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Ohio State’s Terefenko (Wilson, NXT) to return for 5th season

Thursday, 2nd April 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/2/20
From Press Release

Wilson High and NXT Lacrosse alum Ryan Terefenko, along with Tre Leclaire and Jeff Henrick – three of Ohio State’s most highly experienced and accomplished seniors – have elected to return to Ohio State and play in 2021 after the NCAA approved eligibility relief to spring sport student-athletes who had their seasons cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ryan Terefenko

A three-time USILA All-American, Terefenko was a first team preseason All-American in 2020 as a short stick defensive midfielder. He’s played in 52 career games with 139 ground balls – most of any active player on the roster – to go along with 13 caused turnovers, 15 goals, 19 assists and 34 points. His play also helped the 2020 Buckeyes rank in the top 30 nationally in both face-off win percentage (29th, .547) and clearing percentage (11th, .889).

Terefenko – who earned First-Team Inside Lacrosse/Media All-American Wednesday – is a two-time team captain who is majoring in sport industry. He was a part of the Bucks Go Pro 1.0 class last summer.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Gene Smith and the entire Ohio State Department of Athletics for their unwavering support,” said Terefenko. “They’ve always put the best interest of student-athletes first and this is just another example of that. I can’t wait to get back to work as we chase our goals in 2021.”

Leclaire, a Surrey, British Columbia native, was well on his way to breaking the school’s all-time record for goals scored in 2020 before the season was cancelled after seven games. He’ll return in 2021 just 12 goals shy of establishing a new record. A veteran of 54 career games, he has 135 goals and 173 points and three times has been named a USILA All-American. He was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career in 2020, having scored 26 goals in seven games and was 13th nationally with a 3.71 goals per game average.

“I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to continue my education and pursue my dream alongside my brothers one last time,” said Leclaire. “I’d like to thank Mr. Gene Smith, the athletics department and Coach Myers for their unwavering loyalty and display of support towards their student-athletes.”

In addition to ranking second in career goals, Leclaire is sixth in career points and could become just the fifth player in program history with 200 career points. He was sixth in the country in career goals scored amongst active players through the end of the 2020 season.

Like Terefenko, Henrick is a two-time captain. He’s played in every game since the start of the 2017 season – 55 to be exact. He started all 12 games at close defense in 2019 and finished with seven caused turnovers before moving to long stick midfield in 2020. He already had seven caused turnovers and 19 ground balls in seven games this spring.

Also a sport industry major, Henrick has 81 career ground balls and 30 caused turnovers.

“I’m so thankful to be a part of the best university in the land,” said Henrick. “I want to thank Gene Smith and the leadership of Ohio State for offering me the chance to come back. Words cannot express how excited I am to give it another go.”



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