By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Recent Capital University graduate and men's lacrosse standout Brennan O'Callaghan is taking his game to another level: the professional level. In a world in which it is rare to transition from student-athlete to professional athlete, O'Callaghan will take the path less traveled and begin a professional lacrosse career with the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Ohio Machine franchise.
O'Callaghan, the reigning OAC Player of the Year and Capital men's lacrosse standout, was signed by the Ohio Machine on Thursday, June 7 to a contract that places him on the team's practice squad for the remainder of the 2018 season. He will practice with the team and participate in game day activities in case a call-up to play with the Machine occurs.
After being passed on in the MLL College Draft he waited for his opportunity to come from the league's player pool signing period. On the first day he became available, O'Callaghan got the phone call from Ohio Machine head coach Bear Davis.
"It was a surreal moment," said O'Callaghan. "Coach Marzano hinted it could happen but it is one of those things that until it happens you don't believe it. Even when I was there at (the first) practice I thought that it was a crazy moment. To suit up with these guys that are All-Americans, members of Team USA, it is just an incredible experience and I am just trying to take in the moment as much as possible."
The man affectionately known as "OC" on the Capital campus participated with the team in its pregame routine on Saturday, June 9 against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Fortress Obetz (Obetz, Ohio).
"I am extremely happy for OC" said Capital head men's lacrosse coach Dom Marzano. "He has an outstanding work ethic and is an extremely motivated person both on and off the field. Being signed by the Machine is a great opportunity for him and it means a lot to our lacrosse program. I hope this will show those returning to Cap next year what rewards strong leadership and unmatched effort can yield. This has validated the way Brennan handled his business at Capital."
The West Chester, Ohio native was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career following another highly-successful year. He was also named OAC Co-Offensive player of the Year as a freshman in 2015.
O'Callaghan, who was also named First Team All-OAC for the fourth consecutive season in May, led the OAC in goals (66) and points (88) despite playing in just 14 of the team's 16 games due to an early injury. His goal and point counts set new career highs while he also set a career low with just 19 turnovers.
O'Callaghan hit milestone marks on the road after scoring his 200th career goal at John Carroll University (March 24) and then eclipsed 300 points at Heidelberg University (April 21) nearly one month later.
The Ohio Machine is one of nine Major League Lacrosse franchises in the United States, located in village Obetz, Ohio, just outside the City of Columbus. The Machine have built a successful franchise which has made appearances in the MLL championship game in each of the last two seasons. Last year the Machine defeated the defending champion Denver Outlaws in a rematch of the 2016 MLL Championship for its first league title in franchise history.
For more information on the Ohio Machine, go to www.TheOhioMachine.com