April 15, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior goalie Scott Spencer and freshman midfielder Jake Withersof the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have both been recognized by the ECAC for their play in the Buckeyes’ 15-6 win over Michigan Saturday in the Showdown in the Shoe. Spencer was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, while Withers was tabbed as the league’s co-rookie of the week.

Spencer, from Mason, Ohio, had nine saves and allowed just six goals while playing all 60 minutes against the Wolverines. He shut out Michigan for the final 35:24, stopping the last six shots he faced, including four in the fourth quarter to keep UM off the scoreboard in the second half. He also picked up two groundballs in the victory. Spencer has started the last four games for the Buckeyes and is 3-1, with a 7.80 goals-against average and .525 save percentage.

Withers, a native of Peterborough, Ontario, won 16-of-25 faceoffs and had six groundballs in the victory over Michigan. After winning just 2-of-6 draws in the first quarter, Withers claimed 14-of-19 (.737) the rest of the way, going 6-2 in the second quarter, 4-3 in the third and 4-0 in the fourth. This year, Withers has won 89-of-172 (.517) faceoffs and has a team-high 53 groundballs. This is the fourth weekly award for Withers this season, as he was also named rookie of the week Feb. 24 (co) and March 31 and received specialist of the week honors March 24.

Spencer, Withers and the Buckeyes, winners of their last three games and four of the last five, close the regular-season home schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday when they host Air Force on Senior Day in an ECAC matchup in Ohio Stadium. The team will then travel to Fairfield for the regular-season finale April 26 before hosting the ECAC Tournament May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.