COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have been named captains for the 2019 season, head coach Nick Myers announced today.
This year’s squad will be seniors Matt Borges, and Logan Maccani along with juniors Ryan Terefenko and Jeff Henrick.
“These four men exemplify what Buckeye lacrosse is. They work hard every day and are always doing what’s right on the field, off the field and in the community,” said Myers. “As leaders, they’re a testimony to the culture and blueprint that we’ve worked hard to create. Our staff is excited to work alongside them on this journey.”
The foresome has combined to play in 171 career games. Off the field, they’ve been OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees. It’s also the first time in 19 years that Ohio State’s had two junior captains – Mike Abeles and Jon Torpey were the last to do it in 1999.
Borges hails from Garden City, N.Y. and has started 36 consecutive games at close defense. His play has helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in goals against average in back to back seasons. As a junior in 2018, he had 33 groundballs and nine caused turnovers. Over the final four games of the season – all against ranked teams – his defensive unit allowed just 7.00 goals per game.
Borges brings 51 games of career experience to the Ohio State squad this year with 74 groundballs and 22 caused turnovers. In 2016, he was part of the United States U19 squad that won a gold medal at the World Championships. A stellar student, he’s been an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection multiple times in his career. Borges in majoring in finance at the Fisher College of Business.
Like Borges, Maccani has played in all 51 games over the past three seasons. He is a key member of the Buckeyes’ defensive midfield and scooped up 21 ground balls last year to go along with a goal and two assists. He also caused ten turnovers, including two against Boston University, Towson and Rutgers. He has 63 career groundballs and 25 caused turnovers.
Maccani is majoring in accounting at the Fisher College of Business. He’s a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Henrick has 36 games on experience under his belt and scooped up 23 groundballs last year from his long stick defensive midfield position. He also scored twice – once in a 15-9 victory over Boston University and again in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Johns Hopkins. With his help, Ohio State finished No. 2 in the country in clearing percentage, converting 93.8 percent of its opportunities.
An Orangeville, Ontario native who earned a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2016 U19 World Championships, Henrick is a sport industry major.
Terefenko, also a junior, is already a two-time All-American after earning third team honors last year as a short stick defensive midfielder. Also a first team All-Big Ten selection, Terefenko put together a full line of stats: 45 ground balls (second most on the team), four goals, five assists, nine points and seven caused turnovers. He ranked second in the Big Ten in ground balls per game during conference play (4.80/game) and was a three-time conference Defensive Player of the Week.
From Sinking Spring, Pa., Terefenko remarkably recovered from a knee injury that cut his freshman season short in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. He had 28 ground balls, five goals and six assists that season and was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American. Terefenko is majoring in sport industry.