Dec. 23, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five alumni of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have earned a spot on National Lacrosse League active rosters as the season nears. Brock Sorensen and NLL rookie Turner Evans are both with the Toronto Rock, Logan Schuss plays for the Vancouver Stealth, Kevin Buchanan is a member of the New England Black Wolves and Jesse King begins his NLL career with the Georgia Swarm.
Sorensen, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, marks his fourth year in the NLL in 2016. He played his first two seasons with Minnesota before spending 2015 with Toronto. He has played in 52 games in his NLL career, with 20 goals, 11 assists and 31 points, along with 197 loose balls and 42 caused turnovers. A Buckeye from 2009-12, Sorensen played in 57 games for the Scarlet and Gray and had 22 goals and three assists for 25 points, picking up 59 groundballs and causing 19 turnovers. He was a two-time team captain and earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Evans was selected in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Rock. He played in 59 games for the Scarlet and Gray from 2012-15 and ended his career with 97 points, on 54 goals and 43 assists. A 2014 First Team All-ECAC selection, he was honored as a USILA Scholar All-American in 2015. Evans was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Schuss, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NLL draft, played in 27 games for Minnesota in 2014 and ’15 before he was traded to Vancouver midway through last season. In 2014 Schuss was named the NLL Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team after posting 73 points (36g, 37a) in 18 games for the Minnesota Swarm. He has seen action in 34 NLL games, picking up 139 points on 58 goals and 81 assists. Schuss, a two-time ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and four-time all-conference selection, is Ohio State’s all-time leading goal scorer (146) and ranks second in program history with 237 points. A three-time All-American, including second team accolades in 2013 and a spot on the third team in 2012, Schuss was a USILA Scholar All-American and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Buchanan, who was a first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in the 2008 NLL draft, has played in 74 NLL games, posting 242 points, including 93 goals and 149 assists. He is in his second year with New England and has also spent time with Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston and Minnesota. A team captain for Team USA at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, Buchanan also competed for Team USA at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The 2008 Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Year and a second team All-American, Buchanan ended his career second all-time in scoring at Ohio State with 175 points, ranking fourth with 78 career assists and ninth with 97 career goals. Buchanan was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
King was selected third overall in the 2015 NLL draft by the Swarm. He ended his career fourth in Ohio State history with 208 points and 119 goals and fifth with 89 assists. He was a three-time USILA All-American, earning third team honors in both 2014 and ‘15 and honorable mention accolades in 2013. As a senior in 2015 King had a team-best and career-high 47 goals, 35 assists and 77 points, the most for a Buckeye since 1979 and the fourth-most in program history, and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.
The Georgia Swarm open their year Jan. 1, while Toronto begins its campaign against Georgia Jan. 9. Vancouver and New England will meet Jan. 9 to begin their 2016 slates.