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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Marcus Hudgins, Jack Myers and Bobby Van Buren of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team were named Big Ten Players to Watch, the conference announced Thursday. The Buckeyes were also voted second in the preseason conference poll.
Myers, the Buckeyes’ captain for the 2023 season, enters the season with three preseason All-America honors on his resume. The fifth-year attackman was a 2022 Tewaaraton Award nominee and Second Team USILA, US Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse All-American. He has led the Buckeyes in assists for the last three years and was the team’s top goal scorer in 2022 with 38 goals. He finished last season with 83 points after He added 45 assists for 83 points on the year. He finished the season fourth nationally in assists per game (2.81). Myers has tallied 194 points in 45 career games and ranks sixth all-time in Buckeye lacrosse history in career points.
Van Buren, a sophomore for the Buckeyes this season, enters the 2023 campaign with an impressive start to his collegiate career. As a freshman, he saw action in all 16 games last season and tied for second on the team with 11 caused turnovers and recorded 22 ground balls. His efforts earned him the 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, making him the first close defenseman to be chosen as the league Freshman of the Year in the eight-year history of Big Ten lacrosse. Van Buren also garnered USILA All-America honors following the 2022 campaign, becoming just the fourth Ohio State freshman all-time to earn All-American status. Van Buren helped the Buckeye defensive unit hold six opponents to 10 goals or less last season.
Hudgins is set to play his first season as a Buckeye this year. The senior has already received preseason All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse and USA Lacrosse Magazine ahead of the 2023 season. He was named a USILA Preseason All-American for Army in 2022 and earned the title of Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2021. That same year, he garnered first team All-Patriot League honors. Hudgins has caused 58 turnovers for his career and picked up 97 ground balls.
The Buckeyes open the 2023 campaign this weekend against Air Force at Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium. Faceoff is set for noon and the game will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).
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