One More Year

by Ryan Terefenko

I couldn’t be more appreciative to Gene Smith, Janine Oman, Coach Myers and the entire Ohio State Athletic Department for their unwavering support during these uncertain times. To have our senior season end the way it did left us all very confused and uneasy. But Coach Myers showed why he is such a great leader, providing constant communication and information when it became available. As we waited to hear what was next, it eased a lot of our stress and anxiety knowing that our AD and Athletic Department were relentless in accomplishing their main priority of taking care of its student-athletes.

When the news came down that spring sport athletes would be granted an additional year of eligibility, I felt an immediate sense of relief. It was a great feeling knowing that my career wasn’t going to end because of an outside factor and that I would be given another chance to finish on my own terms. I was going to have the chance to be with my brothers again in that locker room, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

I’m returning to Ohio State for the 2021 season because I feel I still have more to offer to this program, one that I care so deeply about. I want to continue to develop as a leader of this team. I also want to continue to teach the Buckeye Way the best I can to a new class of freshman. I want to put on the scarlet and gray jersey again and walk out of that tunnel with my brothers behind me. There is unfinished business that this group has.

“I’m returning to Ohio State for the 2021 season because I feel I still have more to offer to this program, one that I care so deeply about.”

The Buckeye Lacrosse program starts with Coach Myers and the Blueprint he’s created. I do my best to live as closely to this blueprint each and every day. As a 5th year guy I feel a real sense of urgency to continue to help my teammates live the blueprint as best as they can.

Thank you to everyone who played a part in helping to make my dreams become a reality, especially my parents. Your love and support means the world to me. You’ve supported me through every adversity I have ever faced. I am so incredibly grateful to have parents like you.

Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone working on the frontlines to fight COVID-19. You are heroes. What you are doing now will never go unnoticed or unappreciated. Sports will come back. And when they do, our team will play with a renewed passion and excitement that all of Buckeye Nation will be proud of.