May 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Joe Bonanni and Matt Kawamoto, senior defensemen on the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, have both earned a spot on the USILA Scholar All-America team, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced. Bonanni, a business: marketing major, and Kawamoto, who will earn his degree in business: logistics management, are the first Buckeyes to be named to the prestigious team.
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 74 players honored in 2012.
A native of Harwood, Md., Bonanni is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who is expected to earn his bachelor's degree at commencement ceremonies in June. As a senior in 2012, Bonanni was a USILA Third Team All-American and a First Team All-ECAC Lacrosse League honoree. He started all 15 games for the Buckeyes and had 33 groundballs along with 17 caused turnovers. A captain for Ohio State, he was a leader on the Buckeye defense that ranked fourth nationally and first in the ECAC in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 7.2 goals a game and was 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.
Kawamoto, from Springfield, Va., is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice and a first team Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honoree who is expected to earn his degree at the end of spring quarter. A team captain for Ohio State as a senior in 2012, his playing time was limited during the year because of injury. He saw action in 12 games, starting six, and had 12 groundballs and three caused turnovers as he and the Buckeyes limited opponents to just 7.2 goals an outing to rank fourth in the NCAA. Kawamoto was an honorable mention USILA All-American as a junior when he was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team. He played in 59 games as a Buckeye, starting 39, and had 75 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers.