Ohio State Introduces Their 2010-2011 Freshman Class

Dominic Imbordino
Defense - 6-1, 195
St. Charles, Ill.
St. Charles North
High School Coach - Andy Thompson

Imbordino was named first team all-conference and second team all-state his senior season. A team captain, he was also honored as the Saints' Most Valuable Player. Imbordino was an all-conference selection in 2008 and played in the 2009 All-Star game at Peak 200, Battle of the Hotbeds and Top 205.

Michael Italiano
Attack - 6-1, 180
Waxhaw, N.C.
Charlotte Catholic
High School Coach - Bo Turner

Italiano was named a 2010 All-American and first team all-state and all-conference for the second consecutive year after a 50 goals and 34 assists senior season. A two-time team captain, Italiano was also named the 2010 Charlotte Player of the Year and the Cougars' Most Valuable Player his final season. He was a member of back to back state championship teams in 2008 and 2009.

Shawn Kaplan
Midfield - 5-8, 165
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Plymouth Whitemarsh
High School Coach - Phil Chang

A four-year starter and face-off specialist, the two-time team captain was named all-league for the third consecutive season and won the 2010 George Kruse Memorial Sportsmanship Award for the Suburban One League as a senior. The 2010 Colonials' Most Valuable Player, Kaplan led the team in groundballs all four years, led the team in assists his senior year, and finished his final campaign with an 88 percent face-off winning percentage. Kaplan holds the school record for groundballs in a game, season and career.

Steve Knezick
Midfield - 6-2, 187
Columbus, N.J.
Bridgton Academy
Coach - Garrett Bamann
Northern Burlington Regional High School
High School Coach - Brian Wolchok

Knezick was named first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state in 2009 while competing for Northern Burlington, the 2008 state champs. The 2009 team captain and offensive player of the year was selected to the all-star teams at the Peak 200 and Blue Chip 225 camps. A faceoff specialist, he placed first at the 2009 National Faceoff Championship. Knezick, who had 63 goals and 57 assists in his scholastic career, completed a postgraduate year at Bridgton Academy in 2009-10.

Justin McGinnis
Attack - 6-0, 180
Fishers, Ind.
Cathedral
High School Coach - Andy Gruber
Hotchkiss School
Coach - Chris Burchfield

The two-time All-American was named first team All-state in 2008 and 2009 and second team all-state in 2007. McGinnis, who finished his high school career with 218 goals and 86 assists, led Indiana in goals and assists as both a junior and senior and was the 2008 ICC Player of the Year. As team captain in 2009, McGinnis was also named the team's Most Valuable Player. He completed a postgraduate year at the Hotchkiss School before joining the Buckeyes for the upcoming year.

Joe Meurer
Defense - 5-11, 180
Towson, Md.
McDonogh School
High School Coach - Andy Hilgartner

Meurer was the winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award as the best player in the state of Maryland. A U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American, he earned a spot on the All-MIAA and all-metro first team and was named the Towson Times Player of the Year. Meurer, who competed in the Under Armour Lacrosse Classic, was one of 11 players named to the Boy's 2010 All-Tewaaraton High School Team. He had 104 groundballs as a senior and also chipped in five goals and two assists.

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2010-08-24



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