Jan. 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joe Meurer, a senior defenseman on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, was drafted by the Florida Launch in the second round of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The expansion team selected Meurer with the 10th overall pick, the second-highest pick in Ohio State history.
“Joe has worked hard to put himself in a position to be a high draft pick,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “He is a leader for us on the field and in the classroom and is focused on having a successful senior campaign. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
Meurer, a native of Towson, Md., was a Face-Off Yearbook Preseason First Team All-American after earning 2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-America and First Team All-ECAC accolades. He started all 17 games a season ago in his first year playing close defense, leading Ohio State with 18 caused turnovers, and helping the squad to a Top 15 national ranking in team defense (8.82 goals allowed per game). Voted team captain for the 2014 squad, he has played in 47 career games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 90 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers, along with two goals and 10 faceoff wins. A finance major, he is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Meurer is the eighth Buckeye selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft. In 2013, Logan Schuss (second round, No. 11), Dominique Alexander (fifth round, No. 33) and Kevin Mack (eighth round, No. 57) were all drafted. Kevin Buchanan is the highest draft pick in program history, as he was taken in the first round, No. 5 overall, by Los Angeles in 2008. Tony Russo and Greg Bice were picked in the third and fourth rounds of the 2004 draft by Rochester and Philadelphia, respectively, while Brock Sorensen was a sixth-round choice by Hamilton in 2012.
All college players drafted in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft will be eligible to play in MLL after the close of the 2014 NCAA season.