Feb. 16, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Carter Brown and Robby Haus, seniors on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, are two of 20 candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. Ohio State, which has two of the four candidates from Big Ten schools, is one of just two programs with two candidates, joining Saint Joseph’s.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Brown, an attackman from Bel Air, Md., and Haus, a defenseman and native of Lutherville, Md., both were 2016 Preseason Big Ten Players to Watch and selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft in January. They will both end their careers as three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections and four-tome Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades. In 2015 Haus was a USILA Third Team All-American and Brown was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.

This season, Brown has four points, with two goals and two assists. He now has 136 points as a Buckeye on 88 goals and 48 assists while playing in 52 games, starting 51. As a junior, he had a career-high 37 goals, 18 assists and 55 points, ranking second on the team in all three categories. Brown was the 2013 ECAC Rookie of the Year.

Haus, a 2016 team captain, has started all 52 games in his Buckeye career, with 105 groundballs and 38 caused turnovers, including five groundballs through two games this season. He was a USILA Third Team All-American in 2015, as well as an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. Last season, Haus had 31 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers when the Buckeyes were second in the Big Ten in team defense. Haus was a 2014 First Team All-ECAC pick.

The No. 11-ranked Buckeyes, 2-0 on the year, travel to Amherst, Mass., for a game vs. Massachusetts at noon Saturday. Ohio State will then return home to host UMBC at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in Ohio Stadium in a game televised by ESPNU.