Ryan Benesch

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Ryan Benesch
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1985-01-30) January 30, 1985 (age 29)
Kitchener, Ontario, CA
Position Forward
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
MSL team Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks
NLL team
F. Teams
Buffalo Bandits
Minnesota Swarm
Edmonton Rush
Toronto Rock
Nationality Canada
Pro career 2007present
Shoots Left
Nickname The Bullet

Ryan Benesch (born January 30, 1985 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian lacrosse player who plays for the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League. Benesch has also played for the Minnesota Swarm, Edmonton Rush, and Toronto Rock, and was the 2011 NLL scoring leader.

Professional career[edit]

Benesch was drafted first overall by the San Jose Stealth in the 2006 NLL entry draft,[1] but was traded to Toronto Rock along with Chad Thompson and Kevin Fines for 2005 NLL MVP Colin Doyle.[2] Benesch played his minor lacrosse in Kitchener-Waterloo as well as his Junior 'A' lacrosse. He is currently the second leading scorer all-time in Kitchener-Waterloo Braves history behind Colin Doyle.

Benesch was named Rookie of the Week three times in the 2007 season, in weeks 4, 11, and 12, and was also named Rookie of the Month in March. On May 8, 2007, Benesch was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award, and named to the All-Rookie team.[3]

Early in the 2009 NLL season, Benesch and veteran Derek Suddons were traded to the Edmonton Rush for future draft picks.[4] After one season in Edmonton, he was traded again, this time to the Minnesota Swarm along with Scott Self and a draft pick for Scott Stewart, Ryan Ward, Justin Norbraten, and Richard Morgan.[5]

After four seasons in Minnesota where he averaged 83 points per season (leading the league in 2011[6]), Benesch was traded to the Buffalo Bandits along with Andrew Watt for two first round draft picks and a third round pick.[6]

Canadian Box career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Benesch played five full years for the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves of the OLA Junior A Lacrosse League. In 2002, Benesch was given the "Joey Nieuwendyk Award" for Rookie of the Year.[7] He finished his junior career with an outstanding 178 goals and 391 points in just 104 games.

Senior[edit]

Benesch currently plays for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association after his playing rights were acquired from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks on 29 May 2010, along with those of Chet Koneczny. He was awarded the "Gene Dopp Memorial Trophy" for Rookie of the year in 2007.[8] In 2009, Benesch won the Presidents Cup with the Owen Sound Woodsmen of the OLA Senior B Lacrosse League.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[9]

Ryan Benesch Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP
2007 Toronto Rock 15 33 25 58 64 10 3.87 4.27 0.67 1 3 0 3 8 0 3.00 8.00 0.00
2008 Toronto Rock 14 19 31 50 71 27 3.57 5.07 1.93
2009 Edmonton Rush 14 17 27 44 71 2 3.14 5.07 0.14
2010 Minnesota Swarm 15 28 55 83 85 2 5.53 5.67 0.13 1 1 3 4 5 0 4.00 5.00 0.00
2011 Minnesota Swarm 16 46 49 95 79 4 5.94 4.94 0.25 1 0 3 3 6 2 3.00 6.00 2.00
2012 Minnesota Swarm 13 33 39 72 38 18 5.54 2.92 1.38 2 4 5 9 9 2 4.50 4.50 1.00
2013 Minnesota Swarm 16 34 50 84 59 14 5.25 3.69 0.88 2 7 9 16 9 0 8.00 4.50 0.00
2014 Buffalo Bandits 18 25 53 78 88 10 4.33 4.89 0.56 4 8 9 17 13 0 4.25 3.25 0.00
121 235 329 564 555 87 4.66 4.59 0.72 11 23 29 52 50 4 4.73 4.55 0.36
Career Total: 132 258 358 616 605 91 4.67 4.58 0.69

GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per game; LB/GP–Loose balls per game; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per game


OLA[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 3 3 3 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
2002 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 19 25 35 60 4 -- -- -- -- --
2003 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 19 37 57 94 17 5 2 11 13 14
2004 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 19 28 36 64 25 5 4 3 7 2
2005 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 22 43 43 86 19 7 8 9 17 2
2006 Kitchener-Waterloo Braves OLA Jr.A 22 42 39 81 34 5 3 4 7 4
2006 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 9 16 0
2007 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 17 29 30 59 4 3 6 5 11 2
2008 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 18 30 36 66 0 3 5 4 9 0
2009 Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks MSL 17 31 41 72 6 1 2 1 3 0
2009 Owen Sound Woodsmen OLA Sr.B 6 24 21 45 0 3 8 7 15 0
Presidents Cup Owen Sound Woodsmen CLA -- -- -- -- -- 5 16 10 26 4
Junior A Totals 104 178 213 391 99 22 17 27 44 22
Senior A Totals 52 90 107 197 10 40 20 19 39 2
Senior B Totals 6 24 21 45 0 3 8 7 15 0
Presidents Cup Totals -- -- -- -- -- 5 16 10 26 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philly, R.A. (September 13, 2006). "Stealth doubles up with Benesch, Sorensen atop draft". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Colossal trade as season nears". NLL.com. December 27, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Benesch Named Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. May 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Rock trade Benesch & Suddons to Rush". NLL.com. January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Busy day on trading front". NLL.com. July 7, 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Bandits land Benesch in trade". NLL.com. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "O.L.A. Junior A Trophy Winners". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com. 
  8. ^ "Trophy Winners In O.L.A. Major/Senior". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com. 
  9. ^ "Buffalo Bandits - 2014 Playoffs - Roster - #17 - Ryan Benesch - F". NLL.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Brodie Merrill
NLL Rookie of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Craig Point