(Photo Courtesy of Hobart Athletics)
Former Hobart faceoff man Drew Blanchard confirmed to Lacrosse Bucket on Wednesday afternoon that he will be heading to Ohio State as a grad transfer with two years of eligibility left.
Blanchard joins attackman Jason Knox as one of two former Statesmen who have decided to finish their college lacrosse career’s with the Buckeyes. News of Knox’s transfer to Ohio State came out yesterday.
A native of Lincoln, R.I., Blanchard has been the Statesmen’s primary faceoff man for the past two seasons. He went 50-for-93 (53%) and scored a goal during the shortened 2020 season in which Hobart went 4-1 with their old loss coming against rival Syracuse.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound faceoff man put together the best season of his career as a senior during 2021. He went 72-for-110 (65%) at the faceoff dot while helping lead Hobart to a 6-3 record and NEC Tournament appearance. Blanchard earned second team All-NEC honors and ended the season sixth in DI and second in the NEC in faceoff percentage.
At Ohio State, Blanchard walks into a situation where he will have an opportunity to start immediately. The Buckeyes lose five-year starter and program-great Justin Inacio, who went 147-for-267 (55%) last season as a grad student. Their only two returners at the position are a pair of rising seniors in Sam Faber (44%) and James Hogan (33%), who each saw limited action last season. They also bring in freshman Matt Fritz out of Wissahickon at the position.