Hall Of Fame Citation
Despite playing a position in which individual recognition is hard to come by, Dave Hilliard had little trouble making a name for himself playing lacrosse at Washington College. He was simply too talented a defensive player to be overlooked.
A three-sport athlete in high school, Dave transferred to Washington College for his sophomore season. That season, 1985, saw Dave play for the Shoremen as a defensive midfielder. He was one of the team leaders in ground balls and played a key role on a team that went 13-3, losing only to Division I opponents Loyola and Johns Hopkins in the regular season and to Hobart in the NCAA Division III Championship game.
The following season, Dave moved to close defense, replacing another Hall of Famer, Steve Beville, who graduated the previous spring after being named the Defenseman of the Year. Those were big shoes to fill, but Dave was up to the task, earning All-America first-team honors as the Shoremen completed a 12-4 campaign, again reaching the NCAA Division III Championship game. Along the way, the Shoremen drubbed Eastern Shore rival Salisbury, 24-4, earlier in the NCAA Division III Tournament, equaling the team’s largest-ever margin of victory in a post-season game. It was also the first of back-to-back NCAA Tournament games in which the Shoremen allowed only four goals—something no other Washington squad has done once, let alone twice.
As a senior in 1987, Dave repeated as a first-team All-American while the Shoremen went 10-7, losing four times to Division I opponents, and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. During Dave’s three years on the team, the Shoremen went 33-2 against Division III opponents other than Hobart.
The back-to-back first-team All-America selections put Dave in select company in the storied history of Washington College lacrosse. He is one of only four Washington College defensemen to be named twice as a first-team All-American.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct David S. Hilliard into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this tenth day of October, 2009.