Members of the 2014 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have been recognized by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association with All-America, academic and all-star game accolades this week. Junior midfielder Jesse King was named a USILA Third Team All-American, while senior defenseman Joe Meurer was an Honorable Mention All-American and tabbed a USILA Scholar All-American. Meurer and senior d-middie Michael Italiano will compete for the North Team in the North-South Game Monday in Baltimore.
King and Meurer both were Honorable Mention All-Americans in 2013. King is the seventh Buckeye named to the USILA first, second or third team, while Meurer gives Ohio State 40 USILA Honorable Mention accolades all time. The Buckeyes have had at least one All-America selection each year since 2008, totaling 15 in that span (two second team, three third team, 10 honorable mention) and have 22 total honorees since 2000.
King, a Second Team All-ECAC pick and a Tewaaraton Award nominee, led the Buckeyes with 29 goals, 22 assists and 51 points while starting 13 games for the Scarlet and Gray in 2014. He is ranked 14th in the NCAA in points per game with an ECAC-best 3.92 points per outing. The native of Victoria, British Columbia, will enter his senior year with 131 points, including 77 goals and 54 assists, and has at least one point in each of his last 36 games.
Meurer earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and was the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year this spring. This is the third year Ohio State has placed a standout on the USILA Scholar All-America list, with Joe Bonanni and Matt Kawamoto the program’s first honorees in 2012 and Dominique Alexander, Logan Schuss and Trey Wilkes selected in 2013. In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes with senior standing from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities.
Meurer, from Towson, Maryland, is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time All-Big Ten selection. As a senior in 2014, he earned First Team All-ECAC honors for the second year in a row. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, he was the leader on the Buckeye defense that is ranked 11th (tied) in the NCAA, holding opponents to 8.57 goals per game. Meurer, an honorable mention All-American in 2013, started all 14 games for the Buckeyes in 2014 and had 14 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers. He played in 61 games as a Buckeye, starting the last 31, and had 104 groundballs and 42 caused turnovers for the Scarlet and Gray.
Italiano and Meurer will both compete in the North-South All-Star Game, set for 10 a.m. Monday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, prior to the NCAA Division I national championship game. Ohio State has had 30 participants in the all-star game, most recently Keenan Ochwat in 2012.
Italiano, from Waxhaw, North Carolina, played in all 14 Buckeye games in 2014 and had 20 groundballs and two goals. He saw action in 61 games for the Scarlet and Gray in his career, scoring 14 goals and adding 14 assists for 21 points, along with 97 groundballs and nine caused turnovers.