COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore midfielder Ryan Terefenko has earned his second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award, the conference announced today.
Terefenko had a team-high five ground balls and caused a turnover in Friday’s 8-5 win over then-No. 20 Michigan at Ohio Stadium. With Terefenko’s help, the Buckeye defense held the Wolverines to five goals below their season average and didn’t allow a goal for the first 14:57 of the second half. In that span, Ohio State’s offense scored four times to open up a 7-3 lead.
A native of Sinking Spring, Pa., Terefenko has put up a full line of stats this season: he has 33 ground balls (second most on the team), six caused turnovers, four goals and three assists. With his help, Ohio State has the league’s second-best scoring defense (8.73 goals/game) and has allowed eight goals or fewer six times in 12 games. He was also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 20 after helping Ohio State defeat Hofstra, 9-7.
Ohio State (6-6, 1-2) travels to No. 1 Maryland (10-1, 3-0) on Sunday to face the Terrapins beginning at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.