First Big Ten Recruiting Class Joins Ohio State Lacrosse for 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio This fall, 12 freshmen will join the Ohio State men's lacrosse team as it prepares for the first season of Big Ten lacrosse. Hailing from six states and one Canadian province, the newest Buckeyes will enroll in Ohio State for autumn semester.

The group includes attackmen Hank Bethke, Dylan Kinnear and Colin Chell, midfielders Matt Galioto, Trevor Hodgins, Austin Seiple and Ronnie Spielman, defensemen Brendan Barger, Liam Blohm, Erik Evans and Freddy Freibott and goalie Matthew Smidt.

"We are very excited to welcome our first Big Ten recruiting class into the Buckeye Lacrosse Family," Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. "We have been able to build relationships with many of these young men for nearly two years and are thrilled with the quality of people, students and players we are adding to our team. We have been able to address needs both on offense and defense, as well as specific positions and feel we have improved the overall athleticism of the team. Lastly, we have some members of this class that come from traditional hotbed areas of lacrosse and a couple from places outside of our normal recruiting territories. To me, this illustrates the power of The Ohio State University, the people that represent it and the growth of our game. I want to thank our coaching staff for their tremendous effort and sacrifice throughout this process and I want to recognize our support staff for the wonderful job they do."

Brendan Barger
D, 6-0, 175
Baldwin, Maryland/Gilman School

Three-year letterwinner for the Greyhounds ... played for Baltimore Crabs club program and was the Crab Feast Defensive MVP ... Under Armour Underclassmen Baltimore All-America team ... also a three-year letterwinner in soccer, played squash and earned Triple Threat award as a junior for lettering in all three sports.

Barger on why he became a Buckeye: "I chose Ohio State because it was where I felt most comfortable. I loved the coaches, the school, the environment and the team."

Hank Bethke
A, 5-9, 160
Medina, Washington/Bellevue

Four-year letterwinner for the Wolverines ... first team all-state and an All-American as a senior in 2014 ... member of three state championship teams (2014, '13, '12) and named MVP of state championship as a junior in 2013 ... second team all-state selection as both a sophomore and junior and a third-team pick as a freshman ... team captain and offensive MVP as a senior, earned Rookie of the Year honor in 2011 and 2012 Unsung Hero award ... played for Brady's Bunch club program.

Bethke on why he became a Buckeye: "I chose Ohio State because of the atmosphere of the school as well as the commitment the coaches have to the success of the student-athletes on and off the field."

Liam Blohm
D, 5-11, 175
Syosset, New York/Syossett

Four-year starter for the Braves ... all-county selection as a senior and junior and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore ... two-time team captain and Defensive MVP ... squad won 2012 Nassau County Class A title and reached championship game in 2014 ... played for Long Island Express club program ... competed in Long Island Showcase twice and was MVP in 2012.

Blohm on why he became a Buckeye: "I chose Ohio State because the chance to be a student-athlete here is a chance of a lifetime. I connected well with the coaches and the academics suited my path for what I want to do later in life. I look forward to playing lacrosse for Ohio State and representing them in the classroom as well."

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