September 21, 2020

Introducing the Buckeye Freshman Class

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, under second-year head coach Amy Bokker, has added 11 freshmen to the Buckeye roster as the 2020-21 school year gets underway.

“We are thrilled to welcome this freshman class to Buckeye women’s lacrosse,” Bokker said. “These women are ready to contribute to the positive culture and family we are establishing in the locker room and on the field. The have so many different strengths that will give us many different threats on the field. We really are excited to see what the future holds.”

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Below, meet each newcomer and read what Bokker had to say about the new Buckeyes, along with why they chose Ohio State.

No. 00 Regan Alexander
Goaltender, 5-10
Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Preparatory School

Prior to Ohio State

  • Under Armour All-American in 2019 and ‘20
  • Two-time Florida state champion
  • Team captain as a senior
  • Two-time All-Orlando selection and an all-area pick
  • Included on Inside Lacrosse Players to Watch list and named Inside Lacrosse all-tournament goalie twice
  • Played for M&D Lacrosse, Lax Maniax and Storm Lacrosse

Bokker on Regan Alexander …
“Regan has proven to be one of the top goalies in the class of 2020. She is very quick and explosive. We are excited to welcome her to the Buckeye Lacrosse family.”

Regan Alexander on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because, as an athlete, there is no other place where I’d want to be. They have the best facilities and also top academics for my interests. I want to be a part of the upswing of women’s lacrosse and Ohio State is where that is happening. I’ve always been part of a big lacrosse family and there is nothing more rewarding than working toward a common goal with girls who I call family.”

No. 14 Riley Alexander
Defender, 5-7
Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Preparatory School

Prior to Ohio State

  • High school team won Florida state championship in 2019
  • Team captain as a senior
  • Played for Lax Maniax and Storm Select
  • Made Orlando national team

Bokker on Riley Alexander …
“Riley is a smart and patient defender. I know she will add depth to our defensive unit and be a solid addition to our Buckeye stoppers.”

Riley Alexander on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because when I stepped on campus it felt like home. I was born in Ohio and my dad graduated from OSU so it was meant to be. As a student-athlete, there are endless opportunities. The facilities are insane and there are so many people who want you to succeed in every aspect. I’m excited to start this journey with my second family.”

No. 8 Grace Dower
Attackman, 5-6
Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles High School

Prior to Ohio State

  • Second team all-state honoree and First Team All-CNY selection
  • Part of 2017 state championship team and four section championship teams
  • First team all-league as a junior, earning second team accolades as a sophomore and honorable mention nods as a freshman
  • Named to Auburn Citizen All-Star Team and selected for Spring Sports Senior Spotlight
  • Played for Outlaw Ladies

Bokker on Dower …
“Grace plays with poise and is always looking to set up her teammates. We are excited to see her grow at this next level. I know she is excited to be a Buckeye and help take our program to new heights.”

Dower on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because I fell in love with it the minute I stepped on campus and never looked back. Coming from a small town, I was ready for the new experiences Ohio State brought to the table because it’s a huge university you can take in any direction. I was most impressed with OSU for being elite in both its academics and athletics as well as the overwhelming support, pride and love from all of Buckeye Nation. This university is not something I’ll be a part of for just four years, but for the rest of my life.”

No. 46 Bryn Fitzkee
Midfielder, 5-8
Forest Hill, Md./The John Carroll School

Prior to Ohio State

  • Captain of high school team
  • Earned all-conference honors
  • Four-year letterwinner
  • Played for Skywalkers for nine years

Bokker on Fitzkee …
“Bryn is a strong midfielder with great size and speed. She is also a force on the draw and will compete for every possession. Bryn is tough and fearless and we can’t wait to see her bring these traits to the field for the Buckeyes.”

Fitzkee on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because of the atmosphere. I’ve always wanted to go to a Big Ten school and Ohio State fit perfectly. I loved the competitiveness of the athletics and academics and all the resources Ohio State has for student-athletes to succeed. When I visited, it felt like home. Everyone was so welcoming and that’s exactly what I wanted in a school.”

No. 22 Sarah Johnson
Midfielder, 5-5
Richmond, Va./St. Catherine’s School

Prior to Ohio State

  • Team captain in 2019-20
  • 2019 All-LIS selection
  • Leader in caused turnovers
  • IMPACT Award winner in 2019
  • 2020 Sarah Townsend athletic award honoree
  • Played for Richmond Strikers

Bokker on Johnson …
“We are excited to see how Sarah will add to the Buckeye midfield.  She is fast, aggressive and very tenacious on the field. I think Sarah will provide great bursts of energy and be a spark for our team.”

Johnson on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because when I first came to campus the love and excitement people shared for Buckeye athletics was unlike anywhere I had ever been. I wanted to be a part of it.”

No. 7 Jamie Lasda
Midfielder, 5-10
Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca High School
Prior to Ohio State

  • Team captain in 2019-20
  • Named to Under Armour Upstate Team in 2017 and ‘18
  • Four-time all-section selection
  • Played for Ithaca Lil Red for 12 years and Snipers Elite Lacrosse for four years

Bokker on Lasda …
“Jamie is a crafty and creative player. She has great hands and the ability to finish. I have also been impressed with her vision and overall knowledge of the game since watching her throughout high school. I can’t wait to see the impact she has on Buckeye women’s lacrosse.”

Lasda on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because of the tangible unity, drive and respect within the team and the incredible support directed at our academic and athletic achievement. It was clear it was a university overflowing with success on all levels. I was also very excited to be part of such a large and active athletic community and couldn’t wait for game days of course.”

No. 21 Erin O’Neil
Midfielder, 5-9
Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes High School

Prior to Ohio State

  • Two-time team captain in high school
  • On track to set school record for draw controls before senior season was cut
  • Second team all-county as a junior
  • Honorable mention all-league selection
  • Played for Building Blocks Lacrosse

Bokker on O’Neil …
“The first time I spoke with Erin her character, maturity and ability to be a leader came through. She is a solid, consistent midfielder I believe will be a glue player for our team. Erin understands what it takes to be a good teammate and we are happy she is a Buckeye.”

O’Neil on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because, in my opinion, there is truly no other place like it. Everyone is genuinely proud to be a Buckeye, whether it be shouting ‘O-H!’ or simply just wearing the Scarlet and Gray. I have been in multiple situations where past Buckeyes will stop me to talk if they see me in an Ohio State shirt. I instantly felt like I was a part of something great the first time I stepped onto campus. During my recruiting process, I knew I wanted to join a community where everyone is striving for excellence and shares a common goal – the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program embodies just that, both on and off the field. Coming to Ohio State was an easy decision, everything about it just felt right.”

No. 24 Kiana Perez
Midfield, 5-6
Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay High School

Prior to Ohio State

  • 2020 Adrenaline All-American
  • Part of 2019 SVLC championship team
  • Team captain as a senior
  • Three-time all-conference selection, with first team honors in 2018 and ’19 and second team recognition in 2017 and earned Sacramento All-City Team honors in 2019
  • Played for Tenacity Elite

Bokker on Perez …
“We are excited to add a player from out west to our roster. Kiana is a speedy midfielder who is tenacious and makes the hustle plays. She is gritty between the 30s and has a determination for ground balls.”

Perez on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because as soon as I stepped onto campus, I knew there was no other place I’d rather spend the next four years. The energy in Columbus is unmatched and even though the university is one of the largest in the country, it feels small in the sense that you can walk around campus and know you have at least one thing in common with every other student – your overwhelming love and support for Ohio State. This is not only embodied in the student body, but in the women’s lacrosse team as well. I was immediately attracted to the pride and love the team has for each other as well as who they play for. On top of this, I’d also receive a great mixture of quality academics and athletics and have access to resources that will help set me up for the future in the best way possible. I’m beyond excited for this journey I’m about to embark on and so proud to call myself a Buckeye.”

No. 33 Leah Sax
Attackman, 5-6
Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter School

Prior to Ohio State

  • Team captain as a senior
  • National Tournament participant in 2018 and ‘19
  • Under Amour Uncommitted Team selection in 2017 and ‘19
  • Played for Big 4 HHH from 2016-20 and STEPS Philly from 2013-16

Bokker on Sax …
“Leah is a smart attacker with a crafty stick. She is a mature leader within her class and carries herself with confidence. I know she will continue to grow as a player and contribute to our Buckeye attack.”

Sax on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because the culture was so welcoming and exactly what I was looking for in a college experience. Ohio State women’s lacrosse holds each other accountable to be the best athlete, student and person possible and that’s the kind of family I want to be a part of.”

No. 17 Olivia Whitlock
Midfielder, 5-11
Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy
Prior to Ohio State

  • Team captain
  • Member of state championship team
  • Played with Cardinal Elite, Bluegrass and Dodgers club teams

Bokker on Whitlock …
“Olivia is a passionate and high-energy player. She is a great presence as a draw taker and her height allows her to grab those possessions. We are excited to have a player from Kentucky join the Buckeye Lacrosse family.”

Whitlock on why she chose Ohio State …
“I chose Ohio State because it felt like home. The campus energy is incredible and it makes you feel good even on a dreary day. The first time I visited campus, immediately I could sense the pride everyone has for being a Buckeye. Right away I knew Ohio State was where I wanted to continue my academic and athletic career. As an undecided major, I was excited about the wide array of educational paths Ohio State has to offer. The lacrosse program has an amazing coaching staff, as well as top-notch facilities. I really wanted to find a team that was a family on and off the field, and that’s what I found here. I am so proud to be a Buckeye.”

No. 15 Charlotte Wilmoth
Midfielder, 5-5
South Salem, N.Y./John Jay High School

Prior to Ohio State

  • First team all-state in 2019, three-time all-league selection and a two-time all-section honoree
  • NYS All-American
  • 2019 Lohud Westchester/Putnam Player of the Year and two-time Lohud Elite 11
  • Part of two Section 1 championship teams and two regional championship squads
  • Named to 2019 state final four all-tournament team; Team advanced to the state final four in both 2018 and ’19, reaching the championship game in 2019
  • Played for Westchester Elite for seven years

Bokker on Wilmoth …
“Charlotte is an exciting player to watch. Her overall athleticism and control with her stick is already at a high level. We are so excited for her spark in the Buckeye midfield.”

Wilmoth on why she chose Ohio State …
“After visiting campus for the first time I knew this was the place I wanted to spend the next four years of my academic and lacrosse career. Being on campus makes you feel like you are part of something way bigger than yourself; you’re part of not just a community, but long-lasting tradition.  I loved all of the tradition and legacy built around Ohio State and I couldn’t wait to be part of something so special. During my recruiting process I knew Buckeye lacrosse was not just a team, but a family, which stood out from the other schools. This program is so welcoming and encouraging and I’m so excited to be part of this team and Buckeye Nation. And I’m so excited to see how much this lacrosse program will grow in my four years here.”