COLUMBUS – One thing that has become a constant in the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program is that the Buckeyes continue to raise the bar in the classroom. And judging by the performance this spring, that theme continues to ring true.
The Buckeyes finished the spring semester with a team grade-point average of 3.26. A staggering 78 percent of the roster – 33 out of 42 players – had a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the semester. At April’s Scholar-Athlete Dinner, 36 men’s lacrosse players were honored – the most ever in program history – for having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Ohio State has achieved a higher GPA than the semester preceding it in seven of the last eight semesters and has had a 3.20 or better term GPA for six consecutive semesters.
“Our academic culture starts with identifying highly motivated student in the recruiting process and then giving them all of the great tools that Ohio State has to offer,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It’s a shared effort between the coaching staff, our academic support staff and most importantly the players. Our men attack their school work the same way they attack lacrosse. It all goes hand in hand.”
Ohio State’s freshmen class proved to be one of the team’s strongest groups, as 10 of its 12 members had grade-point averages at 3.0 or better. The group collectively had a 3.34 cumulative GPA for the year. Two student-athletes – Lukas Buckley and Jackson Smith – achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs this spring and 12 had GPAs of between 3.5 and 4.0.
At this month’s commencement, four players off the 2019 squad graduated with bachelor’s degrees – Buckley (finance), Matt Borges (finance), Brian Lang (finance) and Cullen Sowder (finance). Buckley, a member of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 class, will remain in Columbus this summer and intern with Rockbridge Capital.