COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State was well represented as the Big Ten Conference announced its all-conference teams and individual award winners on Tuesday. Senior Ben Randall and sophomore Ryan Terefenko made the first team, Tre Leclaire was a second-team selection, Justin Inacio took home Freshmen of the Year honors and Nick Myers was named the co-Coach of the Year. Senior captain John Kelly is Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.
“I’m happy and proud of our men for these well-deserved honors,” said Myers. “All five of them have played a key role in our success, and it says a lot about their production when you consider all of the other great players in our conference. Best of all, they’ve exemplified what it means to play Buckeye lacrosse.”
Randall, from Cincinnati, Ohio, has started all 14 games this year and leads the team with 13 caused turnovers while adding 18 ground balls. A first-team All-American last season, his play in 2018 helped the Scarlet and Gray finish as the league leader in goals against average, giving up just 8.72 per game. He is also one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, which is the highest individual honor in college lacrosse. The all-conference nod is the second of Randall’s career after making second team in 2017.
Terefenko has put together a full line of stats in 2018, led by a team-high 44 ground balls. He’s also caused seven turnovers and added four goals and five assists for nine points. Thanks to his play, Ohio State is also the nation’s No. 1 clearing team, converting just over 94 percent of the time (200-of-212). This is the first all-conference honor for Terefenko, who was also an honorable mention All-American in 2017.
Leclaire is Ohio State’s leading scorer with 35 points (25G, 10A) and recently reach the 100 career point mark in just his 35th game. He has six games this season with at least three goals and registered at least one point in all five conference games. In back to back Big Ten games against Johns Hopkins and Michigan, he scored six times. The Surrey, British Columbia native also has nine multi-point games this season.
Inacio, who is Ohio State’s second straight Freshman of the Year selection, won nearly 70 percent of the face-offs that he took during Big Ten play (70-of-102, .686) and is at .601 for the season (119-of-198). In back to back wins over Maryland and Rutgers, Inacio went 35-of-47 (.744) at the X with streaks of 10 and 13 consecutive wins, respectively. Nationally, Inacio leads all freshmen in face-off win percentage. He also had 43 ground balls (3.30 per game). The Buckeyes are now the first program to have back to back Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees.
Myers is in his 10th season guiding the Scarlet and Gray and on Saturday became the program’s all-time winningest coach with 93 victories. He’s led the Buckeyes to three NCAA quarterfinal appearances, last year’s national championship game and along the way has mentored 17 All-Americans and 10 conference players of the year.
Kelly, a Towson, Md. native, has played in 63 career games with 36 goals, 23 assists and 59 points. This season he’s started all 11 games that’s played with 10 goals, six assists and 16 points. Kelly is also an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection who was a Senior CLASS Award candidate earlier this spring.
The Buckeyes, winners of three straight, are the No. 3 seed in this year’s Big Ten Tournament and face second-seeded Johns Hopkins on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.