Justin Inacio


Player profile

  • Height 5-10
  • Weight 188
  • Hometown Oakville, Ontario
  • Last School The Hill Academy
  • Year Senior

Ohio State Overview
• Has played in 40 career games with a .607 face-off winning percentage (530-of-873)
• A biology major who was part of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 program in the summer of 2019
• Has been both an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree
• Is Ohio State’s active career leader with 259 ground balls
• Will return for his fifth year with the Buckeyes in 2022 due to the COVID-19 eligibility relief

Honors and Awards
2018: Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2019: Big Ten co-Specialist of the Year and second team All-Big Ten
USILA Honorable Mention All-American
2020: Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American

2021 (Senior Season)
• Ranked second in the Big Ten in face-off win percentage at .551 (147-of-267)
• Won a season-high 19 face-offs and picked up 11 ground balls vs. Maryland (3/20)
• Won 11 or more face-offs in nine of the 10 games that he played in
• Was 17-for-22 in the X, including nine of 10 in the second half, vs. Rutgers (4/3)

2020 (Junior Season)
• Missed the first three games of the season but returned to win 72-of-110 face-offs (.655) over the final four games before the COVID-19 outbreak cancelled the remainder of the season
• Led the Big Ten in face-off win percentage (.655)
• Set an Ohio State single-game record with 30 face-off wins vs. Cornell
• His 30 face-off wins were the third most in NCAA history
• Had 13 or more face-off wins in all four games that he played
• In addition to 30 face-off wins vs. Cornell, also picked up a season-high 13 ground balls
• Scored a goal after winning the game’s opening face-off in his 2020 debut at Bucknell

2019 (Sophomore Season)
• Big Ten co-Specialist of the Year and second team all-conference after leading the Big Ten in face-off win percentage (.637).
• Ranked ninth nationally during the regular season in face-off win percentage.
• Set an Ohio State single-game record for face-off wins vs. Michigan, going 23-of-25 with 19 ground balls, also a single-game high.
• Won 10 or more face-offs in all 12 games.
• Was 81-of-119 in the X in five Big Ten games (.681).
• Averaged 10.00 ground balls per game in the regular season, fifth highest in the country.
• Named the Big Ten Specialist of the Week on Feb. 26 after winning 20-of-27 face-offs and picking up 15 ground balls vs. Bucknell (2/23).
• Scored goals in back to back games against Marquette (3/2) and Hofstra (3/9).
• Named an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
• A member of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 class and will work this summer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a surgical student intern.
• Is majoring in biology.
• Career goals is to “become a world-renowned doctor or surgeon who works to make a difference in people’s lives.”

2018 (Freshman Season)
• Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
• Had 10 or more face-off wins in each of the last five games.
• Ranked No. 1 nationally in face-off win percentage among freshmen (.613).
• Went 75-of-102 over the last five games of the year (.735).
• In Big Ten play, was 70-of-102 (.686).
• Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after winning 18 of 21 against No. 9 Rutgers. Won the first 13 face-offs of the game.
• Big Ten Specialist of the Week for his 17-of-26 showing against Maryland, which included a streak of 10 consecutive wins.
• Won a career high 19 face-offs and picked up eight ground balls at No. 6 Johns Hopkins.
• Scooped up a team-high 47 ground balls with three or more in each of the last four games.
• Won eight of nine faceoffs in his collegiate debut at Cleveland State (2/3/18), including five of six in the third quarter during a 6-2 run.
• Was seven-of-10 on face-offs against No. 20 Boston University (2-10/18) and helped the Buckeyes win 12 of the first 13 face-offs.

More on Justin
• Played for head coach Brodie Merrill and one of the top programs in North America; was considered one of the top faceoff specialists in the Class of 2017.
• Helped Hill Academy win the Geico National High School Lacrosse title.
• Selected to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-America Game for the South squad.
• Participated in three major showcases/camps: the NSCLA National Cup Showcase, Maverik Showtime and All-Canadian Games All-Star.
• A member of the Canadian U-19 national team.
• Is the son of Nelson and Sandra Inacio.
• Has an older sister.
• Would like to attend dental school in Canada and open his own practice.
• Lists his greatest sports thrill as the “fling and a prayer” – a play for the U-19 Canadian team in which he won a faceoff, flung the ball downfield, leading to a tying goal vs. the United States U-19 team. Canada would go on to win the game in overtime.