COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen student-athletes will enroll at Ohio State and join the Buckeye lacrosse program in Fall 2010, Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, announced. The class is comprised of four attackmen, four midfielders, four defensemen and one goalie who hail from 10 states including Ohio, Maryland, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The group, which was ranked eighth by Inside Lacrosse in their annual recruiting rankings, features eight high school All-Americans and three Under Armour Lacrosse Classic participants.
“We are excited about a dynamic group of young men who will arrive in Columbus next month,” Myers, who is entering his third year at the helm, said. “I am proud of my staff for their effort in assembling a well-balanced class. We are confident this group will compete as hard in the classroom as they do on the playing field. The 2011 class is unique in that it represents 10 different states and truly speaks to the growth of our game across the country. We are confident they will immediately make our family stronger upon arrival this fall.”
Defense – 6-1, 170
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
High School Coach – Mike Thornton
Bowling was a four-year starter with Holy Innocents. He was an All-American and earned first team all-state honors as both a junior and senior. A team captain, Bowling was the only player from Georgia selected for the U.S. Lacrosse High School Showcase in Orlando. He was a two-time winner of Holy Innocents’ Most Valuable Defenseman award and had 92 groundballs in 2010.
Goalie – 6-1, 195
Calvert Hall College
High School Coach – Bryan Kelly
Dutton, who posted a .674 save percentage and averaged 12.4 saves a contest in his senior season, was named a high school All-American from both US Lacrosse and Under Armour. A team captain, Dutton was also selected to the first team All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Baltimore Sun all-metro teams. Dutton, a three-year starter, was the Defensive MVP of the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game, won the Tim Wynne Award given to the outstanding goalie in Maryland and was a finalist for the state player of the year award. He participated in the prestigious Under Armour Lacrosse Classic in July.
Attack – 5-10, 175
High School Coach – Andy Hilgartner
A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, Frederick earned a spot on the All-MIAA and all-metro first team after helping lead the McDonogh Eagles to the conference semifinals. A co-captain as a senior, he was one of 11 players named to the Boy’s 2010 All-Tewaaraton High School Team and was named a 2010 Under Armour All-American. Frederick, who participated in the Under Armour Lacrosse Classic in July, led McDonogh in points his sophomore and senior seasons, with 32 goals and 31 assists in 2010.
Midfield – 6-3, 185
Upper Arlington, Ohio
Upper Arlington High School
High School Coach – Ted Wolford
A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter, Hardesty was named an All-American and first team All-Midwest, All-Ohio, All-Region and All-OCC as a senior in 2010. As captain, Hardesty helped lead Upper Arlington to a 2010 state championship, his second title and the Golden Bears’ sixth in the last seven years. Hardesty was also named the Ohio Specialty Position (LSM) Player of the Year and was selected to the National Senior Showcase.
Defense – 6-1, 195
St. Charles, Ill.
St. Charles North
High School Coach – Andy Thompson
Imbordino was named first team all-conference and second team all-state his senior season. A team captain, he was also honored as the Saints’ Most Valuable Player. Imbordino was an all-conference selection in 2008 and played in the 2009 All-Star game at Peak 200, Battle of the Hotbeds and Top 205.
Attack – 6-1, 180
High School Coach – Bo Turner
Italiano was named a 2010 All-American and first team all-state and all-conference for the second consecutive year after a 50 goals and 34 assists senior season. A two-time team captain, Italiano was also named the 2010 Charlotte Player of the Year and the Cougars’ Most Valuable Player his final season. He was a member of back to back state championship teams in 2008 and 2009.
Midfield – 5-8, 165
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
High School Coach – Phil Chang
A four-year starter and face-off specialist, the two-time team captain was named all-league for the third consecutive season and won the 2010 George Kruse Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the Suburban One League as a senior. The 2010 Colonials’ Most Valuable Player, Kaplan led the team in groundballs all four years, led the team in assists his senior year, and finished his final campaign with an 88 percent face-off winning percentage. Kaplan holds the school record for groundballs in a game, season and career.
Midfield – 6-2, 187
Coach – Garrett Bamann
Northern Burlington Regional High School
High School Coach – Brian Wolchok
Knezick was named first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state in 2009 while competing for Northern Burlington, the 2008 state champs. The 2009 team captain and offensive player of the year was selected to the all-star teams at the Peak 200 and Blue Chip 225 camps. A faceoff specialist, he placed first at the 2009 National Faceoff Championship. Knezick, who had 63 goals and 57 assists in his scholastic career, completed a postgraduate year at Bridgton Academy in 2009-10.
Attack – 6-0, 180
High School Coach – Andy Gruber
Coach – Chris Burchfield
The two-time All-American was named first team All-state in 2008 and 2009 and second team all-state in 2007. McGinnis, who finished his high school career with 218 goals and 86 assists, led Indiana in goals and assists as both a junior and senior and was the 2008 ICC Player of the Year. As team captain in 2009, McGinnis was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He completed a postgraduate year at the Hotchkiss School before joining the Buckeyes for the upcoming year.
Defense – 5-11, 180
High School Coach – Andy Hilgartner
Meurer was the winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award as the best player in the state of Maryland. A U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American, he earned a spot on the All-MIAA and all-metro first team and was named the Towson Times Player of the Year. Meurer, who competed in the Under Armour Lacrosse Classic, was one of 11 players named to the Boy’s 2010 All-Tewaaraton High School Team. He had 104 groundballs as a senior and also chipped in five goals and two assists.
Defense – 5-11, 185
Fort Collins, Colo.
Fort Collins High School
High School Coach – Carey Smith
A four-year starter and team captain, Newman was a 2010 All-American and All-Colorado selection and was voted first team all-state and all-conference for the second consecutive year. The school record holder for most career starts, he helped lead Fort Collins to the 2007 Colorado State Championship and a spot in the 2008 state finals. Newman, who played on Colorado’s Under-19 team and was named to the Under Armour Midwest team in 2009, was also a three-time Academic all-state selection.
Midfield – 6-0, 195
Thomas Worthington High School
High School Coach – John Galipault Jr.
A three-time All-Midwest selection, Sharick was a 2010 All-American and was also named first team All-OCC and All-Ohio. The three-year starter served as a team captain and received the Cardinals’ Best Senior Award. Sharick finished his high school career with 112 goals and 85 assists.
Attack – 5-10, 170
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Penn Yan Academy
High School Coach – Brian Hobart
A four-year starter, Trombley was a first team all-league selection and the Section Five Tournament Most Valuable Player. A member of three sectional champion teams, he was also named to the Section Five All-Tournament Team. Trombley finished with 121 goals and 198 assists in his high school career and won a national championship with Rochester Team Adidas in 2009.