MLAX: Meurer, Brown Pick Up ECAC Weekly Awards
April 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following a win over Hobart Saturday in a conference game, Ohio State men's lacrosse junior defenseman Joe Meurer and freshman attack Carter Brown both have received ECAC Lacrosse League weekly honors. Meurer has been named the league's defensive player of the week after recording four caused turnovers and three groundballs while holding the NCAA's leading goal scorer off the scoresheet. Brown had a hat trick and four points in the Buckeyes' victory. Ohio State now has had eight ECAC Player of the Week honors this season.
A native of Towson, Md. (McDonogh School), Meurer led the Buckeye defensive effort in the team's 10-6 win over Hobart Saturday. He had four caused turnovers and three groundballs and defended against Alex Love throughout the game. Love came into the game leading the NCAA in goals per game (3.56) and ranking 10th nationally in points per contest (4.22) and Meurer held him scoreless, the first time Love did not record a point since March 6, 2012, and also caused three turnovers by Love in the contest. He also held Love to just two shots on goal of his nine shots in the game. The four caused turnovers were a career high for Meurer after two games with three caused turnovers. It was his third game with three or more groundballs this season.
In his first season starting at close defense, moving down from LSM, Meurer has 19 groundballs and a team-high 14 caused turnovers while starting all 10 games.
Brown, from Bel Air, Md. (Calvert Hall), had four points, including a hat trick, in the Buckeyes' win over Hobart Saturday. It was his fifth multiple-goal game and fifth game with three or more points. Brown tied the game at 1 with a man-up goal in the second quarter, extended the lead to 5-1 in the third quarter and tallied the Buckeyes' 10th goal in the fourth stanza. His assist came on a goal with 50 seconds left in the third quarter that gave the Buckeyes an 8-2 advantage.
Brown is second for the Buckeyes with 29 points and 13 assists and ranks third with 16 goals. He has a point in all but one game in his first collegiate campaign. Brown was also named the league's rookie of the week Feb. 25.
No. 13-ranked Ohio State (7-3, 2-2 ECAC) travels to Michigan (0-11, 0-5 ECAC) this weekend for the second annual Battle at the Big House, set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Links for live stats and a webcast ($) will be on the Buckeye Lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday.
The game is part of the Creator's Trophy competition, based on results between the three Big Ten schools that sponsor lacrosse: Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. The Buckeyes defeated defending champion Penn State earlier this season, while the Nittany Lions topped the Wolverines. A school wins the trophy with a 2-0 mark vs. the other schools.