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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team announced the four women voted to lead the team on and off the field as captains for the 2018 season on Monday.
Sophomore Jill Rizzo joins Seniors Molly Wood, Anna Seanor and Shannon Rosati as the 2018 captains, as voted on by the rest of the team.
“I’m very excited that these women will lead our team, both on and off the field,” OSU Head Coach Alexis Venechanos said. “They live Buckeye lacrosse and embody the culture we’ve built here. Each woman brings something different to the table when it comes to leadership and will be able to help each other become the best leaders they can be.”
Wood, an attacker from Skaneateles, N.Y., returns as the primary scorer for the Buckeyes. She led the team with 48 points, 42 goals, 71 draw controls and in 2017. Her 20 ground balls from last season rank third among returning players, and her nine caused turnovers rank are tied for second among all returners. Wood enters the season at second place in program history for draw controls with 188, she only needs 34 to move into first place. She also earned Big Ten co-offensive player of the week honors last season after recording a game-high five points and eight draw controls at Duquesne in March. Wood finished the 2017 at fourth place in the Big Ten in both goals-per-game and draw controls per game.
Rosati, a defender hailing from Shoreham, N.Y., finished third among field players last year with 24 ground balls, a total that leads all returning field players. She also tallied five points from four goals and one assist. The senior appeared in every OSU game during the 2017 season, where her tenacious defense accounted for eight caused turnovers, tied for fourth on the team amongst all returners.
A relentless defender from Canton, Ohio, Seanor helped anchor a defense that led the Big Ten in ground balls per game in 2017. Known for being a vocal leader on the field, Seanor has played a significant role on the defensive end all three years of her career.
Lastly, goaltender from Queensbury, N.Y., Jill Rizzo served as the primary goalie for the Buckeyes last season as a freshman. She notched 183 saves on the year and finished the season leading the Big Ten in saves-per-game. She was also tied for the conference lead in ground balls per game in 2017, as her 51 ground balls paced the Buckeyes. Nationally, Rizzo finished 10th in the NCAA for overall saves, and eighth in the nation in saves-per-game.
Academically, all four captains have earned 2018 Scholar Athlete distinctions. Rizzo also earned Scholar Athlete honors for 2017, Rosati brought made the cut in 2017 and 2016. Wood has earned the distinction all four years of her career, in addition to being named Academic All-Big Ten in 2016.
“We’re fortunate to have these women as our captains,” Venechanos continued. “Their dedication and investment to what we’ve built here shines bright, I know the entire staff is excited to get the season underway with these four women at the helm.”
The Buckeyes open the season this weekend as they travel to Annapolis to face the No. 10 Navy Midshipmen in their season opener. That game is set to get underway at Noon on Saturday.