Five Buckeyes Earn All-American Honors For Men’s Lacrosse

By May 26, 2019 (3:05 pm)Joe Dempsey, Sports
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Five members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team – junior Ryan Terefenko, senior Jack Jasinski, junior Tre Leclaire, sophomore Justin Inacio and senior Matt Borges – have been named USILA All-Americans.

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced Jasinski, Leclaire, Borges and Inacio as honorable mention choices while Terefenko earned a spot on the second team.

Jasinski, Borges and Inacio all earned All-America accolades for the first time in their careers while Terefenko and Leclaire became three-time All-Americans for the Buckeyes.

Terefenko and Leclaire became just the third and fourth three-time All-Americans in program history, joining Logan Schuss (2010, 2012-13) and Jesse King (2013-15).

“We are proud to see these deserving men recognized,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It speaks to not only their talent and the great seasons they put together, but also the success of their teammates around them.”

Five All-American selections marked the second most for Ohio State in a single season in program history. The Buckeyes have brought home 14 All-American honors across the past three seasons, which is the most in a three-year period in program history.

Courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

In addition to his second-team All-American honors, junior short stick defensive midfielder Ryan Terefenko was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

The West Lawn (Pa.) Wilson product played in all 12 games and ranked second on the team in ground balls with 36. Terefenko scored four goals, added four assists and caused two turnovers. The Sinking Spring, Pa., native, helped Ohio State finish the regular season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked clearing team (.892).

Terefenko was one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award and was named a third-team media All-American by Inside Lacrosse. He had previously earned honorable mention All-America honors as a freshman and third-team accolades as a sophomore.

In addition to his honorable mention All-American honors, junior attacker Tre Leclaire earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades, finishing third in the conference in goals per game (3.09).

The Surrey, British Columbia, native led the team in goals (34) and was tied for the lead in points (37), while ranking No. 10 in the Big Ten in points per game (3.36).

Leclaire scored multiple goals in all 11 games that he played in and tallied three or more goals in nine of 11 games. The high-scoring junior became the 12th player in program history to score 100 career goals and currently ranks fifth on the Buckeyes’ career goals list (109) and No. 14 in career points (139).

Senior midfielder Jack Jasinski posted the most statistically productive season of his career, finishing with 21 goals and 11 assists for 32 points.

The Birmingham (Ala.) Oak Mountain product notched at least one point in 10 of 12 games. He scored a career-high five goals in a 17-10 win against Boston University, marking one of six multi-goal games on the season.

Jasinski finished his career with 97 points in 61 games (61 goals, 36 assists).

With senior defenseman Matt Borges’ All-American selection, Ohio State has produced at least one All-American close defensemen for nine consecutive seasons.

Borges, a team captain, started 48 consecutive games from 2017 through 2019 and played in 63 contests. The Garden City, N.Y., native led the 2019 Buckeyes with 16 caused turnovers and was third with 35 ground balls.

Borges averaged 1.33 caused turnovers per game, the most by an Ohio State defensemen since Keenan Ochwat in 2012. He earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 12 after picking up five ground balls and causing two turnovers vs. Boston University.

Borges concluded his career with 109 career ground balls and 38 caused turnovers.

In addition to his All-American honors, sophomore face-off specialist Justin Inacio won Big Ten co-Specialist of the Year and second team all-conference honors after leading the Big Ten in face-off win percentage (.637).

Inacio, an Oakville, Ontario, native, ranked ninth nationally during the regular season in face-off win percentage. He set an Ohio State single-game record for face-off wins, going 23 of 25 against Michigan with 19 ground balls, also a single-game high.

Inacio won 10 or more face-offs in all 12 games and was 81-of-119 in the X in five Big Ten games (.681). The Vaughn (Ontario) Hill Academy product averaged 10.00 ground balls per game in the regular season, ranking fifth in the country.

Inacio became the second Ohio State face-off specialist to earn All-America honors in the last three seasons. Jack Withers was a second-team choice in 2017.

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