October 18, 2021

Five Buckeyes Selected Team Captains for Women’s Lacrosse Squad

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five outstanding Buckeyes have been selected as team captains for the 2021-22 Ohio State women’s lacrosse squad, head coach Amy Bokker announced. Graduate student Lindsay Epstein will serve as a team captain for the third time and will be joined by Sophie Baez, a graduate student, seniors Cai Martin and Maura McGregor and junior Nicole Ferrara.

“Our team leadership is something our staff and team really values,” Bokker said. “These five athletes have earned that respect and each bring strengths that make this an amazing group and representation of our program. They are competitive, disciplined and demonstrate an elite work ethic. We are very proud of these Buckeyes and look forward to them guiding us in the 2021-22 season.”

Midfielder Lindsay Epstein, now a three-time team captain, is a native of Marietta, Ga. She earned her undergraduate degree in communication in Autumn 2020 and is now pursuing a master’s degree in sport management. A standout athletically and academically, she was a Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament Team honoree in 2021 and has earned Academic All-Big Ten, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and IWLCA Honor Roll accolades. Epstein has played and started 45 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 39 goals, 12 assists, 51 points, 48 ground balls, 25 draw controls and 26 caused turnovers.

Bokker on Epstein …

“Lindsay is our veteran leader and someone our staff relies on heavily. She is passionate and committed to leading our team at the highest level. She is a vocal presence and a tough competitor. We love the confidence Lindsay brings to our team – she believes in herself, her teammates and her coaches.”

Cai Martin, from Howell, N.J., is a senior defender for the Buckeyes. A health science major who plans to attend nursing school, she has earned IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades. On the field, Martin has played in 39 games, with 23 starts, through her first three years and has 39 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers, along with a goal and an assist.

Bokker on Martin …

“Cai is poised and thoughtful. She has worked very hard on understanding the game and this fall she has demonstrated how well she communicates with the defensive unit. She is strong and someone we will rely on to make stops in our defensive end. Cai holds herself and her teammates to a very high standard on and off the field.”

A senior from Colleyville, Texas, Maura McGregor is a midfielder for the Buckeyes. She has played in 35 games, starting nine, and has posted 14 goals and six assists for 20 points, along with 25 ground balls, 44 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers. As a strategic communications major, McGregor has garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors. She was a Bucks Go Pro 2.0 intern in Summer 2021 working at TEKsystems in their recruiter/account management departments and has accepted a full-time position with the company.

Bokker on McGregor …

“Maura is a total workhorse. She dedicated herself this summer to strength and conditioning and fine-tuning her skill set. She is a team leader in fitness and in the weight room and has the utmost respect of her coaches and teammates for her commitment. Every time Maura steps on the field she leaves it all out there. She brings high energy and positivity to our team.”

Sophie Baez, from Milton, Ga., is a graduate student in sport management after earning her bachelor’s degree in sport industry in the spring. She is an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete who has seen action in 40 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 26 starts at attack. Baez, who was selected for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, has notched 50 goals and 24 assists for 74 points, picking up 35 ground balls and causing 13 turnovers, so far in her Buckeye career.

Bokker on Baez …

“Sophie has become a leader of our offense. She understands the concepts and has done a phenomenal job leading our younger players. She communicates well and is very approachable. I can see how much fun Sophie is having on the field this year. She has gained confidence and we are excited to have that confidence translate to our team offense.”

A junior from Morristown, N.J., Nicole Ferrara plays attack for the Buckeyes. She appeared in 21 games, starting 15, through her first two years at Ohio State and has notched 38 goals and 14 assists for 52 points, along with 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers. The communication major with a minor in design has earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.

Bokker on Ferrara …

“Nicole is someone the team can count on when the game is on the line. She has shown tremendous courage in her first two years as a collegiate player. She is creative, competitive and a finisher who has a strong knowledge of the game and looks to make the smart play. Nicole, as our youngest captain, will continue to show growth in her leadership, as she is surrounded by a great group who will help guide her.”