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Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (Aug. 3)

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni Will Manny and Tim Soudan reached the MLL playoffs with their respective teams, the Boston Cannons and Rochester Rattlers, Saturday. Manny and the Cannons fell to the New York Lizards in overtime, 16-15, while Soudan, the head coach of Rochester, guided the Rattlers to a 12-8 comeback win over the Ohio Machine.

Manny tallied a goal, assist and groundball in the loss while Soudan brought Rochester to the championship game for the second consecutive season with the win. Soudan and the Rattlers play for the league title versus New York at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Read coverage of each game below.

Box Score: Rochester 12, Ohio 8 | Major League Lacrosse
Box Score: New York 16, Boston 15 (OT) | Major League Lacrosse
MLL Highlights: Lizards, Rattlers to Meet in Championship Sunday | Inside Lacrosse
Gibson's OT Strike Sends New York to MLL Final | Lacrosse Magazine
Galloway, Rice Pace Rochester to MLL Finals | Brett Amadon, Lacrosse Magazine

Inside Lacrosse: Machine vs. Rattlers, MLL Semifinal Preview

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Tim Soudan leads the Rochester Rattlers into the Major League Lacrosse playoffs for the second straight season and looks to guide the squad back to the title contest. Standing in the way is a semifinals matchup with the Ohio Machine Saturday, Aug. 1. Chris Rosenthall has a preview of the contest on Inside Lacrosse now. Check it out:

Machine vs. Rattlers, MLL Semifinal Preview | Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse

Today in the Fort Wayne News Sentinel Blake Sebring has a great feature on a pair of UMass alums, former UMass hockey forward P.J. Fenton and his wife, former UMass women's basketball guard Stefanie Gerardot.

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Inside Lacrosse staff writer Kyle Devitte previews the Major League Lacrosse semifinal playoff game between the Boston Cannons - including UMass alumnus Will Manny - and the New York Lizards. Manny is a leader on the attack for Boston in his third professional season with 28 goals (including a two-pointer) and 15 assists.

Devitte sees the individual battle between Manny, who owns 126 career points in only 36 professional games played, and Lizards close defenseman Joe Fletcher as a key matchup within the contest. Read Devitte's thoughts on Boston vs. New York and Manny vs. Fletcher below:

Hungry Lizards vs. Loaded Cannons, MLL Semifinal Preview | Kyle Devitte, Inside Lacrosse

Canada Basketball: Post Up - Tamara Tatham

Canada Basketball spoke to University of Massachusetts women's hoop alumna Tamara Tatham recently to catch up with the former Minutewoman. Tatham spoke about Canada's international ranking and how the squad steadily improved over the course of the previous few years. Read her thoughts through the link below:

Post Up: Tamara Tatham | Canada Basketball Q & A With Cady Lalanne

Rachel Santschi (@RachelSantschi) of sat down with Cady Lalanne during the recent NBA Summer League and answered some questions from fans on Twitter.

Brampton Guardian: Brampton athlete strikes gold at Pan Am

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped the Canadian National Team to a gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday evening and the Brampton Guardian, her hometown paper, recapped the event Wednesday. Read about Tatham's performance, her summer successes and the outlook for her work with Team Canada this Summer and Fall below.

Brampton athlete strikes gold at Pan Am | Brampton Guardian

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped Canada claim Pan Am Games gold over Team USA, 81-73, in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto Monday evening. The gold marks Canada's first in basketball on the men's or women's side and outperforms the squad previous best finish, a silver in the 1999 Games in Winnipeg. Coverage of Tatham and Team Canada follows:

Women's National Team Wins Gold At 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games | Canada Basketball Website
Box Score: Canada 81, United States 73
Mark Nadolny, Canada Olympic Team Website
Canadian Women's Basketball Team Wins First-Ever Gold Medal, Beats U.S. | Huffington Post Canada
Pan Am Roundup: Canadian Women Win Country's First Basketball Gold | Justin Piercy, 680 News
Nurse Simply 'Unbelievable' As Canada Wins Women's Gold | Ken Peters, Hamilton Spectator
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Women's Hoopsters Quickly Turn Focus To Rio Qualifier | Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun

Diaz-Patterson Tearing It Up With Puerto Rico This Summer

   Recent UMass graduate and softball alumnae Quianna Diaz-Patterson is continuing her strong play with the Puerto Rico National Team. After playing well at the World Cup of Softball, the team tied for third at the Canadian Open where 'Q' earned an award for her play at second base.
   She hasn't stopped yet, helping PR to a 1-1 record after two games of round robin play at the Pam Am Games in Toronto. On Monday, she went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI to lead the squad to a 11-5 win over the Dominican Republic.
   The team will play three more games before the semifinals begin on Friday.

Cady Lalanne & Spurs Win NBA Summer League Title

  Former UMass standout Cady Lalanne started all seven games in Las Vegas (and three in Utah before that) and helped the San Antonio Spurs capture the NBA Summer League title on Monday, defeating the Suns 93-90.
  Lalanne averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 boards in 19.2 minutes over the 10 games in the two summer events.