Buckeye Lacrosse Update - Golf Outing and Banquet Wrapup
Keenan Ochwat and Logan Schuss were named the team's 2012 defensive and offensive MVPs, respectively.
Sept. 21, 2012
ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing
Last Friday, 21 foursomes gathered for the ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing at the Ohio State University Golf Club. More than $9,000 was raised at the event for the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund. 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.
2012 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 2012 team and its seniors and introduce the newcomers. The 2012 award winners were honored at the event, including Offensive MVP Logan Schuss and Defensive MVP Keenan Ochwat, who were selected by their teammates.
Schuss, a junior in 2012, was named the Offensive MVP for the third year in a row after leading the squad in scoring for the third-time. He was named a USILA third team All-American in 2012, his second All-America honor after honorable mention accolades as a freshman, as well as a first team All-ECAC choice. In 2012, Schuss led the Buckeyes with 57 points, including a career-high 39 goals. He was second in the ECAC and 17th in the NCAA in points per game and was fifth in the league and 13th nationally with 2.6 goals per game.
Ochwat, who completed his career in 2012, was a leader on the Buckeye defense that ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 7.2 goals a game. He was second in the ECAC and 12th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (1.87) and led Ohio State with a career-high tying 28. A second team All-ECAC choice, he had 34 groundballs in 2012.
The recipients of The Bice Unsung Hero award, as voted by their teammates, were 2012 seniors and team captains Matt Kawamoto and Mike Smail. Kawamoto was limited to 12 games and six starts in 2012 because of injury but had 12 groundballs and three caused turnovers. Smail played in all 15 games as a senior, starting eight, and had four goals, four assists and eight points. Both earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Jesse King was the winner of the Outstanding Freshman award. A member of the inaugural ECAC All-Rookie Team, he played in all 15 games, starting 14, and was second on the team in goals (16) and points (25) while picking up 20 groundballs. King had at least one point in nine of his last 10 games.
Turner Evans and David Planning, freshmen in 2012, were named the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player award winners. Evans played in 12 games, starting five, and had eight goals, five assists and 13 points (recording all of his points in the last nine games). Planning played in 11 games and had six goals, three assists and nine points. He earned a spot on the ECAC All-Tournament Team after scoring two goals in the tourney.
Shawn Kaplan was the Groundball Award recipient after posting a team-best 39 groundballs as a sophomore in 2012. Kaplan, who also won the award as a freshman, was eighth in the ECAC with 3.57 groundballs per game and ranked sixth in the league with a .506 save percentage. He was the ECAC Specialist of the Week April 30 after winning 8-of-11 draws and scooping five groundballs in a win at Fairfield.
Two-time team captain Brock Sorensen received the Sportsmanship Award. He played in 14 games in 2012 and had a career-best 12 goals, including two gamewinners. He also received the 2012 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State men’s lacrosse.
With a program-best 19 hours volunteered in the community, Dominic Imbordino was named the winner of the team’s Community Service award. He played in all 15 games as a sophomore in 2012, starting nine, and had 13 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers. Imbordino was the leader on the Buckeye squad that combined for a program-record 700-plus community service hours in 2011-12.
Kawamoto and Mark Crawford, a junior in 2012, were named the Buckeye Power Club recipients, an award given by the strength and conditioning staff. Crawford, who played in four games in 2012, also won the award in 2011.
Tyler Frederick, a sophomore in 2012, was honored with the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award. A business: finance major, he was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten, ECAC All-Academic Team and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree. He played in all 15 games in 2012 and had seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points.
Ben Carignan, the team’s Student-Athlete Support Services counselor, was the recipient of the 2012 Alan Brady Service to Ohio State Lacrosse award. Carignan is in his sixth year as the team’s SASSO contact. The squad combined for a GPA of 3.08 in 2011-12, with 27 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes and 18 Academic All-Big Ten selections, as well as a league-high tying eight Academic All-ECAC selections.
At the banquet, Alan Brady awarded silver cups to the team’s four 2012 captains – Joe Bonanni, Kawamoto, Smail and Sorensen - on behalf of the Men’s Varsity “O” organization.
The members of the 2012 team 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 will 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.