OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Brock on Oct. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (1-7) is looking for consecutive wins for the first time this season after notching win No. 1 its last time out against Mercyhurst on Oct. 31. Standing in its way is Canisius College (2-5, 2-2 Atlantic Hockey Association), currently on a two-game losing streak. After losing the first game in their series against Mercyhurst in close fashion, the Buckeyes came out stronger and hungrier in Game 2, a mentality that senior captain Anthony Greco said he hopes will continue this weekend.“I think we had a good effort that Saturday night,” Greco said. “I think it’s just important to repeat that. We’ve shown up and had a good couple days of practice. It’s just bringing that same attitude.”A round of shotsThe Scarlet and Gray are coming off of a game against Mercyhurst in which they scored a season-high five goals.During that weekend, OSU put up 92 shots on the Lakers over the two games, a trend that coach Steve Rohlik wants to continue.“You can’t score goals unless you put pucks to the net and unless you get traffic at the net,” Rohlik said. “Those are things that we’ve been harping on for a couple of weeks. Our guys understand it and it’s up to them to go out and do it.”Both the Buckeyes and the Golden Griffins are struggling in the goals department this season, as OSU is averaging 2.1 goals per game while Canisius is ranked 56th (out of 60 teams) in the country in goal production with 1.8.The amount of shots that OSU wants to generate this weekend theoretically leads to more lamp-lighting.“We want to get pucks to the net,” Greco said. “That’s the only way that you’re going to score and we need to score goals to win games. We’ve had a couple games now where we’ve only scored one or no goals at all so we need to shoot the puck as much as possible.”The Scarlet and Gray have scored three goals or more three times this season while the Golden Griffins have done it twice, with both of those games resulting in wins.On the defensive end of things, OSU players are relatively pleased. The 3.1 goals per game that OSU is allowing is not great, but it has been keeping the team in games to this point.“We’ve been pretty solid,” junior defenseman Drew Brevig said. “Our whole group has been playing pretty well back there. Our forwards have been helping out and our goalies are playing well.”Bye week benefitsRohlik and his staff are now finally able to say something that they haven’t said in a long time: They are healthy. Not only does this mean that Rohlik has depth lineup-wise, but it also provides an added level of competition for playing time when the weekend rolls around.“We’ve got everyone available except for (freshman defenseman) Tyler Nanne right now,” Rohlik said. “We haven’t been able to say that a lot. That’s been a good thing. I think that’s translated into competition in practice. Anytime you’ve got to compete in practice, you’re going to make guys better.”The bye week was beneficial on the player side of things too.“It was actually kind of nice,” Greco said. “From my standpoint, I think it was nice to get a little bit of a break. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs already so it was nice to get that win on Saturday and have a break as long as we show up this weekend and bring it again.”A “Golden” history and bon voyageThe Buckeyes and Golden Griffins are meeting for the third straight year.OSU is 3-0-1 all-time against Canisius with the series dating back to Nov. 15, 2013.These are the final home games for OSU until Jan. 15 against No. 12 Michigan.Puck drop between the Buckeyes and the Golden Griffins is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes wait by the tunnel before the start of OSU’s game against Tulsa on Sept. 10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes battled the Tulsa Golden Hurricane through the rain on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3.
Deshaun Thomas’s role keeps changing for Ohio State’s basketball team. The junior forward was one of the top recruited players in the nation during his senior year at Bishop Luers High School in Indiana, but was mostly a bench player during the 2010-11 season, averaging 7.5 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting in 14 minutes a game. The next year, his role evolved as he emerged as a key cog in the Buckeyes’ offensive attack, averaging 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting. He also led all Buckeyes with 19.2 points per game during the team’s run to the 2012 Final Four. But Thomas’s role is only expected to expand for his junior year and he’s starting to get the hardware to prove it. On Aug. 29, The Blue Ribbon College Basketball yearbook announced that it named Thomas a preseason All-American. “(The award) feels great, especially since I found out that I’m an all-American by Blue Ribbon on my 21st birthday,” Thomas said. “It lets you know what people think about you and how hard you work to get at that position.” Thomas said he understands more will be expected from him this season, but at the same time his expectations for himself will be bigger than those who analyze him. “I expect to do a lot,” Thomas said. “To help my teammates win, and do the little things to help them win. It’s going to be all work and dedication.” Thomas, along with fellow junior point guard Aaron Craft, have the same goals as last year, which is to get back to the Final Four and bring home a championship to his school. “The goals don’t change from year to year. The guys change, the personnel changes, maybe the coaches change, but the goals don’t really change,” Craft said. “The goals are always the same, which is to become the best basketball team that we can be, and play our best basketball when we need to.” Many thought Thomas was going to be part of the personnel change Craft mentioned. After the season, Thomas considered declaring for the NBA Draft, but ultimately said the people around OSU’s program kept him in Columbus. “The fans and the people who run this stadium, who run this program, I’m going to miss them,” Thomas said. “They treat us like family, and being with my teammates has been great.” Craft said he’s just happy that Thomas is still on campus. “Not a lot of people get the chance to know him at a personal level and get to be around him enough to know that he is much more than just a basketball player,” Craft said. “I am just really glad DT is still here, and we can have some fun this year.” Thomas said he worked hard in the offseason to improve his game and to become the player his team needs him to be. “I just try to get better, knowing the weaknesses of my game,” Thomas said. “I worked hard on my ball-handling skills, and to be in the best shape that I can be in.” For Thomas, working on his game has been paying dividends, as other people are noticing how dangerous of a player he can be. His teammates have also seen the maturity in Thomas, and how much he has improved since he first stepped on the court. “People know Deshaun has a scorer-first mentality, but Deshaun is a great basketball player,” said OSU senior forward Evan Ravenel. “He has gotten a lot better since he’s been here, just more understanding of the game of basketball.” Craft added that Thomas has taken his game to another level while simultaneously growing as a person. “The growth happens off the floor as well, I mean, stuff with school and how seriously he takes that now,” Craft said, “and to see him grow into a man, it’s been awesome to see that growth.” The Buckeyes will play their first game in style – a contest against Marquette on Nov. 9 atop the retired USS Yorktown battleship in the Carrier Classic in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. “Oh yeah, we looking forward to playing on some water, you know, a little battleship,” Thomas said. “We got a couple of people who are scared of a boat, but we’re going to get through that fear. I ain’t going to say his name, but it’s going to be fun and a great experience.” Two games that Thomas said he is looking forward to this year are against Kansas and Duke. “We know that (Kansas) beat us last year in the Final Four, so we’re going to be amped up and ready to go,” Thomas said. Asked why he is excited to play against Duke, Thomas had one answer: coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Yeah it’s because of Coach K, I mean he coached the USA team, and he is one of the best coaches in college basketball,” Thomas said. Thomas said he would be ready for the NBA, but that answer won’t be known until much later into the year. “You know, if God’s willing, if it comes down to that, to me to make that decision, I’ll be happy and go,” Thomas said. “That’s every kid’s dream. I feel like I would be mentally ready and skill ready. All I have to do is keep staying at it, stay in the gym, believe in myself and the sky is limit.” read more
Junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina (23) advances the ball during a game against Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 11-10.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSenior attackman Cara Facchina looks for an open teammate during a game against Florida March 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 10-9.Courtesy of OSU Athletics It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and sisters Cara and Mary Kate Facchina walk off the field after another afternoon practice, something they’ve done hundreds of times.They come into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center where it is impossible to miss the big smiles spread across their faces. They are excited to be interviewed, even if it means at times cutting each other off, but hey — they’re sisters.Growing up in Glenwood, Md., Cara and MK, (as her team calls her), grew up around the hot bed of lacrosse, but it took a while before they were introduced to the sport.“We started in middle school which is kind of unusual for being from Maryland because everyone is born with a stick in their hand,” junior Mary Kate Facchina said. “We always played basketball and tennis and then when we got introduced to lacrosse, we loved it from the start.”“My middle school basketball coach took our whole team and made a rec lacrosse team,” senior Cara Facchina said. “We ended up doing really well. This was in seventh grade and we won the championship for our rec league so it was a big deal. Then most of the girls moved on to play travel and then in high school and college.”Coming from an athletic family, Cara and Mary Kate played tennis, basketball and lacrosse while attending Mount de Sales Academy. With three older siblings who attended Virginia Tech — including Julia Facchina, who played tennis for the Hokies — it seemed as if the sisters could have easily ended up in Blacksburg, Va., as well.However, after traveling to Columbus on a friend’s recommendation, Cara and Mary Kate knew where they would end up.“One of my friends from back home, Alayna Markwordt, who played here two years ago, introduced us to Ohio State and encouraged us to come out and visit,” Cara Facchina said. “It was never really on my radar when I was younger. Mary Kate and I and my mom drove all through the night one day to come out and visit with the coaches and we just fell in love with the school, the campus and the tradition.”Since officially arriving on campus, Cara and Mary Kate have made an impact on and off the field.Becoming OSU scholar athletes as well as an integral part of the team, coach Alexis Venechanos said the sisters’ willingness to do whatever it takes to improve, even if that means switching positions, is what makes them special players.“Cara and MK are probably one of the hardest workers on our team,” Venechanos said. “They are great role models for our players. Cara, we moved her to attack after freshman year, and she definitely transformed herself to the crease attacker … so she actually put in a lot of hard work to do that. It’s awesome coaching a player like the both of them.”During her career as a Buckeye, Cara — a forward — has totaled 102 points (57 goals, 45 assists) in 55 games. In only her junior season, Mary Kate has shown the scoring touch as well, registering 59 points (56 goals, three assists) in 46 games as a midfielder.Venechanos said despite the numbers Cara and Mary Kate put up, both are more concerned about the team, a quality she really admires.“They are always looking for each other but they are also looking for their teammates,” Venechanos said. “They are both really humble, so for me as a coach, I like coaching them and pumping them up sometimes because they don’t give themselves sometimes the credit they really deserve.”Individually, Cara and Mary Kate said growing up and learning the sport of lacrosse together has helped them develop a special kind of chemistry on the field.“We just have the sister connection,” Cara Facchina said. “We always kind of know what each other wants to do.”“It’s kind of funny because sometimes we look at each other and know what we’re thinking on the field, when I’m cutting and when she’s feeding,” Mary Kate Facchina said.All of the hard work the sisters have put in during their time at OSU was evident March 9 when, for the first time in their career, the Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, who won seven national championships in an eight-year span from 2005-2012.Cara said losing close games to the Wildcats in the past was tough, so to finally beat them, and in Ohio Stadium no less, was a moment she would never forget.“That was definitely one of the top moments for my college career,” Cara Facchina said. “That’s always been our goal. Every year we’ve played them very tight, it’s always been a one or two goal game. So it was nice, in my last year, to finally be able to pull it out.”Still, with Cara set to graduate in December with a degree in industrial and systems engineering, this will be the last season the sisters will wear an OSU jersey together.Mary Kate said she still remembers being a freshman and how having Cara on campus helped her ease her way into becoming the player she is today.“I always say if I didn’t have her pushing me in the summers and before I even came here to do the workout packet, I would’ve struggled,” Mary Kate Facchina said. “It’s a lot better having somebody there to push you, especially since she could help me understand what to expect coming here.”However, with four games still remaining in the regular season, the No. 17 Buckeyes (9-4, 2-1) are looking to make a run at the American Lacrosse Conference championship, as well as the NCAA tournament.“We know we have the ability to take the whole ALC tournament, we just have to put our minds to it,” Mary Kate Facchina said.No matter where the sisters end up, whether it be at Northrop Grumman — Cara has an internship there this summer — or in a classroom as Mary Kate is an early childhood education major, both sisters know they will always be there to support each other, and with a smile. read more
OSU senior forward Darik Angell (10) advances the puck during a game against Miami (OH) on Oct. 17. at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 5-1.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternFitting with the nature of their position, defensemen on the Ohio State men’s hockey team don’t have much margin for error. The Buckeyes have six spots in the lineup for defensemen and eight healthy blue liners vying to claim them.This weekend, the Buckeyes (2-3-1) will play the winners of their weekly position battle during their home series against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.But while the depth on the blue line has been a blessing for the OSU coaching staff, it’s posed a challenge for those working to crack the lineup.OSU senior defenseman Al McLean was the latest to realize that when he was made a healthy scratch for last Saturday’s game against Canisius College.McLean, who would have played his 100th collegiate game on Saturday, was replaced by freshman defenseman Victor Björkung, who, at the time, had played only two collegiate games.The swap made clear that while the Buckeyes return seven defensemen, nobody’s spot in the lineup is guaranteed.“At this level, everybody’s competitive,” McLean said. “Nobody takes a backseat knowing they’re going to play each weekend no matter what happens in practice.”The decision to scratch McLean was performance-based, but also an indication of the team’s positional depth, OSU associate coach Brett Larson said.“There’s a lot of competition back there,” Larson said. “You’re always trying to balance playing your (veterans) with developing your young guys.”On-ice infractions have complicated OSU’s search for a balance through the first three series of the season.The team issued one-game sanctions to senior defenseman Justin DaSilva and junior defenseman Sam Jardine after their game misconducts during the Buckeyes’ loss to Miami University on Oct. 17. Sophomore defenseman Josh Healey, however, was not benched following his ejection from OSU’s loss to Providence on Oct. 11.“Obviously every hit is reviewable because sometimes you agree with the (referee) and sometimes you don’t,” Larson said.Through the early part of the season, sophomore forward Nick Schilkey said he’s noticed a slight increase in the stringency of officiating.“It’s kind of weird,” Schilkey said of the increase in match penalties. “Beforehand we thought it was just us … then you watch other games and it’s happening there, too.”An NCAA official visited OSU during the preseason to clarify the legality of hits, but it’s a concept that’s often situational, Schilkey said.McLean said he believes the frequency of misconducts will diminish over time. “Usually you’ll see more calls like that at the beginning of the year,” McLean said. “Everybody on our team’s a smart hockey player, they’ll all adjust as they have to.”Making that adjustment may be a tough task against the University of Nebraska-Omaha (4-1-1, 2-0-0). The Mavericks, under the direction of coach Dean Blais, operate on a foundation of physicality and competitiveness, Larson said.“They’re not an extremely detailed team as far as their systems, but they play with a lot of heart and a lot of energy,” Larson said. “We’re going to have to be the same way.”The University of Nebraska-Omaha is coming off a win and tie against Cornell University last weekend.Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.Loose Pucks-Junior defensemen Craig Dalrymple and Blake Doerring participated in Wednesday’s practice and are day-to-day with upper-body injuries, Larson said.-OSU coach Steve Rohlik was on recruiting assignment during Wednesday’s practice and media availability.-Rohlik spent three years as a coach with the Mavericks. read more
Robert Lewandowski believes the strong competition for starting spots at Bayern Munich is good and he’s pleased with the attitude of his teammates.The Bavarians’ hopes of a seventh successive Bundesliga crown are under serious threat this season from Borussia Dortmund after a drop in form earlier this season.Due to this, head coach Niko Kovac has made some tough decisions in his starting line-up with regulars like Jerome Boateng and James Rodriguez finding game time harder to come by.In fact, Boateng has only made 11 league starts and hasn’t even featured yet for Bayern in 2019 with James faring little better.The Colombia international has only started five of his nine Bundesliga appearances at the Allianz Arena this season amid struggles with ankle and knee problems.But, with his two-year loan deal from Real Madrid set to end this summer, James has been urged by Kovac to prove his worth to Bayern if they are to take up their €42m option.Meanwhile, Renato Sanches recently hinted that he may have to reconsider his future at Bayern should starting opportunities continue to evade him.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Speaking on the matter, however, star striker Lewandowski believes it’s a good thing if his teammates are frustrated about not playing and is pleased with their strong work ethic in training.“If none of our players are dissatisfied when they aren’t playing, we would have a bigger problem,” Lewandowski told Sport1.“Everyone has the ambition to play and to win.”“Nevertheless, I see that all players are doing really well in training and giving all they’ve got.“That’s the most important thing for me and for the team. When they’re given the chance, they’re ready to give everything.”Lewandowski, who has started in all but one of Bayern’s 19 Bundesliga games this season, has managed an impressive 12 goals and six assists. read more
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