Sept. 15, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the Ohio State men’s lacrosse roster has a national – and international – flavor, its core will also have roots planted in the great state of Ohio.
Nine players on the 2017-18 squad hail from the Buckeye state and came to Columbus from all corners of the state. Five of them – Hunter Barco, Griffin Hughes, Nick Musci, Austin Seiple and Carter Kistler – are local central Ohio products. Bo Lori represents the northeast part of the state, hailing from Hudson, while Noah Best is from Toledo in the northwest corner of Ohio. The Cincinnati area features Ben Randall (Mason) and Alex Burgdorf (Cincinnati). Randall has the distinction of not only being a homegrown Buckeye, but also is the program’s first-ever USILA first-team All-American.
On the 2017 team that played in the NCAA championship game, the Buckeyes also had nine Ohio natives, including one – Tyler Pfister, a Columbus native who played at nearby Upper Arlington High School – who went on to help the Ohio Machine win a MLL championship this summer. JT Blubaugh, a captain and the program’s all-time leader in games played (69), played his high school lacrosse locally at St. Francis DeSales in Columbus.
Aided by the presence of local products, the lacrosse community in Ohio has also taken notice as the Buckeyes finished No. 11 nationally in attendance. Coupled by Ohio State’s run to the Final Four and the Ohio Machine’s MLL title, lacrosse in Ohio has never been stronger. Fans will have an opportunity to see those two squads square off in a scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Fortress Obetz Field in Columbus.