Around the Oval on Wednesday, April 23rd

By John Brandon on April 23, 2014 at 4:15p

Via NCAA

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Finals week is upon us and summer is nigh. Championship season is just around the corner, and some of the Buckeyes teams are peaking at the right time. The lacrosse teams, the women's rowing team and the men's tennis team are all playing well, with championships in their sights.

Lacrosse

Both lacrosse teams had phenomenal weeks, as the men's team clinched at least a share of the ECAC title and the women's team knocked off a pair of top-10 opponents.

Goalie Scott Spencer led the men's team with an outstanding performance. Spencer stopped a career-high 14 shots and allowed only six goals in an 8-6 win over Air Force. The strong showing earned Spencer ECAC defensive player of the week honors for the second consecutive week.

The men travel to Fairfield for the regular season finale this Saturday, where a win would give Ohio State the outright league title. After that, the Buckeyes return to Columbus next weekend to host the ECAC Tournament. They will compete with Air Force, Fairfield and Michigan for a berth to the NCAA tournament.

In women's action, Ohio State knocked off No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Notre Dame in a pair of home games. The wins marked the first time in school history that the Buckeyes defeated two straight top-10 opponents. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza carried the defense and was recognized as the ALC defensive player of the week.

The Lady Buckeyes improved to No. 10 in the nation with the wins, setting up a showdown with Johns Hopkins on Saturday for the regular season finale. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Rowing

Another weekend, another dominating performance for the third-ranked women's rowing team. The Lady Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor where they picked up six wins over No. 9 Notre Dame and two wins over No. 4 Virginia.

Ohio State's first varsity eight team of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire Louise-Bode and Victoria Lazur went 2-0 on the weekend. They improved to a perfect 6-0 on the season, which The Big Ten recognized by naming the them the conference's Boat of the Week.

Next up is a return trip to Ann Arbor in two weeks, when they will take on Michigan, Michigan State and Louisville in the regular season finale.

Tennis

It was a week of milestones for the men's tennis team. On Friday, they clinched their ninth straight Big Ten regular-season championship with a 7-0 win over Iowa. On Sunday the Buckeyes finished their ninth-consecutive undefeated Big Ten campaign, defeating No. 63 Nebraska 6-1.

After sweeping the doubles action, the Buckeyes took five of the six singles matches. Peter Kobelt, Chris Diaz, Ralf Steinbach, Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan all picked up wins, while Herkko Pollanen suffered Ohio State's lone defeat.

For senior Peter Kobelt, his 6-1, 6-1 victory was the 250th of his decorated career and his final regular season match. Head coach Ty Tucker expressed the value of Kobelt to the program:

We are not only going to miss the leadership and the wins but also the support around the community when a guy like Peter Kobelt plays for your team.

- Ty Tucker

Despite an indoor national championship, a B1G regular season championship and maintaining the No. 1 ranking for much of the year, the Buckeyes still aren't satisfied. In their sights is the ever-elusive NCAA Outdoor championships, and this could be the year Ty Tucker's team finally brings home the hardware.

Tomorrow, the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing for the Big Ten championships, an event they have won eight of the past nine years.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for the write up John - keeping a close eye on these teams. Ty has done a remarkable job with the tennis team year in and year out. So looking forward to what they can do in the post season. 

Congrats and great job!

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John Brandon's picture

Think this is the year Tucker finally gets over the hump. They're playing well right now and are already battle-tested against the nations top competition, will be exciting to see how it plays out.

Killer nuts's picture

Congratulations to Gene Smith

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Go1Bucks's picture

I think maybe that comment called for italics. 

Go Bucks!

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Killer nuts's picture

I like to think they are implied

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bukyze's picture

Absolutely awesome to see all of our spring teams just hammering the competition.

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rampageripster's picture

This is the first year I can remember in a while where the women's lacrosse team has flat out out-performed the men's squad.  Really nice season ladies and I hope you grab a much deserved at-large into the NCAA tournament and make some noise!

Cause I couldn't go for three

BHT's picture

In their sights is the ever-elusive NCAA Outdoor championships

We have not won an outdoor championship yet under Tucker? Intresting. Let's go tennis and bring home the hardware. 

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great day to be a Buckeye!!  Although isn't every day a great day to be a Buckeye!  Just makes today a little sweeter!

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Go1Bucks's picture

It would be great to see a hardware sweep, they deserve it. 

 

Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

Zimmy07's picture

Ohio State's Rugby Sevens team also won the Big 10 Championship and is in the CRC playoffs:

http://www.rugbymag.com/news/colleges/collegiate-sevens/11054-ohio-state...

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Go1Bucks's picture

My friend Justin plays for them, or at least did last year. That is great!

 

Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

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Zimmy07's picture

The info I got seems to not be correct.  The women's team is in the rugby tourney, but the men's team isn't.  Maybe the info I got was mixed up with last year?  I don't know what happened.