Back in June, head coach Alexis Venechanos and the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program welcomed two new additions to its staff. One of those newcomers is Barbara Sullivan, the Buckeyes’ new director of operations
Sullivan comes to Columbus after a wildly successful career at Notre Dame. She was a three-time All-American as a defenseman for the Fighting Irish, where she holds the single game, single season, and career records for caused turnovers and draw controls. She was twice named to the All-ACC’s First Team and was a two-time All-Big East honoree as well, and her first team All-America distinction as a sophomore made her the youngest in school history to achieve that feat. Sullivan suited up 82 games for Notre Dame during her career, starting all of them, and tallied 188 ground balls and 269 draw controls.
A leader of the highest caliber, Sullivan was only the ninth three-year team captain in the history of Notre Dame Athletics. In 2015 she became just the sixth defensive player ever to be a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player; that year she set a career-high with 83 draw controls while causing 35 turnovers and recording 41 ground balls. Last year she served as a marketing intern for the Fighting Irish, an experience that should only serve to help her in her new role.