Oshawa’s Dyson Williams earns All-American nod for Duke lacrosse

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Published May 25, 2023 at 3:17 pm

Duke's Dyson Williams

Oshawa’s Dyson Williams was one of eight Duke Blue Devils earning All-American recognition this year, with junior attacker Brennan O’Neill headlining the selections by winning the NCAA’s Lt. Raymond J. Enners Outstanding Player of the Year award.

Williams, Duke’s senior captain, the consensus number one pick in this September’s National Lacross League’s draft and the son of lacrosse legend Shawn Williams, led the Blue Devils with 57 goals this season, tying him with former Duke star and Whitby product Zack Greer, who scored 57 in his freshman year in 2005.

Williams has scored at least three goals in 12 games this season, including an impressive six markers in a victory over Syracuse. One of 10 Blue Devils to record at least 50 goals in a season, Williams has 148 goals and 20 assists for 168 points in his Duke career.

Joining O’Neill on the All-America first team are Duke players Kenny Brower and Jake Naso, with Tyler Carpenter and Garret Leadman earning third team selections. Williams, Andrew McAdorey and Wilson Stephenson picked up honorable mention nods.

The top-seeded Blue Devils continue the quest for their fourth NCAA Championship in the semi-finals today against fifth-seed Penn State at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

As the son of a legend (and current Las Vegas Desert Dog head coach), Dyson Williams has had massive hype surrounding him since he was young. That comes with the territory when you’re the son of a Hall of Famer and one of the best playmakers ever to play the game but Williams Jr. (who wears #51 in honour of his little brother Tucker, a rising star in the sport until Burkitt’s Lymphoma struck him down in 2014 at the tender age of eight) has so far lived up to expectations.

The scouting report on Williams is he has all the tools to be an impact player right away in the NLL. Standing at 6’2” and 210 pounds, Williams is a force in the offensive end, possessing a high lacrosse IQ and passing ability to go along with a nose for the net.

Las Vegas, where Greer also plays, drafts fourth but also picked up the #10 selection in a trade and will likely push hard to acquire Williams.

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