Golf Outing, Alumni Game, Banquet Highlight Weekend
Logan Schuss and Joe Meurer - 2013 Offensive and Defensive MVPs
Sep 9, 2013
ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing
Last Friday, more than 80 golfers gathered for the ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing at the Ohio State University Golf Club. The tournament was sponsored by Buckeye lacrosse alums Collis and Sandy Boyce and George Limperopoulos, along with a record 28 hole sponsors. More than $9,000 was raised at the event for the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund, moving the scholarship past the $200,000 mark.
The Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund is given to a junior on the Ohio State men's lacrosse team who demonstrates the qualities of integrity and leadership. It was established after former Buckeye Dan Lindner (1986-89), lost four members of his family in a traffic accident in 2006. The scholarship honors the memory of his wife, Angela, sons Daniel P. and Aidan, and mother-in-law Dorothy Meller. Buckeye junior David Planning, from Alexandria, Va. (Gonzaga) was announced as the 2013-14 recipient of the scholarship.
The winning foursome, with a score of -15, included Dave Shelby, Tom Pabst, Scott Brewer and Rick Martini. DJ Herron was the closest to the pin champion, while Anthony Kelly picked up the longest drive crown.
Friday evening, nearly 40 Buckeye lacrosse alumni, spanning 1979-2013, gathered for the annual alumni game. It was a beautiful night for lacrosse, fellowship and fun at the Harmon Family Football Park at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. A competitive match between the scarlet and gray teams, divided by class year, ensued and the gray team, representing the even graduation years, came out the winner.
2013 Buckeyes Honored at Team Banquet
Sunday in the Ohio Stadium Recruit Room, the Ohio State men's lacrosse program held its annual banquet to celebrate the 2013 campaign and its seniors and introduce the newcomers to the Buckeye lacrosse family. The 2013 award winners were honored at the event, including Offensive MVP Logan Schuss and Defensive MVP Joe Meurer, who were selected by their teammates.
Schuss ended his Buckeye career as a four-time winner of the team's Offensive MVP award. A team co-captain, he led the squad in scoring for the fourth time, posting a team-best and career-high 44 goals, 28 assists and 72 points to pick up USILA Second Team All-America honors. He closed his career as the program's all-time leading goal scorer (146) and second in program history with 237 points, netting at least one point in all 62 career games. The USILA Scholar All-American earned first team all-conference honors for the fourth time and captured ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second-consecutive year. Schuss was the ECAC Tournament MVP and ranked first in the league with 4.24 points per game.
Meurer, a junior in 2013, started all 17 games in his first year playing close defense and earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America and First Team All-ECAC honors. He led Ohio State with 18 caused turnovers and helped the squad rank 13th nationally in goals allowed per game (8.82). The Academic All-Big Ten choice also had 35 groundballs during the year.
The recipient of The Bice Unsung Hero award, as voted by the team, was co-captain and 2013 senior Dominique Alexander. A team co-captain, Alexander 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. He earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors and was a USILA Scholar All-American. Alexander started all 17 games and had nine goals and a career-best 20 assists and 29 points, along with 28 groundballs. An ECAC All-Tournament Team selection, he ended the season on eight-game point and assist streaks. Bice presented the award to Alexander.
The Outstanding Freshman award was shared by Carter Brown and Robby Haus. Brown was the 2013 ECAC Rookie of the Year and a league all-rookie team selection after finishing third in scoring for the Buckeyes with 27 goals and 42 points, playing in all 17 games with 16 starts. He was a two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Haus, who started every game at close defense as a true freshman, was an ECAC All-Rookie Team selection and earned a spot on the ECAC All-Tournament Team. An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Haus had 34 groundballs and nine caused turnovers during the year and picked up league rookie of the week accolades.
Evan Mulchrone, a sophomore in 2013, was the recipient of the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player award. He played in 15 games during the year after not seeing game action as a freshman and had nine groundballs and four caused turnovers. Mulchrone was an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
The winner of the Groundball Award was Trey Wilkes, a senior in 2013, who had 68 groundballs during the season. He was a Second Team All-ECAC choice after ranking first in the league and 13th in the NCAA with a .580 faceoff percentage. Wilkes was a USILA Scholar All-American and ECAC All-Academic Team selection as well as a finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love ("YRL") Unsung Hero Award.
Mark Crawford, a senior during the 2013 campaign, received the Sportsmanship Award. He played in six games during the year and picked up an assist in the NCAA first-round game vs. Towson. Crawford, an Academic All-Big Ten choice, received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades after posting a grade-point average higher than 3.7 during the 2012-13 academic year. He was also named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American.
After recording a program-high 16.5 hours volunteered in the community during 2012-13, Chris Mahoney was named the winner of the team's Community Service award. A biology major who saw action in five games, Mahoney was a leader for the squad that helped in the community with efforts ranging from reading with the Second and 7 Foundation, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House and with the World War II Honor Flight and more. Mahoney was presented the award by JJ and Rudy Snider. JJ Snider was adopted by the Buckeyes through the Friends of Jaclyn Program when the 2013 seniors were freshmen and he and his family have been an important part of the program ever since. Rudy Snider addressed the banquet crowd on behalf of the Snider family.
Ryan Borcherding, a sophomore in 2013, was honored with the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award. A business: administration major, he was an Academic All-Big Ten, ECAC All-Academic Team and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree and carries the highest cumulative grade-point average among the Buckeyes.
Wilkes and Crawford were named the Buckeye Power Club recipients, an award given by the strength and conditioning staff. Crawford, won the award each of the last three years. Athlete(s) chosen must exemplify specific qualities - leadership ability, work ethic, winning attitude, attendance and above average ability to follow instructions.
At the banquet, Buckeye lacrosse alumnus Alan Brady awarded silver cups to Schuss and Alexander, the 2013 captains, on behalf of the Men's Varsity "O" organization.
The recipient of the Alan Brady Service to Buckeye Lacrosse award for 2013 was Sean Perkins, the coordinator of building services for the Les Wexner Football Complex, Woody Hayes Athletic Center, St. John Arena, French Field House and Steelwood Athletic Training Facility.
The nine members of the senior class - Alexander, Crawford, Nick Liddil, Kevin Mack, Patrick Riffee, Schuss, Patrick Toohey, Dan Wertz and Wilkes - were presented framed jerseys. All nine were Ohio State Scholar-Athletes in 2012-13, a part of 36 wins over the last four years and the first conference postseason title for the Ohio State program.
The 2013 team members received rings to commemorate the outstanding 2013-14 campaign, one of the best in program history. The squad was 13-4, recording the most wins for the team in 35 years, and was just the second Ohio State team to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Buckeyes defeated NCAA teams Loyola and Denver to claim the 2013 ECAC Tournament title and went on to down Towson in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Ohio Stadium, the first home NCAA game for the program, which received the No. 3 seed in the tourney. Academically, 22 Buckeyes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes, 18 earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, nine were named to the ECAC All-Academic Team and three received prestigious USILA Scholar All-America accolades.
The members of the 2013 team also received Golden Buckeyes for their victory over Michigan in April. Developed based on the gold pants Ohio State football players receive for beating the Wolverines, lacrosse players receive the Golden Buckeyes for winning the now-annual ECAC league game vs. Michigan. The Golden Buckeyes were made possible by the program's Golden STX Club and 11th Man Club members. Ohio State defeated Penn State in 2013 as well to claim the Creator's Trophy for the first time. Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan compete for the trophy, which is awarded to a team that defeats both of its Big Ten foes in a single season.
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