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Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Use 5-0 Second Half Run To Knock Off Ohio State 14-7 In ECAC Semifinals


A strong second-half performance carried the third-seeded Air Force lacrosse team to a 14-7 victory over second-seed host Ohio State Thursday evening in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-5 on the season, while the Buckeyes finish the year with a 6-8 mark.  Senior Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.), the 2014 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, paced the Falcons with five goals, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) added a goal and a season-high four assists. In addition, sophomore Christopher Allen (Hillsborough, N.J.) registered his fourth hat trick of the season.  Air Force struck first, getting on the board just 45 seconds into the contest, as Crampton scored off a feed from Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.). However, Ohio State tied the game at the 10:32 mark in the first period with a goal from leading scorer Jesse King and took the lead less than a minute later. The Falcons responded with two straight goals to regain the advantage midway through the period, but the Buckeyes scored closed out the quarter with two more goals of their own, including one with 3.2 seconds remaining, to take a 4-3 lead into the second period.  The Falcons tied it up 30 seconds into the second quarter with Crampton's third goal of the game, while a fast break score by McKee gave Air Force a 5-4 advantage with 12:18 on the clock. Meanwhile, Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.) pushed the Falcons' lead to 6-4 with a bouncer midway through the period. Ohio State was able to end its scoring drought with a goal at the 2:45 mark, as the Falcons went into the locker room with a 6-5 advantage.   After the break, the Falcons got another quick goal, getting a man-up score from Allen at the 14:36 mark. Air Force continued to extend its advantage, tallying four straight scores to take an 11-5 lead with 5:04 remaining in the third period. While Ohio State finally got back on the board with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter, the Falcons headed into the final stanza with an 11-6 lead.  Air Force didn't let up in the fourth quarter, with Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) scoring the first goal of the period to give the Falcons a 12-6 advantage. The Buckeyes got another goal from King less than two minutes later, but Dreyer pushed Air Force's lead back to six goals with his lone score of the day. The final tally of the game came from Allen with just over four minutes to play, as the Falcons cruised to the seven-point victory.  The Falcons held a slight edge in both shots and ground balls, and won 15-of-22 face-offs, including 10-of-12 in the opening half. Smith, who finished the game with two goals and an assist, won 6-of-7 draws, while senior Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.) won 8-of-14 at the X. Air Force's man-down defense was perfect, holding Ohio State scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. Additionally, sophomore netminder Doug Gouchoe (Concord, Mass.) had a stellar performance between the pipes in the second half, recording eight saves and allowing just two goals.  Air Force now advances to the ECAC Championship game, where it will face top-seed Fairfield, currently ranked 12th in the nation. The winner of the game, which is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 3, will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

A strong second-half performance carried the third-seeded Air Force lacrosse team to a 14-7 victory over second-seed host Ohio State Thursday evening in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-5 on the season, while the Buckeyes finish the year with a 6-8 mark.
Senior Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.), the 2014 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, paced the Falcons with five goals, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) added a goal and a season-high four assists. In addition, sophomore Christopher Allen (Hillsborough, N.J.) registered his fourth hat trick of the season.
Air Force struck first, getting on the board just 45 seconds into the contest, as Crampton scored off a feed from Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.). However, Ohio State tied the game at the 10:32 mark in the first period with a goal from leading scorer Jesse King and took the lead less than a minute later. The Falcons responded with two straight goals to regain the advantage midway through the period, but the Buckeyes scored closed out the quarter with two more goals of their own, including one with 3.2 seconds remaining, to take a 4-3 lead into the second period.
The Falcons tied it up 30 seconds into the second quarter with Crampton’s third goal of the game, while a fast break score by McKee gave Air Force a 5-4 advantage with 12:18 on the clock. Meanwhile, Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.) pushed the Falcons’ lead to 6-4 with a bouncer midway through the period. Ohio State was able to end its scoring drought with a goal at the 2:45 mark, as the Falcons went into the locker room with a 6-5 advantage.
After the break, the Falcons got another quick goal, getting a man-up score from Allen at the 14:36 mark. Air Force continued to extend its advantage, tallying four straight scores to take an 11-5 lead with 5:04 remaining in the third period. While Ohio State finally got back on the board with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter, the Falcons headed into the final stanza with an 11-6 lead.
Air Force didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, with Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) scoring the first goal of the period to give the Falcons a 12-6 advantage. The Buckeyes got another goal from King less than two minutes later, but Dreyer pushed Air Force’s lead back to six goals with his lone score of the day. The final tally of the game came from Allen with just over four minutes to play, as the Falcons cruised to the seven-point victory.
The Falcons held a slight edge in both shots and ground balls, and won 15-of-22 face-offs, including 10-of-12 in the opening half. Smith, who finished the game with two goals and an assist, won 6-of-7 draws, while senior Bryan Price (Denver, Colo.) won 8-of-14 at the X. Air Force’s man-down defense was perfect, holding Ohio State scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. Additionally, sophomore netminder Doug Gouchoe (Concord, Mass.) had a stellar performance between the pipes in the second half, recording eight saves and allowing just two goals.
Air Force now advances to the ECAC Championship game, where it will face top-seed Fairfield, currently ranked 12th in the nation. The winner of the game, which is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 3, will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Ohio State 9-5 On March 15; Strong Defense, Goaltending Anchor Three Big Wins Over Top Ten Teams In Past Week


The No. 8/9 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was led by a career performance from freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) in its 9-5 win over Ohio State at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,500 fans. Miller finished with a career-high five goals to go along with two assists for a career-high seven points. “This was a great team win for us today,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Even though Zach scored a majority of our goals, it took our entire offense to come together to get him those open looks. Our defense really stepped up big, helping out Ryan and Jamie in goal today. For a team to play three games in a week and also secure three wins over two top-10 teams during that stretch is a huge feat.” Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) finished with two goals, while senior captain Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) netted one goal and two assists for three points. Also scoring for the Pioneers was junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with one goal, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) tallied one assist. Sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 9-of-16 face-offs, while also grabbing a game-high four ground balls. Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made five saves in the first half, allowing three goals. Senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made eight saves and allowed only two goals in 30 minutes of action to earn the win. David Planning finished with a hat trick for Ohio State, while also tallying an assist for four points on the day. John Kelly and J.T. Blubaugh scored one goal each, while Reegan Comeault, Jesse King and Carter Brown all added an assist each. Goalie Greg Dutton finished with six saves. Denver held the advantage in ground balls (28-17) and saves (13-6), while Ohio State led in shots (29-26). Ohio State opened the scoring 2:06 into the action as Kelly scored a goal from Planning. Denver answered with two straight goals from Miller and then Pace to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third quarter. Miller scored his second of the game, 17th of the season, with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter to put the Pioneers up 3-1. Ohio State answered with a man-up goal from Planning with 7:28 left, and then tied the game at 3-3 off a goal from Blubaugh with 2:22 remaining before the half.

The No. 8/9 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was led by a career performance from freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) in its 9-5 win over Ohio State at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,500 fans. Miller finished with a career-high five goals to go along with two assists for a career-high seven points.
“This was a great team win for us today,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Even though Zach scored a majority of our goals, it took our entire offense to come together to get him those open looks. Our defense really stepped up big, helping out Ryan and Jamie in goal today. For a team to play three games in a week and also secure three wins over two top-10 teams during that stretch is a huge feat.”
Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) finished with two goals, while senior captain Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) netted one goal and two assists for three points. Also scoring for the Pioneers was junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with one goal, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) tallied one assist.
Sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 9-of-16 face-offs, while also grabbing a game-high four ground balls.
Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made five saves in the first half, allowing three goals. Senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made eight saves and allowed only two goals in 30 minutes of action to earn the win.
David Planning finished with a hat trick for Ohio State, while also tallying an assist for four points on the day. John Kelly and J.T. Blubaugh scored one goal each, while Reegan Comeault, Jesse King and Carter Brown all added an assist each. Goalie Greg Dutton finished with six saves.
Denver held the advantage in ground balls (28-17) and saves (13-6), while Ohio State led in shots (29-26).
Ohio State opened the scoring 2:06 into the action as Kelly scored a goal from Planning. Denver answered with two straight goals from Miller and then Pace to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third quarter.
Miller scored his second of the game, 17th of the season, with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter to put the Pioneers up 3-1. Ohio State answered with a man-up goal from Planning with 7:28 left, and then tied the game at 3-3 off a goal from Blubaugh with 2:22 remaining before the half.

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2014 With 11-9 Win Over Ohio State


Stanford Women's lacrosse vs Ohio State

The darkness has long settled into Stanford’s late-afternoon practice sessions when the Cardinal begin to really work.
In trying to simulate the final minutes of a close game, coach Amy Bokker puts her players through repeated ball-posessions drills on weary legs. The goal was specifically what Stanford did on Saturday in its season-opening 11-9 victory over visiting Ohio State – running opponents into submission.
Stanford controlled the ball for 6:46 of the final 7:27 to keep the Buckeyes from threatening.
“Those things are really hard to simulate in practice and we do it over and over and over again to make it real,” Bokker said. “I was really proud of our team’s effort down the stretch to show that we can have that confidence and poise and control.
“We definitely take a lot of pride in our fitness. It’s moments like those that you really appreciate and see it pay off.”
Rachel Ozer scored four goals to lead the No. 14 Cardinal at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford (1-0) rallied from a 5-3 first-half deficit to take a 10-7 lead on Hannah Farr’s goal with 11:20 left. Ohio State (2-1) twice cut the deficit to two, including on Kaila Gottlick’s free-position shot with 2:44 left, but Ohio State would not possess the ball again.
During one stretch, Farr outscrambled the defense for over a minute, before finally seeing an open lane and bolting in for the score to give Stanford an 11-8 lead with 3:25 left.
After Gottlick’s goal, Stanford’s Alexandra Crerend took the draw and won possession, seemingly ensuring the victory. Fine passing, especially by Julia Burns, limited the Ohio State pressure and kept the Cardinal in control until the game ended.
“We talked about it in the timeout with about five minutes left,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “We thought they were going to start pressuring out to get the ball back. We wanted to give our players the opportunity to score, but with a high percentage shot.”

NCAA Lacrosse: #15 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Previewed By Lacrosse Magazine


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse

2014 Preview
Best Case: If the question is what do they do next — and it has been amongst the team through the preseason — Ohio State answers emphatically. The Bucks will get the chance to prove themselves early on with a tougher than normal February slate, opening at Johns Hopkins and playing UMass at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Tougher games with Penn State, Hofstra, Denver and Notre Dame dot the schedule outside of ECAC play. But in any event, OSU runs the table in the final hurrah for the league. The offense finds it rhythm by midseason, and an experienced returning defense — three returning close defenseman, including MLL draft pick Joe Meurer, a starting goalie and multiple long- and short-stick midfielders — hold down the fort until then.
Worst Case: Ohio State misses last year’s senior class more than it realizes. The faceoff situation, probably the biggest question mark with a freshman and unproven sophomore, is never solidified and a stout defense and ever-improving offense have to play near perfect. Poor results in the early season snowball and the Buckeyes are unranked headed into ECAC play. But even with that, they start off conference play strong and face a surprise Air Force team for the conference title in Columbus, and a second straight NCAA berth on the line.

Vitals

2013 Record: 13-4 (5-2 ECAC) Coach: Nick Myers (6th year) Record at Ohio State: 44-35

Power Ratings (scale of 1-5)

Offense: 4 Defense: 4 Goaltending: 4 Faceoff: 2

Top Returner

M Jesse King (Jr.) King is set to fill the role once held by Logan Schuss, and Joel Delgarno and Kevin Buchanan before him, as Ohio State’s primary threat. The lefty Canadian can play attack or midfield. He will be a focal point no matter what in an offense that features tons of movement and high-percentage shots that play to the strength of top Canadian talents like King and fellow junior Turner Evans .King posted 32 goals and 23 assists last season even with Schuss around.

X-Factor

A Gordie Koerber (So.) The Denver transfer’s inside finishing skills fit with OSU’s Canadian pieces. The lefty has starting-lineup potential, but the amount of time he sees will depend on if the projected starting attack of Evans, sophomore Carter Brown and senior Adam Trombley, a fourth attackman last year, clicks early on.

NCAA Tournament Trend

2009 DNQ 2010 DNQ 2011 DNQ 2012 DNQ 2013 Quarterfinals

What’s New?

Life without two-time ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Logan Schuss, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the NLL’s Minnesota Swarm and a second-round draft pick last year of MLL’s Ohio Machine, and do-it-all midfielder Dominique Alexander. Not only did Schuss score goals, and plenty of them, but he organized Ohio State’s offensive sets out on the field for two-plus seasons, and Alexander was an important part of Ohio State’s fabric the last four years.

“There’s a little bit of a new personality to the team,” Myers said. “This group understands the foundation that’s been laid, and the hard work, but I think they’re eager and hungry to turn the page and focus on this new journey.”

Telling Number

5 Number of teams in the ECAC this season, after Denver and Loyola’s departures to the Big East and Patriot League. But have no fear, the ECAC still has an AQ bid to the NCAA tournament. Air Force, Bellarmine, Fairfield and Michigan remain with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the preseason favorite but Myers is guarding against complacency.

“People are probably underestimating the league on paper,” Myers said. “Fairfield is very well-coached and has a lot of guys back. This is maybe the best Air Force team in the last 10 years that I can remember. Everybody thinks they can win [the ECAC]. We only have five teams, we have an AQ. We had a 9-7 game with Bellarmine last year and our friends up north [Michigan] have done a real good job putting together more and more talent. They’ll be much more competitive this year.”

The Buckeyes take part in the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season in spring 2015.

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Michigan In “Showdown In The Shoe” On April 12


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Showdown in the Shoe 2014

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host Michigan in the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe April 12 in Ohio Stadium. The matchup is slated for 11 a.m. and will precede the Ohio State football team’s spring game.
“We are excited to again have our men’s lacrosse team play in front of what we hope is another record-breaking crowd,” Gene Smith, Ohio State vice president/director of athletics, said. “Our fans embrace the rivalry with Michigan so this is a special chance to introduce even more of Buckeye Nation to the sport of lacrosse.”
The game will be the sixth edition of the Showdown in the Shoe, which began in 2008. The tradition was suspended in 2013 because of construction in Ohio Stadium that moved the Ohio State football spring game to Cincinnati. A record 31,078 fans were in attendance when the men’s lacrosse Buckeyes defeated Air Force in 2010. The first game drew a then-NCAA regular-season and on-campus attendance record of 29,601 fans, with 30,192 at the 2009 contest to top that mark. Attendance is recorded at halftime of the men’s lacrosse game, with tens of thousands more in the stadium by the end of the contest as the football spring game begins immediately after. The 2009 football spring game set a national attendance record of 95,722.
“We would like to thank Mr. Gene Smith and Coach Meyer for the opportunity to play in Ohio Stadium in conjunction with the spring football game,” Nick Myers, in his sixth year as the head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “The event provides our men with a venue and crowd that is like no other in the sport of lacrosse. We understand the responsibility and we have embraced the opportunity as Buckeyes to prepare for this great rivalry game on April 12, 2014.”
The game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, who elevated their program to Division I status for the 2012 season, will be an ECAC Lacrosse League contest. The teams will face off as Big Ten foes beginning in 2015, when lacrosse will be added as an official conference sport and Ohio State and Michigan will be joined by Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers and Johns Hopkins.
Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are again competing for the Creator’s Trophy, an annual award that goes to the team with wins against the other Big Ten schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse. Ohio State is the defending champion after topping the Wolverines (17-8) and Nittany Lions (10-9 OT) on the road last year. The Buckeyes host Penn State March 1 and the Wolverines play at Penn State Feb. 8 in the other 2014 Creator’s Trophy contests.

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Stanford, Louisville, Northwestern, Hofstra, Florida, Oregon, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame And Johns Hopkins


Ohio State Women's LacrosseOhio State Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

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NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Johns Hopkins, UMass, Marquette, Penn State, Hofstra, Denver, Notre Dame, Michigan, Air Force And Fairfield


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule