COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team have been recognized as All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the USILA announced Wednesday. Junior defenseman Ben Randall was named to the first team, senior faceoff specialist Jake Withers earned second team honors, freshman attackman Tre Leclaire and senior goalie Tom Carey were third team selections and senior attackman Eric Fannell and freshman defensive midfielder Ryan Terefenko were honorable mention choices.
Noting the Buckeye All-Americans
• Randall is the first Buckeye in program history to be a USILA First Team All-American.
• The four first/second/third team honorees are a program best, as two Buckeyes were placed on one of the three teams in 2012 and 2015.
• The six overall selections ties the program record, set when the 1957 team had six honorable mention players. The 2008 team is second with four All-Americans.
• Leclaire is the first Buckeye freshman to earn a spot on one of the three All-America teams. He and Terefenko are the second and third Buckeye true freshmen to be recognized by the USILA, joining Logan Schuss, who was an honorable mention selection as a rookie in 2010.
• Carey was an honorable mention choice in 2015. He is the first Buckeye goalie to earn a spot on the first/second/third team and the third Buckeye goalie to earn All-America honors twice (Tony Russo, 2003, '04; Rudolph Yeagle, 1957, ’58).
• The Buckeyes have had at least one All-America selection each year since 2008, totaling 25 in that span (one first team, three second team, eight third team, 13 honorable mention) and have 32 total honorees since 2000.
• The Buckeyes’ six honorees this year are tied for third nationally with Denver, behind Maryland (9) and Duke (7).
• All-time, Buckeyes have now claimed 15 USILA first, second or third team honors and 43 honorable mention selections.
Ben Randall, First Team All-American
Randall, from Mason, Ohio, is the fourth Buckeye defenseman to be named to one of the All-America teams and the inaugural first team selection. A Second Team All-Big Ten choice this season, he has started all 19 games at close defense for the Buckeyes in his first year with the squad. He has picked up 47 groundballs and has 13 caused turnovers, with two or more groundballs in all but three games. Randall, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team choice, is the leader of the Buckeye defense that ranks ninth nationally, holding opponents to 8.26 goals a game. Randall has also chipped in three assists.
Jake Withers, Second Team All-American
The Big Ten Specialist of the Year for a second straight year, Withers, from Peterborough, Ontario, ranks fourth in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage (.661) and is seventh nationally with 7.47 groundballs per game. He has won 252-of-381 faceoffs on the year, including 16 games with double digit victories, with a league-high 142 groundballs. In Big Ten play, Withers won 82-of-110 of his draws (.745) and had a B1G-best 42 groundballs and 8.4 groundballs per game. As a Buckeye, Withers, a two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, has won 59.8 percent of his faceoffs (591-of-988) and has 334 groundballs while playing in 62 games.
Tre Leclaire and Tom Carey, Third Team All-Americans
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Leclaire leads the Buckeyes with 45 goals and is second with 59 points, both Ohio State freshman records and the most goals for a Buckeye since 1988. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a Second Team All-Big Ten choice, he has at least one goal in all but two games this season and a point in all but one of his first 19 games as a Buckeye. He has notched three or more goals in a game seven times, has seven games with four or more points and leads the Big Ten with five gamewinning tallies.
Carey, from New Canaan, Conn., leads the Big Ten and is seventh in the NCAA in goals-against average (8.16), ranking 11th in the nation with a Big Ten-best .547 save percentage. A First Team All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and honorable mention all-conference choice in 2016, Carey has a career ledger of 31-19 as a Buckeye, with an 8.78 goals-against average and .523 save percentage. He had a season-high 14 saves in the Buckeyes’ NCAA quarterfinal win over Duke Saturday.
Eric Fannell and Ryan Terefenko, Honorable Mention All-Americans
Fannell, a native of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, has a Buckeye-best 29 assists and 63 points, ranking second with 34 goals. He has a goal in 16 of 18 games played this season, with a point in 17 of 18 outings, including 14 multiple point performances. A two-time USILA Offensive Player of the Week, Fannell has 30 points in his last seven games combined, including five goals and seven points in the NCAA win over Duke last week.
Terefenko, from Sinking Spring, Pa., played in the Buckeyes’ first 18 games. He had 11 points, with five goals and six assists, along with 28 groundballs and three caused turnovers. He had a goal, two assists and three points in the Buckeyes’ win over Denver.
Up Next for the Buckeyes
Ohio State, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Championship, heads to Boston this weekend for its first appearance in the NCAA semifinals. The Buckeyes, 15-4 on the year, will face Towson at noon Saturday in Gillette Stadium.
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