COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos has welcomed in another talented freshman class this fall as the Buckeyes have already begun preparations for the 2017 season. This year's class is comprised of 10 student-athletes from seven different states, including Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kansas and one from Ontario, Canada.
"The Class of 2020 is a group I have been fortunate enough to see grow for a few years in high school," Venechanos said. "They all have improved tremendously since arriving to Columbus and it has been great to see them mesh so well with the rest of the team this fall. They are a humble, yet hungry group of student-athletes who are excited to don the scarlet and gray. We are happy and excited they are finally here."
The class consists of Kimberly Apuzzo (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley), Karlie Cronin (Oakton, Va./Oakton/SMU), Sage Darling (Lakefield, Ontario/District Secondary), Sarah George (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Shore Regional), Liza Hernandez (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), Jaclen Moxley (Granville, Ohio/Granville), Meghan Matey (Phoenixville, Pa./John Carroll), Jillian Rizzo (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), Emily Skrzypczak (Burke, Va./Robinson Secondary) and Alex Vander Molen (Ada, Mich./Rockford).
Below is a breakdown (in alphabetical order) of each individual and their high school accomplishments.
5-9, M, Fr.
Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley
Five-year letter winner and four-year starter at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park ... two-year captain and team MVP ... a two-time US Lacrosse All-American her junior and senior years ... three-time all-Eastern Kansas League first team selection ... recorded 93 goals, 131 ground balls, 53 assists and 143 draw controls during her junior and senior seasons ... Jackie Pitts Award Winner ... Quill and Scroll and National Honor Society member ... also played basketball and volleyball for the Mustangs ... honorable mention all-league as a junior on the basketball team and served as captain her senior year while earning academic all-state recognition ... also earned the President's Education Award her senior year.
5-8, M, Fr.
Transfer from SMU, where she played basketball in 2015-16 ... three-year letterwinner and starter for Oakton High School ... 2015 team captain ... was named Oakton High School Female Athlete of the Year as a senior ... helped her team to a state runner-up finish while earning first team all-conference, second team all-region and academic All-America honors ... helped the Cougars to consecutive conference championships ... led her team in draw controls and groundballs ... also a standout on the hardwood where she was a member of the state championship team in 2012 as a freshman ... helped the Cougars to four conference championships ... was a two-time captain and conference defensive MVP and a three-time first team all-conference selection ... led the team in steals, assists and blocks her junior year ... helped her team to a state runner-up finish as a senior despite missing half the season with an injury ... National Art Honor Society member and honors graduate.
5-4, M, Fr.
Lakefield, Ontario/District Secondary
Four-year starter and captain for the Lakefield District Secondary Tigers ... was leading scorer all four years as well as a four-year MVP ... also lettered in five other sports, including basketball, volleyball, rugby, badminton and track and field ... played seven seasons for the Kawartha Lakes Club team where she was a four-year starter.
5-8, M, Fr.
Monmouth Beach, N.J./Shore Regional
Four-year starter for the Shore Regional Blue Devils ... served as captain her senior year ... 2015 Brine All-American and NJ.com Shore Conference Player of the Year ... first team all-Shore conference ... ended her high school career with 209 goals ... member of the T3 Shore club lacrosse team ... also captain of the indoor track and cross country teams.
5-5, M, Fr.
New Albany, Ohio/New Albany
Four-year starter for the New Albany High School Eagles ... two-time All-American ... scored 83 goals and recorded 141 draw controls and 68 ground balls as a senior ... scored 82 goals as a junior ... US Lacrosse Midwest Player of the Week in 2015 ... also led her team in scoring as a sophomore to earn honorable mention All-America honors ... helped carry the team to a 2013 State Championship and 2016 Regional final victory ... also lettered in basketball and field hockey ... two-time team defensive MVP in basketball honorable mention all-league.
5-3, M, Fr.
Phoenixville, Pa./John Carroll
Four-year starter and senior captain of the Archbishop John Carroll High School Patriots ... awarded first-team all-Catholic and first-team all-Mainline her senior year ... helped lead her team to Catholic League Champions four years in a row ... named Archbishop Carroll's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior ... played seven years for the Dynamite club lacrosse team ... also started four years on the varsity soccer team.
6-1, A, Fr.
Four-year starter for the Granville High School Blue Aces ... team captain and MVP her senior year ... academic all-league and all-Ohio two years in a row ... was the leading scorer her junior and senior years ... three-year member of the Northstar lacrosse club and played one year for Resolute ... also lettered in field hockey and indoor track.
5-11, G, Fr.
Six-year starter and three-year captain for the Queensbury High School Spartans ... six-time scholar-athlete award winner and section 2 first-team all-star ... named team MVP her senior year ... named the 2015 and 2016 Queensbury Female Athlete of the Year ... recorded 17 saves to carry her team to the sectional final game ... played six years on the ADK club lacrosse team, earning all-star honors in 2014 ... also lettered 5 years on the field hockey team ... National Honors Society member.
5-4, D, Fr.
Burke, Va./Robinson Secondary
Four-year letterwinner for the Robinson Secondary Rams ... named team captain her junior and senior seasons ... two-time academic All-American ... district, region and state champions two years in a row ... played two years on both the Supernova and Cardinal club lacrosse teams ... member of the National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society.
Alex Vander Molen
5-6, A, Fr.
Four-year starter for the Rockford Rams ... two-time captain and team MVP ... helped her team to regional and state championships four years in a row ... was second on her team in goals as a junior and senior while leading the team in assists, draw controls and caused turnovers ... academic all-state and All-American ... four-year member of the Midwestern lacrosse club.
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