May 4, 2022

Four Buckeyes Earn All-B1G Honors


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team – Lindsay Epstein, Nicole Ferrara, Chloë Johnson and Ava Keethler – have been named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, the conference announced Wednesday. In addition, Ali Beekhuizen was selected as the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner for Ohio State.

The league honorees were selected by the seven conference head coaches. This is the second year in a row the Buckeyes had four All-Big Ten selections.

A graduate student and midfielder from Marietta, Ga., Epstein also earned Second Team All-Big Ten accolades in 2021. A three-time captain for the Buckeyes, she has a career-high 24 goals and 30 points this season, matching her career best with six assists. She has also set personal highs in ground balls (31), draw controls (47) and caused turnovers (20). Epstein has played in 61 games as a Buckeye, starting all 61, and has 81 points, with 63 goals and 18 assists, along with 79 ground balls, 72 draw controls and 46 caused turnovers.

Ferrara, a junior who plays attack and is from Morristown, N.J., leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and 52 points this season, ranking second with 31 goals, setting career highs in all three categories and ranking in the Top 10 in the B1G in assists and points. A team captain, she crossed the 100-point mark for her career in the final game of the regular season and has 69 goals, 35 assists and 104 points in her first 37 games as a Buckeye.

Johnson, a senior from Derwood, Md., who started all 16 games at attack this season, is second in the Big Ten and 10th in the NCAA with 7.75 draw controls per game. She has a career-best 24 goals, five assists and 29 points on the year. Her 124 draw controls this season are an Ohio State record and the first time a Buckeye has had more than 100 in a single year. Johnson has six games with 10-plus draw controls and tied the program single-game record with 13 at Duquesne. She has seen action in 53 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 48 goals, 11 assists and 59 points and is third in school history with 209 draw controls.

Keethler, a senior from Upper Arlington, Ohio, is in her first year as a starter for the Buckeyes. She has 14 ground balls, a draw control and seven caused turnovers while starting all 16 games on defense for the Scarlet and Gray.

Beekhuizen, a midfielder from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology. She has started all 16 games this year and has 15 goals, six assists and 21 points, along with 15 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. She has appeared in 45 games for the Buckeyes, scoring 50 goals and adding 13 assists for 63 points, with 36 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

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