Logan Schuss shines in Ohio State mens lacrosse opener

Ohio State men’s lacrosse senior attacker Logan Schuss has one more year, one more chance to do what he’s done for the past three seasons. The British Columbian has led the Buckeyes in many ways during his illustrious four-year career. Last year’s Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Year, Schuss has been a standout since first stepping foot on campus in Columbus. In his freshman campaign, Schuss garnered honorable mention All-American honors, on top of his ECAC Rookie of the Year award and first team All-ECAC status. He has lead the Buckeyes in goals in each of his first three seasons. Recruited by coach Nick Myers from the beginning of high school, Schuss took the risk of heading to a foreign environment to play for OSU, but he said he’s never doubted the decision. “I had the opportunity to have coach Myers come and see me play and we started talking,” Schuss said. “We just saw all the stars line up and I got the chance to come here and play.” As one of the primary recruiters going after Schuss, Myers recalls being impressed by the Canadian’s talent as he watched Schuss grow as a player and a person over a span of almost eight years. “It’s been a great deal of growth,” Myers said. “Logan was a young man that we recruited and I can remember seeing him play for the first time when he was a ninth grader.” Voted a captain by his teammates for this season, Schuss sets an example for his teammates on and off the field. Assistant coach Dave Dobbins said Schuss is a positive influence on the younger players. “We expect a lot out of him, he’s a senior and a captain for us,” Dobbins said. “His responsibilities go way beyond just scoring goals and making assists. He’s what makes the team tick a lot of times.” The success and accolades haven’t gone to Schuss’ head, though, and fellow captain, senior midfielder Dominique Alexander, said Schuss remains very much the person he was when he first came to OSU. “He’s become more of a leader. Overall he hasn’t changed much. He’s still running around yelling at practice, you come around and hear him yelling, getting guys pumped up,” Alexander said. “Logan’s definitely going out with a chip on his shoulder, where he doesn’t want it to be something he looks back on as, ‘I didn’t do my job.’” Dobbins said Schuss’ mentality of not wanting to let down his teammates makes him work harder at practice and show a work ethic seen in few players his age. “He’s a guy that goes out there to practice every day with the right approach,” Dobbins said. “He’s not a guy who always leads with his voice, but leads by example. He’s one of the hardest working guys out there.” The future looks bright for Schuss, who was drafted recently by the Ohio Machine along with Alexander and senior midfielder Kevin Mack, but Schuss said he isn’t letting anything distract him from giving the game his all in his time left at OSU. “I try not to think about the whole ‘getting drafted’ part of it,” Schuss said. “I want to focus on the Buckeyes and being a leader.” As a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete majoring in physical education, Schuss said his future isn’t just squared on lacrosse. He said he sees his career taking him toward a different leadership role. “I’m going to be coming back for a fifth year to do my student teaching,” Schuss said. “I’m going to one day, hopefully, be a P.E. teacher.” In the season opener against Detroit Saturday, Schuss tallied a career-high 10 points. In fact, he has totaled least a point in all 46 of his career games. “On the field, he’s a competitor. He’s very talented. Aside from the talent is a work ethic that his teammates and the younger guys can feed off of,” Myers said. Schuss and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Jacksonville Sunday at 3:15 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla. read more

Qatari handball revolution Khalid Seif Al Kuwari El Jaish We have our

about their motivation to come and play here for a while? – I am satisfied with the guys who were in El Jaish. We are capable to sign big names and in many cases we did a good job with themalso Nandor Fazekas is coming. They have all played in the best competitionsare ready to make fantastic tournament. What is for your “perfect result” of Qatari team at WCh 2015? – We have a good teambecame a very popular handball destination for all handball loversbut also boost in every aspect necessary for better sports performance. El Jaish won all the competitions in Qatar in the last two years with you on president’s position. You still need the biggest trbut also looking forward for a European tourbut also to work with mix of nationalities and mentalities in the team. When you will announce the name of the new head-coach? – We want to find a coach on stabil basisbut everything is possible… Which team you would like to see at the desired final? – Barcelona. You are making European profile of one Qatari team. El Jaish signed some European handball stars on longbut from the other sidebut he didn’t go deeper to solve that issue. I was also player and the coach. It is tough job the find the good coach. We need a person who will know how to react on Arabic mentalitybut it will be difficult to make something big. It is tough to saybut quarterfinal would be fantastic achievement. Qatar wasn’t “dream handball destination” in the past. What happened in the last few yearsbut we have done a lot to make this progressbut we want more. El Jaish is the best in Asiabut we want to go step further… That means that you have a strong wish to win the IHF Super Globe in September? How far you are from that achievement? – We achieved our goal last seasonDa CostaEl JaishEl Jaish handballEl Jaish’s president Khalid Seif Al Kuwari.especiallyetc. Above allfamous coachesfrom the senior category ‘till the youngest players. That isn’t only financial supportgood players and mix with the youngstarshere in Doha. Which are your impressions about the event and what handball world can expect from Qatar 2015? – Qatar 2015 is something what we expect for a long time. It is a big honour to be a host ohow day eathow to play important matcheshow you can describe handball revolution which we are facing now? – I can agree that handball wasn’t too interesting here in the last 10 yearsin generallyin Qatar. We made a lotit’s true and this is a problem. The main problem is that coaches can’t recognize and adapt on mentality of people here. That is linked with the topic of taking “easy” money and playing without emotioKhalid Seif Al Kuwariless than six months are until World Championship 2015livemaking this topic even more interesting. Handball-Planet.com visited Doha last week and talked with Khalid Seif Al Kuwarimentality problem. We made a really strong staff. El Jaish is now the leader of Qatari handball. Qatari Federation supporting as in all the aspects. We have seven players in senior national team and mnational teams with clear vision to be among the best at the biggest scenenewon the highest level in Europeour technical staff giving the last word about the players status in the club. Our vision is to make a world class player hereour wish is to play at the final this season. We are realistic peoplepeople from handballplayers and coaches. Strong teamsplayers and work with them. That’s why I think we will have here a TOP level even after 2015. The first next “big thing” will be IHF Super Globe 2014 in September. For El Jaishraising media interestsome of them without any emotionsstrong line up with Goran Stojanovictake money and going back to Europe. That has to be changed and also this interview can help in that way. Some general opinion in Europe is that teams in Qatar replacing players and coaches too fast? the chairman of the most successful Qatari team in the past two yearsthe othersthey know how to face pressureto give him two-three years contract in which he will be able to achieve goals and improve our program. That is very important question for us. We don’t want interim solution. How do you see El Jaish TOP handball players who are playing theretough endings. We have also in El Jaish players from Egypt and other NT’s. All Qatari teams had a lot of “short-term” contracts with the European stars. Which is your experience with themtournament in France in the last week of August… – Zarko Markovic and Goran Stojanovic are already herewe can be a little angry because of that way of thinking that handball in Qatar is some kind of “second level”. Many of them come to play here a few matches onlywe have a good teamwe have changed the mentality of the club. We have seen many mistakes in the past. We solved some thingswe have younger generation in which we invested a lot of money and energy. We hope that they will represent Qatar in the future. Our junior and youth teams competing at the World and Asian Championshiwe know how tough it will be and against whom we have to playwe won some important trophieswhen we finished third. Tie with Hamburg was really important to show us that we are capable to play with the best European teams. As we achieved our last year’ goal – third placewhere you finished third last year. What was changed in El Jaish in comparation with the previous period? – Actualywhich have 300 members. That is our fortune for the future. Do you believe that huge interest for handball will stay even after Qatar 2015? – Yeswhich is visible to all handball community. We are supporting players and staffWho are the leading people of handball in Qatar? Country who is facing the handball revolution in the last few years ahead of World Championship 2015 in Doha next Januarywho taking care about every day life of the youngstarswho will compete at the IHF Super Globe 2014 in the second week of September. Mr Kuwariwith or without trophy… – We are dreaming about that. Insalah – concluded an interview for Handball-Planet.com ← Previous Story African star Wael Jallouz joins FC Barcelona! Next Story → MEN’S U20 EHF EURO 2014 – DAY 2: Last chance for Norway and Hungary? Who are the leading people of handball in Qatar? Country who is facing the handball revolution in the last few years ahead of World Championship 2015 in Doha next January, became a very popular handball destination for all handball lovers, players and coaches. Strong teams, national teams with clear vision to be among the best at the biggest scene, TOP handball players who are playing there, famous coaches, raising media interest, making this topic even more interesting. Handball-Planet.com visited Doha last week and talked with Khalid  Seif Al Kuwari, the chairman of the most successful Qatari team in the past two years, El Jaish, who will compete at the IHF Super Globe 2014 in the second week of September.Mr Kuwari, less than six months are until World Championship 2015, here in Doha. Which are your impressions about the event and what handball world can expect from Qatar 2015?– Qatar 2015 is something what we expect for a long time. It is a big honour to be a host of the such a big competition. We have a huge interests for TOP sports here in Qatar. All the people linked with the event will give their maximum to ensure unforgettable experience in January. Handball is the second sport in Qatar behind football. We, people from handball, are ready to make fantastic tournament.GET READY FOR FANTASTIC EVENTWhat  is for you the “perfect result” of Qatari team at WCh 2015?– We have a good team, strong line up with Goran Stojanovic, Da Costa, new, good players and mix with the youngstars, but it will be difficult to make something big. It is tough to say, but quarterfinal would be fantastic achievement.Qatar wasn’t “dream handball destination” in the past. What happened in the last few years, how you can describe handball revolution which we are facing now?– I can agree that handball wasn’t too interesting here in the last 10 years, but we have done a lot to make this progress, which is visible to all handball community. We are supporting players and staff, from the senior category ‘till the youngest players. That isn’t only financial support, but also boost in every aspect necessary for better sports performance.THE NEW MENTALITY – BROUGHT TROPHIES TO EL JAISHEl Jaish won all the competitions in Qatar in the last two years with you on president’s position. You still need the biggest trophy – IHF Super Globe, where you finished third last year. What was changed in El Jaish in comparation with the previous period?– Actualy, we have changed the mentality of the club. We have seen many mistakes in the past. We solved some things, especially, mentality problem. We made a really strong staff. El Jaish is now the leader of Qatari handball. Qatari Federation supporting as in all the aspects. We have seven players in senior national team and many more in younger NT categories. Our scouting team following the players activity during the season  with the most modern technology equipment. We have also people responsible for psychological work with the players, the others, who taking care about every day life of the youngstars, how day eat, live, etc. Above all, our technical staff giving the last word about the players status in the club. Our vision is to make a world class player here, in Qatar. We made a lot, but we want more. El Jaish is the best in Asia, but we want to go step further…That means that you have a strong wish to win the IHF Super Globe in September? How far you are from that achievement?– We achieved our goal last season, when we finished third. Tie with Hamburg was really important to show us that we are capable to play with the best European teams. As we achieved our last year’ goal – third place, our wish is to play at the final this season. We are realistic people, we know how tough it will be and against whom we have to play, but everything is possible…OUR GOAL – IHF SUPER GLOBE 2014 FINALWhich team you would like to see at the desired final?– Barcelona.You are making European profile of one Qatari team. El Jaish signed some European handball stars on long-term basis, but also looking forward for a European tour, tournament in France in the last week of August…– Zarko Markovic and Goran Stojanovic are already here, also Nandor Fazekas is coming. They have all played in the best competitions, on the highest level in Europe, they know how to face pressure, how to play important matches, tough endings. We have also in El Jaish players from Egypt and other NT’s.HANDBALL ISN’T ONLY ABOUT MONEY HERE…All Qatari teams had a lot of “short-term” contracts with the European stars. Which is your experience with them, about their motivation to come and play here for a while?– I am satisfied with the guys who were in El Jaish. We are capable to sign big names and in many cases we did a good job with them, but from the other side, in generally, we can be a little angry because of that way of thinking that handball in Qatar is some kind of “second level”. Many of them come to play here a few matches only, some of them without any emotions, take money and going back to Europe. That has to be changed and also this interview can help in that way.FOREIGNERS TO ADAPT ON MENTALITYSome general opinion in Europe is that teams in Qatar replacing players and coaches too fast?– Yes, it’s true and this is a problem. The main problem is that coaches can’t recognize and adapt on mentality of people here. That is linked with the topic of taking “easy” money and playing without emotions. El Jaish looking for a coach who will adapt to our mentality and system which are built in the club. We have results with the previous coach, we won some important trophies, but he didn’t go deeper to solve that issue. I was also player and the coach. It is tough job the find the good coach. We need a person who will know how to react on Arabic mentality, but also to work with mix of nationalities and mentalities in the team.COACH AS A LONG-TERM SOLUTIONWhen you will announce the name of the new head-coach?– We want to find a coach on stabil basis, to give him two-three years contract in which he will be able to achieve goals and improve our program.  That is very important question for us. We don’t want interim solution.How do you see El Jaish in the five years?– We will give our best to make a new generation of good players and give them a chance to play on big scene. We make strong basis in the club, which have 300 members. That is our fortune for the future.FUTURE SECURED AFTER QATAR 2015Do you believe that huge interest for handball will stay even after Qatar 2015?– Yes, we have younger generation in which we invested a lot of money and energy. We hope that they will represent Qatar in the future. Our junior and youth teams competing at the World and Asian Championships, we have a good team, players and work with them. That’s why I think we will have here a TOP level even after 2015.The first next “big thing” will be IHF Super Globe 2014 in September. For El Jaish, with or without trophy…– We are dreaming about that. Insalah – concluded an interview for Handball-Planet.com, El Jaish’s president Khalid Seif Al Kuwari.ZIKA BOGDANOVICPHOTO: EL JAISH read more