COLUMBUS, Ohio – When the Premier Lacrosse League season opens this weekend, there will be a distinct tint of scarlet and gray that accompanies it.
That’s because eight #ProBucks occupy roster spots throughout the league. Training camps began last weekend and run through this week. The season begins on Saturday with televised games on ESPN and ESPN+.
Four of the eight teams have at least one Buckeye. The Archers feature a league-high four, including 2022 third-round draft choice Justin Inacio. He’s joined by three other familiar faces: second-year pro Tre Leclaire, Jack Jasinski, who recently signed with the team through the 2023 season, and veteran defensive midfielder Dominique Alexander.
The Waterdogs are the other team with multiple Buckeyes. Its roster features defenseman Ben Randall and face-off specialist Jake Withers. Jackson Reid, the 26th overall pick in last month’s draft, will play for two-time champion Whipsnakes while Ryan Terefenko is a member of the Chrome.
If history is any indication, expect Inacio and Reid and make an instant impact with their teams. Last summer, Terefenko and Leclaire did that for the Archers and Chrome, respectively. Terefenko had six caused turnovers and 24 ground balls along with seven points on the year. In the final three games of the season, he collected 15 ground balls and was a finalist for the George Boiardi Hard Hat Award. Leclaire, meanwhile, scored seven goals in the six games that he played in.
Week One of PLL action, which takes place at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y., has one game that features Buckeyes on both sides. On Sunday at 3:45 p.m., the Chrome faces the Archers. Other games involving #ProBucks occur on Saturday (Whipsnakes vs. Chaos) and Sunday (Waterdogs vs. Cannons).