What a Season!

The Roanoke College Men's Lacrosse team finished 17-4 this spring, clinching its third-straight season with at least 17 wins. The Maroons, who finished #7 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top 20 Poll, have been ranked in the top 10 since February 2009. The men finished undefeated in the ODAC for the third-consecutive season (7-0) and have the second-longest conference win-streak (20-straight) in ODAC history.

It's been a year of milestones for the storied lacrosse program. Head coach Bill Pilat '85 broke the ODAC's conference win mark (141) and more recently won his 250th game in a 13-12 upset victory over #3 Stevenson in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Maroons, playing without several impact players entering the post-season, managed to close the season winning 12-straight games before falling to #1 Salisbury in the national semifinals. It was the sixth national semifinalist finish for Roanoke Lacrosse, falling short of what would have been its fourth national championship appearance.

On May 8, the Maroons defeated Lynchburg 12-10 to capture the program's 17th ODAC Championship, which capped back-to-back titles for the first time since 2006-07. They finished the year ranked first in the country in assists (10.5) and points per game (26.5), third in scoring offense (16 goals per game) and fourth in groundballs per game (44.8).

The post-season accolades came immediately following the conclusion of the season. Alex Burkhead '11, Trey Keeley '11 and Justin Tuma '11 were selected to the 2011 USILA Div. III All-America Team, USILA Scholar All-America Team and the prestigious USILA North/South All-Star Game. Drew Manley '12 joined them on the USILA North/South All-Star Game roster while Jeff Keating '13 earned USILA All-American honors for the first time in his career. The three players selected to the USILA Scholar All-America Team was the most in a year in program history.

 

- BRAD MOORE