USILA Awards 13 ODAC All-Americans
Roanoke Men’s Lacrosse Earns Eight Honors
SALEM, Va. --- The United States
Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced its annual
NCAA Division III All-American teams, and 13 ODAC student-athletes
earned recognition. Roanoke College placed eight amongst the
three teams and honorable mention lists, including a pair of first
team selections. Hampden-Sydney College and Lynchburg College
each boast a pair of award winners, and Washington and Lee
University garnered the final honor.
Three of the four teams were ranked in the USILA top-20 for the majority of the season, with Hampden-Sydney earning a spot by week nine. In the latest poll (released May 9), both Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee fall just outside the survey’s ranks. Roanoke is fifth while Lynchburg sits ninth. The Generals’ omission in the final poll marks the first time all season they did not appear in the rankings.
Roanoke defenseman Sam Love and long-pole specialist Stephen Simmons each were tabbed USILA First Team All-Americans, marking the first time since 2006 that the ODAC (and Roanoke) had a pair of student-athletes on the first team. Simmons was a second team choice in 2009, while Love earned a place on the third team. Maroons’ midfielder and face-off specialist, Justin Tuma, improved upon his ’09 honorable mention recognition with a second team choice in 2010. Fellow multiple honoree, attack Pat March, earned a place on the honorable mention list for the second straight season.
The remainder of Roanoke’s contingent was all selected to the honorable mention team. That group includes attack Matt Quinton, midfielder Trey Keeley, defenseman Alex Burkhead, and goalkeeper Jake Dorsey. All eight award winners helped the Maroons set program and ODAC records with 18 wins and a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Tournament. With postseason play still underway, Roanoke (18-2 overall, 7-0 ODAC) currently sits second in the country in scoring offense (16.71 goals/gm.), scoring margin (8.9) and points per game (27.29). RC is second in assists (10.57) and ground balls (48.29) per game, and sits eighth in man-up offense percentage (.398).
Hampden-Sydney midfielder and 2010 ODAC Player of the Year, Kyle Jett, was named to the USILA All-America Second Team, his second selection by the USILA after an honorable mention posting in 2009. Jett also earned the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award. He’s joined by defenseman Daniel Martin, who was chosen to the honorable mention team. The Tigers (13-5, 5-2) are currently third in the nation in man-up offense percentage (.427), 18th in scoring offense (13.11) and 20th in points per game (20.33).
Lynchburg is represented on the USILA All-America Third Team by midfielder Ethan Farrell. He’s accompanied by defenseman Shane Roscher, who was awarded honorable mention recognition. Both athletes helped the Hornets (13-5, 6-1) to a spot in the ODAC title game against Roanoke. LC is ranked 15th in scoring margin (5.17), 16th in scoring offense (13.17) and 21st in points per game (20.11).
Washington and Lee’s lone choice is attack Will Keigler, who was named a USILA Honorable Mention All-American for the second straight year. Keigler led the ODAC in assists with 34, and helped the Generals (11-6, 4-3) to as high as #8 in the national polls. W&L hung its hat on defense in 2010 as the Generals currently rank 12th in man-down defense percentage (.821) and 13th in scoring defense (6.71) in the country.
To view the entire 2010 USILA All-America Teams, click HERE or visit the USILA at www.usila.org. For more information on ODAC men’s lacrosse, visit any of the participating schools’ websites, or go to the ODAC’s home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.