COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mary Kate (MK) Bonanni and Kelsey Reed will join the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program as graduate transfers for the 2020-21 season, head coach Amy Bokker announced today.
Reed recently graduated from James Madison while Bonanni comes to Columbus following a four-year career at Cornell.
“We are so excited to welcome Kelsey and MK to the Buckeye women’s lacrosse family,” said Bokker. “Our staff had a great time developing relationships and going through the process with these outstanding women leaders. I am really happy that in this unique situation, these outstanding student-athletes found a home at Ohio State and a place to continue their impressive careers.”
Bonanni, a Liverpool, N.Y. native, was a first team All-Ivy League selection in 2019 for the Big Ten in addition to being named second-team IWLCA All-Northeast Region. A two-time team captain, her 2019 campaign was highlighted by leading the team in caused turnovers (16) while also finishing second in ground balls (26). In Ivy League play, she had 11 caused turnovers and 16 ground balls. With Bonanni leading the way, Cornell held six opponents to single-digit scoring.
“MK reads the game so well and is an accomplished player on the defensive end. I’m really looking forward to have her added voice to our defensive unit,” said Bokker.
Over her career at Cornell, Bonanni started 50 of the 56 games that she plated in. As a freshman, she started 14 games for a Big Ten team that advanced to the Ivy League Tournament championship game and the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
Bonanni attended Cicero-North Syracuse High School where she played both lacrosse and basketball and was a US Lacrosse Academic All-American.
Reed hails from Stirling, N.J. and was a member of James Madison’s 2018 national championship team. The next season, in 2019, she made 19 starts in the midfield and was a second team All-CAA selection after totaling 27 points (19 goals, eight assists). In 2020, Reed was named a team captain and ranked fifth in the CAA in ground balls per game (2.33) before the season was cut short due to COVID-19.
“Kelsey will add experience, speed and overall athleticism to our midfield,” said Bokker.
In all, Reed played in 49 games for James Madison with 38 points (29 goals, nine assists), 49 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. The Dukes were 56-13 in her four years with three NCAA Tournament appearances.
A lacrosse and basketball player at Watchung Hills High School in New Jersey, Reed was a three-time All-Skyland Conference selection and named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior. Her two older brothers, David and Danny, are college athletes – David was a pole vaulter at Colgate while Danny wrestles at Columbia. Her father, Dave, played football at Colgate.
Reed, a three-time CAA Commissionor’s Academic Honor Roll recipient, majored in kinesiology while at James Madison.