May 20, 2021

IWLCA All-Region Honors for the Buckeyes


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team have been named to the IWLCA All-Midwest Region Teams. Liza Hernandez was a first team choice, while MK Bonanni and Jillian Rizzo were named to the second team.

An attacker from New Albany, Ohio, Hernandez led the Buckeyes with 38 goals and 43 points, ranking second with 41 draw controls. She was a First Team All-Big Ten honoree. She had at least one in point in 12 of 13 games and had nine multiple-goal outings, including two six-goal performances, ending the season with four goals in each of the last three games. She is fifth in Ohio State history in career goals (137) and points (189) and seventh all-time in assists (52), ranking eighth in draw controls (109). 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, led the Buckeye defenders throughout the season. The Syracuse, N.Y., native had a team-high 15 caused turnovers and was second with 22 ground balls. A starter in all 13 games, she had at least one caused turnover in 11 outings and had seven games with multiple ground balls. The native of Syracuse, N.Y., is enrolled in the sport administration graduate program and is 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 started 12 of 13 games in 2021 and was among the Big Ten leader in saves (116), saves per game (9.67) and save percentage (.438). Rizzo was third 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.