2015 (Freshman Season): Started first six games at close defense and played in all 19, mainly at LSM in last 13 ... 28 groundballs and eight caused turnovers ... only Buckeye freshman to play in all 19 games ... eight games with multiple groundballs ... team-high five groundballs March 14 in win over Denver ... two groundballs in NCAA game at Denver May 16 and one in NCAA first-round win at Duke May 9 ... two caused turnovers and two groundballs April 25 at Rutgers and took three faceoffs ... three groundballs vs. both Michigan April 12 and Towson March 17 ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Three-year letterwinner for the Greyhounds ... played for Baltimore Crabs club program and was the Crab Feast Defensive MVP ... Under Armour Underclassmen Baltimore All-America team ... also a three-year letterwinner in soccer, played squash and earned Triple Threat award as a junior for lettering in all three sports.
Personal: Son of Greg and Wendy ... father was a captain for the UConn soccer team and is in Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame ... grandfather George played soccer and baseball at University of Baltimore and is in the school’s hall of fame ... brother, Reid, and two sisters, Riley and Lucy ... Reid played lacrosse at Dickinson and Riley is on the Maryland soccer team ... enjoys playing pickup sports games with his extended family ... business administration major.
Barger on why he became a Buckeye: "I chose Ohio State because it was where I felt most comfortable. I loved the coaches, the school, the environment and the team."
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