Ocean City High School girls lacrosse standout Tess Solazzo will bring her scoring and playmaking talents to Ohio State in two years.
Solazzo, a 17-year-old junior, has committed to the Columbus, Ohio, university. She'll receive a partial athletic scholarship.
She visited an Ohio State girls lacrosse camp for high school athletes last summer, after also having attended a camp at the University of Virginia.
"I was interested in Ohio State before, and when I went to the camp I fell in love with the school," said Solazzo, an Ocean City resident. "I was really impressed by the coach (Alexis Venehanos) and the assistants (Amanda Belichick and Christy Finch). I really liked the team, and they're a really strong program."
Ohio State is 8-3 this season and began this week ranked 14th among NCAA Division I teams in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll.
Solazzo has started since her freshman year at Ocean City and was a Press first-team All-Star last spring. She has 128 career goals, including 70 in 2011. Solazzo is fifth on the Red Raiders' all-time scoring list. Casey Beyel, a 2007 graduate, holds the school record with 162 goals.
Solazzo also has a school-record 83 career assists, including 62 last spring, said coach Matt Lane. The Red Raiders were 14-3 a year ago and were Cape-Atlantic League co-champions with Millville.
"I think an assist is much more rewarding than a goal," Solazzo said. "I like looking for the open player. I like going behind the (opposing) goal (with the ball) because I can see everyone and can do a more accurate pass."
Solazzo, 5-foot-6, is an all-around athlete who also runs cross country and plays basketball.
"Tess is a strong player who makes good decisions," Lane said. "Her level of play raises the level of the girls around her. She's quick and skilled on both the right and left side. She's aggressive with a very good knowledge of the game."
Solazzo, originally from the Princeton area, moved to Ocean City the summer before her freshman year. She started playing lacrosse at age 5.
She also plays on the South Jersey Devils, a club team based in Turnersville.
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