When Carter Brown graduated from Calvert Hall last spring, the Ohio State recruit and Bel Air native was overshadowed by celebrated teammates Patrick Kelly (now with North Carolina) and Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins). The Tar Heels earned the fifth seed in the NCAA tournament, but Kelly has played in just seven games, scoring five goals. Ryan Brown registered 17 goals and four assists, but the Blue Jays did not earn a spot in the postseason.
Meanwhile, Carter Brown has posted 24 goals and 14 assists, and the third-seeded Buckeyes (12-3) will host Towson (10-7) in the first round of the NCAA tournament this Sunday. The attackman has been a pleasant surprise as he has worked alongside senior and two-time Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year Logan Schuss (40 goals and 23 assists) and sophomore Turner Evans (24, 7).
“I think what Carter brings to our offense is, he’s a great complement to Logan, [sophomore midfielder] Jesse King, Turner Evans, [senior midfielder] Dominique Alexander,” Buckeyes coach Nick Myers said Wednesday. “He moves well off the ball. He’s got good vision. When the ball gets moving and defenses start sliding, Carter is a smart player. He puts himself in really good spots. If you look at those 25 goals, 22 of them are probably from three yards and in. He’s not a guy that is doing a lot of big-time outside shooting, but like I said, he moves well off the ball, he’s sneaky, and we’ve got some guys that dodge with their heads up, and he’s been able to capitalize.”
Brown is one of several freshmen making an immediate impact for Ohio State. Defenseman Robby Haus, a Lutherville native and Gilman graduate, has started every game and collected 27 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Faceoff specialist Kacy Kapinos, a Fallston native and Loyola graduate, won 12 of 20 draws in an 18-11 upset of then-No. 5 Loyola in the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament last week.
Myers said he has no reservations about giving freshmen extended playing time.
“We feel like we just put the best guys out there,” Myers said. “The only thing you worry about freshmen is if they wear down over the course of the year. Is their stamina there in terms of enduring a long season? Both Carter and Robby have done a good job of handling that.”