Roanoke No. 5 in Preseason Poll; Four Named AAs

Roanoke men's lacrosse enters the 2011 season ranked fifth in the Face-Off Pre-Season Poll. The Maroons have been ranked within the top-five nationally over the past two seasons. Four Maroons were selected pre-season All-Americans over the weekend as well.

Stevenson, one of seven top-25 teams on the Maroons 2011 docket, is second the annual survey after a 19-2 finish in 2010. The Mustangs will play at Kerr Stadium on March 16. #3 Salisbury (21-2), a national-finalist last spring, will be coming to Salem on March 23.

Defending National Champion Tufts (20-1) tops the rankings while Cortland is placed fourth in the poll. Haverford, Gettysburg, Middlebury, RIT and Connecticut College round out the top-10.

Dickinson (15-3) is ranked 15th and will host Roanoke on March 12. Cabrini (15-4) will face-off against the Maroons on April 10 as they are placed 13th nationally. Lynchburg (13-5), which is 11th, hosts RC in an ODAC Showdown on March 19. St. Mary's (MD), ranked 18th in the pre-season poll, will host the Maroons in their season-opener on Feb. 20 while Hampden-Sydney is 20th in the poll and will come to Roanoke on April 16th.

In addition to the rankings, the pre-season All-Americans came out as well over the weekend. Below are the players who were selected:

1st Team Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season All-America Justin Tuma a Second-Team All-American as a midfielder following junior year. A two-time team captain, Tuma was an honorable mention All-American selection after his sophomore season. A two-time All-ODAC performer, the Michigan native was named conference player of the week (April 5) along with Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week May 19, 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. He is currently eighth all-time in career groundballs with 272. A two-time groundball award winner at Roanoke, Tuma totaled 30 goals and 19 assists.

2nd Team Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season All-American Alex Burkhead Burkhead, a junior defender, joined three of his teammates as a first-time All-American. 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.

Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season All-American Jeff Keating was named Second-Team All-ODAC after a solid sophomore season. He has totaled 34 goals and 27 assists (second on team) for 61 points, third on the team. In a three-game stretch entering the post-season, Keating has amassed eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points, including a three-goal, four-assist performance vs. #18 Washington and Lee in the ODAC Semifinals.

Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season All-American Trey Keeley Keeley, a junior midfielder, earned a spot on the All-American team for the first time. He was selected All-ODAC Second-Team following a solid season for the three-year letterman. A two-year starter, Keeley totaled 23 goals and a team-best 30 assists for 53 points. He finished fourth in the ODAC in assists per game. Keeley enters the 2011 season with 98 career points.

Roanoke, which were national quarterfinalists in 2010, finished the year with a school-record 18-3 mark and the programs' 16th ODAC Championship. The Maroons were ranked in the top-10 in every weekly poll, a streak that has spanned over the past two seasons. They finished with a #5 ranking and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 19th time in program-history.

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