Jan. 26, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defenseman Robby Haus and attackman Carter Brown, seniors on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, were both selected in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft Friday. The Florida Launch drafted Haus in the fourth round with the 29th overall pick, while Brown was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the seventh round, No. 56 overall.
“Robby and Carter have both put the work in to succeeding both in lacrosse and in the classroom,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It is always exciting when our men will be given an opportunity to continue their lacrosse careers at the next level. I know both Robby and Carter are focused on finishing their degrees and developing their games while working toward winning championships during their senior year. We look forward to them joining our alums in the pros once their time with the Scarlet and Gray is complete.”
Haus and Brown are the 11th and 12th Buckeyes selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft. Last year, Jesse King was drafted by Rochester in the first round with the sixth overall pick and David Planning was selected by the Ohio Machine in the eighth round. In 2014, defenseman Joe Meurer was a second round choice, No. 10 overall, by Florida. In 2013, Logan Schuss (second round, No. 11), Dominique Alexander (fifth round, No. 33) and Kevin Mack (eighth round, No. 57) were all drafted. Kevin Buchanan was taken in the first round, No. 5 overall, by Los Angeles in 2008. Tony Russo and Greg Bice were picked in the third and fourth rounds of the 2004 draft by Rochester and Philadelphia, respectively, while Brock Sorensen was a sixth-round choice by Hamilton in 2012.
Haus, from Lutherville, Md. and a product of Gilman, was voted to serve as a captain for the Buckeyes this season. He was a USILA Third Team All-American in 2015, as well as an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. He has started all 50 games since joining the Buckeyes as a freshman and has 100 groundballs and 38 caused turnovers in his career. Last season, Haus had 31 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers when the Buckeyes were second in the Big Ten in team defense (9.16 goals allowed per game) and held nine opponents to eight or fewer goals. Haus, who was a 2014 First Team All-ECAC pick, is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
“Getting drafted is a very humbling and exciting experience,” Haus said. “Being able to try to continue playing the game that I have grown up with my entire life is an incredible feeling. I am thankful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am and I look forward to having another opportunity to play the game that I love.”
Brown, a Bel Air, Maryland, native and Calvert Hall product, was a First Team All-Big Ten selection in 2015. He enters his senior season with 86 goals, 46 assists and 132 points in his career with the Scarlet and Gray. As a junior, he had a career-high 37 goals, 18 assists and 55 points, ranking second on the team in all three categories. He has played in 50 games for the Buckeyes, starting 49. Brown, who was the 2013 ECAC Rookie of the Year, is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
“Being selected in the MLL draft is a huge honor,” Brown said. “I am extremely fortunate and grateful that the time, work and energy put into the game I love has paid off in many ways. I want to thank all my family, coaches and fellow teammates along the way because without them this would not be possible.”
All college players drafted in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft will be eligible to play in MLL after the close of the 2016 NCAA season.