Sept. 8, 2015

This fall, 13 freshmen have joined the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program. The class features players from six states, with four from New York, three from Ohio, two each from Massachusetts and Minnesota and one from both Alabama and Virginia.

The group includes attackmen Jack Jasinski and Lukas Buckley, midfielders Brandon Barker, Noah Best, Carter Kistler, Brian Lang, Logan Maccani, Alex Morris and Cullen Sowder, defensemen Matt Borges, Hunter Marston and Mike Viera and goalie Willie Klan.

“We are extremely excited to welcome these men to campus,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “They each bring something special to our program. We have been able to find some of the best players, from both traditional and non-traditional areas, that will help fill our needs throughout our roster. No matter where they are from, these men understand what it means to be a Buckeye and be a part of The Ohio State University.”

Brandon Barker
M, 6-1, 205
Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon

Selected for 50-player training pool for 2016 U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 Team …Four-year letterwinner for the Panthers … four-time all-league player, including three first team selections … First Team All-Section V in 2014 and 2015 … All-American … Team MVP as a senior … earned Section V All-Tournament Team accolades three times … team won the Section V Class A title … played in the New York state semifinals … All-Greater Rochester selection in 2015 … played for Sweetlax club program … also played football and was the Section V Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, earning second team all-state honors as a senior and fourth team all-state accolades as a junior.

Barker on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose to attend Ohio State and play lacrosse because of the academics, great coaching staff and being part of Big Ten Lacrosse. I knew I wanted to go there the instant I stepped on campus.”

Noah Best
M, 6-1, 190
Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales

Four-year letterwinner for the Knights … 2015 Ohio Division II Player of the Year … All-American … earned first team all-league, district and state honors in both 2014 and 2015 … also a letterwinner in basketball and cross country.

Best on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State because of its rich tradition, not only in athletics, but in academics, environment, camaraderie and Buckeye pride. Ohio State is unique because, although it is one of the largest schools in the country, it has a tightly bound community of students and alumni.”

Matt Borges
D, 5-11, 180
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City

One of 30 players on training roster for 2016 U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 Team … four-year letterwinner for the Trojans … All-American … two-time all-county honoree … earned Most Outstanding Defenseman honor and served as team captain in 2015 … played for FLG club program … also a two-year letterwinner in both football and ice hockey … team won 2015 conference championship … earned football defensive MVP honors in 2014.

Borges on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State for a few reasons. I immediately saw the passion Coach Myers and his staff had for the players, which makes it so much more than a team, it’s a family. I also fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere as a whole the first time I got out there. It’s truly something special to be a part of. Ohio State will give me the opportunity to succeed on and off the field.”

Lukas Buckley
A, 6-1, 185
Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Brothers

Four-year starter for the Hawks … squad won 2013 Division I State Championship; scored the overtime winner to send the team to the state championship … served as team captain as a senior … member of three conference championship squads … 58 goals and 40 assists as a junior en route to all-conference honors … 15 goals and 55 assists as a sophomore … played for Fighting Clams club program.

Buckley on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State because of the academic reputation, athletic tradition and connection I felt with the coaching staff. It felt like home the minute I stepped on campus.”

Jack Jasinski
A, 5-7, 155
Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain

One of 30 players on training roster for 2016 U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 Team … three-time first team all-state honoree … All-American … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Team selection and MVP … played for 3D Lacrosse club program.

Jasinski on why he chose Ohio State:
“When I first started talking to Ohio State I felt that the coaching staff had my best interest; even if I hadn’t come I felt they wanted to help in any way possible. Once I did get on campus I knew then Ohio State was where I wanted to be. With my mom being from Ohio and my dad going to college there, I just felt at home. Adding in the Buckeye coaching staff, it was a perfect match for me.”

Carter Kistler
M/FO, 5-10, 195
Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Academy

Four-year letterwinner for the Vikings … two-time all-state selection, including first team honors in 2014 … earned first team all-region honors as a junior and senior and second team accolades as a sophomore … played for Resolute Club program … also a four-year letterwinner for the golf team; squad won state championship in 2014 after two runner-up finishes … first team all-state selection in 2013 and an honorable mention choice in 2012, earned All-MSL honors three times.

Kistler on why he chose Ohio State:
“The reason I chose Ohio State is because I never thought I would be going to any other school. Going to OSU is the dream for a kid from Columbus and having grown up seeing the university in action made it a really easy decision.”

Willie Klan
G, 6-0, 170
Rochester, N.Y./Penfield

One of 30 players on training roster for 2016 U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 Team … four-year letterwinner for the Patriots … 2015 Monroe County D1 Player of the Year and first team all-county … All-American in 2015 … earned first team all-league honors in 2013 and second team accolades in 2014 … played in UA Senior Game … Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Super 16 team as a senior … played for Sweetlax club program.

Klan on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State because of the wide variety of academic opportunities, the great facilities and the Big Ten atmosphere. Coach Myers and his staff showed me what it meant to be a Buckeye. After my visits, I knew Ohio State was the school I wanted to attend and where I wanted to play lacrosse.”

Brian Lang
M, 6-0, 195
Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville

Two-time letterwinnner for the Comets at Hicksville High School, began high school career at Holy Trinity … All-Nassau County honoree as both a junior and senior … Second Team All-Long Island selection in 2015 … Team MVP in 2015 after recording 63 points on 41 goals and 22 assists and winning 65 percent of his faceoffs … had 106 goals and 48 assists in high school career … played for FLG Lacrosse club team … also played football.

Lang on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose to be a Buckeye because there is no other school like Ohio State in the world. The first time I stepped foot on campus and met the coaches they gave me such good vibes I knew it was the perfect fit for me. The experience of being a student-athlete here is unlike any other and it will set me up for success not only with athletics, but in the classroom and in the future after college.”

Logan Maccani
M, 5-10, 180
Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View

Four-year letterwinner for the Mustangs, earning Team MVP award three times … received All-Suburban East Conference accolades three times … two-time all-section honoree … named all-state as a junior … led squad in scoring three times … played for Minnesota Loons club program … also played football, earning conference defensive player of the year, all-state, all-section and all-conference accolades.

Maccani on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State not only for its very competitive and successful lacrosse program, but because I know I will be receiving a top notch quality education and will be making a network of connections. Through the lacrosse program’s success, the wonderful coaches, grade A athletic facilities and great academics, I knew Ohio State was the right choice.”

Hunter Marston
D, 6-1, 190
Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury

Three-year letterwinner for the Dragons … team captain as a senior … Patriot League MVP and a conference all-star … Boston Globe All-Star … team Defensive MVP… Boston Herald and Patriot League All-Scholastic … First Team All-American … played for Laxachusetts club program … also a three-year letterwinner in football, earning Patriot League All-Star accolades and serving as a team captain.

Marston on why he became a Buckeye:
“I knew I wanted to be a Buckeye the minute I stepped onto campus. Touring the school I kept thinking how amazing everything was and I felt very comfortable with the coaches and knew I would be happy being a part of the Buckeye Family. To play in the Big Ten will be a chance of a lifetime and I am very grateful for this opportunity.”

Alex Morris
M, 6-2, 190
McLean, Va./McLean

Four-year letterwinner for the Highlanders … 2015 US Lacrosse All-American … 83 points, with 61 goals and 21 assists, as a senior … 162 goals and 63 assists for school-record 225 career points … team captain as a senior … four-time All-Liberty Conference selection, with three first team honors … conference player of the year and first team all-state in 2015 … two-time first team all-region … All-Met honorable mention as a junior and second team as a senior … selected Team MVP twice … played for Maryland Crabs club program … also a two-year letterwinner in swimming.

Morris on why he became a Buckeye:
“Ohio State has it all: great campus, Big Ten athletic program, public ivy academics. The coaches are all great. They really know how to support the players and the team.”

Cullen Sowder
M, 6-0, 175
Savage, Minn./Prior Lake

Five-year letterwinner for the Lakers … first team all-state and an All-American as a senior … earned all-conference accolades four times … three-time all-section recipient … team’s offensive MVP twice … earned academic all-state honors in 2014 … played for Team Minnesota club program … also played football and was an honorable mention all-conference player and earned academic all-state accolades.

Sowder on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State not only because of the world class athletics, but also the highly sought after academics to set me on the right career path I want to take for the rest of my life. The coaching staff and team make you feel a part of everything even before you officially arrive on campus and the amazing athletic facilities are incomparable.”

Mike Viera
D, 6-0, 190
Powell, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne

Four-year letterwinner for the Wolves … All-American while serving as team captain as a senior … 2015 First Team All-Ohio and All-Midwest … earned First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference honors twice … played for Resolute club program.

Viera on why he chose Ohio State:
“I chose Ohio State because I have been a fan of the University and its athletics my entire life. I had visited other schools but after watching Ohio State football blow out Nebraska in The Shoe while setting an attendance record I had already made up my mind. Ohio State just feels like home.”