COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tori DeScenza, an All-American goalie for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team during a four-year playing career with the Buckeyes, will serve as the team’s volunteer coach this season.
DeScenza was a standout for the Buckeyes from 2012-15, earning IWLCA Second Team All-America and ALC Goalie of the Year accolades in 2014 and garnering all-conference honors in 2013 and ’14. She led the Buckeyes in saves all four of her years with the squad and is second all-time with 569 stops. DeScenza is the Buckeyes’ all-time leader in victories with 43, including two 13-win campaigns. A captain for the Buckeyes, she was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
“Tori is such a passionate alumna, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her back as a volunteer assistant coach,” Amy Bokker, in her third year at the helm of the Buckeyes, said. “She is a dedicated educator and clearly loves working with college students. Her experience teaching allows for a natural transition to the field and we know she will bring a great perspective to our athletes and coaching staff. Tori will work primarily with our goalkeepers. Her play in our alumnae game this year quickly earned the respect of our team. The former All-American definitely still has the knack!”
DeScenza earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science education in 2016 and her master’s in kinesiology: health and exercise science in 2019. She is now working toward her Ph.D. in kinesiology: health and exercise science, with a minor in non-profit studies, with an expected graduation in May.
She has been an instructor and graduate teaching instructor at Ohio State and was an adjunct instructor at Ohio Dominican. DeScenza has been a member of the Exercise and Behavior Medicine Lab at Ohio State, researching exercise and dietary lifestyle interventions among clinical populations including cancer survivors and knee osteoarthritis patients.
DeScenza spent the 2018 as a part-time assistant coach for the Capital University women’s lacrosse team. She has also coached camps and clinics across Ohio for Major Force Lacrosse, focusing on defense and goalie-specific coaching.
“As an alum, I am so grateful to Coach Bokker for extending this opportunity to be a part of the Buckeye program again,” DeScenza said. “Being able to work with the goalies this upcoming season has me eager to get started. I am looking forward to the time I have with these athletes in their pursuits of excellence and tradition. I can’t wait to dive back in and am so excited to be back with this program where I started 10 years ago. Go Bucks!”
The Buckeyes will open their 2022 campaign with a scrimmage against Vanderbilt Feb. 5, followed by the regular season opener vs. Robert Morris Feb. 12 in Columbus.