June 13, 2018

Buckeyes in the NLL Update


The National Lacrosse League season came to a close on Saturday and former members of the Scarlet and Gray made their marks throughout the league.

The 2017 NLL Draft had a distinctive Ohio State feel to it, as three of the top six picks – Jake Withers (No. 2), Austin Shanks (No. 5) and Eric Fannell (No. 6) – were Buckeyes. That trio had a large hand in Rochester earning an Eastern Conference playoff berth and eventually a spot in the league finals against Saskatchewan.


ERIC FANNELL | Rochester Knighthawks
Eric Fannell was fifth on Rochester’s team in total points (37), notching 16 goals and 21 assists. In five postseason games, he had six goals, five assists and 11 points.

JAKE WITHERS | Rochester Knighthawks
Jake Withers set a NLL rookie record by winning 279 face-offs during the regular season and also finished first in the league in face-off win percentage. Additionally, his 148 ground balls during the regular season was fifth most in the league.

AUSTIN SHANKS | Rochester Knighthawks
Austin Shanks led all rookies during the regular season in goals scored (27) and added 25 assists to finish with 52 points. He continued to be effective in Rochester’s run in the NLL finals, notching nine goals and nine assists in five postseason games.

JESSE KING | Georgia Swarm
King completed his second season in the league and his 69 points (28 goals, 41 assists) helped the Georgia Swarm reach the Eastern Conference Finals. In 35 career games, King already has 146 points on 50 goals and 96 assists (4.17 points/game).

Sorensen completed his fourth season in Toronto and was third on the team with a career-high 81 ground balls. He has at least 50 ground balls in each of his five full seasons in the league and 361 total. This year, he also added 13 caused turnovers.

KEVIN BUCHANAN | New England Black Wolves
A veteran of nine NLL seasons, Buchanan surpassed the 400 career point mark this year while playing in 12 games for New England. While contributing nine goals and 17 assists, Buchanan brought his career totals to 151 goals, 253 assists and 404 points in 121 games.