COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team have elected to return to the program for a fifth year. Sophie Baez, Ali Beekhuizen, Lindsay Epstein and Riley Ewing will all be back for the Buckeyes in 2022, competing on the lacrosse field and pursuing master’s degrees.
“We are grateful for the return of Sophie, Ali, Lindsay and Riley for the 2021-22 season,” Amy Bokker, entering her third year as the head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “They have all been such a positive part of our team and culture. We look forward to having their leadership and experience on the field this year and to them helping our younger Buckeyes make the transition to elite Big Ten lacrosse!”
Baez, from Milton, Ga., plays attack for the Buckeyes. She has seen action in 40 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 26 starts, and has 50 goals, 24 assists and 74 points, along with 35 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. She received her bachelor’s degree in sport industry in Spring 2021 and is now enrolled in the sport management graduate program. Baez is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Baez on returning …
“I’m excited to come back to play at the school I love and compete with a program and sport I am passionate about, surrounded by an incredible group of women. I am also excited to continue my education and pursue my master’s degree.”
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Beekhuizen is a midfielder for the Buckeyes. After missing her freshman season because of injury, she has played in 29 games, starting nine, and has 35 goals, seven assists and 42 points for Ohio State, along with 21 ground balls and 13 draw controls. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in Spring 2021. Beekhuizen, a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten choice and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, is now working toward a master’s degree in sport management.
Beekhuizen on coming back for 2022 …
“Wearing the Scarlet and Gray for the past four years has been a dream come true and the decision to represent Ohio State alongside my teammates and coaches for one more year was an easy one. I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue to build on the strong culture and standard we’ve collectively worked so hard to build. How much I love this university and program is nearly impossible to put into words, but I’m looking forward to cherishing every moment.”
Epstein, a midfielder and native of Marietta, Ga., was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2021. She has played and started 45 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 39 goals and 12 assists for 51 points, along with 48 ground balls, 25 draw controls and 26 caused turnovers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication in Autumn 2020 and is enrolled in the sport management graduate program. Epstein has received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Epstein on returning for a fifth year …
“The past four years at Ohio State have been a dream come true and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to return for a fifth year. I came to Ohio State because of the tradition and excellence people created here before me and I am honored to have one more year striving to leave that same legacy for the next generation. I am so excited to take the field with my teammates one last time wearing Scarlet and Gray. Go Bucks!”
Ewing, who also calls Marietta, Ga., home, plays attack at Ohio State. She has seen action in 46 games in the Scarlet and Gray, starting 25, and has notched four goals and two assists. She has 117 career draw controls to rank sixth in program history. Ewing received her bachelor’s degree in logistics management in Spring 2021 and is an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree. She is now enrolled in the master’s of applied economics program.
Ewing on coming back for a fifth season …
“I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to compete for one more season with this team and continue my education with a master’s degree. I cannot express enough gratitude toward the university, athletics department and Coach Bokker for allowing me to represent the Scarlet and Gray one last time. This team is something special and I’m excited to be a part of what’s bound to be an exciting season.”
The returning Buckeyes and the rest of their teammates are slated to take the field in four events this fall – the Power 5 Fall Fest in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 9-10, Navy Play Day Oct. 16 in Annapolis, Md., a scrimmage vs. Virginia in Charlottesville Oct. 17 and Buckeye Play Day Oct. 23 in Columbus.