COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nick Myers, Ohio State men’s lacrosse head coach, announced the addition of 14 players to the Buckeye roster for 2012-13, including 13 freshmen. The class was slotted No. 16 by Inside Lacrosse in its annual recruiting rankings, with five players ranked in the Top 50 for their individual positions and three Top 100 players overall.
“The Class of 2016 features young men from some of the most successful high school programs in the country,” Myers, entering his fifth year at the helm of the Buckeyes, said. “Many of the incoming players are coming off championship seasons. We feel strongly about the character of this class; we are confident they will make Buckeye Nation proud both on and off the field in their time here at The Ohio State University.”
In all, the group hails from five states and includes three attackmen, six midfielders and five defensemen.
A, 6-1, 165
Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall College High School
Three-year starter for the Cardinals … part of MIAA championship team as a senior … posted 24 goals and 10 assists to rank fourth on the team in scoring in 2012 … squad was MIAA runner-up in 2011 … recorded 25 goals and 14 assists to rank third on the team … two-time All-Towson Times selection … named team’s unsung hero … also played soccer … cousin Natale Miller was a four-year letterwinner (2004-07) on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team.
M, 5-9, 165
Chesapeake Beach, Md./The Calverton School
Member of four-time league championship squad … first team all-league selection as a senior in 2012 and picked up second team All-Maryland Independent Lacrosse League accolades in both 2009 and ’10 … scored 28 goals and added 16 assists, along with 23 groundballs, as a senior … 22 goals, 14 assists and 15 groundballs as a junior and had career-best 32 goals and 18 assists in 2009 … won 2011 Iron Man award … also played soccer … plans to major in biology and would like to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.
D, 6-0, 205
Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome High School
Ranked No. 30 among freshmen defensemen by Inside Lacrosse … member of back-to-back state championship teams in 2010 and ’11 and part of Ohio Capital Conference title squads as a junior and senior … squad won Midwest crown in 2012 … had 278 groundballs and 157 caused turnovers in his career, along with four goals and six assists … three-time first team All-Ohio and a state specialist of the year … first team All-Midwest and All-OCC honoree in 2011 and ’12 … 2012 All-American … invited to Team USA Under-19 Team tryout camp … also played hockey as a goalie for the Celtics, earning Team MVP honors as a senior along with All-CHC accolades.
D, 6-5, 190
Three-year starter for the Bees … team captain … second team All-Ohio selection … first team all-region honoree … team reached the state semifinals in 2010 and ’11 … plans to major in agricultural systems management and would like to be an agriculture service provider in the future.
D, 6-0, 195
Lutherville, Md./Gilman School
Ranked No. 7 among incoming defensemen and No. 26 among all 2012 freshmen by Inside Lacrosse … three-year starter on defense … member of 2011 MIAA Championship squad … won 2012 Gilman School Tyler Cambell Lacrosse Award as the team MVP … earned team’s first-year player award in 2009 … played in Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic … 99 career groundballs … team captain as a senior, recording 33 groundballs and adding an assist … two-time first team All-Metro and All-MIAA … second team all-state honoree … also played soccer at Gilman … father Kevin, as well as uncles John and Tom, played lacrosse at North Carolina … three cousins are currently playing Division I lacrosse: John Haus/Maryland, Will Haus/Duke and Sam Haus/Jacksonville.
A, 5-8, 160
Syosset, N.Y./Syosset High School
Ranked No. 32 by Inside Lacrosse among incoming attackmen … four-year starter for the Braves and scored 163 career goals … team won 2012 Nassau County Class A Championship and reached Long Island Class A championship game … two-time team captain … four-time all-county selection … first on the team in scoring from 2009-12 and two-time team Most Valuable Offensive Player … four-time academic all-county selection … father played lacrosse at C.W. Post.
M, 6-2, 195
San Clemente, Calif./Park City High School
Three-time all-league selection, including two first-team accolades … two-time first team all-county … invited to U.S. National Under-19 Team tryout camp … team captain … four-year starter … squad won D-2 Southern State championship in 2009 and was a member of state semifinalist team as both a sophomore and junior … also played football and was a two-time all-league selection and an all-conference honoree … grandfather played baseball and basketball at Ohio State and was drafted by the Reds … plans to major in marketing.
M, 5-10, 185
Fallston, Md./Loyola Blakefield
Three-year starter … served as a team captain … team was 16-4 in 2012, MIAA runner-up and ranked in the Top 10 nationally … Team MVP as a senior … member of Under-15 National Championship squad, scoring gamewinning goal in overtime in the final and earning all-tournament team honors … also played varsity football and earned team’s unsung hero award in 2011 … received C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Athletic Service Award for 2012 … brother Kory played football and lacrosse at Ursinus … plans to major in biology.
M/FO, 5-10, 156
Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne High School
Member of state championship team in 2009 and squad was state runner-up in 2010 and ’11 … two-time first team All-Ohio and all-league selection … set school record for groundballs in a season … 2011 and `12 First Team Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association All-League choice … named 2011 Specialist of the Year and voted 2010 Unsung Hero … also played football for the Wolves.
D, 6-1, 200
Coconut Grove, Fla./Gulliver Prep, Onondaga Community College
Member of two NJCAA national championship teams at Onondaga … two-time NJCAA All-American, earning first team accolades in 2012 … served as a team captain in 2012 … first team All-Region III and All-Mid State Athletic Conference … Lacrosse Magazine preseason NJCAA Player of the Year entering 2012 … high school team won three district titles (2008-10) … 2010 U.S. Lacrosse All-American … two-time All-Dade honoree (second team ’09, first team ’10) and a first team all-region choice … team’s defensive player of the year in 2010 … 2010 Miami Herald Player of the Year … also played football and basketball in high school … plans to major in physical education.
D, 6-3, 215
Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River High School
Ranked No. 19 among freshmen defensemen and No. 70 overall by Inside Lacrosse … five-year starter … team captain as a senior for both lacrosse and basketball … three-time all-county honoree … member of 2012 NYS Class C Championship squad … 2009 Suffolk County Rookie of the Year … also played football and basketball; all-county selection in 2011 for football … 2012 Suffolk County All-Academic Team and Unsung Hero recipient for basketball … plans to major in biology and would like to work in the physical therapy field … brother Will played rugby at Providence, brother Sean plays lacrosse at SUNY Binghamton.
A, 6-2, 185
Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington High School
Member of squad that won 2012 state championship, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the final … led team in scoring as a senior and was first on the squad in assists his last two seasons … 115 goals, 69 assists and 184 career points … UAHS also won the 2010 state crown, along with the 2011 Midwest title … Ohio Attackman of the Year … an All-American, All-Ohio and All-Conference selection, and earned all-city and all-Midwest honors … won team’s leadership and offensive MVP awards … also played football for the Golden Bears … father, Mark, played linebacker for the Ohio State football team, earning letters in 1983 and ’84 … plans to major in exercise science.
M, 6-1, 180
Bethesda, Md./Landon School
Ranked No. 15 among all freshman midfielders and No. 47 among all positions by Inside Lacrosse … played in Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic … led Landon School in scoring as a junior with 24 goals, adding six assists … team-best 19 assists, as well as 19 goals, as a senior when the squad won the 2012 IAC Championship … Under Armour All-American and team offensive MVP as a senior … two-time All-IAC and All-Met selection … honorable mention all-state honoree as a junior and All-Gazette selection senior year … also played football and soccer in high school; led soccer team in scoring as a junior and won the coaches award … grandfather Andre Najar was a professional tennis player who competed at Wimbledon and Roland Garros and in the Davis Cup for Egypt, serving as team captain in 1947.
M, 6-3, 190
Potomac, Md./Georgetown Preparatory School
Member of two IAC championship teams, as the Hoyas were the co-champions in 2010 and outright champs in 2011 … scored 30 goals and added 12 assists in his career, including 22 goals and eight assists as a senior … also played football … brother Vince plays lacrosse at Michigan.