January 5, 2022

Buckeyes Continue Their Success in the Classroom


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many things on Ohio State’s campus looked normal this fall. Students were back in classrooms and fans were back in Ohio Stadium. And when it came to the men’s lacrosse program, its student-athletes once again raised the bar of academic excellence.

The Buckeyes attacked the 2021-22 school year the same way they do everything else: with relentless effort and accountability. The result was an overall team grade-point average of 3.55 for the semester and continues a trend that’s seen the team have a GPA over 3.20 for 11 consecutive semesters.

“We’ve recruited great students who have done a fantastic job of utilizing the many resources Ohio State has to offer,” said head coach Nick Myers. “A great deal of credit goes to Kaitlin Davis, Senior Academic Counselor, and Coach Lewis for maintaining a great structure for our men. At the end of the day, the most credit goes to our players.”

Ten members of the freshmen class, the newest class of Buckeyes who had not only a college workload to adjust to but also a brand new campus experience, finished with grade-point averages of 3.5 or better: Ari Allen, Henry Blake, Dante Bowen, Taji Flynn, Danny Garone, James Gurr, Owen Heinecke, Alex Marinier, Matt Mercer and Ed Shean.

Four of those 10 freshmen were also part of a group that had perfect 4.0 GPAs last fall: Bowen, Flynn, Mercer, Garone, Connor Mitchell and Drew Blanchard.

Finally, a significant new record was also established this fall. The Buckeyes had 47 players with a 3.0 or better GPA to qualify for OSU Scholar-Athlete honors. The previous record was 45, set in the fall 2020 semester.