assists for 16 points. Super Frosh TJ Neubauer has 11 goals and two. Nick Guida has seven goals and four assists. Drew Federico and Marshall Johnson have eight points. Johnson has scored five goals and three assists while Federico has four goals and four assists. Jack Murphy has played all 780 plus minutes in goal this year. He has allowed 121 goals for a 9.30 goals against average and getting 146 saves for a .547 save percentage. Murphy has faced 457 shots so far in this season.
What to expect: The Buckeyes and Stags are playing for third place in the seeding of the ECAC Lacrosse Tournament. Both Loyola and Denver have first and second place secured. Last year OSU came to Fairfield and beat the Stags in the final game of the season and then lost to the Stags in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament several days later. Both teams have similar numbers on the offensive and defensive sides with OSU having an edge in the goals against on the defensive side. Their face off percentages are better than the Stags but Michael Roe has had several good games late this season. Hard to look at comparative scores except for maybe the Air Force game which both teams beating the Falcons by one goal. My guess is that the teams will play a close one or two goal game. Does OSU have the revenge factor working for it? Think both teams will want to play well and get a win to have momentum for the ECAC Tournament next weekend. Will be a fun game to watch. Roger Yergeau ’73