Alexander, Schuss and Wilkes Named USILA Scholar All-Americans
May 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dominique Alexander, Logan Schuss and Trey Wilkes, members of the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, have been named to the USILA Scholar All-America team, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced. Alexander and Schuss are physical education teacher education majors, while Wilkes earned his degree in communication at spring commencement ceremonies May 5. All three are four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athletes, will be three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections and were named to the Academic All-ECAC team in 2011 and '12.
Ohio State is one of five Division I schools to have three or more student-athletes named to the 2013 squad. This marks the second-consecutive year Ohio State has had USILA Scholar All-Americans after Joe Bonanni and Matt Kawamoto were the first Buckeyes in program history honored last season.
In 1989, the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes with senior academic standing from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III, with 92 players honored in 2013.
Alexander, from Baldwin, N.Y., was a co-captain for the 2013 squad. He played in 62 games for the Scarlet and Gray in his career, with 47 goals, 48 assists and 95 points. In 2013 Alexander recorded a career-high 20 assists, 29 points and 28 groundballs while starting all 17 games.
Team co-captain Schuss, a native of Ladner, British Columbia, earned ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 and '13. A four-time First Team All-ECAC choice and two-time All-American, he had a point in all 62 games he played for the Scarlet and Gray. He ended his career first in program history with 146 goals and second with 237 points, including a team-best and career-high 44 goals, 28 assists and 72 points in 2013.
A native of Ijamsville, Md., Wilkes was a 2013 Second Team All-ECAC selection after leading the conference and ranking in the Top 15 nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.580). Wilkes played in 51 games during his career, including all 17 as a senior. In 2013, he had a team-best 68 groundballs and won 174-of-300 faceoffs. Wilkes had 135 groundballs and a .513 faceoff winning percentage (329-of-641) in his career with the Scarlet and Gray.
Alexander, Schuss and Wilkes helped the 2013 Buckeyes to one of the best seasons in Ohio State history, as the squad won the ECAC tournament and Creator's Trophy titles, hosted the first NCAA tournament game in Columbus and became the second team to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. The team, which reached a program-high ranking of No. 3, had a 13-4 ledger, the most wins for an Ohio State squad since 1978 and the fourth-best total in program history.