COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team have earned All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Thursday. Liza Hernandez was named First Team All-Big Ten, while MK Bonanni, Lindsay Epstein and Jillian Rizzo all were named to the second team.
The All-Big Ten teams were selected by the league’s seven coaches. Each team features three attackers, three midfielders, three defenders and a goalie and six at-large selections. Hernandez, who plays attack, was an at-large selection to the first team, while Rizzo and Bonanni were Second Team All-Big Ten as the goalie and a defender, respectively, with Epstein, who plays midfield, an at-large selection to the second team.
Hernandez, from New Albany, Ohio, leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals and 38 points and 40 draw controls and ranks fifth in the B1G in goals and goals per game. A Tewaaraton Watch List selection this year, she has at least one in point in all but one game and has eight multiple-goal outings, including two six-goal performances. She is sixth in Ohio State history in career goals (133) and points (184) and tied for seventh all-time in assists (51), ranking eighth in draw controls (108). A graduate student enrolled in the sport administration program, Hernandez earned her degree in human resources last spring. She is an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Bonanni, a graduate student in her first year as a Buckeye after earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science at Cornell, has led the Buckeye defenders this season. She leads Ohio State with 15 caused turnovers and is third with 20 ground balls. She has at least one caused turnover in 11 of 12 games and has six games with multiple ground balls. The native of Syracuse, N.Y., is enrolled in the sport administration graduate program.
Epstein, a senior from Marietta, Ga., has 12 goals and 17 points this year, tying her career highs in goals and points, along with scooping up 14 ground balls. She has four multiple goal games, including two hat tricks, and had a career-high four points vs. Penn State March 28. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication in the fall and is now in the sport administration graduate program. She is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Rizzo, from Queensbury, N.Y., is the program’s all-time leader in saves (777), ranking first among current NCAA goalies. She has started all 12 games this season and leads the Big Ten in saves (116), saves per game (9.67) and save percentage (.438). Rizzo is second for the Buckeyes with 21 ground balls this year and ranks second in program history with 203 in her career. A four-time team captain, she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration last spring and is enrolled in the sport administration graduate program. She has earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
The four All-Big Ten selections mark the most for Ohio State since 2015.
The Buckeyes open Big Ten Tournament play at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) vs. Rutgers in the quarterfinals. The game will be televised by BTN and streamed through the Fox Sports app. Tournament Central