COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team put a cap on its most successful year ever academically with a program-record eight Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, the conference announced today.
The Buckeyes’ honorees were: redshirt sophomore Lukas Buckley, junior Chase Bunce, senior Colin Chell, senior Freddy Freibott, senior John Kelly, senior Ben Randall, sophomore Joey Salisbury and sophomore Brendan Wallace. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must be in at least his second year on campus and earn a 3.7 or better grade-point average during the 2017-18 academic year.
“This is a testament to the hard work put in by many people, including [SASSO academic counselor] Sarah Pergine, [assistant coach] Travis Crane and most especially the young men in our program,” said head coach Nick Myers. “The culture of academic achievement has never been better and I know it will continue moving forward.”
For Randall, who was also a first-team All-American on defense, he completes an impressive trifecta as an Academic All-Big Ten, USILA Scholar All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. On the field, he tied for the team lead with 15 caused turnovers and anchored a unit that allowed a conference-leading 8.60 goals per game. He is on schedule to graduate in December with a degree in finance and is currently playing professionally for the Ohio Machine.
Buckley and Freibott are now both two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. Freibott, who played in all 15 games, was second on the team with 43 ground balls and graduated in May with a degree is history. Buckley scored seven goals and added five assists. He’s a finance major in the Fisher College of Business.
Chell and Kelly – both captains and Senior CLASS Awards candidates – also closed out their respective collegiate careers in 2018. Chell graduated with a logistics operations degree from the Fisher College of Business and had 20 points on 13 goals and seven assists. Over the final three games of the season, he scored six times and handed out three assists. Kelly earned degrees in insurance and marketing. A four-year starter, he played in 64 career games.
Bunce, Wallace and Salisbury are all members of the Buckeyes defense. Bunce is from San Jose, Calif. and majoring in accounting, Wallace is a Herndon, Va. native and political science major while Salisbury hails from Damascus, Md. and is also a finance major.
As a team, Ohio State finished the 2017-18 academic year with a 3.335 cumulative GPA and had program records for number of OSU Scholar-Athletes, Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. It also added two more USILA Scholar All-Americans, bringing its total for 14 honorees over the last seven years.
2017-18 ACADEMICS BY THE NUMBERS
|3.335||Ohio State’s cumulative GPA for the 2017-18 academic year|
|8||Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, the most of any Big Ten men’s lacrosse program|
|6||Consecutive semesters that the Buckeyes have had a higher GPA than the previous semester|
|34||Student-athletes who had a 3.0 or better GPA in the spring semester|
|4||Student-athletes who had a perfect 4.0 G3.PA last spring|
|25||Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the most of any men’s lacrosse program|
|36||OSU Scholar-Athletes, a program record|
|2||USILA Scholar All-Americans (Erik Evans, Ben Randall)|