Meurer Named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, Nine Buckeyes Recognized
April 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Highlighted by senior Joe Meurer’s ECAC Defensive Player of the Year award, nine members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have been recognized with ECAC Lacrosse League postseason honors the conference announced Wednesday. Defensemen Meurer and Robby Haus, along with midfielder Turner Evans, were named First Team All-ECAC, while attackmen Ryan Hunter and Jesse King, midfielder David Planning, specialist Dominic Imbordino and goalie Scott Spencer were named second team all-conference. Jake Withers was named to the All-Rookie Team as a specialist. The honorees were selected be a vote of the league’s coaches and Ohio State leads the league with eight members of the first and second teams.
Meurer, from Towson, Md., earns First Team All-ECAC honors for the second year in a row. He is the second Buckeye to be named the league’s defensive player of the year, joining Matt Kawamoto in 2011, and Ohio State has won at last one major postseason award from the ECAC each year since 2010. Meurer, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, is the leader on the Buckeye defense that is ranked eighth in the NCAA and first in the ECAC, holding opponents to 8.15 goals per game. Meurer, an honorable mention All-American in 2013, has started all 13 games for the Buckeyes this year and has 13 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers.
Peterborough, Ontario, native Evans, a junior, has started all 12 games he has played in this season and has 11 goals, a career-high 18 assists and 29 points. He has a point in all but three games played, with four multiple-goal outings and six games with two or more assists, including a five-assist, six-point day against UMass Feb. 19.
Sophomore Haus, a native of Lutherville, Md., was an ECAC All-Rookie Team choice a season ago. He has started all 13 games this season for the Buckeyes at close defense and is first on the team with 16 caused turnovers, ranking second in the league with 1.23 per game, and is second for the Buckeyes with 32 groundballs.
Hunter, a sophomore and native of Syosset, N.Y., has started the last four games and played in eight overall for the Buckeyes. He has 13 goals and three assists for 16 points, with all 16 coming in the last five games. He has two four-goal outings this season.
King is a 2014 Tewaaraton Award nominee, given to the top player in college lacrosse each season. The junior and native of Victoria, British Columbia was a first Team All-ECAC pick last season, when he earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades. He is first in the ECAC and 12th nationally with 4.00 points per game, ranking second in the league with 1.23 goals and 1.83 assists per outing. King is on a 35-game point streak and has a Buckeye-best 26 goals, 22 assists and 48 points this season, ranking second in the league in points, tying for second in assists and tying for fifth in goals.
Planning, a junior from Alexandria, Va., has started all 13 games this year for the Buckeyes. He has 12 goals, five assists and 17 points, along with 13 groundballs. Planning has a point in eight games, with six multiple-point outings.
Imbordino, from St. Charles, Ill., is in his first year as a longstick midfielder. The senior has 30 groundballs this season, with two or more in nine games, and has 12 caused turnovers while playing in all 13 games.
Spencer, a senior and native of Mason, Ohio, has started the last six games for the Buckeyes, moving into the starting role vs. Notre Dame March 25. He leads the ECAC with a 7.35 goals-against average and .567 save percentage this season, posting a 4-2 record, and has nine or more saves in each of his last four games.
Faceoff specialist Withers, a five-time league player of the week from Peterborough, Ontario, has played in all 13 games, winning 106-of-205 (.517) of his faceoffs to rank second in the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage. He has a team-high 62 groundballs to rank second among all league players in groundballs per game (4.77). Withers has five games with double-digit faceoff wins and two games with double-digit groundballs.
This week, the Buckeyes, who shared the 2014 ECAC regular season title, play host to the ECAC Tournament in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. No. 2 seed Ohio State will meet No. 3 seed Air Force at 8 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals, preceded by a semifinal matchup between No. 1 seed Fairfield and No. 4 seed Michigan. The championship is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday.