The way Dublin Jerome High School girls lacrosse coach Colleen Bender sees it, Kelly Becker's signing with Ohio State was as much a victory for central Ohio as it was for her talented senior attacker.

The way Dublin Jerome High School girls lacrosse coach Colleen Bender sees it, Kelly Becker's signing with Ohio State was as much a victory for central Ohio as it was for her talented senior attacker.

After 2009 graduate Gabby Sinmaz became the Celtics' first Division I signee for girls lacrosse when she committed to the University of Cincinnati, Becker officially became a Buckeye at a ceremony Nov. 19.

"This shows you how much the game has evolved around here," Bender said.

In three seasons with the Celtics, Becker has scored 220 goals. She has 31 assists, 88 caused turnovers, 102 ground balls and 64 draw controls.

Last season, she made first-team all-OCC, first-team all-Region and honorable mention all-America after finishing with 101 goals.

Becker's best game came in an 18-17 win over Columbus School for Girls on May 4 when she had nine goals.

However, two days later in a 17-9 loss to Upper Arlington, she had six goals and one assist.

For the game against the Bears, Ohio State recruiters were in attendance and left impressed.

"They saw me when we played at UA, and my vision and athleticism was what they liked," Becker said. "I just have to pretty much work more on my stick skills because they need to improve."

Becker, who plays for the Midwestern Force club team, was offered a scholarship in May and verbally committed to Ohio State in June.

Last season, the Buckeyes finished 11-6 overall and tied for second in the American Lacrosse Conference with Penn State and Vanderbilt at 2-2, behind Northwestern (4-0) and ahead of Johns Hopkins (0-4). They lost to Penn State 11-5 in a semifinal of the ALC tournament.

Ohio State is coached by Sue Stimmel, who is in her 16th season. The 2009-10 team has three central Ohio natives on the team, and two of those players are eligible to return next season.

"Her athleticism and presence on the field and just her style set her apart," Bender said. "She's our second player to sign with a Division I school, which is exciting."

Becker had interest from other schools, but didn't consider any other program after the Buckeyes' offer came in.

Becker is planning to major in business or political science.

The Celtics finished 8-11 overall and fifth at 3-4 in the OCC-Buckeye Division last spring behind champion UA (7-0).

"I've always wanted to play Division I, and I'm excited Ohio State wanted me," Becker said.

"I'm looking forward to the spirit and enthusiasm that all of the students have in playing for a Big school."