September 13, 2016

Busy Buckeye Weekend includes Golf Outing, Alumni Game and Banquet


Sept. 13, 2016

ADA Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing
Nearly 100 golfers gathered for the ADA Linder Family Memorial Golf Outing last Friday at the Ohio State Golf Course. The tournament had a record eight sponsors: Kevin Gilligan, George Limperopoulos, Glenna Koehler and Jeff Pilon at the Buckeye Level, Dr. Charles Kistler at the Gray Level and Geoff Omiatek, Collis and Sandy Boyce and Dean Curtis at the Scarlet Level, along with a record 29 hole sponsors. Adding to the record numbers from the event, a record $14,000 was raised for the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund, which has to $283,000 mark.

The Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund is given to a junior every other year on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team who demonstrates the qualities of integrity and leadership. It was established after former Buckeye Dan Lindner (1986-89), lost four members of his family in a traffic accident in 2006. The scholarship honors the memory of his wife, Angela, sons Daniel P. and Aidan, and mother-in-law Dorothy Meller. Brian Ward is the current scholarship recipient.

The winning foursome, with a score of -15, was Shane Hughes, Scott Herdick, Garret Wahlund and Tom Wiseman.

Alumni Game
More than 30 alums faced off in the annual Evens vs. Odds Alumni Game, which was held inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday night. During the game, the alumni and current Buckeye upperclassmen took the time to get to know more about each other, sharing career paths and career goals with the group.

2016 Buckeye Seniors and Award Winners Recognized
Sunday in the Ohio Stadium Recruit Room, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program held its annual banquet to honor the team and seniors from the 2016 campaign and introduce the newest members of the Buckeye family. The award winners from the 2016 squad were recognized, led by John Minnis Defensive MVP Robby Haus and Offensive MVP Carter Brown, who were selected by their teammates.

Robby Haus was voted the team’s Defensive MVP for the second year in a row. The award was renamed the John Minnis Defensive MVP this year in recognition of Ohio State alum John Minnis, who passed away in May, and his impact on both the Ohio State lacrosse program and the sport of lacrosse in Ohio and across the Midwest. His wife, Mary Ann, and grandson, Calib, joined the Buckeye family at the banquet Sunday.

In 2016, Haus, from Lutherville, Md., was a USILA Third Team All-American for the second year in a row, becoming just the second Buckeye and the first Ohio State defenseman to be named to the first, second or third All-America team twice. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten selection had 31 groundballs and six caused turnovers while starting every Buckeye game for the fourth year in a row. A Buckeye team captain, Haus was a USILA Scholar All-American and Academic All-B1G selection and earned his finance degree at spring commencement.

Carter Brown, who played both attack and midfield as a senior for the Buckeyes in 2016, was voted the team’s Offensive MVP. A USILA Scholar All-American and Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American, Brown shared the team goal-scoring lead (20) and was second with 29 points. He played in all 65 Buckeye games during his career and finished eighth in program history in career points (161), ranking sixth all-time in goals (106). Brown was an Academic All-Big Ten choice and earned his finance degree at the end of spring semester.

Jake Withers, a junior in 2016, was voted the recipient of The Bice Unsung Hero Award and also won the Groundball Award. After winning 60.7 percent of his faceoffs and picking up 110 groundballs, Withers was named the Big Ten Specialist of the Year and First Team All-B1G. The native of Peterborough, Ontario led the Big Ten in both faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game, ranking 12th and sixth in the NCAA, respectively. Withers had 11 games with double-digit faceoff wins and was just the second Buckeye with 100+ groundballs since at least 2000 and his groundballs per game was the highest for a Buckeye since at least that time. He was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

The Buckeyes voted Johnny Pearson the Paul Hartman Most Improved Player. A junior in 2016, Pearson had a career-high and team-best 20 goals, adding three assists for 23 points. He entered the season with two goals while playing in 10 total games for the Scarlet and Gray. Pearson played in 13 games in 2016, starting the last six, and had three four-goal games. An Academic All-Big Ten choice from Langley, British Columbia, he scored 16 goals in the last seven games combined and was named B1G Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals and five points vs. Rutgers in the season finale.

Matt Borges was voted the Most Outstanding Freshman by his teammates. Borges, who played LSM for the Buckeyes, had 26 groundballs and seven caused turnovers while playing in all 15 games. The native of Garden City, N.Y., was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Lukas Buckley, from Walpole, Mass., was the team’s Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award winner after posting the highest grade-point average on the squad. An operations management major who was a freshman in 2016, Buckley was named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Tyler Pfister was honored with the Community Service award after volunteering a team-high 20 hours during his redshirt junior year. Pfister, from Columbus, Ohio, played in 10 games in 2016, starting two, and had two goals and an assist. An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice, he earned his communication degree at Spring Commencement.

Chris Mahoney, a senior in 2016, was recognized with the Sportsmanship Award. He started all 15 games for the Buckeyes at close defense and had 16 groundballs and a team-high 12 caused turnovers while also chipping in four goals. The native of Shoreham, N.Y., earned his degree in family resource management at the end of spring semester.

Ryan Hunter and Kacy Kapinos were lauded as the Buckeye Power Club winners for 2016. The award is given each year to one or more student-athletes on each Ohio State team for exemplifying specific qualities in the weight room: leadership ability, work ethic, winning attitude, attendance and above average ability to follow instructions. Hunter, who also received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, played in all 15 games as a senior in 2016 and had 16 points on nine goals and seven assists. The Syosset, N.Y., native received his bachelor’s degree in communication in the spring. Kapinos, a team captain as a senior in 2016, played in 14 games and had 13 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. A native of Fallston, Md., he was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

At the banquet, Buckeye lacrosse alumnus Alan Brady presented silver cups to the team’s three captains — Haus, Kapinos and Pfister- on behalf of the Varsity “O” organization.

The recipient of the Alan Brady Service to Buckeye Lacrosse award for 2016 was Dean Hansen, the Buckeyes’ strength and conditioning coach, for his work with the men’s lacrosse program.

Each member of the 2016 squad received a Golden Buckeye in honor of the team’s 10-7 win over Michigan April 16 in Columbus. Developed based on the gold pants Ohio State football players receive for beating the Wolverines, lacrosse players receive the Golden Buckeyes for winning the now-annual league game vs. Michigan. The Golden Buckeyes were made possible by the program’s Golden STX Club and 11th Man Club members. The lacrosse class of 2016 was the second group to complete their careers with four Golden Buckeyes.

During the banquet, five Buckeyes talked about their experiences outside of lacrosse over the summer. Matt Smidt discussed his service trip with Soles4Souls to Bolivia, while Freddy Freibott (Germany) and Austin Seiple (Spain) talked about their study abroad trips. JT Blubaugh and Brendan Barger shared information about their experiences with Bucks Go Pro, the internship program through the Ohio State athletics department.

The members of the senior class — Carter Brown, Dan Flake, Jarret Hassfeld, Robby Haus, Ryan Hunter, Kacy Kapinos, Tae Kim and Chris Mahoney — were presented framed jerseys.