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Ryan Terefenko

Ohio State University
Short Stick Defensive Midfield


Terefenko, a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, graduated last May. He completed his degree in sport industry, earning 2020 USILA Scholar All-American honors along the way.

He is currently enrolled in Ohio State’s sports management program, where he’ll earn a Masters of Science in Kinesiology, Sports Management.

Terefenko hopes to coach college lacrosse one day.


Terefenko is a three-time team captain, earning the honor since 2019.

During his freshman campaign, Terefenko was an important piece of the Ohio State team that earned the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the opening game against Loyola, Terefenko tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season, in which the Buckeyes made their first-ever NCAA Final Four and championship appearance.

This rehab process could have taken time from his sophomore season, but he was back on the field nine months later to open the season. Terefenko hasn’t missed a game since.


Terefenko is active with community service initiatives throughout Columbus. This fall, he was part of a group of players that read virtually to 2nd-grade students in the Columbus area each week. Over 500 young readers have benefited from the team members’ virtual visits in 20 different classrooms.

In addition, Terefenko has also participated in arts and crafts nights with patients at Nationwide Children’s, activities with residents at Heinzerling Foundation, and served meals to the homeless at the Columbus Dream Center.


Terefenko is a three-time USILA All-American at short stick defensive midfield, earning honorable mention honors in 2017, third team accolades in 2018, and second team honors in 2019. He was also a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2018 and 2019.

In the shortened 2020 season, Terefenko led all Big Ten non-faceoff specialists in ground balls per game (4.28), in addition to scoring two goals with four assists.

For his career, Terefenko has played in 52 games, scored 15 goals, and handed out 19 assists while helping the Buckeyes’ defense rank among the Big Ten’s and NCAA’s best. He is Ohio State’s active career leader in ground balls (139) and twice has been a Tewaaraton Award nominee.