COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Four members of Ohio State's senior class have been elected team captains for the 2017-18 season, head coach Nick Myers announced today.
"All four of these men exemplify what it means to be a Buckeye, in every aspect of their lives," said Myers. "They do the right things on and off the field and are a great example of the culture that we've worked very hard to create. I know they'll be great captains and as a staff we're excited to work alongside them towards our team goals."
The foursome has combined to play in 187 career games with 101 starts. They've also all been OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten selections.
Kelly, a redshirt senior from Towson, Md., saw action in 20 of 21 games last year and finished with 10 points (seven goals, three assists). At the Final Four last May, he had two caused turnovers in the national semifinals against Towson and a caused turnover in the national championship game vs. Maryland. In 2015, as a sophomore, he started 11 times and had a career-high 12 goals, eight assists and 20 points to earn the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player award. Kelly in an insurance major in Ohio State's Fisher College of Business.
Chell, from Bel Air, Md., put up the best offensive numbers of his career last season, registering 21 goals, 12 assists and 33 points. A force on the Buckeyes' man-up unit, Chell scored five times in those situations to rank seventh nationally. He also ended the season with 20 points in the final 13 games combined, with a point in all but three contests during the stretch. He has at least 20 points in each of his three seasons and 79 (57 goals, 22 assists) in his career. Chell is majoring in logistics management in the Fisher College of Business.
Evans, a native of Baldwin, Md., has played in and started all 41 games of his career heading entering his senior season. On defense, he helped the Buckeyes rank first in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to 8.38 goals per game. Evans had 28 groundballs and team-high 16 caused turnovers in 2017, including three groundballs in NCAA semifinals vs. Towson March 27 and a career-high four groundballs and a caused turnover vs. Johns Hopkins April 9. In an 8-7 win over UMass on Feb. 18, Evans forced a turnover in the final 20 seconds and scooped up the groundball to preserve the one-goal victory. Evans is majoring in sport industry and is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Lori, from Hudson, Ohio, saw action in 19 games last year with 12 groundballs and an assist in the NCAA semifinals vs. Towson. Since joining the Buckeyes prior to the 2016 season, Lori has played in 34 games with 20 groundballs, three caused turnovers and two goals. In the classroom, he has twice been an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice while majoring in sport industry.
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