Buckeyes Competing for National Team Spots
Oct. 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jesse King, a junior on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, and Buckeye alum Logan Schuss (2010-13) will participate in a Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) selection camp this weekend, vying for a spot on the Canadian National Men’s Field Lacrosse Team. The camp will be held Friday through Monday in Buffalo, N.Y., and includes 51 players who were selected from a pool of 97 who submitted tryout applications. The players who make the roster will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.
Buckeye alums Anthony Kelly (2000-03) and Kevin Buchanan (2005-08) both are among the 52 players still competing for a spot on the U.S. Men’s National Team. After a 94-player tryout camp in early September, 52 were named to the U.S. Men’s National Team training roster. Kelly and Buchanan joined Team USA in the Play for Parkinson’s event last weekend and have sessions Jan. 10-12 at the US Lacrosse Convention and Jan. 24-26 at the Champion Challenge. US Lacrosse also has training weekends in October and December scheduled to help set the final roster.
King, a midfielder from Victoria, British Columbia, is one of eight current collegiate players invited to the Team Canada camp. He was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American and first team All-ECAC selection as a sophomore in 2013 after recording a career-high 32 goals, 23 assists and 55 points. In 32 games as a Buckeye, King has 48 goals, 32 assists and 80 points. King was a member of the Team Canada squad that captured the silver medal at the 2012 Under-19 World Championship and was named to the All-World Team.
Schuss, an attackman, completed his Ohio State career in 2013 as the program’s all-time leading goal scorer (146) and is second all-time in points (237). He was the first Buckeye to earn first team all-conference honors four times, was a two-time ECAC Player of the Year and earned All-America honors three times, including a second-team spot as a senior. Schuss was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NLL Draft and will begin his career with the Minnesota Swarm in December. He was the MLL Ohio Machine Rookie of the Year, the runner-up for league rookie of the year honors, and ranked 15th in the MLL in points (35) and ninth in goals (28) in his first season as a pro.
Kelly, a faceoff specialist, holds the MLL record for career faceoff attempts (2,443) and wins (1,240) and is a four-time MLL all-star. He played for the regular-season champion Denver Outlaws in 2013, earning a spot in the all-star game and ranking third in the league with a .551 faceoff win percentage. Kelly has also spent time in the NLL. At Ohio State, Kelly was a four-time winner of the groundball award and a team captain.
Midfielder Buchanan is a two-time MLL all-star, including in 2013, and has spent the last four years with the Boston Cannons, winning the league championship in 2011. Buchanan also plays for the Philadelphia Wings in the NLL, netting 54 points in 16 games in 2013. With the Buckeyes, Buchanan was the 2008 GWLL Player of the Year and earned second team All-America honors. He ended his career with 175 points, the most for a Buckeye in nearly 30 years.