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Syracuse Lacrosse: Ben Williams Watch 2015, Week 9

Ben Williams is off to a hot start, and possibly a historic season. The Holy Cross transfer is second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in the nation in groundballs per game. He is on pace to break school, and possibly national, records.

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We will be doing this every week just to keep you up to date on how Ben Williams is progressing through his historic first season as a Syracuse Orange. For the original article and full rundown click the link here.

First off here's the game log, probably Williams' best game this season came on Thursday against Albany.

Ben Williams' 2015 Game Log

Opponent

F/O

F/O %

GB

Siena

17-20

.850

11

Cornell

9-22

.409

3

Army

21-25

.840

13

Virginia

15-19

.789

12

St. John's

13-19

.684

8

Hopkins

16-27

.593

11

Duke

14-22

.636

11

Notre Dame

18-29

.621

12

Albany

24-27

.888

15

Instead of going through stat-by-stat, here is a quick rundown of the highlights:

  • Williams has 147 faceoff wins, 23 wins away from entering the top 10 list for most faceoff wins in a season for any SU player
  • His 24-27 record against the Albany Great Danes was tied for the sixth most faceoff wins by an SU player in a game.
  • Williams jumps from fifth in the country to second with a .700 faceoff winning percentage. He also jumps from fourth to second on the list of highest faceoff winning percentage in a season for an SU player.
  • Getting back to a .700 winning percentage also brought Williams back into the top ten in NCAA history for highest faceoff winning percentage in a season.
  • With 15 groundballs versus Albany, it brings Williams to 96 on the season, vaulting him from out of the top ten, to #4 for most groundballs in a season for an SU player.
  • Once again he leads all D1 players in groundballs per game. His 10.67 GBs/game is just ahead of Domenic Massimillian of the Cornell Big Red, and well ahead of Duke's Jack Rowe. He is currently tied for sixth all time in groundballs per game in a season with Steve Vecchione who snagged 10.67 GBs/game as a member of the 1993 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

Here are the full lists:

Syracuse Season Records

Category

#

Player

Year

Faceoff Wins@

274

Bill Dirrigl

1998

253

Chris Cercy

2000

245

Chris Cercy

2001

214

Danny Brennan

2008

212

Kirk Pratt

1989

211

Chris Bickel

2002

203

Toby Price

1996

201

Chris Bickel

2002

186

Chris Daddio

2014

170

Kirk Pratt

1990

Faceoff Winning %^

.711

Chris Cercy

2000

.700

Ben Williams

2015

.697

Bill Dirrigl

1988

.692

Chris Cercy

2001

.667

Danny Brennan

2008

.662

Bob Feisee

1991

.635

Kirk Pratt

1989

.625

Jon Jerome

2007

.623

Kirk Pratt

1990

.611

Toby Price

1996

.607

Danny Brennan

2007

Groundballs*

164

Sam Bassett

2000

126

Toby Price

1996

103

Gary Gait

1989

96

Ben Williams

2015

93

Chris Daddio

2014

91

Paul Gait

1989

91

Jarett Park

2002

86

Ric Beardsley

1995

85

Gary Gait

1988

84

Matt Bontaites

2001

Gary Gait

1990

Pat McCabe

1989

@ Williams currently has 147 wins

^Minimum of 100 attempts (Williams currently has 210 attempts)

*GB statistics kept since 1988; Williams currently has 96

National Season Records

Category

#

Player

Year

Faceoff Winning %

.776

Mark Goers, Towson

1994

.774

Steve Shaw, Delaware

1985

.750

Steve Shaw, Delaware

1986

.740

Donnie McNichol, UNC

1993

.735

Steve Kraus, UVA

1980

.726

Kevin Massa, Bryant

2013

.723

Alex Smith, Delaware

2007

.711

Chris Cercy, Syracuse

2000

.709

Alex Smith, Delaware

2005

.700

Ben Williams, Syracuse

2015

Groundballs Per Game

12.16

Kevin Massa, Bryant

2013

11.41

Geoff Snider, Denver

2006

10.93

Tyler Knarr, Georgetown

2014

10.71

Kevin Massa, Bryant

2014

10.69

Mark Miyashita, Canisius

2000

10.67

Steve Vecchione, Johns Hopkins

1993

Ben Williams, Syracuse

2015

10.64

Peter Jacobs, Johns Hopkins

1995

10.58

Mark Goers, Towson

1994

10.35

Joseph Carrello, Hofstra

1991

10.29

Peter Jacobs, Johns Hopkins

1994

10.25

Sam Bassett, Syracuse

2000

10.15

Stephen Robarge, VMI

2011

2015 Division I Leaders

Groundballs Per Game

10.67

Ben Williams, Syracuse

10.20

Domenic Massimillian, Cornell

8.73

Jack Rowe, Duke

8.50

Joseph Nardella, Rutgers

8.50

Kevin Massa, Bryant

Faceoff Winning %

.711

Trevor Baptiste, Denver

.700

Ben Williams, Syracuse

.686

Joseph Nardella, Rutgers

.665

Brady Dove, Navy

.664

Domenic Massimilian, Cornell

The Orange will visit the North Carolina Tar Heels a week from Saturday at 4:00 pm. The game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on WTKW 99.5 FM. Of course you can also follow me @Orangelax for updates throughout the game.