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Syracuse Lacrosse: Ben Williams, ACC Defensive Player of the Week

Ben Williams picked up his second ACC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance versus Colgate last weekend. Williams has also earned a spot on the All-ACC team and is a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference has named Syracuse Orange faceoff specialist Ben Williams the Defensive Player of the Week. In his most dominant game of the year, Williams pulled in 18 of 20 faceoffs against Colgate on Saturday. His .900 winning percentage is tied for the 10th best single game performance in Syracuse history. The ACC Offensive Player of the Week for May 4 is Conor Doyle of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

This is the third time this season the ACC has honored Williams. His first Defensive Player of the Week award came for his .840 winning percentage against the Army Black Knights, and he was recently named to the 2015 All-ACC Team. In addition, Williams is currently a nominee for the 2015 Tewaaraton Trophy.

Last week, the ACC announced Coach John Desko as the ACC Coach of the Year and Kevin Rice as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Several other Syracuse players have been honored by the ACC as players of the week including the following:

Feb 16

Dylan Donahue

Offensive POW

Feb 16

Sean Young

Defensive POW

Feb 23

Dylan Donahue

Offensive POW

Feb 23

Ben Williams

Defensive POW

Mar 2

Kevin Rice

Offensive POW

Mar 23

Dylan Donahue

Offensive POW

Mar 30

Dylan Donahue

Offensive POW

May 4

Ben Williams

Defensive POW

Williams has finished up the regular season in spectacular fashion. Check below for his statistics as compared to former Syracuse players and all current division I players. One interesting note, if SU faces the Bryant Bulldogs in the first round of the Tournament, Williams will face Kevin Massa, one of the best faceoff guys in the country this year.

First off here's the game log:

Ben Williams' 2015 Game Log

Opponent

F/O (wins/attempts)

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

UNC

21-35

.600

9

Hobart

8-9

.888

5

UNC

14-21

.666

3

Duke

11-29

.379

9

Colgate

18-20

.900

11

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

  • Williams has 219 faceoff wins, 4th in SU for wins in a season
  • His 35 attempts against UNC is the second most in a game for a Syracuse player
  • His .900 winning percentage against Colgate is tied for 10th in winning percentage in a game in Syracuse history
  • He has 133 groundballs this year, second in SU history for groundballs in a season
  • He finishes the regular season second in faceoff winning percentage and first in groundballs per game in division I lacrosse

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

219

Ben Williams

2015

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

.697

Bill Dirrigl

1988

.692

Chris Cercy

2001

.676

Ben Williams

2015

.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

133

Ben Williams

2015

126

Toby Price

1996

103

Gary Gait

1989

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 219 wins

^Minimum of 100 attempts (Williams currently has 324 attempts)

*GB statistics kept since 1988; Williams currently has 133

2015 Division I Leaders

Groundballs Per Game

9.50

Ben Williams, Syracuse

9.20

Domenic Massimillian, Cornell

8.88

Kevin Massa, Bryant

8.33

Joseph Nardella, Rutgers

8.07

Casey Dowd, Siena

Faceoff Winning %

.725

Trevor Baptiste, Denver

.676

Ben Williams, Syracuse

.670

Joseph Nardella, Rutgers

.670

Kevin Massa, Bryant

.659

Sam Talkow, Boston University

The Syracuse Orange will take on the winner of Bryant/Marist in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will take place on Sunday at 7:30 pm, and 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.