COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Premier Lacrosse League wrapped up play on Sunday with its 20th game over a 15-day period. Sixteen of those 20 games featured at least one member of the #ProBuckeyes, capped by a championship-game appearance from Kevin Buchanan and the Chaos.
Buchanan announces retirement, plays in championship game
Before the start of the league’s playoffs on August 4, Kevin Buchanan announced that he was returning from professional lacrosse at the conclusion of the PLL’s season. He and then Chaos then proceeded to go on a magical three-game run at the No. 7 seed that ended in Sunday’s championship game.
Chaos knocked off second-seeded Chrome – and fellow Buckeye Jesse King – in the quarterfinals, 19-14. Two days later, on Thursday, they continued the ride with a 13-9 win over Archers, the No. 3 seed with Dominique Alexander and Tyler Pfister. In the championship game on Sunday, Buchanan scored the opening goal of the second half and Chaos led the No. 1-seeded Whipsnakes 6-3 in the third quarter but eventually fell to the defending champions 12-6.
The most decorated professional career
No Buckeye has had a longer or more decorated professional lacrosse career than Buchanan. A Baltimore, Md. native and graduate of Calvert Hall, Buchanan has played in the National Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse and as a member of the United States National Team. He was a member of the PLL’s Chaos in 2019 and 2020.
Buchanan is a 2008 Ohio State graduate who is fifth all-time in career points (175) and seventh in assists (78).
You've represented the Scarlet and Gray
You've represented the Red, White and Blue
You've done it all with class
You've set the standard
— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioStateMLAX) August 9, 2020
King finishes as 2020’s leading scorer amongst the #ProBuckeyes
In his inaugural season as a member of the Chrome, Jesse King wasted little time making an impact. In five games, he tied the team lead amongst all midfielders with 10 points on eight goals and two assists. In the playoff loss to Chaos, King registered his first PLL hat trick with three goals.
The other rookie to turn heads during the abbreviated season was Jake Withers, who played for the expansion Waterdogs. In five games, Withers won 34 of 59 face-offs – both team highs – and added 14 ground balls. His .580 win percentage in the X was third-best in the league.