COLUMBUS, Ohio – When a program has been around for 67 years, it’s hard to imagine many “firsts” are yet to be achieved.
But seniors Tre Leclaire and Ryan Terefenko of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team enter their senior seasons with a very impressive first that they’ll both be looking to add to their ever-expanding resumes: they’re attempting to become the first four-time All-Americans in Buckeye lacrosse history.
Yes, that’s right – despite producing 57 All-Americans since 1953, nobody for the Scarlet and Gray has done it four times. That could change in 2020.
As freshmen, both Leclaire and Terefenko were integral parts of the 2017 team that played in the national championship game. They were so critical to the Buckeyes’ success, in fact, that Leclare scored a freshman-record 65 points (49G, 16A) and was the first Buckeye rookie to earn a spot on a United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) first, second or third team. Terefenko played in the first 18 games of the season at short stick defensive midfield before an injury in the NCAA Tournament cut his season short.
In 2018, the tandem picked up where it left off. Leclaire led the team in scoring with 37 points while Terefenko established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the country with 45 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Last year, it was more of the same – Leclaire was third in the Big Ten in goals per game (3.09) while Terefenko did a little bit of everything with 36 groundballs, eight caused turnovers, four goals and four assists.
The program’s only three-time All-Americans were also produced during the 12-year tenure of head coach Nick Myers. Logan Schuss, Ohio State’s second all-time leading scorer with 237 points, earned honorable mention honors in 2010, third team accolades in 2012 and was a second-team selection in 2013. Schuss is now in his eighth year playing in the National Lacrosse League. He’s a member of the Vancouver Warriors. Jesse King, who was two years young than Schuss and graduated in 2015, is fourth all-time in points with 208 and was an All-American in 2013, 2014 and 2015. King also plays in the NLL for the Calgary Roughnecks.
Leclaire Is Top Five In Goals Scored
When last season end, Leclaire had entered rare company as one of Ohio State’s top all-time goal scorers. He enters the 2020 season with 109 career goals, which is fifth most in program history. He’s 38 away from Schuss’ record of 147. Leclaire’s 109 career goals is eighth most among active Division I players nationally.
Terefenko is a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection and was an honorable mention All-American in 2017, third-teamer in 2018 and second-team choice in 2019. Leclaire’s been on the All-Big Ten second team for three years in a row, made third team All-America in 2017 and has been an honorable mention selection in 2018 and 2019. Together, they’ve helped the Buckeyes to a 32-16 combined record over the last three years.
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The Buckeyes have a program-record nine regular season home games on their schedule, including Big Ten contests against No. 1 Penn State, No. 13 Johns Hopkins and Michigan. Other notable non-conference games in Columbus are vs. No. 10 Denver (March 15), No. 7 Notre Dame (March 10) and No. 12 Cornell (March 1).