COLUMBUS, Ohio – By any measure, 2019 was a good year for Buckeye lacrosse. On the field, the Buckeyes positioned themselves to take one of the nation’s toughest schedules with a talented, experienced and hungry roster. Off the field, the academic success and community service efforts continue to set a high standard.
Here’s a look back at some of the important highlights from 2019:
Just as the men’s lacrosse program has thrived and set records on the fields over the past several seasons, its academic success has been equally as notable. The most impressive stat of all might be this one: 42 of Ohio State’s 49 players – that’s 86 percent of the roster and the most-ever in program history – finished the fall semester with a 3.0 or better grade-point average.
The freshmen class completed their first college semester with another impressive number: 13 of the 15 student-athletes had a 3.0 or better GPA and three of them – Grant Mitchell, Connor Mitchell and Jake Snyder – had perfect 4.0s. Sophomore Skylar Wahland was the fourth Buckeye to earn a 4.0 last semester.
As a team, Ohio State’s fall semester grade-point average was a 3.25. The Buckeyes have had over a 3.20 team GPA for seven consecutive semesters.
“Our culture of academic success is very strong right now and that’s a credit to a lot of people, especially [academic counselor] Sarah Pergine in SASSO, our coaching staff and most of all the men in our program,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We’ve recruited men who are excellent students from excellent families and they’ve done a great job of utilizing the many resources that Ohio State has to offer.”
When Buckeye players commit to being role models and helping to shape the experiences of those around them, it’s not just talk. During the fall semester, student-athletes spent well over 220 hours of community service doing things such as reading with 2nd and 7 Foundation, arts and crafts nights with patients at Nationwide Children’s, activities with residents at Heinzerling Foundation, served meals to the homeless at the Columbus Dream Center.
Preparing for life after Ohio State, the Outside the Crease program brought in speakers from various companies and fields to provide the young men with the necessary tools to be successful after lacrosse. Topics ranged from mental health to financial wellness, interview preparation and execution and building a brand to resume and career workshops.
ON THE FIELD
The start of the 2020 season is less than two months away. The Buckeyes are ranked in both of the preseason polls that have been released: No. 9 by Inside Lacrosse and No. 13 by US Lacrosse.
Headlining this year’s schedule is nine regular season home games, starting Feb. 4 with the season-opener vs. Detroit Mercy. Six of the nine home games are against team’s ranked in the top 20, including Penn State, Notre Dame, Denver, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and UMass.
For more information on the 2020 Buckeyes or to purchase season tickets, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com or http://go.osu.edu/mlax_tix_20