COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Erik Evans and Ben Randall earned USILA All-American honors on Thursday, they continued the long Buckeye tradition of producing some of the nation’s top defenders.
The Buckeyes have had at least one close defensemen be named to an All-America team for eight consecutive seasons. In that time, three players – Randall (2017, 2018), Robby Haus (2015, 2016) and Joe Meurer (2013, 2014) – have earned the honor in back to back seasons. In all, six defensemen have earned nine All-America honors since 2009. Randall, an Ohio native, also has the distinction of being the first first-team All-American in program history.
This season, Ohio State was one of just five programs nationally to have multiple close defensemen make one of the USILA All-America teams.
Not coincidently, the results on the field have been noteworthy. In both 2017 and 2018, the Buckeyes led the Big Ten in scoring defense. This past spring, they allowed just 8.52 goals/game just one season after giving up 8.38 per game. In the final four games of the 2018 season – all against ranked opponents – Ohio State’s defense surrendered just 7.00 goals per game.