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:
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:
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.
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
Yahoo Photos of the Day
Women's Hoopsters Quickly Turn Focus To Rio Qualifier | Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun
The energy last night was absolutely amazing! This is just the first step....going for gold one more... https://t.co/jPZCVEGCUF— Tamara Tatham (@TTatham13) July 21, 2015
Good morning Canada, how are you? We're golden. pic.twitter.com/XQKfRirqHr— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) July 21, 2015
"They listened and they played hard for me" -- Becky Hammon. Enough said.-- Dan McCarney (@danmccarneySAEN) July 21, 2015
University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham is one win away from helping Team Canada to a Pan Am Games gold medal as the Canadian side is into the championship round, scheduled for Monday, July 20.
Included below is recent coverage of wins over Argentina, 73-58; Cuba, 71-68 and Brazil, 91-63 that vaulted Canada into the finale.
Box Score: Canada 73, Argentina 58
Women Defeat Argentina 73-58 In Second Game Of Toronto 2015 Games | Team Canada Website
Canadian Women Improve To 2-0 At Pan Am Games | SportsNet
Tatham Helps Lead Canada Past Argentina At Pan Am Games Brampton Guardian
Box Score: Canada 71, Cuba 68
Canada Beats Cuba, 71-68 To Finish First In Group At Toronto 2015 | Team Canada Website
Canadian Women Reach Basketball Semis | SportsNet
Last-Minute Basket By Tatham Helps Canada Secure Semifinal Matchup At Pan Am Games | Brampton Guardian
Team Canada goes for gold against Team USA on Monday, July 20 at 8:45 p.m.
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 UMassAthletics.com.