Sept. 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Logan Schuss, the first three-time USILA All-American in Ohio State men's lacrosse history, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft Monday. Dominique Alexander, a 2013 honorable mention All-American, was selected in the fifth round (No. 39 overall) of the draft. Both Schuss and Alexander were drafted by the Minnesota Swarm, who chose former Buckeye Brock Sorensen with the No. 2 pick overall in 2012.
Schuss is the first Ohio State men's lacrosse product to be the No. 1 draft pick in a professional lacrosse league draft. Including Schuss and Alexander, Ohio State has now had 11 Buckeyes selected in the NLL Entry Draft, including five first-round picks. In the first round, Sorensen was No. 2 overall by Minnesota in 2012, Joel Dalgarno was No. 7 by Toronto in 2009, Kevin Buchanan was drafted No. 11 by Minnesota in 2008 and Gary Bining was selected 13th by Colorado in 2006. Other Buckeyes drafted include Ricky Pages, a fourth-round choice by Minnesota in 2008 and Pat Myers, who was selected in the seventh round by Colorado in 2003. Josh Funk (second round) and Steve McKinlay (fourth round) both were drafted by Chicago in 2008.
The Swarm is excited about the qualities Schuss, a native of Ladner, British Columbia, brings to the organization.
"First of all, we're excited to draft the number one overall pick for the first time in Swarm history and even more excited that a player of Logan's caliber and character was available to us," John Arlotta, Swarm owner and governor, said. "We're looking forward to having him bring his scoring capabilities to an already young and potent offense. In watching him play at Ohio State this year, we came to understand that Logan was not only a great scorer, but was also a great leader on their team. We're hoping that both his scoring and leadership abilities will help us get to the next level as a team."
Schuss eagerly anticipates joining the Swarm.
"It's been a lifelong goal of mine to play in the NLL and now that it has become a reality i can't wait to get to work with the Minnesota Swarm," Schuss said. "I could not be more thankful to all of my family, friends and everyone at Ohio State who have always been there for me and who have helped achieve this dream of mine."
Schuss closed his career as Ohio State's all-time leading goal scorer (146) and ranked second in program history with 237 points, netting at least one point in all 62 career games. A two-time ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, he was the first Buckeye to earn first team all-conference honors four times. Schuss was a USILA Second Team All-American in 2013 when he led the squad in scoring for the fourth time, posting a team-best and career-high 44 goals, 28 assists and 72 points. He was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman in 2010 when he was the league rookie of the year and earned third team All-America accolades in 2012. Schuss, who is completing his degree in physical education teacher education, was a USILA Scholar All-American and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
"I'm very excited and looking forward to the opportunity to play for the Swarm," Alexander, from Baldwin, N.Y., said. "It's a huge bonus when you get drafted to the same team as one of your best friends. I want to thank my family, friends and everyone at Ohio State who has helped me get here."
A team co-captain, Alexander played a variety of roles for the NCAA quarterfinalist Buckeyes in 2013 - first line midfielder and short stick defensive middie (including on man-down defense) and took wings on faceoffs, and earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors. Alexander started all 17 games and had nine goals and a career-best 20 assists and 29 points, along with 28 groundballs, as the Buckeyes claimed the ECAC tournament title. Alexander played in 62 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with 47 goals, 48 assists and 95 points. A USILA Scholar All-American who is completing his degree requirements in physical education teacher education, Alexander was an ECAC All-Academic Team pick and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
The Future is Bright