May 2, 2013
GENEVA, N.Y. - Highlighted by senior attackman Logan Schuss' second-consecutive ECAC Offensive Player of the Year award, Ohio State had seven players earn ECAC Lacrosse League postseason honors, the conference announced Thursday. Schuss is the first Ohio State player to earn first team all-conference honors four times and is joined on the All-ECAC First Team by sophomore midfielder Jesse King and junior defenseman Joe Meurer. Senior midfielder Trey Wilkes was a second team selection at the specialist position and junior Greg Dutton was the second team goalie for the second year in a row. Attackman Carter Brown was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and nabbed a spot on the ECAC All-Rookie Team, where he was joined by defenseman Robby Haus.
Voting was done by the league's seven coaches, who could not vote for their own players.
Schuss, a 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee, is the second Buckeye to earn two conference player of the year awards, joining Tony Russo who was the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Year in 2003 and shared the honor with teammate Greg Bice in 2004. The Ladner, British Columbia, native was the 2010 ECAC Rookie of the Year, a third team All-American in 2012 and an honorable mention All-American in 2010. This season, Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 33 goals, 21 assists and 54 points, ranking second in the ECAC and 10th in the NCAA in points per game and led the league in scoring in conference games with 4.27 points an outing. He has set Ohio State's career goals record (135) and is third in program history with 219 points, with at least one point in all 58 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
Brown, from Bel Air, Md., is the first Buckeye to be named ECAC Rookie of the Year since Schuss in 2010 and the fourth Ohio State player to earn a conference rookie of the year honor. A starter in 12 of 13 games, Brown is second on the squad with 21 goals and third with 34 points and 13 assists, ranking 11th in the ECAC in points per game. A two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week, he had at least one point in all but two games and nine multiple-point outings.
King, who was an ECAC All-Rookie Team selection a season ago, has a career-high 20 goals, 16 assists and 36 points, ranking second on the squad in both assists and points, standing third in goals and ranking 10th in the ECAC in points per game. The native of Victoria, British Columbia, is on a 19-game scoring streak and has multiple points in 10 games.
Meurer, from Towson, Md., picks up first team honors in his first season playing close defense. A starter in all 13 games, he has a team-best 14 caused turnovers and 25 groundballs. The Ohio State defense is third in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA, holding opponents to 8.23 goals a game.
A native of Timonium, Md., Dutton is a second team all-league selection for the second year in a row. A starter in 11 games, his 8.27 gaa on the year ranks 12th in NCAA and third in ECAC. He is third in the league and 19th nationally with a .550 save percentage. Dutton has 10-plus saves in each of last five starts, with a .612 save percentage in the stretch and a career-high 15 saves in his last two outings.
Wilkes, hailing from Ijamsville, Md., is first in the ECAC and ninth nationally with a .588 faceoff winning percentage. He has double-digit faceoff wins in nine games, topping the 70 percent mark three times. Wilkes leads the Buckeyes with 52 groundballs and is third in the ECAC with 4.08 groundballs a game.
Lutherville, Md., native Haus has started all 14 games for the Buckeyes at close defense as a true freshman. He has 26 groundballs and seven caused turnovers this season, with seven games with two or more groundballs. He and the Buckeyes are third in the ECAC and 11th in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 8.23 goals a game and double-digit tallies just once.
The Buckeyes are in Geneva, N.Y., for the ECAC Championship where the squad, seeded third, will take on No. 2 seed Loyola at 8 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Networks, Fox College Sports and Fuel TV. Links for live stats and a live radio feed can be found on the Ohio State men's lacrosse gameday page: go.osu.edu/mlaxgameday. The championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, with the Ohio State vs. Loyola winner facing the winning team from the semifinal matchup between No. 1 seed Denver and No. 4 seed Fairfield.