|— Lacrosse player —|
January 30, 1985 |
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||180 pounds (82 kg)|
|MSL team||Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks|
|NLL Draft||1st overall, 2006
San Jose Stealth
Ryan Benesch (born January 30, 1985 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian professional 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.
Benesch was drafted first overall by the San Jose Stealth in the 2006 NLL entry draft, but was traded to Toronto Rock along with Chad Thompson and Kevin Fines for 2005 NLL MVP Colin Doyle. 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.
Early in the 2009 NLL season, Benesch and veteran Derek Suddons were traded to the Edmonton Rush for future draft picks. 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.
After four seasons in Minnesota where he averaged 83 points per season (leading the league in 2011), Benesch was traded to the Buffalo Bandits along with Andrew Watt for two first round draft picks and a third round pick.
Canadian Box career
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. He finished his junior career with an outstanding 178 goals and 391 points in just 104 games.
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. In 2009, Benesch won the Presidents Cup with the Owen Sound Woodsmen of the OLA Senior B Lacrosse League.
|Ryan Benesch||Regular Season||Playoffs|
GP–Games played;G–Goals;A–Assists;Pts–Points;LB–Loose balls;PIM–Penalty minutes;Pts/GP–Points per games played;LB/GP–Loose balls per games played;PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per games played;
|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|
|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|
- Philly, R.A. (September 13, 2006). "Stealth doubles up with Benesch, Sorensen atop draft". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Colossal trade as season nears". NLL.com. December 27, 2006. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Benesch Named Rookie of the Year". NLL.com. May 8, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
- "Rock trade Benesch & Suddons to Rush". NLL.com. January 14, 2009. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
- "Busy day on trading front". NLL.com. July 7, 2009. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
- "Bandits land Benesch in trade". NLL.com. July 15, 2013. Archived from the original on July 17, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
- "O.L.A. Junior A Trophy Winners". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com.
- "Trophy Winners In O.L.A. Major/Senior". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com.
- "National Lacrosse League Pointstreak Stats". NLL.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
|NLL Rookie of the Year