COLUMBUS, Ohio Kevin Buchanan and Anthony Kelly, four-year letterwinners for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, are two of 84 players who have been selected to try out for the 2010 U.S. men’s lacrosse team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England July 10-24, 2010. The tryouts will be held from June 7-10 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
Nearly 200 players submitted applications to be considered for the tryouts and the pool was narrowed to 84 by the U.S. Men’s Team Player Selection Committee. Following the tryout weekend, the group will be trimmed to approximately 40 players that will compete in three training weekends during the fall of 2009. After those three weekends, the roster will be cut to the FIL-mandated size of 23 players.
Buchanan played for the Buckeyes from 2005-08 and was named the 2008 Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Year as a senior co-captain. He ended his career second all-time in scoring at Ohio State with 175 points. He finished fourth in OSU history with 78 career assists and ninth with 97 career goals. Buchanan led the Buckeyes in goals (44) and points (76) in 2008 as he earned first-team all-conference honors for the third-consecutive season and ranked in the Top 10 in the NCAA in goals, assists and points per game. Buchanan wrapped up his career on a 46-game point streak, including a 26-game goal-scoring streak. In his first season as a professional, Buchanan played for the Los Angeles Riptide in Major League Lacrosse and currently plays in the National Lacrosse League with the Minnesota Storm.
Kelly, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2000-03, was the Buckeyes’ honorary captain last Saturday in their win over Fairfield. Kelly served as a co-captain for the squad as a senior and was a four-year winner of the Most Groundballs in a Season award. He reached the Major League Lacrosse semifinals with the Los Angeles Riptide in 2008 and was a participant in the league all-star game, winning the hardest shot contest. He is on the 2009 Preseason Active Roster (PSAR) for the Chicago Machine and currently plays for the Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League.