COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of senior defensemen – Ben Randall and Erik Evans – were selected in tonight’s Major League Lacrosse Draft, which was held at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md. Randall went in the second round with the 14th overall selection to the Charlotte Hounds while Evans was picked by the Atlanta Blaze with the 47th overall selection in the sixth round.
Ohio State has now produced multiple draft picks in each of the last three seasons. The two selections tonight brings their draft total to 10 since 2016, including a school record six in 2017 and two in 2016 and 2018.
“I’m extremely proud of Ben and Erik,” said head coach Nick Myers. “They’ve both put in the hard work required to get to this level and will be great pros. I have no doubt they’ll represent Buckeye lacrosse in the best way possible both on and off the field.”
Randall – the first defensemen off the board – is the third top 20 pick from Ohio State in the last two seasons, joining Jake Withers (No. 9 overall in 2017) and Eric Fannell (No. 13 overall in 2017). Overall, Ohio State’s had 18 players picked in the 18-year history of the MLL – seven of which have been in the first two rounds.
In two seasons with the Scarlet and Gray, Randall has put together an impressive resume. Last year, the Mason, Ohio native became Ohio State’s first-ever first team All-America selection and led a close defensive unit that ranked 11th in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten, holding opponents to 8.38 goals per game. Randall has 50 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers for the 2017 NCAA finalists.
In 2018, Randall was a preseason All-American and member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. He’s contributed 17 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers while starting all 12 games thus far. Ohio State’s defense ranks second in the Big Ten, allowing 8.83 goals per game while holding opponents to eight or less on six occasions.
Evans, a senior captain from Baldwin, Md., has started 53 consecutive games on defense and, like Randall, has made the Buckeye defense one of the stingiest in the country. After setting career highs in every statistical category last year, Evans is on pace to match those numbers in 2018. Through 12 games, he has 22 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Last year he led the team with 16 caused turnovers while scooping up 16 ground balls. Evans is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who is majoring in sport industry.