May 11, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior midfielder Tom Randisi earned First Team All-Great Western Lacrosse League honors, while junior midfielder Andrew Bender and junior defenseman Brian Yontz were second team all-conference selections, the league announced Wednesday.

Randisi, from Towson, Md. (Calvert Hall), was a second-team all-conference choice the last two seasons. He is one of just eight Buckeyes to earn All-GWLL honors three times in his career. A two-time captain for the Buckeyes, he started all 14 games for Ohio State this season, posting nine goals and a career-best 11 assists for 20 points. He had at least a point in 10-of-13 games, including a season-high three assists and four points at Duke April 2. Randisi ended his career with 52 goals, 28 assists and 80 points while starting 57-of-58 games as a Buckeye. He will be a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as a marketing major.

Bender, a Wooster, Ohio, native (Wooster H.S.) led the Buckeyes with a career-best 14 assists this season and was third on the team with a career-high 23 points while playing in all 14 games. He had at least a point in all but two games and had at least one assist in nine outings. He posted a career-best four assists at Denver April 22, followed by a four-point (2-2) game at Air Force April 24. Bender has played in 44 games at Ohio State, with 22-17-39 totals and 91 groundballs. A finance major, Bender will receive Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors for the third time in his career and Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second time this year.

Yontz, from Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington H.S.), started and played in all 14 games for the Buckeyes this season on defense. He had a career-high 38 groundballs and recorded his first career assists vs. Quinnipiac March 19. Yontz has played in 34 games as a Buckeye and has 53 career groundballs.