February 20, 2018

Terefenko Earns B1G Defensive Player of the Week Honors


Feb. 20, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the third time in as many weeks, an Ohio State player has earned weekly lacrosse honors from the Big Ten Conference. Today, it was sophomore Ryan Terefenko, who was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Terefenko, from Sinking Spring, Pa., had two ground balls, a caused turnover and one goal in last Saturday’s 9-7 victory over Hofstra. He was an instrumental in helping Ohio State’s defense hold the Pride scoreless for 13:48 of the fourth quarter.

Midway through the first quarter, Logan Maccani picked up a ground ball on Hofstra’s offensive end of the field and flipped it to Terefenko, who raced up the middle of the field and scored the game’s second goal. It was part of a five-goal run that gave Ohio State a 5-0 lead after the opening quarter.

An honorable mention All-American in 2017, Terefenko has a goal and two assists from his defensive midfield position to go along with six ground balls and a caused turnover through three games. With his help, Ohio State’s unit ranks first in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 7.33 goals per game.

Previously this season, sophomore Christian Feliziani was the Big Ten Specialist of the Week (Feb. 6) and Jackson Reid was the Big Ten Rookie of the Week (Feb. 13).

The fourth-ranked Buckeyes head south this weekend and face Jacksonville on Sunday at 1 p.m. as part of the Moe’s Lacrosse Classic. The game will be aired on tape delay at 9 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.