April 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Logan Schuss, a junior attackman on the No. 17/18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced Monday. Schuss is joined on the All-ECAC First Team by Buckeye senior defenseman Joe Bonanni, while senior defenseman Keenan Ochwat and sophomore goalie Greg Dutton are second-team selections. Midfielder Jesse King was named to the inaugural ECAC All-Rookie Team.
Schuss, from Ladner, British Columbia, leads the Buckeyes with 55 points, including a career-high 38 goals, and is 13th nationally with 3.93 points per game, ranking second in the ECAC. In leading Ohio State to a 5-1 conference ledger, Schuss averaged a league-best 4.17 points per game (25 points), tying for first in goals per game (3.00). Schuss, who is on a 44-game point streak, is now a three-time first team all-conference selection and he was the league’s rookie of the year in 2010 when he also picked up honorable mention All-America accolades. Schuss is tied for fifth in Ohio State history with 163 career points and is fourth in career points per game among all current Division I players.
A native of Harwood, Md., Bonanni has started all 14 games for the Buckeyes this season and has 32 groundballs along with 15 caused turnovers. A captain for Ohio State this year, he is a leader on the Buckeye defense that ranks sixth nationally and first in the ECAC in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 7.14 goals a game and is 11th in the NCAA in man-down defense (.738). Bonanni was a second team all-league choice as a junior in 2011.
Ochwat, who hails from Farmingdale, N.Y., ranks 14th in the nation and second in the conference, averaging 1.86 caused turnovers per game. He as a team-best 25 caused turnovers this year and has picked up 32 groundballs (including seven at Michigan April 14) while starting all 14 games. He was named ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week April 23.
Timonium, Md., native Dutton has started 13 games for Ohio State and leads the ECAC in both goals-against average (6.83) and save percentage (.579), ranking fifth and seventh, respectively, in the NCAA. In five starts in conference play, Dutton had a league-best 5.24 goals-against average and .662 save percentage. He has a team-best 38 groundballs on the season. Dutton’s career goals-against average of 7.66 is fifth among all current Division I players.
King, from Victoria, British Columbia, has played in all 14 games, starting 13, and is tied for second on the squad with 22 points, ranking second with 14 goals. He has eight multiple-point games and enters the ECAC tournament on a five-game scoring streak.
The players of the year and all-conference teams were voted on by the league’s head coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
ECAC Tournament This Week
This week, the Buckeyes head to Denver for the 2012 ECAC Tournament. Ohio State (8-6, 5-1 ECAC), the No. 2 seed, will face No. 3 seed Fairfield at 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET Wednesday, with No. 1 seed Loyola taking on host and No. 4 seed Denver at 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET. Both semifinals games will be streamed for free through Pioneer Vision on denverpioneers.com. The championship game is set for 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET Friday and will be televised live by ESPNU. A tournament central website is available with links to video, live stats and in-game blogs here: http://go.osu.edu/ecactourneycentral12.