Jan. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse program hosted the second Buckeye Futures Night last Saturday in Ohio Stadium. More than 30 players who have committed to the Buckeyes attended the event, held at the home of Ohio State lacrosse.
“What an incredible evening from start to the finish,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “This is a night we as a staff have had circled on the calendar since this time last year. Buckeye Futures Night is a unique opportunity to connect future Buckeyes and their families with the current men who wear the Scarlet and Gray, as well as have the group hear from leadership of this great university. I would like to thank my coaching staff, the support staff, Gene Smith, the department of athletics and all those who helped make this night happen.”
The night started in the Orlando Pace Recruit Room of The Shoe, with the future Buckeyes and their parents gathering with the Ohio State staff and current Buckeyes for a meal. Buckeye alums and members of the 2016 team shared stories about their Ohio State experiences with the group and Smith, Ohio State Vice President/Director of Athletics, spoke to the attendees, as well as Myers.
The group then headed to field level and a tour was held of the Buckeyes’ game day locker room in The Shoe. Following the tour, the future Buckeyes and their families headed through the tunnel to the Ohio Stadium field. The members of the Class of 2020, who have signed National Letters of Intent, were recognized on the video board, which also displayed graphics and video.
Ryan Terefenko, a member of the Class of 2020 from Sinking Spring, Pa., appreciated the preview of his Buckeye career.
“Throughout the year, the 2016 recruits are always talking about how this is our year to be on the screen in The Shoe,” Terefenko said. “It was great to have an opportunity to hang out with future teammates. That feeling you get when you walk down the tunnel with your class and see yourself, in an Ohio State uniform, on the big screen is almost indescribable. You really feel like you’re already on the team. Coach Myers was waiting to congratulate us along with some of the current Buckeyes. You get to see yourself in a jersey and imagine what it’s going to be like for the next four years. My family and I had an amazing time and we cannot thank the Ohio State lacrosse staff and players enough for an incredible evening.”
Parents of the future Buckeyes enjoyed learning more about what a special place Ohio State is.
“Last year Josh came to the Buckeye 100 and Futures Night on his own,” Carol Kirson, the mother of Josh Kirson, a goalie in the Buckeye Class of 2020, said. “He sent us these amazing pictures after the evening and we were disappointed we missed out on it. So this year the entire family made our way to Ohio State for this special evening. From the minute we walked into the Orlando Pace Recruit Room in The Shoe, we knew we were in for a treat. Dinner was delicious, Gene Smith was informative and the student-athletes really hit home letting the boys know what it meant to be a Buckeye! The most memorable part was walking through the tunnel onto the field and seeing the Class of 2020 in lights on the videoboard. For the boys, it is just a taste of what is to come. We are so excited to be part of the Buckeye family!”
Caleb Mahoney, an incoming Buckeye from Holliston, Mass., and his teammates enjoyed seeing a preview of their time with the Scarlet and Gray.
“My teammates and I were extremely fortunate to partake in a dinner in Ohio Stadium last Saturday night,” Mahoney said. “The event started off with a fantastic meal and at its conclusion we were addressed by Coach Myers. He talked about the event and gave out a few deserved thank yous to staff members and family. He followed that up by introducing Gene Smith who talked about his hope for the future of the program. It was truly an honor to have such a distinguished member of the Buckeye community speak to us. Soon after, a group of current Ohio State lacrosse players were brought up to talk about a multitude of topics ranging from their first fall in the program to what it means to be a Buckeye. My classmates and I were awestruck by the passion and meaning these players spoke with. To end the event, we were led to the locker room and eventually through the tunnel and onto the field. We dreamed of the day we are able to don the Scarlet and Gray and play on this historic ground. Walking down the tunnel on the wall it reads, ‘Our Honor Defend’ and we plan to do just that when our time comes. Our class gained a stronger appreciation for what it meant to be a Buckeye and we couldn’t be more excited to get after it next year.”
Greg O’Hare, the father of Colin O’Hare from Jupiter, Fla., was appreciative for an inside look at his son’s future as a Buckeye.
“Thank you to Coach Myers and the men’s lacrosse staff and players for a remarkable and insightful evening in Ohio Stadium.” O’Hare said. “From Coach Myers’ ‘contagious enthusiasm’ for Ohio State lacrosse to athletics director Gene Smith’s astute synopsis of Ohio State athletics and the university’s unwavering support and commitment to the lacrosse program, it made for an enlivening event. To hear current and former players speak about how impactful it is to be a Buckeye and how it’s forever changed their lives was inspirational. The bond and camaraderie between players and coaches was evident and comforting as a parent of an incoming freshman recruit. The evening ended in spectacular fashion as my son Colin and his teammates were led through the game day locker room, out through the tunnel and onto their home field in The Horseshoe to see pictures and biographical information on each player and as a group on the videoboard! It made for the perfect ending to a memorable evening.”