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RC Lacross Player, Tuma, Named Player to Watch


-Sports Editor

Last week lacrosse player Justin Tuma ’11 was recognized on the Tewaaraton Award watch list for the 2011 season by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

“I am truly honored to have even been mentioned, and it’s a well-respected award throughout the lacrosse community,” Tuma said.

This is a distinguished lacrosse award, established in 2000 by The University Club of Washington, D.C. This list is comprised of top lacrosse players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse.  The list is made to recognize early hopefuls for the annual award. In May 2011, the list was cut down to the top 10 finalists for both male and female lacrosse players and then presented to the winner in early June.

This is another recognition and award to be added to Tuma’s athletic history. He enters his final season at Roanoke College as a pre-season Face-Off Yearbook All-American. He is also a two-time USILA All-American and All-ODAC selection. At RC, he is ranked among the top six in school history for career groundballs.

Personal success is not Tuma’s main purpose; rather his acknowledgments have humbled him as a true team player.

“It is nice to be recognized but honestly as long as the team does well I’m happy,” Tuma said.

Within three games Tuma has contributed 14 points with seven goals and seven assists. He has joined Jeff Keeting ’12 in the top spot for scoring in the two games over Spring Break making his total 20. His teammate Richard Lachlan ‘13 has contributed 19 points this season as number two scorer.  Tuma has already collected 57 groundballs this season.

The Maroons lost their first game Saturday to Dickinson College but Tuma contributed four points and seven groundballs for the team. Trey Keeley ‘11 scored two goals and had two assists as well.  Reid Mayberry ‘12 and Noah Gibby ’11 assisted the team with three points apiece.  Drew Manley ‘11 collected eight groundballs, a new team-best.

On Wednesday, the men lost to number two Stevenson College but maintain a winning record of 4-2 this season.

Tuma remained scoreless but secured four groundballs and won 8 of 15 face-offs. Mayberry and Mike Hayden ’13 scored one goal apiece. Keeley and Keating contributed two each for the Maroons.

RC will travel to Lynchburg College on Saturday for their first conference game.