Friday, February 14, 2020, 4 p.m. - Dial-Roberson Stadium, Ada, Ohio
Friday's Preview: Ohio Northern will open its fifth season of varsity competition on Friday against a solid Southern Virginia squad from the Capital Athletic Conference ... The Polar Bears return 34 lettermen from last year's squad that went 13-5 overall, was 6-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference and reached the finals of the OAC Tournament ... Offensively, ONU returns five of its top 10 goal-scorers from a season ago, and that list is headlined by senior Academic All-American and All-Region Cameron Marous, who had a team-best 34 goals, 21 assists and 55 points last season ... Junior Joe O'Connell also comes back after a season in which he tallied 21 goals, 11 assists and 32 points ... ONU must replace three All-Conference players on a defense that was second in the OAC and was 25th nationally, allowing only 8.3 goals per game last season ... Junior midfielder Patrick Moran and junior LSM Javon Smith return after earning All-OAC honors a year ago ... SVU opened its 2020 season with a 17-13 home victory over Catholic (D.C.) on Tuesday ... Junior All-American Zach Danneman led the Knights with six goals and one assist for seven points ... Junior Tennison Schmidt also had seven points on two goals and five assists ... Freshman Dalon Hampshire recorded 23 saves in his collegiate debut ... SVU was 5-13 overall and 0-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference last year ... Danneman led the CAC and was 4th nationally in scoring last season with 77 goals and 96 points ... ONU and SVU had one common foe last season, with ONU defeating Pfeiffer (N.C.) 22-8 and SVU winning 24-10.
ONU Returning Statistical Leaders (2019 Stats):
All-Time Series: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
ONU Head Coach Nat St. Laurent: St. Laurent is in his third season at ONU with a 44-22 record, a winning percentage of .667.