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Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (July 20)

With one weekend left in the regular season and the four playoff contenders set, all that is left to be decided for University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni Ryan Izzo, Will Manny and Tim Soudan is postseason seeding.

Izzo is on the Ohio Machine's roster, but is part of the college in-actives list and has not played yet in 2015. Manny has 41 points via 27 goals, including a two-pointer, and 13 assists as the Boston Cannons' leading scorer. Soudan is the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers, who are making their second consecutive postseason appearance with Soudan as the team leader.

Information covering the previous week of MLL action follows:

MLL Playoff Field Set | Inside Lacrosse
Ohio Holds Advantage In Race For Second MLL Playoff Home Date | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
MLL Team Ranks: Week 13 | Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse
Photos & Highlights: Boston 9, Chesapeake 8 | Inside Lacrosse
Boston Nips Bayhawks In OT To Clinch Playoffs | Lacrosse Magazine
Photos: Boston Clinches Playoffs With Win Over Bayhawks | John Strohsacker, Lacrosse Magazine

More information on the close of the MLL regular season & the playoff contenders can be found via the Major League Lacrosse official website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through

Alicia DelGallo (@OSAliciaD) of the Orlando Sentinel has a story on the path Cady Lalanne took from Haiti to America, back to Haiti and back to America. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 55th pick of last month's NBA Draft and will spend the upcoming season with the Austin Spurs in the NBA Development League. But for now, he is spending time with their NBA Summer League team, where he has averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in eight games, with the last five as the team has advanced to the semifinals of the Las Vegas event.

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham & the Canadian National Team started Pan Am Games competition with a 101-38 thrashing of Venezuela on Thursday, July 16. Read about the win and Tatham's contributions (10 points, five rebounds, three steals) below.

Women's National Team Beats Venezuela 101-38 | Team Canada
Box Score: Canada 101, Venezuela 38 | Pan Am Games Website
Canadian women's basketball team eviscerates Venezuela | Waterloo Region Record
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Pan Am opener slam dunk for Canadian women | Doug Smith, The Star
Canadian basketball women open with win | Durham Region Media Group

Game two for the Canadian side happens Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

In addition to UMass Sports Network's coverage of former UMass hockey forward Frank Vatrano at Boston Bruins Development Camp, Kevin Dillon of MassLive also made the trip to Wilmington, Mass., on Thursday and wrote this piece on the East Longmeadow, Mass., native.

READ: Boston Bruins Development Camp: East Longmeadow native Frank Vatrano in shape, looking to impress

Toronto Sun: Canadian Hoops Women Optimistic

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University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham and the Canadian women's basketball team begins Pan Am Games competition with round robin games from July 16-18. Read up on the pulse of the program as Canada begins play at home against Venezuela on Thursday, July 16.

Canadian hoops women optimistic | Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

The Average Joe Show out of Springfield recently interviewed UMass Hall of Famer, former UMass and USA women's soccer netminder Briana Scurry, following Team USA's 2015 World Cup victory.

Listen here to the podcast of the interview

Congratulations to the four members of the UMass women's soccer program, Megan Burke, Julia Weithofer, Georgia Gibson and Madison Smith, who have helped the New England Mutiny of the WPSL clinch the top spot in the Power 5 Division and finish the regular season with a record of 7-1.

MassLive had coverage of the Mutiny's 2-0 weekend and the success of their season thus far. Weithofer, a East Longmeadow, Mass., native, was interviewed for the piece.

Read: Well-balanced New England Mutiny defeat BuxMont Torch FC, finish regular season atop Power 5 Division

Former UMass hockey defenseman, free agent Matt Irwin signed with the Boston Bruins on Friday morning. Irwin, who played 153 career NHL games over the past three seasons with the San Jose Sharks, scored a career high eight goals in 2014-15, contributing to a total of 19 points and a +3 rating.

Official release from the Boston Bruins
ProHockeyTalk: B's sign former Sharks d-man Irwin: one year, $800,000 Bruins Sign Defenseman Matt Irwin To One-Year, $800K Contract

Rising sophomore Dennis Kravchenko closed out his week at Anaheim Ducks prospect development camp with a hat trick in the final scrimmage of the week, helping his team, "Team Black" to a 5-2 victory.

The Anaheim Ducks had a recap of the scrimmage as did the Orange County Register, both highlighting Kravchenko's performance.

Kravchenko was also interviewed by Ducks Daily in their video recap.