Conference matchup is first of at least three appearances on BTN for the Buckeyes.
Buckeyes will face Wildcats in Gillette Stadium Saturday
Christy Leach (formely known as Christy Finch) is in her fourth season as assistant coach with the women's lacrosse program in 2013-14 after joining Alexis Venechanos' staff in August 2010.
A native of Hudson, Ohio, she joined the Buckeyes after one season as assistant coach at Cincinnati following her playing career at Northwestern, where she was coached by Venechanos her first two seasons. A four-time national champion with the Wildcats, the former Christy Finch was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Defensive Player of the Year and an All-America selection in 2007 and 2008. As a senior in 2008, Leach led the nation in caused turnovers with 70 and was honored as a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Defender of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Womenslacrosse.com and WomensLax.com. The defender was also named Northwestern's female recipient of the Big Ten's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
"It was a pleasure coaching Christy at Northwestern," Venechanos, said. "Her experience of winning four national championships, while earning All- America honors and being named Defender of the Year will enhance the program. She is recognized as one of the top players to come of the state of Ohio and I am looking forward to her guidance in recruiting in state prospects."
For her career, Leach caused 183 turnovers, ranking fourth all-time in the NCAA record books and was part of a Wildcat senior class which finished their careers with an overall record of 83-3 (.965), including a 43-0 record at home and four national championships.
She graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in communication studies and a minor in business institutions. She married Joel Leach in August 2013. The couple resides in Columbus.