May 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State senior attackman Logan Schuss has been named a Second Team All-American and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander, sophomore midfielder Jesse King and junior defenseman Joe Meurer have been named Honorable Mention All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), the organization announced Thursday.
Schuss is the first Buckeye named to a USILA first, second or third team twice and the first Ohio State player selected for the second team since Kevin Buchanan in 2008. Schuss is also the first Buckeye to earn USILA All-America accolades three times; he was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2010 (the first true freshman in Ohio State history named an All-American) and a third team pick in 2012 as a junior. Ten Buckeyes have earned USILA honors twice.
In Ohio State history, six Buckeyes including Schuss have been named to the USILA's first, second or third teams. He joins Joe Bonanni (third team, 2012), Buchanan (second team, 2008), Greg Bice (second team, 2004), Skip Van Bourgondien (second team, 1971) and Glenn Rudy (third team, 1966).
Alexander, King and Meurer give Ohio State 39 USILA Honorable Mention All-America accolades all-time. The Buckeyes have had at least one All-America selection each year since 2008, totaling 13 in that span (two second team, two third team, nine honorable mention) and have 20 total honorees since 2000. This is the first time since 2008 and just the second time in program history four Ohio State players have been recognized by the USILA as All-Americans. The 1957 team ranks first with six honorable mention selections.
"We are very proud to have four of our men represented as All-Americans," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "It is a testament to the hard work and commitment they dedicated to Buckeye lacrosse. All four are extremely unselfish players who would be the first to credit to their teammates for helping them achieve this great honor."
A native of Ladner, British Columbia, Schuss was the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and '13 and is the first Buckeye to earn First Team All-ECAC honors four times. He was a Tewaaraton Top 25 nominee as a co-captain in 2013 when he led the Buckeyes with a career-high 44 goals, 28 assists and 72 points. A starter in all 17 Ohio State games this season, he had multiple points in all but one game and ranks ninth nationally and first in the ECAC with 4.24 points a game. Schuss had two or more goals in 12 games, with seven goals vs. Detroit and five goals vs. Michigan and Loyola. The 2013 ECAC Tournament MVP had three or more points in all but four contests, with 10-point days vs. Detroit and Michigan, six-point outings vs. Loyola in the ECAC tournament semifinals and Towson in the NCAA first round and three five-point days. He had a point in all 62 games he played for the Scarlet and Gray and ended his career first in program history with 146 goals and second with 237 points. A USILA Scholar All-America as a physical education teacher education major, Schuss is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. Schuss is expected to make his Major League Lacrosse debut with the Ohio Machine Thursday.
Alexander, from Baldwin, N.Y., started all 17 games for the Buckeyes in 2013 while serving as a co-captain. He played a variety of roles for the Buckeyes - first line midfielder and short stick defensive middie (including on man-down defense) and took wings on faceoffs. An ECAC All-Tournament Team honoree, he had a career-high 20 assists, 29 points and 28 groundballs in 2013. Alexander had a point in each of his last eight games, including a career-best five assists and six points in the ECAC tournament semifinals vs. Loyola and five points at Air Force. In the Buckeyes' NCAA tournament first-round win against Towson, Alexander had a goal and three assists for four points along with two groundballs. Alexander played in 62 games for the Scarlet and Gray in his career, with 47 goals, 48 assists and 95 points. A physical education teacher education major who earned USILA Scholar All-America accolades, he is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. He is expected to play for the Ohio Machine in his first Major League Lacrosse game Thursday.
King was a First Team All-ECAC selection after recording a career-high 32 goals, 23 assists and 55 points, ranking second on the team in all three categories and eighth in the ECAC in points per game (3.24). The native of Victoria, British Columbia, had a point in each of his last 23 games and had multiple points in all but three games in 2013 while starting all 17 contests. He earned ECAC All-Tournament Team honors with six goals and 11 points in the Buckeyes' two wins en route to the title and had four goals and an assist in the Buckeyes' NCAA tournament win over Towson. King had at least one goal in all but three games, with 11 multiple-goal outings. He had six points vs. Marquette and Denver in the ECAC tournament and five-point days vs. Penn State, Michigan, Loyola in the ECAC tournament and Towson in the NCAA tourney. King has played in 32 games in his Buckeye career, starting 31, and has 48 goals, 32 assists and 80 points for the Scarlet and Gray.
A First Team All-ECAC selection in his first year playing close defense for the Buckeyes, Meurer, from Towson, Md., led Ohio State with 18 caused turnovers. He and the Buckeye defense rank 15th in the NCAA, allowing 8.82 goals a game and allowed nine or fewer tallies in 12 outings. Meurer had 35 groundballs, including four vs. Cornell in the NCAA tournament and Penn State and three in five outings. In his career, Meurer has played in 47 games and has 90 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers. He is an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
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