COLUMBUS, Ohio – One day after being named to the final Watch List for the 2020 Tewaaraton Award, Ryan Terefenko added to his resume on Wednesday. The Sinking Spring, Pa. native was named a first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse.
Despite having the season cut short to seven games due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Terefenko led the Buckeyes with 30 ground balls and had also added two goals and four assists from his shortstick defensive midfield spot. His play also helped the Buckeyes rank 11th nationally in clearing percentage (.889) and 29th in face-off win percentage (.558).
Terefenko’s average of 4.29 ground balls per game was the best in the Big Ten among non face-off specialists. In his final game of 2020, Terefenko had seven ground balls in a 13-11 win over No. 14 Notre Dame at Ohio Stadium. He was one of two Big Ten players to earn a spot on the first team. A total of 10 conference players earned either first, second, third team or honorable mention honors.
A sport industry major, Terefenko was a first team preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse and three times earned All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He’s played in 52 games in his career with 139 ground balls – most of any active player on the roster – to go along with 15 goals, 19 assists and 13 caused turnovers.