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Make no mistake, Ryan Terenfenko is a talented midfielder.

But there’s another attribute that makes the the 2016 midfielder from Wilson HS (PA) stand apart.

His work ethic.

Terenfenko decided where he will take that combination of skills and hard work: The Ohio State University, a decision reported when it was made last week by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Terenfenko is a righty with a strong shot and outstanding versatility, including  strong defensive skills and the ability to get groundballs.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Ryan on his commitment.

recruiting_updateWhat were the main factors in your decision?
When I got on campus, it just felt right.  It also came down to the coaching staff. You have (Coach (Nick) Myers who’s been the head coach for long time,  (Assistant) Coach (Brad) Ross, who has been in the final four four times, and (Assistant) Coach (Jamison) Koesterer, who has won two national championships.

Additionally, the academic support they provide is better than any school I’ve seen and, of course, the lacrosse facilities are unbelievable

What other schools were you considering?
Denver,  University of Delaware,  Army,  Colgate and the University of Richmond.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I always make sure that I outwork every player on the field.  My biggest strengths as a two-way middie are my ability to play defense and transition the ball downfield.

I focus on getting groundballs, securing possession and quickly moving the ball up the field.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
Offense, particularly shooting.   This is something that my NXT coach and I have been working on since I was a freshman. It has steadily improved, but it is something that I work on every day.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was in the  second grade when my older brother Zack started lacrosse.  We would throw in the driveway for hours. Right away I knew this was the sport for me, I was hooked.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank NXT lacrosse club and the whole coaching staff for everything. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to the player I am today without them. They are a one of a kind coaching staff.

Special thanks goes out to Brett Manney and Marty Kupprion for always believing in me. Also, NXT coaches George Castle and Bill Derrick for always having my back and supporting me.

I would also like to thank my NXT 2016 team for pushing me to be the player I am today.

A huge  thank you to  my parents for all the support they gave me on my decision as well as taking me all across the county to play and visit schools.

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