April 23, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Keenan Ochwat, a senior defenseman on the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Ochwat was a leader on the Buckeye defense that held Air Force scoreless for nearly three quarters en route to a 14-4 win Saturday in the Showdown in the Shoe in Ohio Stadium. The win clinched a spot in the ECAC tournament for the Buckeyes. Against the Falcons, Ochwat had three groundballs and two caused turnovers. The four goals scored by the Falcons were the second-lowest for a Buckeye opponent this season.
Ochwat has a team-best 25 caused turnovers this year, ranking 16th in the NCAA and second in the ECAC in caused turnovers per game (1.92), along with 32 groundballs to rank second on the squad. He has played in 59 games as a Buckeye and has 123 groundballs and 70 caused turnovers.
This is the first league weekly award for Ochwat in his career. He is the fourth Buckeye to be honored by the league this year, joining Logan Schuss (offensive player of the week, Feb. 20), Turner Evans (rookie of the week, March 19) and Dominique Alexander (co-offensive player of the week, April 9).
Ochwat and the Buckeyes (-7-6, 4-1 ECAC) close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday against No. 13/14 Fairfield in Fairfield, Conn. The squad will then head to Denver for the ECAC Tournament, where the Buckeyes and Stags will face off in the semifinals May 2. The winner of that game will go up against the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Loyola and No. 4 seed Denver in the championship game May 4 (live on ESPNU), with the tournament winner earning the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
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