NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College sophomore specialist Ben Parens of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. has been honored on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American First Team. Camels have been honored as USILA All-Americans on 24 separate occasions but Parens is making history as the College's inaugural First Team USILA All-American selection.
Parens was recognized on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Lacrosse First Team earlier this month.
Parens won 214-of-325 battles at the X to rank fourth (tied) in NESCAC face-off wins. He corralled 118 ground balls to rank fifth in the conference. On the national level Parens finished 18th in all of Division III with a .658 face-off winning percentage while ranking 23rd in the country with an average of 7.38 ground balls per game.
Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, the Camels made their sixth appearance in the NESCAC Championship in the past seven years.
"Ben is the epitome of what we're not only looking for in a player at Connecticut College but we need," Coach Cornell said. "He works his tail off every day on his craft as a face-off man, in the weight room, watching film on himself, scouting his opponents...everything! He comes to work every day and that's what he does every day...he works. He wants to be the best face-off man in the country and works every day at it. He sets the example for every man on our team on what they can become. The standard is right there for everyone to see. There are no magic formulas out there. If you want to be an All-American, if you want to compete for NESCAC and National Championships then there is your example. I'm honored to coach him. He's a warrior."
Parens played a major role in the team's success with his work in the trenches, winning 78% of his face-offs (91-for-117) in the team's seven wins this spring.
In a key 9-6 victory against intra-state rival Trinity College April 6, Parens was 14-for-19 at the X for the Camels with six ground balls.
In a 21-4 win against Colby March 26, Parens scored on the opening face-off to set the tone for the hosts. He won 17-of-18 face-offs to go with his game-best 12 ground balls.