Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ozil has only made 15 league starts this term (Picture: Getty)If Bale doesn’t end up at United this summer, Merson believes either Chelsea or Arsenal would suit the forward ‘down to the ground’.‘Bale would be brilliant at Chelsea as well but that all depends on their transfer embargo. If it’s delayed could they do some kind of swap with Eden Hazard?More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I think Hazard is going to Real Madrid. He would have signed a new contract by now otherwise. But Bale would not be a bad replacement, would he?‘I think he suits Arsenal down to the ground as well. If they could get him in and get Mesut Ozil out they’ve had a big result.’MORE: Barcelona provide Lionel Messi update after injury in Argentina’s defeat to Venezuela Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid could see Gareth Bale leave the club this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Unai Emery to replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window.Ozil became Arsenal’s top earner when he signed a bumper £350,000-a-week contract in north London last January but the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a place in Emery’s starting XI this season.While Ozil has started Arsenal’s last three matches, reports last month claimed the German playmaker was being offered to other clubs by intermediaries with strong links to China and Italy.Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager of Real Madrid has cast serious doubt over Bale’s future at the Bernabeu and Merson believes the Welshman could be the ideal replacement for Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, the former Arsenal midfielder admits that Manchester United is the most likely destination for Bale.‘Manchester City and Liverpool don’t need him and for them it would be a lot of money to invest in someone of his age and with his injury record,’ Merson said in his Daily Star column.‘But most of the clubs below them would love to take the risk if they could afford the transfer fee and wages. Arsenal should replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale, says Paul Merson Merson thinks Bale would be the ideal replacement for Ozil (Picture: Getty)‘Manchester United looks like the best fit for him. They’ve tried to sign him before and it didn’t come off, but he’s always felt like their kind of player.‘They will be on a rebuild next season and there could be lots of ins and outs at Old Trafford. They are also one of the only teams who could afford him.’
Rohit also has a feat is a new record in world cricket. His tally of sixes hit against Australia is 69, which is the second-most by any batsmen against a single opposition. Rohit broke the previous world record held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who blasted 63 sixes in ODIs against Sri Lanka. While Afridi took 72 games to hit 63 sixes, Rohit has achieved the feat in a staggering 35 games. Chris Gayle has the most number of sixes against an opposition with 84 in 35 games.Rohit has also hit a total of 27 sixes in Australia, which is the most in a single country. Even here, he beat the previous record of 25 held by Shahid Afridi but he shattered AB de Villiers’s record of 26 against India in India. His fifth century in Australia was also the joint-most by a visiting player in Australia, matching Kumar Sangakkara. His tally of seven hundreds is the second-most by a batsman in ODIs against Australia behind Sachin Tendulkar’s nine. highlights Rohit Sharma became the fourth player to reach 2000 runs in ODIs.Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer with 3077 runs.Australia have a 8-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has always had memorable moments against Australia when it comes to his cricketing career. His first double century came against Australia in 2013 and he has the most centuries in his ODI career against Australia. Rohit has also amassed other records in his career and in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Australia at the Kennington Oval, the Mumbai right-hander notched up yet another milestone. Rohit became the fourth player to score 2000 runs in ODIs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-getter with 3077 runs at an average of 44.57 with nine centuries. With Shikhar Dhawan batting aggressively, Rohit was content on playing second fiddle. The batsman pushed legspinner Adam Zampa to long off for a single and he became the fastest to 2000 runs against Australia, achieving the feat in just his 37th game. Apart from Tendulkar, Sir Vivian Richards and Desmond Haynes of the West Indies are the others to have gone past 2000 runs. Haynes has scored 2262 runs while Richards has a tally of 2187 runs with Richards averaging just over 50. When it comes to the average, Rohit has a staggering average of 61.87. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Emmanuel Khumalo’s Numbers Foundation is a haven for pupils needing extra lessons in maths, science and accounting in KwaMashu“You too can be a hero, you do not have to have money, drive the biggest car, be famous or know people in high places; if you just act now, you can do or bring a lot of change into your life by helping those lives around you and no matter whatever happens, never stop dreaming and never let others tell you you can never be, because they could not be,” says Emmanuel Khumalo, founder of the Numbers Foundation.Khumalo (18), from KwaZulu-Natal, is passionate about bringing people together using education, having been approached to tutor Grade 8 pupils in mathematics.“I was in Grade 11 then and a group of Grade 8 learners came to me asking for help; as a senior who has already been there, I helped them without any problems. They then regularly came to me and the numbers started growing so I spoke to my English educator to use her classroom during breaks for my lessons, and she agreed because she knew my work and she believed in me too,” he said.Khumalo completed his schooling in 2012, passing his matric with academic excellence awards in English First Additional Language and Life Orientation. The next year, he started the Numbers Foundation. “I established the Numbers Foundation in 2013 and under the foundation I started the Numbers Education Club (NEC); at first I worked alone but I have formed a group … that assist me and they have taken the role of office bearers.”THE NUMBERS FOUNDATIONThe Numbers Foundation is a non-profit organisation offering two programmes; the Numbers Education Club (NEC), at Thandukwazi Primary School in KwaMashu, and Friends of Friends (FOF).NUMBERS EDUCATION CLUBThe NEC offers after-school lessons in mathematics, physical science, and life sciences for pupils from Grade 8 to Grade 12, and will soon include lessons in accounting.Children from KwaMashu, Emlandweni, Ezilwaneni and Enkanyisweni attend the classes.Some 175 children have attended the NEC since its establishment, with all students successfully improving their pass rates.Khumalo runs NEC with five friends; Fezeka Ngetho, Bongekile Zulu, Nelisiwe Damane, Snegugu Mdletshe and Philile Masondo.FRIENDS OF FRIENDSKhumalo started the Friends of Friends project in 2013 and says, “We plan to take this project to schools, communities and every other that place that we can go to throughout the country and if possible the world as a whole. The FOF project offers counselling for people, especially the youth that find themselves in need of someone to talk to.”Khumalo has no counselling training, but aims to inspire young people to fight against violence, drug abuse, discrimination and bullying, and rather encourage each other to study and work hard, to avoid a life of crime.KRAZIFIZIXKhumalo, through the NEC, also works with life coach and teacher, Bishop Komolafe Busuyi, who runs the Krazifizix Educational Club, which provides extra lessons to high school pupils.“I have worked on Krazifizix Educational Club, and that was very amazing, the experience that I got, standing in front of more than 700 learners and talking really helped built my confidence,” says Khumalo.The clubs are negotiating a partnership to reach some 400 pupils, especially grades 8 to 12, by the end of 2014.KHUMALO’S KUDOSKhumalo’s passion has taken him from KwaMashu to the airwaves and gained him recognition for his motivating spirit.In June 2011, he volunteered at Inanda 88.4 FM, to host Sunday youth show Teen Expression, with DJ Mbali Zwane for six months.In September 2013 he was nominated as a Hero of the Month by local values organisation LeadSA, and received a commendation from First National Bank through its You Can Help campaign.“With every small experience and day that I have lived, I have learned to appreciate life and many of my experiences have made me stronger and taught me to always be the best I can be no matter whatever happens,” says Khumalo.He says youngsters should “never give in to what people have to say”. He says he ignores those who “bring me down or make me lose faith; I have learned to protect my dreams and to encourage and help those who dream too.”He adds; “Having a vision, that does it for me. I’m inspired to do great, because I know what it is that I want in life, and I want to go out there and grab it all. People who have done great and those that are doing great, keep me believing that there are such great people who sacrifice a part of their dream to help others and set an example for all of us.”Khumalo dreams of becoming a doctor; “I still am pursuing my dream of being a doctor; in June this year I will start my studies at UNISA and will study a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Zoology stream), and after my degree, I will then go on to study towards a GEMP (Graduate Entry Medical Programme) at Wits University.”PLAY YOUR PARTTo learn more about the Numbers Foundation visit www.numberssa.blogspot.com, or email [email protected]
Stephan Schrock rifled home an unstoppable effort from 20 yards out as Ceres Negros slipped past fierce rival Global Cebu, 1-0, Sunday night in a battle of powerhouse teams in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.In a tight contest where both defenses proved equal to the challenge, Schrock’s brilliance made the difference as the Busmen continued their pursuit of top spot, increasing their tally to 32 points from 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:39Bong Go: Duterte’s ambush remark on Loot a joke, warning01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In-form NU, Adamson nail 4th victories Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Busmen are still 12 points behind leaders Meralco Manila, but the AFC Cup Asean zone champions have played five less games than the Sparks.“It was very difficult to score especially if you came from a midweek game,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ
There’s obviously an enormous difference between playing as hot as George has for a month and doing so for an entire season. Still, his transformation could end up being noteworthy for one key reason: It’s the closest thing we’ve seen to a changing of the guard on the Thunder since Westbrook took over after Durant’s departure.For years, Westbrook critics have suggested that he’d give his teams a better chance to win by taking a step back. More often than not, he ignored these voices. And once he had the spotlight to himself, he broke an NBA record for the highest single-season usage rate while also averaging a triple-double over a full season — and that 2016-17 OKC team finished sixth in the West and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Westbrook tried playing more unselfishly last season, though that largely seemed to backfire. But it seems to be working now.In the midst of the worst shooting season2From the standpoint of true shooting percentage. Curiously, his free-throw percentage has also tumbled to a career low. of his career, the 30-year-old Westbrook has eased his foot off the pedal during the team’s surge. He has taken 19.4 shots per contest this season, his fewest since the 2015-16 campaign. And during Oklahoma City’s 12-game hot streak, Westbrook attempted just 17 shots per night. (Prior to that, he was taking a little more than 20 shots per game.)Westbrook still has considerable value. He continues to be a force when he bends defenses, and he’s finishing at the rim more efficiently than ever. His triple-double Monday marked his 10th straight, giving him the longest single-season stretch in NBA history. If he keeps up his current pace, this would be Westbrook’s third consecutive season averaging a triple-double.But make no mistake: George is leading this team. And it’s been that way all year.Because Westbrook missed the start of the season, when he was coming off a late-offseason arthroscopic procedure on his knee, George was the club’s lone workhorse at times to begin the year. That was something he rarely enjoyed last season, when the offense generally saw George, Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony take turns shooting.Somewhat stunningly, at this rate, George is already just 10 games or so away from eclipsing his shot attempt total from last season. His shot chart this season looks essentially the same as last year’s, but the clarity about his role seems to have helped his game immensely. George, perhaps more comfortable with Westbrook and the team now, is playing as if he realizes that it’s generally a good thing for him to take the reins on offense.So is George’s unreal stretch enough to propel him to the top of the MVP race? One factor in his favor is that he’s elite on both ends of the floor. The Thunder rank among the top-3 defenses — despite defensive specialist Andre Roberson not having played a minute all season — largely because of George, who is leading the league in steals and loose balls recovered while ranking second in deflections. George has certainly pieced together a solid defensive player of the year candidacy.But he has two big obstacles in his MVP path. Giannis Antetokounmpo — who averages 27 points, nearly 13 boards and 6 assists per game while playing great defense — has powered the Bucks to the NBA’s best record. And while offensive juggernaut James Harden is often seen as a defensive lightweight, his metrics — 2.2 steals per game and a league-leading 209 deflections — compare favorably with George’s.But George may care more about his team’s fortunes than his individual accolades. FiveThirtyEight’s projection model views Oklahoma City as a legitimate challenger to the Warriors in the West. While Golden State is still a massive favorite, the projections show considerable respect to the Thunder, giving them an 11 percent probability to win the NBA championship — a figure that’s not far off the Raptors and Bucks, despite those two playing in the less competitive Eastern Conference.However you slice it, the fact that Oklahoma City has believers — whether they’re rooted in computer algorithms or actual fans — is a credit to George’s unbelievable play as of late.Check out our latest NBA predictions. If there’s a club that wishes it could fast-forward through the All-Star break, it would be the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are the NBA’s hottest team and are winners of 11 of their past 12 contests.Russell Westbrook is in the middle of a historic triple-double run. The team, which couldn’t hit a 3-point shot for the first month of the season, now can’t miss from outside — and has put itself firmly in contention for a top-two seed in the loaded Western Conference.But the biggest development of late has been Paul George playing the best basketball of his life, morphing from a trusty sidekick into the Thunder’s 2013-14 MVP version of Kevin Durant.That isn’t an exaggeration. Durant racked up 40.8 points, 9.4 boards and 7 assists per 100 possessions on a lofty 63.5 true shooting percentage during his dominant campaign. Since Jan. 17, George has logged 41.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per 100 possessions on 67.9 true shooting, boasting better assist-to-turnover and steals rates than Durant had in 2013-14.1According to Basketball-Reference.com’s Game Score metric, which calculates how well someone played by analyzing his entire stat line each night, George has averaged a 29.1 Game Score during this recent hot streak. By comparison, Durant’s average Game Score during his MVP season was 24.9.
Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterEarly struggles plagued the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team yet again. This time it was costly. The Buckeyes (3-1) dropped their first game of the year, 19-9, to the No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (2-3) by digging themselves into a four-goal deficit in the first 12 minutes of the game. This marks the fifth time the Cardinal have taken down the Buckeyes in the last five seasons, with OSU’s last win coming in 2012.“We knew Stanford was going to give us a complete game,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “So we knew we were going to need a complete game.”Stanford dominated the ball in the early goings in large part due to OSU’s 12 first-half turnovers. The Cardinal would capitalize off of the Buckeyes’ mistakes with their first goal from junior midfielder Kelly Myers coming at the 25:45 mark. Stanford would then grab three more unassisted goals from sophomore midfielder Genesis Lucero, senior attacker Elizabeth Cusick and senior attacker Anna Salemo.OSU, as they’ve done before, found a way to close the goal gap quickly. Sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott netted the first goal for the Scarlet and Gray with 15:46 remaining in the first half. Within five minutes of Parrott’s seventh goal of the season, the game was tied.“We know the team we are,” junior attacker Molly Wood said. “We’ve been in those positions this season already, where we were down, and we do find that in those situations we stay calm.”Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez would score her first of two goals on the day, which was followed shortly by Wood’s seventh score of the year. Freshman midfielder Sage Darling, who made her first appearance of the season last game against Cincinnati, would score her first collegiate goal to tie the game at four.Stanford responded, going on a 4-1 scoring run to close out the half, sending them to the locker room with an 8-5 lead. The Buckeyes struggled to gain and keep possession throughout the first half, only winning six of 14 draw controls. And despite having 18 less fouls than the Cardinal’s 31, it only correlated to two free-position goals in the first half.OSU won the opening draw of the second half and struck first off of two goals from Wood in the first 71 seconds, narrowing the Cardinal lead to just one. Wood has scored back-to-back hat tricks, putting her season point total at 12.Stanford stretched its lead back to four with 25:04 remaining in the game. The Cardinal’s senior attacker Kelsey Murray would be responsible for two of the goals in that span, her third and fourth of the game, putting her one shy of her season high for goals in a game.“At halftime it was reachable, ” Venechanos said. “And then, we just didn’t have that opportunity to make our own run. Stanford had the next five or six possessions and we didn’t make any stops.”Parrott would connect on her second goal of the evening before Stanford would go on a three-goal run to extend their lead to six, 14-8, with 19:59 left in the game. At the 16:27 mark, Wood found the net yet again, giving her four on the day, this time off an assist from freshman midfielder Alex Vander Molen. It was her 10th assist of the season, putting her at a Big Ten best 2.5 assist per game.“I thought we had one more run in us to be honest,” Venechanos said. “But maybe (the game) was a little bit physical and emotional so mentality wise, we didn’t have enough gas.”It was a physical game. There were 75 fouls between the two teams, with Stanford being assessed four yellow cards to OSU’s three.Stanford would go on to push their lead out to eight by scoring four consecutive goals for a second time in the contest. The run included a goal from Salemo, giving her her first hat trick of the season.The Buckeyes would allow two more goals before the game was over, giving Stanford the eventual 19-9 victory. OSU allowed a season-high 36 shots against Stanford and when coupling that with 16 turnovers, it does not add up to a stellar outing.“If you give a team almost 40 shots they are going to have an opportunity to execute,” Venechanos said. “And they did.”Now the Buckeyes turn their attention to Sunday’s matchup against the California Golden Bears (1-2) in Ohio Stadium at noon. “The good news is we have another game in 48 hours,” Venechanos said. “Credit to Stanford, they beat us. But we’ve got to get better from this.”
As the grandson of former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce, and attending high school just outside Columbus, Zach Smith grew up surrounded by Buckeye football. Now a football coach himself, Smith was named to OSU football coach Urban Meyer’s staff as wide receivers coach on Dec. 22, returning to his home state and grandfather’s former school. “It’s a dream job, it’s something that you live your whole life hoping that you get and when you do, there’s obviously a lot of pressure in that,” Smith said at an introductory press conference for the assistant coaches Jan. 12. “But what the heck, if you don’t do it to get your dream job, what do you it for, right?” Smith graduated from Florida in 2007, and worked as a graduate assistant and quality control coach for the Gators under Meyer from 2005-2009. He also served as receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Marshall University in 2010 and held the same roles at Temple last season. He helped lead the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011, as well as a 35-17 win against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. His receivers compiled 1,648 yards throughout the season. “(Smith) has already coached with me for five seasons, and so I know what a quality coach he is,” Meyer said. “He knows my system inside and out, and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught.” At 27, Smith is the youngest member of the coaching staff, which he referred to as a “dream team” of coaches. Although Smith admitted a sense of awe in being a part of that group, he said he is qualified for the challenge. “The fact that coach Meyer thought that highly of me to bring me to this great university when he really could have hired anybody in the country is really flattering,” Smith said. “But at the same time, I know that I’ve earned it and I know I’ll do a great job for him.” Smith will earn $150,000 for performing his duties as a Buckeye assistant during 2012. After losing 2010 leading receiver Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation, and with senior DeVier Posey missing the first 10 games due to a pair of five-game suspensions, wide receiver was arguably the most inexperienced position on the Buckeyes’ roster throughout this past season. Going into 2012, OSU will return its entire receiving corps apart from Posey. “I think that the best thing that happened for my group is that they got a lot of experience at a young age,” Smith said. “They’ve been in the battle and they know what it’s like to play these other teams, to play in all these great stadiums in the Big Ten and to play in front of 108,000 people at Ohio State. It’s really an asset for them and for me as a position coach because I know that I have guys who have been through it and done it. It’s obviously one of the things that we can build off of this coming year.” Blocking and playmaking ability are the two most important traits he looks for in his receivers, Smith said. “We’ll be the best blocking receivers in the country,” he said. “Then you have to be able to make big plays, got to be able to catch the ball and make something happen. Those are the two things, if you can’t do those things you’re not going to be on the field.”
OSU senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternWith a demanding Big Ten schedule looming, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has one more opportunity for a tune-up before it begins conference play.Coming off two straight tournament wins and riding an eight-match winning streak, No. 13 OSU is scheduled to head north this weekend to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan.On Friday, OSU is set to play Eastern Illinois (5-5) at noon and Western Michigan (2-9) at 7 p.m., followed by a match against host Oakland (3-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.Although his squad is playing three teams with underwhelming records, coach Geoff Carlston said he is prepared to get the best shot of each one.“They’re not going to be as physical as Arizona, but they’re going to pass and play defense probably better than a lot of teams we’ve seen,” Carlston said. “So they’re going to make you earn it. If you’re making tons of mistakes, you’re going to lose.”Carlston said he is pleased with the start that his team has gotten off to this season, but is preaching balance to his players as they head into the weekend and look ahead to their conference schedule.“You can’t get bummed out when you lose because you can play really well and lose,” Carlston said. “And you sometimes you can grind out wins and you can’t feel like you’re the best team in the world, either. You just have to stay steady and confident.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said keeping the focus on playing together as a team and controlling the tempo of the game will be important if the Buckeyes want to extend their winning streak.“I know that these teams this weekend aren’t necessarily ranked like we had played the previous weekends, but everyone’s good at what they do,” Campbell said.Carlston has kept practice light during the short week to keep his players fresh as OSU gets into the grind of its schedule.“With our Big Ten schedule and how it shapes up, if we’re going to rest a little bit, this is the time to do it,” he said.Versatility at setterBoth OSU setters have seen plenty of playing time in the early going of the season. Freshman Taylor Hughes leads the Buckeyes with 198 assists, but senior Emily Ruetter is not far behind with 172.Carlston compared the situation to what’s going on at quarterback for the OSU football team with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.“We have two very good setters,” he said. “They are very different personalities. You’re going to get a different look. Emily is just steady, steady, steady, and Taylor Hughes is more physical … The two of them together is a really neat combination.”León wins Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the WeekAfter being named the most valuable player of the Blackbird Invitational last weekend, the awards didn’t stop there for Valeria León. The junior libero was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week — alongside Michigan State middle blocker Megan Tompkins — for her efforts in Brooklyn, New York.León had a tournament-high 71 digs, including 35 against then-No. 13 Arizona, the second-best single-game total in OSU history. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three of OSU’s non-conference competitions. León said she feels that she’s playing at the top of her game right now.“I feel like I worked really hard this summer and preseason,” she said. “I feel like my hard work is just finally paying off. We can only get better from here.”What’s next?The conference schedule is scheduled to begin for the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 when they host No. 23 Minnesota at St. John Arena, the first of four straight home matchups to kick off Big Ten play.
Ohio State junior attack Tre Leclaire (44) runs to break his defenders against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Mar. 31. Ohio State lost 6-14. Credit: Willow Mollenkopf | For The LanternThe No. 4 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team started Big Ten play on the wrong foot Sunday at home, falling to Rutgers for its first loss of the season 14-6.The Buckeyes (7-1, 0-1 Big Ten) came into Sunday as the only team in Division I lacrosse undefeated, but ultimately finally fell to defeat by the hands of the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers junior attack and leading point scorer Kieran Mullins was instrumental in upsetting the Buckeyes, scoring four goals and four assists.Ohio State head coach Nick Myers was not focused on one single player that gave the Buckeyes issue. “I don’t feel like we did a good job in the first 15 to 20 minutes of this game settling into this game,” Myers said.The Buckeyes came out hot with a goal in the first 46 seconds as sophomore attacker Colby Smith recorded his first goal of the game. But the rest of the quarter saw Rutgers capitalize on the Buckeyes’ eight turnovers, scoring five straight goals to end the quarter, two of which came from Mullins.The Rutgers (6-4, 1-0 Big Ten) defense was on full display, taking advantage of an Ohio State team that accumulated 16 turnovers. The Scarlet Knights redshirt senior goalkeeper Max Edelmann, who leads the nation in saves, saved 17 shots to keep the Buckeyes to a season-low six goals.“The goalie is a hell of a player, 17 saves,” Myers said. “He obviously played well today.” The second quarter started with another Rutgers goal to extend its lead to five before Ohio State finally answered back with a goal as sophomore midfield Griffin Hughes got his third of the season before the Scarlet Knights got a goal back. Myers felt as though the Ohio State offense was not getting quality shots across against the Rutgers defense. “I felt like we just shot the ball, which is very uncharacteristic of us, really poorly in the first, 2-for-22 [goals to shots on target], and it cost us,” Myers said.After attempting a comeback much like the Buckeyes had against Notre Dame on March 23, scoring two goals to start the quarter, Rutgers was able to cool off Ohio State’s hot streak, scoring two straight.The final quarter was all Rutgers, scoring four goals to Ohio State’s one.“Every time we chipped away at it, they made a big play,” Myers said. “It’s a game we are going to have to grow from.”Ohio State will travel to State College, Pennsylvania next week to take on No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m. Sunday.