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Nicole Ferrara

2023 Head Coach

The Ohio State University

Nicole Ferrara

Ohio State Career

  • Team captain as a junior in 2022

  • 2022 Second Team All-Big Ten

  • A three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as an IWLCA Honor Roll selection

  • Earned B1G Freshman of the Week accolades March 10, 2020

  • Recorded 100th collegiate point with an assist against Rutgers April 28

  • Has played in 37 games for the Buckeyes, with 29 starts; 69 goals, 35 assists and 104 points, with 145 shots, 23 ground balls and nine caused turnovers, in the Scarlet and Gray

  • Enters senior season on 21-game point streak, with 47 goals, 24 assists and 71 points in the stretch (started March 26, 2021 vs. Penn State)

2022 (Junior Season)

  • Team captain

  • Second Team All-Big Ten

  • Led Buckeyes with 21 assists and 52 points, ranking second with 31 goals, setting career highs in all three categories

  • Played in all 16 games, starting 14; scored a goal in all but one game, with 12 multi-goal outings, and had at least one point in each contest, with multiple points in 13

  • Top 10 in the Big Ten assists, assists per game (1.31) and points per game (3.10)

  • Scored five points in four games, with a hat trick and two assists vs. Robert Morris Feb. 12 and two goals and three assists vs. Penn State March 26, at Louisville March 31 and vs. Rutgers April 28

  • Four-goal outing vs. Johns Hopkins April 23

  • Hat trick and an assist for four points vs. Marquette Feb. 20 and had two goals and two assists against Marist March 15

  • Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors and IWLCA Honor Roll accolades

2021 (Sophomore Season)

  • Second on the team with 25 goals, eight assists and 33 points

  • Started all 13 games and had a point in all but two, with a goal in all but three outings; 10 multiple-point games

  • Six-goal game against Northwestern April 8; six goals ties for sixth in program history for a single game

  • Five points vs. Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament April 29, with a hat trick and two assists

  • Six points in two games combined vs. Rutgers; two goals Feb. 26 and four points, with two goals and two assists, Feb. 28

  • Also had six points in series with Penn State, posting a hat trick and an assist in game one March 26 and scoring twice in game two (including the gamewinner) March 28

  • Two goals against Johns Hopkins March 7 and Maryland March 18; added an assist vs. the Blue Jays for a three-point day

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree

2020 (Freshman Season)

  • Appeared in eight of nine games

  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week March 10 after scoring a career-high four goals (on four shots) in the Buckeyes’ win at Marquette

  • Third on the team with 19 points and fourth with 13 goals

  • Ranked 13th in the B1G with six assists

  • Shot 50 percent with 13 goals on 26 shots, ranking seventh in the Big Ten

  • Picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers

  • Scored in five-consecutive games

  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Four-time varsity letterwinner

  • US Lacrosse All-American in 2018-19

  • Two-time first team all-county and earned second team all-county honors twice

  • Morris County Tournament MVP in 2017 and ’18

  • Two-time first team all-league

  • Team captain as both a junior and senior

  • Two-time Academic All-American

  • Ended career as school’s all-time points leader

  • Ranked second in New Jersey in assists as a junior

  • Played for Building Blocks Lacrosse throughout high school

  • Also played soccer and basketball, serving as team captain for soccer her last two years and basketball captain as a senior


  • Daughter of Kris and Tom

  • Sister Allie played lacrosse at Rutgers, graduating in 2018; brother Tommy attended Indiana

  • Communication major with a minor in design; plans to work in the fashion industry in New York

  • Works as a wedding dress consultant in the summers

  • Loves to surf and spend time at the Jersey Shore

  • Started playing lacrosse in seventh grade after quitting gymnastics; got into the sport because of her whole family, in addition to her sister who played at Rutgers, her cousins played at USC and Elon

  • On why she chose Ohio State: “The atmosphere and excitement around all sports here makes any athlete want to be part of it.”

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