July 27, 2020

Buckeyes Finding Success in MLL and PLL Seasons


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven former Ohio State men’s lacrosse players are representing the Scarlet and Gray this summer as members of Major League Lacrosse or the Premier Lacrosse League. Two of them – Jack Jasinski and Ben Randall – had their season’s wrap up recently while five more – Dominique Alexander, Tyler Pfister, Jake Withers, Jesse King and Kevin Buchanan – are beginning their campaigns in the PLL.

Jasinski Helps Denver Reach MLL Title Game
Major League Lacrosse held its season July 18-26 in Annapolis, Md. and it concluded yesterday with Jasinski and the Denver Outlaws taking on the Boston Cannons in the championship game. While the Outlaws fell short, 13-10, Jasinski finished fourth on the team with nine points (six goals, three assists).

Ben Randall, an All-Star last year for the New York Lizards, showed why in a five-game abbreviated 2020 campaign. He led the team with 10 caused turnovers and added 21 ground balls and also had an assist.


PLL Season Underway
On Saturday, the second Premier Lacrosse League season began in Salt Lake City, Utah. The league’s championship series schedule includes group play from July 25 through August 2 with the playoffs running August 4-9. All of the games will take place in Salt Lake City.

In Saturday’s opener, Jesse King made his PLL debut with Chrome. The squad on the other side of the field as also a former Buckeye – Kevin Buchanan of Chaos. King scored a goal in the win, which was highlighted by outscoring Chaos 9-1 in the second half to erase an 8-4 halftime deficit.

Another Buckeye made his PLL debut yesterday. Jake Withers won eight of 12 face-offs for the expansion Waterdogs, who lost a tough 11-10 decision to Atlas. He also picked up three ground balls.

What’s Next
Tonight, Archers – which includes Dominique Alexander and Tyler Pfister – will open its season at 9:30 p.m. ET against Atlas. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Archers will be back in action tomorrow, Tuesday, when it faces Withers and the Waterdogs at 7 p.m., also on NBC Sports Network.

Follow @OhioStateMLAX for updates on the PLL schedule and how to watch the five former Buckeyes competing in the league. You can also access the full schedule by clicking here.