Oct. 27, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five players have been named captains for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team for the 2006 season, head coach Joe Breschi announced Thursday. Seniors Andrew Bender, Gary Bining, Jason Bloom, Ben Wolff and Brian Yontz were selected by a vote of their teammates.

“This is a tremendous group of leaders,” Breschi said. “In the years we’ve had success as a program, we’ve had great leadership from our captains and our seniors and this group is no exception. All five have contributed over the last three years and have earned the opportunity to lead our team.”

Bender, a midfielder from Wooster, Ohio (Wooster H.S.), led the Buckeyes with a career-best 14 assists and was third with 23 points while playing in all 14 games last season to earn second team All-Great Western Lacrosse League honors. Bender has played in 44 games at Ohio State, with 22-17-39 totals and 91 groundballs. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Bender participated in the prestigious NCAA Leadership Conference last summer.

Bining, a native of Delta, British Columbia (Delta Secondary), has played in 27 games on attack for the Buckeyes, with 10 goals, including seven man-up scores, and 16 assists. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.

Bloom, a fifth-year senior midfielder from Coquitlam, British Columbia (Centennial), has recorded 18 points in 34 games as a Buckeye. He has been named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete four times and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Owings Mills, Md. (Calvert Hall), native attacker Wolff led the Buckeyes in goals (24) and points (27) last season while playing in 14 games. He has played in 40 games for Ohio State, with 44 goals and 56 points in his career. Defenseman Yontz, from Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington H.S.), started and played in all 14 games for the Buckeyes last season, scooping up a career-high 38 groundballs and earning second-team all-league honors. Yontz has played in 34 games as a Buckeye and has 53 career groundballs.

The Buckeyes open 2006 with three games away from Columbus, beginning with a neutral-site game with North Carolina at 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at Calvert Hall College in Baltimore. After a game at Navy Feb. 25 and vs. Hobart March 4 in Hershey Park, Pa., Ohio State returns to Columbus to host Penn State at noon March 11 and Marist at 7:30 p.m. March 13.