Solms Earns Inaugural Schimoler Player of the Year Award

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's junior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) was chosen as the recipient of the inaugural Coach Paul Schimoler Player of the Year Award for his contributions to the team during the 2013 season.

The accolade, which will annually be given to an exemplary member of the program that displays leadership and commitment as exemplified by Schimoler, has been made possible thanks to the generosity of men's lacrosse alumnus David Dillmeier '91.

"Luke had a tremendously successful year as a sophomore defenseman, starting in all of our contests last year," said Pat Ivory '07, who heads into his second season as the squad's head coach this coming spring.

"Luke came to practice every day ready to work hard with a great attitude. He embraced the team concepts of the game, took individual coaching in stride, and improved as the season went on. He nearly led the team in caused turnovers and led the defense in ground balls. Luke was an essential part of our team's success last year, and for that he is being honored with the first-ever Paul Schimoler Award."

Solms notched 24 caused turnovers last spring, one short of the team lead, while tying for third in ground balls (44). He was seventh in the Northeast-10 Conference in caused turnovers. The Purple Knights went 9-2 in the NE-10, setting a school record for league wins, and finished 11-5 to match the program's overall victories mark.

Saint Michael's, which peaked at No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, advanced to its third straight NE-10 Championship semifinal round. Thanks in large part to Solms' defensive efforts, the squad tied for second in the nation in man-down defense (82.4%), and was third in caused turnovers per game (11.8) and eighth in scoring defense (8.1).

The award is named for long-time men's lacrosse head coach Paul Schimoler, who passed away on Feb. 15, 2013, following a short battle with cancer. During his eight years with the program, between 2004 and 2011, Schimoler put together a school-record 61 wins. His squads reached the NE-10 Championship six times, advancing as far as the semifinals on four occasions. In his playing days, Schimoler was a four-time All-America goalkeeper at Cornell University and was selected by the Boston Cannons in the 2001 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft.

Dillmeier, a midfielder who helped the Purple Knights go 11-10 in the old Cox Conference between 1988 and 1991, wanted to give back to the College for the impact it has left on his life.

"Saint Michael's is a very special institution for our entire family," said Dillmeier. "My wife, Allyson '91, and I met freshman year at Saint Mike's; my brother and sister, Kurt Dillmeier '93 and Liz Reilly '88, attended Saint Michael's College; my father served on the Board of Trustees for six years; my grandmother, Hazel Dillmeier, set up a scholarship program; and some of my best friends in life were met through Saint Michael's. That, coupled with the common love of the game of lacrosse with Paul Schimoler, drives me to make sure that I support College and the . Paul committed an incredible amount of time and energy to the Saint Mike's program. For that, I wanted to make sure that, years from now, students, players, coaches and parents will know the effort put in by Paul to make the program so successful."


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