May 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State senior defenseman Joe Bonanni and junior attackman Logan Schuss have been named third team All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), the organization announced Thursday. Both were first team All-ECAC honorees in 2012, with Schuss picking up league offensive player of the year accolades.
This is the second All-America honor for Schuss, who was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2010 (the first true freshman in Ohio State history to earn an All-America spot). Bonanni is named to the list for the first time.
Schuss and Bonanni are the fifth and sixth Ohio State players named to the USILA's first, second or third teams, joining Kevin Buchanan (second team, 2008), Greg Bice (second team, 2004), Skip Van Bourgondien (second team, 1971) and Glenn Rudy (third team, 1966).
Schuss, from Ladner, British Columbia, led the Buckeyes with 57 points, including a career-high 39 goals, in 2012. He is 13th in the NCAA in goals per game (2.6) and 17th nationally in points per game (3.8). 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 has at least one point in all 45 of his games with the Scarlet and Gray, is a three-time first team all-conference selection. He ranks fifth among all current Division I players with 3.67 points per game in his career and is 13th with 165 points, ranking third among current juniors. He will enter his senior season tied for fourth in Ohio State history in career points, tied for fifth with 102 career goals and tied for eighth with 63 career assists. Schuss, a physical education major, is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
A native of Harwood, Md., Bonanni started all 15 games for the Buckeyes in 2012 and had 33 groundballs along with 17 caused turnovers. A captain for Ohio State, he was a leader on the Buckeye defense that ranks fourth nationally and first in the ECAC in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 7.2 goals a game and is 11th in the NCAA in man-down defense (.744). A second-team all-league selection as a junior, Bonanni ended his career with 55 career games played, starting 44 of the 45 games he played over the last three seasons. He had 73 groundballs and 41 caused turnovers (committing just eight turnovers in four years) as a Buckeye and added two goals. A business: marketing major, Bonanni was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and has been an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
In all, Ohio State now has 43 All-America nods, including 16 since 2000. This is the fifth-consecutive year a Buckeye has been named to the All-America team, with four honored in 2008 (Buchanan, Joel Dalgarno, Peet Poillon and Stefan Schroder) and Dalgarno earning a spot in 2009. Schuss was an honorable mention choice in 2010 and Bonanni joins Matt Kawamoto, an honorable mention selection last season, as the first Buckeye defensemen honored since Bice in 2004. Schuss is the 11th Buckeye to earn USILA honors twice.
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