Pilat Named VaSID Coach of the Year for a Fifth Time

SALEM, Va. Roanoke field general Bill Pilat was named VaSID College State Coach of the Year as part of group's yearly team. In addition, seven players were named to the all-state team, including six who were on the first-team ballot. Stephen Simmons, Sam Love, Justin Tuma, Matt Quinton, Alex Burkhead and Jake Dorsey earned first-team recognition while Trey Keeley garnered second-team honors.

Pilat earns VaSID Coach of the Year honors for a fifth time in the last six years. He was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the ninth time in his career earlier this season, more than any other ODAC coach. Earlier this season, the 1985 cum laude graduate of Roanoke became only the 13th coach in NCAA Div. III men's lacrosse history to eclipse over 200 career wins.

Simmons, named USILA Div. III Long Pole Midfielder of the Year, was named First-Team All-State for a second-straight year in addition to his First-Team All-American honor. It was the second-straight year the team captain was named to the All-American team. A three-time All-ODAC and VaSID All-State selection, Simmons finished his career sixth on the all-time groundballs list with 284. He collected 85 groundballs this spring with a goal and an assist in 21 games.

Love, the 2010 USILA's William C. Stiles Memorial Award for Outstanding Defensive Player in Div. III, was named VaSID First-Team All-State for the second-straight year. The USILA First-Team All-American started in all 21 games and collected 73 groundballs. A two-time All-ODAC selection, Love was named team captain this spring. The 2010 USILA North/South All-Star game participant finished his career with 241 groundballs. He was named the 2009-10 Roanoke College Male Athlete of the Year.

Tuma, a Second-Team USILA All-American, earned First-Team VaSID All-State honors for the second-straight year. He was tabbed All-ODAC for the second-straight season, earning first-team honors in 2010. On face-offs, he won 156 of 243 attempts for a .642 win percentage. His 128 groundballs, along with his face-off win percentage and total wins led the ODAC this spring.

A team captain this spring, Tuma was named Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week earlier this month and is currently eighth all-time in career groundballs with 272. The two-time groundball award winner at Roanoke, Tuma totaled 30 goals and 19 assists. He was also named ODAC Player of the Week for the first time in his career on April 5.

Quinton, a two-time VaSID All-State selection, earned All-American honors for the first time in his career. The two-time All-ODAC selection finished the season ranked second in the ODAC in goals per game and led the team with 57. The 2008 VaSID State Rookie of the Year finished the season second on the team in scoring (69pts) while totaling 111 shots, 87 on goal for a .784 SOG percentage.

On March 8, Quinton was voted both ODAC Player of the Week and Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of Week awards. He finished with 186 career points, ranked 13th on the all-time list at Roanoke. His 149 goals are third all-time behind March, and his 227 shots on goal are also third all-time. Quinton's 22 man-up goals tie for fourth on the career list with Andy Bonasera '03.

Burkhead, a first-time selection on the all-state squad, joined three of his teammates as a first-time USILA All-American this spring. He was a first-team All-ODAC selection this season after making second-team in 2009. The three-year starter finished with 57 groundballs, three goals and one assist. He now has 120 career groundballs entering the 2011 season.

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