Ava Keethler


Player profile

  • Hometown Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • Year Graduate
  • Last School Upper Arlington High School
  • Height 5-1

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Instagram: @avakeethler
Twitter: @aekeethler
TikTok: @ava_keethler

Ohio State Career

  • Earned bachelor’s degree in health sciences in Spring 2022
  • Second Team All-Big Ten in 2022
  • Did not play lacrosse first year on campus, joining squad for the 2019-20 campaign
  • A three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete
  • 2021 and 2022 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

2022 (Senior Season)

  • Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in first year as a starter
  • Started all 16 games on defense
  • Picked up 14 ground balls and caused seven turnovers
  • Two ground balls and three caused turnovers vs. Marquette Feb. 20 and vs. James Madison March 4
  • Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and Academic All-Big Ten Team and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2021 (Junior Season)

  • Did not see game action
  • Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honors and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2020 (Sophomore Season)

  • Did not see game action
  • A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors
  • Named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • 2018 USA Today Third Team All-American
  • First Team All-OCC in 2017 and ’18
  • Second team all-region
  • Member of three state championship teams
  • Team captain
  • USL All-Academic
  • Played for Resolute Lacrosse for five years
  • Member of National Honor Society, National Society of Scholars and Spanish Honors Society
  • Four-time Academic All-Ohio
  • Was a competitive gymnast for 10 years; 2015 state qualifier, earning first team all-conference and all-district accolades
  • Member of spirit club and medical club and was a junior director for the Upper Arlington Civic Association


  • Daughter of Kim and Bill, who played baseball at Western Michigan
  • Three siblings, Liam, who attends Ohio State, Shea, who plays lacrosse at Maryland, and Mary Kate
  • Health science major with a minor in human nutrition, earning bachelor’s degree in Spring 2022
  • Plans to attend physical therapy school and earn doctorate in physical therapy
  • Enjoys all outdoor activities, including backpacking, hiking biking and boating, along with spending time with her family
  • On why she chose Ohio State: “I chose to come to Ohio State because of the school spirit and the great academics.”
  • On how she got into lacrosse: I used to go to my older sister’s games when I was younger and then I asked my parents if I could try. I joined a team in third grade and have played ever since.”

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