April 23, 2019

Lauren Boyle: Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist

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Lauren Boyle capped off a fantastic career in the scarlet and gray this year by finishing ninth on the all-time defensive scoring list with 70 points and by becoming the first NWHL draft pick in team history. Part of the WCHA All-Rookie team in her freshman year, Lauren captured multiple weekly awards from the NCAA and WCHA, along with numerous academic honors from the WCHA and Big Ten. In a career full of great moments, her game winning goal against Boston College in the 2018 NCAA Quarterfinal that sent the Buckeyes to their first Frozen Four might be the best.

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What was been the most rewarding experience or opportunity during your time as a Buckeye student-athlete?

​For me, the most rewarding part of my time at Ohio State has been the ability to travel the country with 23 amazing girls and our wonderful staff.  The chance to wear the jersey is a big deal, but to carry the block O around to different campuses across the US has definitely filled me with pride and offered many experiences, memories and a sense of maturity that I would have not had otherwise.

What makes you a good candidate for this award? Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to thank for helping you during your time at Ohio State?

I feel that I would be a good candidate for this award because I was a part of a program that did a complete 180 and began heading in the right direction. When I started at OSU, the women’s hockey team was below .500 and as I am leaving it now, we just completed a year long stretch of being ranked in the top 10, the first frozen four appearance ever and the winningest record in the program’s history. I may not have graduated with a ring, but I believe that my class’s contribution to the program has set up the girls that will follow us, to be champions.  A few of my proud accomplishments along the way include being the all time Ohio State post season points leader, and scoring the first ever NCAA tournament goal.  Outside of Ohio State hockey, I was the first female buckeye ever drafted into the NWHL, and I was able to represent myself and Ohio State along side teammate Jincy Dunne playing for the U22 US national team.  Other than hockey, I pride myself for being a Fisher College of Business student and will carry my degree proudly in my future endeavors.  

In your opinion what does it mean to be a student-athlete, especially at a university like Ohio State?

It means that you are and always will be a member of a proud network of Buckeyes that goes far beyond the city of Columbus. It means that you have made it to the best of the best and represent the top athletic department in the NCAA. It means that you embrace the tradition and achieve the excellence alongside the amazing people, teammates, coaches and administration that allow you to do so.

What are your post-college plans? After graduation, how do you plan to take what you have learned as a student-athlete into the business world/professional athletic endeavors?

​This next year I am taking time to heal my body from 19 years of hockey and travel to Bali and Australia.  I plan to get my yoga teaching certification in the fall and I dream that one day I will be able to open my own yoga studio. For the near future, I hope to work for a NHL organization upon my return to the US.  I plan on using teamwork, time management, handling pressure, traveling, professionalism in communication, and conflict resolution skills in all of my future jobs and even my family life.  I will never forget and I am so thankful for these character developing traits that I have learned while at The Ohio State University.

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