COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship starts in San Diego, Calif. this week, a group of Ohio State men’s lacrosse alumni look to take home gold for their respective countries. Four Buckeyes – Justin Inacio, Ryan Terefenko, Mario Ventiquattro and Jack Withers – will compete for the World Champion title at the tournament which runs from June 21 through July 1.
Representing the reining world champion United States is Terefenko. Terefenko makes his world championship debut this year after being selected to the team’s roster in December. This also marks his first call up to the senior national team. The United States looks to claim it’s 11th world title.
Incacio and Withers will suit up for Team Canada in the tournament. Inacio also makes his world championship debut this year while Withers will play in his second tournament after winning silver in 2018. Canada has won three gold medals, most recently in 2014.
Ventiquattro will represent the Philippines in the country’s second World Lacrosse Championship appearance. The 2010 Ohio State graduate was also a member of the country’s debut in the 2018 tournament.
The World Lacrosse Men’s Championship begins Wednesday, June 21 with a rematch of the 2018 gold medal game between the United States and Canada. The teams will faceoff at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Pool play will be contested through June 26 with playoffs set to begin June 27. Every game of the tournament will be carried on ESPN platforms.