When I chose to cover the lacrosse beat, it was something that I thought would challenge me just the right amount. As someone who is a very casual lacrosse fan per say, I’m looking forward to getting up close and personal with the Mens lacrosse team here at Ohio State.
The OSU Mens lacrosse team is coming off a very up and down season. They finished with a record 7-8 (2-3) in conference as they missed out on a birth to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
Although not exactly the season they were hoping for going 1-5 away from home, the Buckeyes were an impressive 6-3 at home. A positive takeaway from the 2016 season.
The Buckeyes do however bring back four of their five top scorers from a year ago led by Austin Shanks who finished with 31 points was the leading point tallier. Adding a team high 16 assists, Shanks looks to lead the Buckeyes in his final season as a Buckeye.
Senior attack Eric Fannell who tied for the team lead with 20 goals last season, returns as well and along with Shanks and co. looks to lead the Buckeyes offense.
Other key returnees include Senior midfielder Johnny Pearson who finished second in points behind Shanks, Senior Attack J.T. Blubaugh, Junior Attack Collin Chell, and Sophomore Attack Jack Jasinski.
Head Coach Nick Myers announced on Wednesday that Pfister and Withers had been elected captains by the team. Citing: “Both Tyler and Jake are well respected by their teammates and we expect them to be outstanding captains.”
The Buckeyes, very much a senior lead team look to leave their mark this season.