May 26, 2021

Ryan Terefenko Named Finalist for Big Ten Medal of Honor


COLUMBUS, OhioRyan Terefenko on Wednesday was announced as a finalist for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor.

The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis.

Finalists are selected based on their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, on the field, and as a leader and role model within their program. Each year, Ohio State selects one male and one female recipient for the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The winners for the 2021 Big Ten Medal of Honor will be announced on May 31.

Terefenko is the first finalist from men’s lacrosse since Logan Schuss in 2014. Two members of the program have received the award – Roger Beck in 1962 and Kevin Stephan in 2002.

“We’re so proud of Ryan to be recognized as a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, especially considering the greatness we’re privileged to be around every day at Ohio State,” said head coach Nick Myers. “Ryan’s been a difference-maker for us since day one and is one of the finest young men I’ve had the honor of coaching. I’m certain he’ll pass down his passion for the game to many more young players during his career as a coach.”

Terefenko, a three-time team captain, is a three-time USILA All-American and three-time Tewaaraton Award nominee, the highest individual award a college lacrosse player can achieve. He also earned All-Big Ten honors three times in his career (2018, 2019 and 2021).

Despite missing five games and most of a sixth with an injury, Terefenko proved why he was one of the most versatile players in the entire country. He played both offensive and defensive midfield, was on the Buckeyes’ man-up unit, played the wings of face-offs and has even took 14 draws at the X with eight wins. His all-around game was best on display April 10 vs. Johns Hopkins when he scored three goals – all in the span of three minutes in the first quarter – picked up eight ground balls and took two face-offs.

Terefenko was selected this past year in both the National Lacrosse League and Premier Lacrosse League drafts. He is a graduate student in Ohio State’s sports management master’s degree program as well as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete. This past spring semester, he was one of six players to have a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.