Matt Quinton Selected by Boston Blazers in NLL Draft

TORONTO -- Roanoke's Matt Quinton was chosen 26th in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft announced Wednesday evening. He is the first Maroon to be drafted since Wes McFarlane and Jon Mason were selected in 2007.

Quinton, a Canada native, was an Honorable Mention USILA All-American this season, leading Roanoke in goals (57) and shots on goal (87). He was second in scoring (69 pts.), shots attempted (111) and man-up goals with eight. He was named First-Team VaSID All-State and All-ODAC as a senior, in addition to being selected to the USILA North-South All-Star Game. On March 8, Quinton was voted both ODAC Player of the Week and Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of Week awards.

"We are excited for Matt's accomplishment to be drafted to play professional lacrosse," said Roanoke men's lacrosse coach Bill Pilat. "He is a tremendous indoor player, coming from Canada where they grow up playing box lacrosse. He has the potential to really excel in this league."

He is the sixth Maroon to be drafted over the last five years. In addition to Mason and McFarlane, Chris Keating, Matt Madalon, and Ben Love were drafted following the 2006 season.

The two-time all-state selection 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.

He helped the Maroons to an 18-3 record last season, breaking their own school and ODAC record from a year ago. Roanoke captured the ODAC championship, finished with a No. 5 National ranking and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 19th time in program-history.


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