COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State men's lacrosse program had an outstanding year in the classroom and in the community in 2015-16.
Academically, the Buckeyes had one of the most successful years in recent history, with 32 student-athletes posting a 3.0 or better grade point average during the spring semester, helping the team to a 3.136 gpa for the spring. For the year, the squad combined for a 3.066 gpa.
At spring commencement, six 2016 seniors earned their degrees -- Carter Brown (finance), Jarret Hassfeld (family resource management), Robby Haus (finance), Ryan Hunter (communication), Chris Mahoney (family resource management) and Tyler Pfister (communication).
Wednesday, 14 Buckeyes were named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and be in at least their second year at their current school. The Buckeyes lauded were Lucas Bailey, Brendan Barger, Brown, Colin Chell, Erik Evans, Freddy Freibott, Haus, Trevor Hodgins, Kacy Kapinos, Pfister, Austin Seiple, Matthew Smidt, Brian Ward and Jake Withers.
At the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner in late March, 24 members of the program were recognized. Bailey, Barger, Noah Best, Matt Borges, Brown, Lukas Buckley, Chase Bunce, Chell, Evans, Eric Fannell, Freibott, Haus, Hodgins, Kapinos, John Kelly, Carter Kistler, Brian Lang, Bo Lori, Logan Maccani, Pfister, Seiple, Smidt, Cullen Sowder and Withers were all honored.
The Buckeyes had an impact in the community, volunteering more than 300 hours to numerous organizations.
Among the organizations the Buckeyes worked with were:
2nd and 7 Foundation
Children's Hunger Alliance
Buckeye Blanket Bash
Are You Fit as a Buckeye
Ronald McDonald House
Thank U Thon
Life Care Alliance
New Albany LAX Jam
Upper Arlington LAX Clinic
The Future is Bright