Dublin Jerome High School graduate Eric Ruhl won't be just another player when he walks onto the turf as a competitor in the fifth-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

Dublin Jerome High School graduate Eric Ruhl won't be just another player when he walks onto the turf as a competitor in the fifth-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

With a state championship and a college scholarship to one of the nation's premier programs already in his possession, Ruhl has the accolades to prove that he deserves to be among the 46 players selected to be in the game.

It's one other portion of his bio - the one that has Ohio next to his hometown - that causes him to stand out.

The latest symbol of how far Ohio lacrosse has come is now the responsibility of Ruhl and Worthington Kilbourne graduate Will Campbell, the only players from the state selected to play in the game.

They will compete for the South all-star team, which features 14 players from Maryland and just one other player in addition to Ruhl and Campbell west of Pennsylvania.

A full weekend of Under Armour events will begin Saturday morning, highlighted by the boys All-America showcase which will be shown live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. Saturday.

"I just think it's a fantastic opportunity to showcase his skills against the best in the country," Celtics coach A.J. Auld said. "Lacrosse is not as big in the Midwest as it is on the East coast, so the question is out there of is he really that good is it just the competition."

Ruhl alleviated some of the uncertainty involving his talent a year ago when he excelled while competing for the Midwest in the Under Armour underclassmen tournament.

In the underclassmen portion of the event, there are boys and girls teams from Baltimore, Long Island, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Upstate New York and Washington, D.C., in addition to the Midwest.

Ruhl, whose brother, Scott, is a junior for the Towson men's lacrosse team and a fellow Jerome graduate, signed last fall to play for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Eric Ruhl is the Celtics' school-record holder in career goals (185) and points (240) and finished with 72 goals, 19 assists and 94 ground balls this spring as the Celtics won the Division II state championship. He also is second all-time at Jerome in ground balls (248) and third in assists (55).

He made first-team all-state at midfielder this season and was named a US Lacrosse All-American each of the last two years.

The Under Armour All-America team was announced May 17.

"I was excited as could be when I found out I got selected," Ruhl said. "It's just a huge accomplishment. I've been working hard since my sophomore year and it made my parents proud and made me proud. It was one of my goals to play in this game."

The girls All-America showcase will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

This marks the second consecutive year that the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic features the eight-region underclassmen event. Last season, the Midwest team went 0-3 in pool play before beating Baltimore 11-10 in overtime.

There are eight players from central Ohio on the Midwest underclassmen team, including Jerome junior Leo Horine, Jerome sophomores Christian Beith and Wes Faulkenberry and Coffman juniors Ryan Borcherding and Evan Bowdy.

On Saturday, the Midwest team will face New Jersey at 8 a.m. and Washington D.C. at 1 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Midwest plays Long Island at 11 a.m., with one addition game at 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. based on pool-play results.

Auld is the Midwest underclassman coach.

"A lot of coaches are looking for other things other than just how many goals and assists you have," Ruhl said.

"A lot of them look for hustle and whether you sprint back on defense or not. It'll be fun, and I'm really excited about it."