Feb. 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors attackman Carter Brown and defenseman Robby Haus and redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have been named Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch entering the 2016 season, the B1G announced Monday.

In the preseason poll, Ohio State was voted third by the league’s coaches, behind Johns Hopkins and Maryland. Penn State is fourth, followed by Michigan and Rutgers.

Brown, a Bel Air, Maryland, native and Calvert Hall alum, was a First Team All-Big Ten selection in 2015. He enters his senior season with 86 goals, 46 assists and 132 points in his career with the Scarlet and Gray. As a junior, he had a career-high 37 goals, 18 assists and 55 points, ranking second on the team in all three categories. He has played in 50 games for the Buckeyes, starting 49. Brown, who was the 2013 ECAC Rookie of the Year, is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Carey, from New Canaan, Conn., started all 19 games for the Buckeyes in 2015 in his first year playing for the squad. An Honorable Mention All-Big Ten choice, he had 11 games with 10 or more saves, including a career-high 15 in an NCAA Tournament win at Duke. A two-time Big Ten Specialist of the Week, Carey was in the Top 10 nationally in goals-against average for much of the season and ended the year with a 9.08 goals-against average.

Haus, from Lutherville, Md. and a product of Gilman, was voted to serve as a captain for the Buckeyes 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. He has started all 50 games since joining the Buckeyes as a freshman and has 100 groundballs and 38 caused turnovers in his career. Last season, Haus had 31 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers when the Buckeyes were second in the Big Ten in team defense (9.16 goals allowed per game) and held nine opponents to eight or fewer goals. Haus, who was a 2014 First Team All-ECAC pick, is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Ohio State begins the 2016 campaign Saturday with a game at Furman in Greenville, S.C. The teams will meet at noon in Paladin Stadium. The Buckeyes will open their home slate the next week when they host Detroit at noon Feb. 13 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.