Oct. 4, 2011

The Buckeyes have had a busy few weeks. Read on for updates and photo galleries from their golf outing, alumni game and banquet.

ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing
Sept. 23, 23 foursomes gathered for the ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing at the Ohio State University Golf Club. More than $10,000 was raised at the event for the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund. The Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund is given to a junior on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team who demonstrates the qualities of integrity and leadership. It was established after former Buckeye Dan Lindner (1986-89), lost four members of his family in a traffic accident in 2006. The scholarship honors the memory of his wife, Angela, sons Daniel P. and Aidan, and mother-in-law Dorothy Meller.

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Alumni Game
Last Friday night, a group of more than 40 Ohio State men’s lacrosse alumni returned to campus for the annual Alumni Game against the current Buckeyes. After a tough battle on the indoor turf at Woody Hayes Athletic Center, all the Buckeyes gathered in the WHAC for pizza and to visit with friends new and old.

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Team Banquet
Sunday afternoon in the Ohio Stadium Recruit Room, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program held its annual banquet to celebrate the 2011 team and its seniors and introduce the newcomers. The 2011 award winners were honored at the event, including Offensive MVP Logan Schuss and Defensive MVP Keenan Ochwat.

This year, the members of the squad voted for the winners of the Offensive and Defensive MVP, Paul Hartman Most Improved, The Bice Unsung Hero and Freshman of the Year awards.

The recipients of newly-named The Bice Unsung Hero award were 2011 senior Scott Lathrop and junior Joe Bonanni. Former Buckeye All-American Greg Bice and his wife, Emily, were at the banquet to talk about the award and its meaning. Bonanni, an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recipient, was a second team All-ECAC selection and started 15 games on defense, causing seven turnovers and picking up 15 groundballs. Lathrop, a captain for the 2011 squad, appeared in 15 games and had 15 groundballs. The Academic All-Big Ten, ECAC All-Academic and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree had four points during the year, including two goals vs. Hobart on Senior Day.

Schuss, a first team All-ECAC selection as a sophomore in 2011, was named the team’s Offensive MVP for the second-consecutive year. He ranked 13th nationally with 3.12 points per game, leading the Buckeyes with 52 points and moved into 24th on all-time Ohio State leaderboard with 108 career points. Schuss, who has at least one point in each collegiate games and was the Nike Player of the Week Feb. 21 after earning five points in upset of No. 3 North Carolina, is an Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete and ECAC All-Academic Team selection.

Ochwat, a junior in 2011 when he started 14 games, was the team’s Defensive MVP, led the ECAC in caused turnovers per game with 1.87. A starter in 14 games, notched a total of 28 caused turnovers while picking up 36 groundballs.

Greg Dutton was named the team’s Outstanding Freshman. A three-time ECAC Rookie of the Week (Feb. 21, March 28 and April 11), he ranked 21st nationally and 3rd in the ECAC with a 8.36 GAA. Dutton logged 883 minutes in goal while starting 15 games, tallying 131 saves and a .516 save percentage, good for fourth in the ECAC. He also had 28 groundballs on the year.

The winners of the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player award were sophomore Pat Toohey and senior Jarred Bowman. He appeared in 14 games after playing in one game his rookie year. He scored in the win over Lehigh and was an Academic All-Big Ten, Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and ECAC All-Academic honoree.

Bowman, a 2011 Buckeye team captain as a senior, started 15 games and had 11 points, including eight goals. The ECAC Offensive Player of the Week Feb. 21 for his performance in the upset of No. 3-ranked North Carolina, he earned a season-high four points against No. 11 Massachusetts.

Bowman was also named the team’s Scholar-Athlete award winner. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, he also was an ECAC All-Academic, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recipient.

Conor David, a 2011 team captain as a senior, earned the Sportsmanship Award. He played in 15 games, causing 10 turnovers and picking up 18 groundballs. He was an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection.

Mark Crawford received the Community Service award, contributing a team-high 37 hours during his sophomore season. He played in seven games and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Freshman Shawn Kaplan won the Groundball Award after scooping a team-best 50 during the season. A two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week, he ranked eighth in the ECAC with 3.57 groundballs per game and had a.519 faceoff win percentage to rank fifth in the conference.

The winners of the Buckeye Power Club award, given by the strength and conditioning staff, were Bryce Woodson, Bowman, Crawford and Lathrop. Woodson, a team captain as a senior in 2011, played in 15 games and scored a goal in the win over the Tar Heels.

Trey Wilkes, who will be a junior in 2012, was named as the recipient of the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund. Dan Linder was at the banquet and spoke to the group about the qualities he looks for in the recipient of the scholarship named after his late wife, children and mother-in-law. The honor is bestowed to a junior every other year.

At the banquet, Brady awarded silver cups to the team’s 2011 captains – junior Brock Sorensen, Woodson, Bowman, David and Lathrop.

The recipient of the Alan Brady Service to Ohio State Lacrosse award was Leann Parker, the team’s athletics communications contact.

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