March 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jake Withers and Nick Doyle, freshmen on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, both received ECAC Player of the Week honors Monday for their play in Ohio State’s win over Bellarmine. Withers was named the league’s specialist of the week, while Doyle picked up rookie of the week honors.

Against Bellarmine, Withers won 71.4 percent of his faceoffs, winning a career-best 15 (of 21), including 9-of-10 in the first half as the Buckeyes took a 5-3 lead into halftime. He had 10 groundballs in the contest, his second game with double-digit ground balls this year. He also scored his first career goal, giving Ohio State a 5-3 lead with a goal with just two seconds left before halftime. On the year, Withers has won 48-of-91 (.527) faceoffs, ranking second in the ECAC in winning percentage, and is first on the squad and tied for second in the ECAC with 32 groundballs (4.6 per game). Withers was named the league’s co-rookie of the week Feb. 25.

In his first collegiate game and start, Doyle stopped 9-of-16 shots, allowing just seven goals, to backstop the Buckeyes to a 10-7 ECAC win over Bellarmine. He had two saves in the first quarter as Ohio State took a 2-1 lead and three stops in the second to lead the Buckeyes to a 5-3 halftime advantage. He added three more saves in the third and one stop in the fourth en route to the victory. He also picked up three groundballs vs. the Knights.