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RC Lacrosse Season Looks Promising After Strong Start

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The men’s lacrosse team first game against St. Mary’s College of Maryland resulted in a 20-7 win for Roanoke College. This win is a boost of confidence which is welcomed after the loss of fifteen seniors this year.

“Replacing fifteen seniors is one of our biggest challenges,” said Head Coach, Bill Pilat.

Pilat says he has to get his younger players acclimated to college ball but that the leadership of the juniors and seniors has been key in the progression of the team. All seven of the seniors, he emphasizes, are strong, contributing players. Justin Tuma ‘11, Trey Keeley ‘11, Noah Gibby ‘11, Drew Manley ‘12, Brian Ingold ‘11, and Tim Hammernick ‘11.  Alex Burkhead ’11 is a returning All-American defenseman.

“We’re asking a lot of him back there but he is the most experienced. All of these guys play quite a bit and should have a big factor in how our team does this year,” said Coach Pilat.

One of the main things the team is working on presently is blending the group and making sure everyone meshes together.

“So far the guys have been working hard and have a good team attitude. We always try to maintain a positive attitude,” said Pilat

Having just come out of preseason, the lacrosse team is gearing up for a tough season ahead and that positive attitude will help keep morale up. Bouncing back from setbacks and preparing for close games and wins that won’t come easy will help the team succeed.

Despite the obstacle of a foreseeable tough season ahead, Coach Pilat is extremely enthusiastic for what is to come.

“We’re excited about this season. We’re always excited for a new year,” said Coach Pilat.

Enthusiasm is apparent in the players as well. Junior Jeff Keating talks about the relentlessness of the team when it comes to working hard and being motivated about working hard. The goal there, he says, is to come out with a victory. Playing difficult schools and having a tough schedule is simply “good for the team.”  It brings players closer together and makes them focus on what is in front of them.

“My goals are all focused toward the team and how we do. We are really bonding well as a team and that is an extremely important thing to have. I want to get better day in and day out and perform well on the field in hopes of a victory,” said Keating.

He says the coaching staff works particularly hard at keeping the team motivated because “they know we can always get better.”  The team strives to hold onto their ODAC championship and progress through the NCAA tournament like the past two years.

“We have a goal to work harder and harder in practice so that when it comes game time we are ready to rumble,” said Jeff Keating ’12.

At the moment, according to Keating, the team focuses on one game at a time and doesn’t get tied up in looking too far down the line.

“Obviously with playing teams like Salisbury and Stevenson you are excited for those games but our attention is always focused on the task at hand and that is Franklin and Marshall on Saturday,” said Keating.

The lacrosse home games start in March and Coach Pilat is hopeful students will show up to them. There are only five home games this season. Three of those games are ODAC games and the other two are against top teams Stevenson and Salisbury. 

 The men’s lacrosse team first game against St. Mary’s College of Maryland resulted in a 20-7 win for Roanoke College. This win is a boost of confidence which is welcomed after the loss of fifteen seniors this year.

“Replacing fifteen seniors is one of our biggest challenges,” said Head Coach, Bill Pilat.

Pilat says he has to get his younger players acclimated to college ball but that the leadership of the juniors and seniors has been key in the progression of the team. All seven of the seniors, he emphasizes, are strong, contributing players. Justin Tuma ‘11, Trey Keeley ‘11, Noah Gibby ‘11, Drew Manley ‘12, Brian Ingold ‘11, and Tim Hammernick ‘11.  Alex Burkhead ’11 is a returning All-American defenseman.

“We’re asking a lot of him back there but he is the most experienced. All of these guys play quite a bit and should have a big factor in how our team does this year,” said Coach Pilat.

One of the main things the team is working on presently is blending the group and making sure everyone meshes together.

“So far the guys have been working hard and have a good team attitude. We always try to maintain a positive attitude,” said Pilat

Having just come out of preseason, the lacrosse team is gearing up for a tough season ahead and that positive attitude will help keep morale up. Bouncing back from setbacks and preparing for close games and wins that won’t come easy will help the team succeed.

Despite the obstacle of a foreseeable tough season ahead, Coach Pilat is extremely enthusiastic for what is to come.

“We’re excited about this season. We’re always excited for a new year,” said Coach Pilat.

Enthusiasm is apparent in the players as well. Junior Jeff Keating talks about the relentlessness of the team when it comes to working hard and being motivated about working hard. The goal there, he says, is to come out with a victory. Playing difficult schools and having a tough schedule is simply “good for the team.”  It brings players closer together and makes them focus on what is in front of them.

“My goals are all focused toward the team and how we do. We are really bonding well as a team and that is an extremely important thing to have. I want to get better day in and day out and perform well on the field in hopes of a victory,” said Keating.

He says the coaching staff works particularly hard at keeping the team motivated because “they know we can always get better.”  The team strives to hold onto their ODAC championship and progress through the NCAA tournament like the past two years.

“We have a goal to work harder and harder in practice so that when it comes game time we are ready to rumble,” said Jeff Keating ’12.

At the moment, according to Keating, the team focuses on one game at a time and doesn’t get tied up in looking too far down the line.

“Obviously with playing teams like Salisbury and Stevenson you are excited for those games but our attention is always focused on the task at hand and that is Franklin and Marshall on Saturday,” said Keating.

The lacrosse home games start in March and Coach Pilat is hopeful students will show up to them. There are only five home games this season. Three of those games are ODAC games and the other two are against top teams Stevenson and Salisbury.