Ohio State is defending league tourney champion
Evans, Haus and Meurer named First Team All-ECAC; Hunter, Imbordino, King, Planning and Spencer voted second team; Withers on all-rookie team
123 current and former student-athletes receive degrees at Ohio Stadium
18 named Academic All-Big Ten
Senior defensemen are first Buckeyes to earn distinction
Senior captain talks about the honor and trip to Baltimore
Banquet held in Ohio Stadium to honor 2011 seniors, give out team awards, introduce newcomers
Ohio State Career: A preseason All-ECAC selection by both the league coaches and in Faceoff Yearbook, as well as a third team preseason All-American by Faceoff Yearbook ... 2011 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-league choice ... honorable mention USILA All-American as a junior ... second-team all-league choice as a sophomore in first season as a starter ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 (Junior Season): Played in 15 games, starting 14 ... had 32 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers on the season ... four groundballs at Penn State March 5 and three in four other games ... three caused turnovers at UMass Feb. 26 ... scored first career goal against Bellarmine April 30 ... part of a Buckeye defense that ranked 11th nationally, holding opponents to 8.06 goals a game, and was 16th in man-down defense (.740) ... honorable mention USILA All-American (first Buckeye defender honored since 2004) ... ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-ECAC First Team.
2010 (Redshirt Season): Received a medical redshirt ... started the first four games before suffering a season-ending injury against Penn State March 6 ... four caused turnovers and six groundballs ... three caused turnovers vs. Villanova Feb. 13 ... three groundballs vs. Villanova Feb. 13 and Detroit Feb. 27.
2009 (Sophomore Season): A starter in 15-of-16 games en route to second team All-Great Western Lacrosse League honors ... received team's Paul Hartman Most Improved Player award ... 20 groundballs on the season, including career-high five vs. North Carolina April 11 ... 11 caused turnovers, with three against both Robert Morris March 11 and Notre Dame April 25 ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athelte and Academic All-Big Ten.
2008 (Freshman Season): Played in 12-of-17 games ... two groundballs at Bucknell March 1 in first career game ... also had single groundballs at Notre Dame April 27, vs. Denver May 2 in GWLL semifinals and at Cornell in NCAA tournament first round May 10.
West Springfield High School: Participated in 2008 U.S Men's Under-19 Lacrosse Team tryout camp in summer 2007 ... 2007 US Lacrosse High School All-American ... team won Patriot District championship in 2007 ... three-time first team All-Patriot District (2005-07) and a second team choice in 2004 ... 2007 district co-player of the year ... 2006 and '07 First Team All-Northern Region ... 280 groundballs, nine goals and four assists in his career ... two-time team captain ... team MVP as both a junior and senior; defensive MVP as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Don and Margaret ... has two older brothers, Tim and Jeff ... two great uncles, Jerry and Paul Carroll, were football All-Americans at Georgetown ... member of Key Club and served as an officer as a senior ... participated in group work camp from 2003-06, a service trip to rebuild and help poverty stricken areas ... hobbies include golf, fishing, basketball, snowboarding, boating, movies and video games.
Buckeye Spotlight - Brendan Barger