(Photo Courtesy of St. John’s Lacrosse)
Nick Myers and the Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off the weekend with a bang, landing a commitment from St. John’s goalie Caleb Fyock on Friday night. The junior is the second commitment in the 2023 class for the Buckeyes, joining Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) D/LSM Aiden Bodonyi, who was the first post-September 1st commitment in the class.
Fyock, who is ranked as the No. 14 player in the class and rated as a five-star by Inside Lacrosse, also considered Maryland, Penn State, and Syracuse before pulling the trigger on the Buckeyes. His commitment came during his visit to Columbus for the Buckeyes’ home opener football game this weekend.
“Ohio State has a family feel to it,” Fyock told Lacrosse Bucket. “The players and coaches truly care about one another. It felt like home right when I stepped on campus.”
Nicknamed “Big Tasty,” the 6-foot-1, 265-pound goalie takes up much of the cage, has some of the best hands you’ll see in high school lacrosse, and has shown an ability to consistently make one impressive save after another. He anchored a St. John’s defense this spring that featured a trio of 2022 DI commits starting at close in Riley Figueiras (Syracuse), Richard Checo (Lehigh), and Thomas DeZio (Jacksonville) while helping the Cadets secure the title in the Washington, D.C. championships and make the title game of the GEICO High School Nationals, where they fell to Taft (Conn.). Fyock had 29 combined saves in their two contests of the event.
Fyock noted how his big body and quick hands help him tremendously in between the pipes and says many compare much of his style of play to that of former UAlbany star and current Chaos LC goalie Blaze Riorden.
The junior isn’t the first in his family to head to the Big Ten to play college lacrosse or find success at the goalie position. Fyock’s older brother, Aleric, is a redshirt junior at Penn State and likely to be in contention for the Nittany Lions’ starting goalie position this spring after starting in the final two games of the 2021 season.
Fyock says the benefit of having not only an only brother that plays lacrosse at the college level but also the same position as him, has been huge. “My brother has been my best friend and biggest supporter,” Fyock said. “He teaches me the ends and out of college shooters. We work together a lot in the summer and that really helps.”