COLUMBUS, Ohio – A program-record four members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program were named USILA Scholar All-Americans on Friday: close defenseman Joey Salisbury, midfielder Lukas Buckley, midfielder Ryan Terefenko and attackman Tre Leclaire. Salisbury, Buckley, Leclaire and Terefenko are Ohio State’s 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Scholar All-Americans in program history. It’s also the ninth consecutive year that at least one Buckeye has earned this prestigious honor.
The USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee annually selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. Ohio State extended its streak to six consecutive years with multiple honorees.
A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). In addition to the Scholar All-America distinction, Salisbury, Buckley, Leclaire and Terefenko were all OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Salisbury, a Damascus, Md. native who graduated in May with his degree in accounting, started all seven games on defense in 2020 and finished with 16 ground balls and three caused turnovers. His play helped Ohio State become the Big Ten’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense (10.14 goals allowed/game). Salisbury was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and last year was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for maintaining a 3.7 or better grade-point average for the 2018-19 academic year.
Buckley was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2016-17 and 2018-19). He graduated in May of 2019 with his bachelor’s degree in finance and in 2020 with a specialized master’s degree in business/finance from the Fisher College of Business. For his career, Buckley finished with 50 points on 29 goals and 21 assists in 55 games. He will continue his lacrosse career with the Boston Cannons after signing with the team last month.
Leclaire was Ohio State’s leading scorer through seven games with 26 goals and eight assists for 34 points. He was ranked 13th nationally with a 3.71 goals per game average and his final performance of 2020 was a five-goal, six-point outing in a 13-11 win over No. 14 Notre Dame on March 10. In 54 career games, his total of 135 goals is second-most in program history and his 173 points in No. 6 on the all-time list. A three-time USILA All-American, he graduated in May with his degree in sport industry.
Terefenko was a first team preseason All-American at short stick defensive midfield with 30 ground balls, two goals and four assists through seven games. His play helped the Buckeyes rank in the top 30 nationally in face-off win percentage (29th, .547) and clearing percentage (11th, .889). Terefenko’s 139 career ground balls are the most of any active player on the roster. Like Leclaire, he also graduated in May with his degree in sport industry and is also a three-time USILA All-American.
Friday’s announcement continues a trend of positive academic news this year. The team finished the spring semester with a grade-point average of 3.66 and 85 percent of its roster – 40 student-athletes in all – were OSU Scholar-Athletes. Ohio State has achieved a higher GPA than the semester preceding it in eight of the last 10 semesters and has had a 3.20 or better term GPA for eight consecutive semesters. The Buckeyes also led all conference lacrosse programs with 29 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Ohio State’s USILA Scholar All-Americans
2012 – Joe Bonanni and Matt Kawamoto
2013 – Dominique Alexander, Logan Schuss and Trey Wilkes
2014 – Joe Meurer
2015 – Turner Evans and Christopher May
2016 – Carter Brown and Robby Haus
2017 – Tyler Pfister and Jake Withers
2018 – Ben Randall and Erik Evans
2019 – Matt Borges, Jack Jasinski and Logan Maccani
2020 – Lukas Buckley, Joey Salisbury, Tre Leclaire and Ryan Terefenko