May 16, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Two members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Sandy Boyce (Sr., Butler, Md.) and Curtis Smith (So., Saanichton, B.C.), were named second-team All-Great Western Lacrosse League. This is the first time both Buckeyes to receive post-season honors. Boyce and Smith join 17 former Buckeyes to be named second-team All-GWLL, with the most recent–Kevin Johnson, Tim Johnson and Dave Otis–receiving the award in 1997. OSU has had 16 players named to All-GWLL first team with the most recent being former goalie Mike Abeles in 2000.
Boyce posted a career year in 2001 after recording only seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) all of last season. He led the Buckeyes in goals with 30 and dished out eight assists for 38 points. All three are career highs. The senior led the team in scoring in eight of the 14 games. He scored five goals in a game twice this season with the first coming in a 19-6 drubbing of Marist (March 4) and then again vs. Air Force (April 22) in an 11-10 victory. He ended his career with 52 goals and 17 assists for 69 points.
After a fabulous freshman season (13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points), Smith did not fall victim to a sophomore slump. He was third on the team with 25 points after recording a career-high 18 goals and handing out seven assists. He was OSU’s most accurate shooter as he found the net an astounding 18 times off 37 shots for a .486 shooting percentage. He led the team in scoring in three games this season as OSU went 2-1 during that span. After two seasons the young midfielder has 52 points and is on pace to become the first Buckeye to break the point century mark since Kevin Johnson did it in 1999.
The Buckeyes (8-6, 2-3 GWLL) concluded their season May 4 with a thrilling 8-7 win over No. 17 Cornell to end the year at No. 19 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll.