Dec. 5, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Look around at any roster of teams in both Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and you’re bound to find two prominent colors: Scarlet and Gray.
The Buckeyes have produced a large number of professional players during the tenure of head coach Nick Myers. In fact, the Buckeyes had 10 players taken in the Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League drafts this past year, the most of any school in the country. The Buckeyes had a program-best six players drafted taken in the 2017 MLL Draft, tied for the most of any program nationwide.
For the first time ever, the first round of this year’s NLL Draft saw three of the first six picks come from the same school: No. 2 Jake Withers, No. 5 Austin Shanks and No. 6 Eric Fannell. All three were taken by the Rochester Knighthawks.
Ohio State also can claim the distinctions of having players taken No. 1 overall (Logan Schuss), No. 2 (Withers, Brock Sorenson), No. 3 (Jesse King), No. 5 (Shanks) and No. 6 (Fannell). The four overall selections ties a program record (Ohio State also had four picks in in 2008).
“Ohio State taught me about leadership, accountability, commitment, and excellence,” said Schuss, the 2014 NLL Rookie of the Year who plays for the Vancouver Stealth. “Those are all things that I continue to take pride in now that I’ve reached the professional level. By doing so, it has allowed me to reach and continue to develop my highest potential. For that, I am very grateful to have had the coaching and support staff of the greatest university in the world.”
“Ohio State not only made me a better lacrosse player, but it made me a better man,” said King, a member of the NLL champion Georgia Swarm. “The culture and environment that Coach Myers and his staff has created at Ohio State prepared me tremendously for the professional lacrosse game. I would not be where I am today without them, and for that, I am thankful.”
Sorenson was the No. 2 overall pick of the Minnesota Swarm in 2012, making his the highest drafted Buckeye up to that point. He was a two-time team captain during his time with the Buckeyes.
“I am forever grateful for The Ohio State University and the lacrosse program,” said Sorenson. “There is no better place for a student-athlete to grow and develop as a young person – top notch education, great leaders/coaches and a world class athletic program. Coach Myers and the OSU lacrosse program gave me the tools and confidence to allow me to succeed in lacrosse at the next level.”
In Major League Lacrosse, nine former Buckeyes were on active rosters last season – including two (Dominique Alexander and Tyler Pfister) that helped the Ohio Machine win the franchise’s first-ever league title.