COLUMBUS – Three members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team garnered Big Ten all-conference honors on Tuesday and sophomore Justin Inacio took home co-Specialist of the Year honors. It was the second major award for Inacio in as many years – last year, he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Junior Ryan Terefenko was selected to the All-Big Ten first team while Inacio and Tre Leclaire earned spots on the second team. Senior captain Logan Maccani was Ohio State’s Sportsmanship honoree.
Terefenko lived up to his billing as one of the best short stick defensive midfielders in the country this season. In 12 regular season games, he was third on the team with 36 ground balls, caused two turnovers and also contributed eight points (four goals, four assists). His play also helped Ohio State finish the regular season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team in clearing percentage (190-of-213, .892).
A midseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse, this is Terefenko’s second career first-team All-Big Ten award. He’s been a USILA All-American in both 2017 (honorable mention) and 2018 (third team). Last week, he was named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award.
From Wilson, Pa., and a sport industry major, Terefenko will take part in Huntington Bucks Go Pro 1.0 and work with coaching staffs from around the Ohio State Athletics Department. The program – part of the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute – runs eight weeks in June and July and allows student-athletes to gain important hands-on professional experience.
With Terefenko’s selection, Ohio State has 10 first-team all-conference award winners since 2015 – the second most of any program in the Big Ten. Inacio’s individual award is the seventh for the Buckeyes since 2015, more than any other program in the conference.
|Ohio State Big Ten Individual Award Winners|
|Robby Haus||Defensive Player of the Year||2016|
|Jake Withers||Specialist of the Year||2016|
|Jake Withers||Specialist of the Year||2017|
|Tre Leclaire||Freshman of the Year||2017|
|Justin Inacio||Freshman of the Year||2018|
|Nick Myers||Co-Coach of the Year||2018|
|Justin Inacio||Co-Specialist of the Year||2019|
Inacio is Ohio State’s third Big Ten Specialist of the Year award winner in the last four years, following the two Jake Withers earned in 2016 and 2017. The sophomore from Oakville, Ontario, led the conference in face-off win percentage (181-of-284, .637) and ranks No. 10 nationally. In last Friday’s regular season finale at Michigan, he set single-game school records with 23 wins (in 25 attempts) and 19 ground balls. In five Big Ten contests, Inacio was 81-of-119 (.681) with 50 ground balls.
Inacio’s play in the face-off X was consistent all season – he won 10 or more draws in each of the Buckeyes’ 12 games and twice reached the 20-win mark (20 vs. Bucknell on Feb. 23 and 23 vs. Michigan on April 26). His average of 10.00 ground balls per game was tops in the league and 120 total ground balls ranked second.
Leclaire finished the 2019 regular season as the Big Ten’s third leading scorer in goals per game, averaging 3.09 in 11 contests. He had multiple goals in all 11 games he played, including a season-high four goals on four different occasions, most recently at No. 1-ranked Penn State. He’s the Buckeyes’ team leader this season in total points (37) and goals (34).
A veteran of 47 career games, Leclaire became the 12th player in program history to score 100 career goals earlier this season. He has 109 in his career – fifth most in program history – and at least one in 18 straight games, which is the 10th longest active streak in the country. Like Terefenko, he’s also a two-time USILA All-American (third team in 2017, honorable mention in 2018).
Maccani is a senior captain from Shoreview, Minn., and is Ohio State’s active career leader in games played with 63. He’s suited up in every game for the Scarlet and Gray over the past four seasons and helped them lead the Big Ten in goals against average in 2017 and 2018. This year, he has 12 ground balls, two assists and a caused turnover from his defensive midfield position. A Senior CLASS candidate and finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award, Maccani will graduate with his degree in accounting.