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UMass men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and the United States National Team arrived at the U.S. Olympic Training Center ahead of participation in the FIL World Lacrosse Championship, set to begin on Thursday, July 10 in Denver, Colo. The team received a tour of the facility in Colorado Springs, where Leveille was given the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron.

Check out a photo gallery of the day through the Lacrosse Magazine website here. Lax Mag also has a short story detailing the visit available here.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican ranks Da'Sean Downey as the No. 21 player to watch on his Top 25 for 2014. A freshman who enrolled at UMass during the spring semester, Downey turned heads of fans and media during the Spring Game with an outstanding performance from his outside linebacker position. 



Former UMass men's lacrosse all-American Anthony Biscardi (2009-12) and rising-sophomore Nick Mariano were named to the 2014 Vail Shootout All-Tournament Team after they helped lead their squad, On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear, to the Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men's Elite Championship.

Biscardi and Mariano, both playing attack during the title game, combined for five goals to help their team earn a 12-8 win to secure the championship.

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Check out more on the Vail Lacrosse Shootout through the event's website here. Keep up-to-date with UMass men's lacrosse via UMassAthletics.com.

Dan Malone's countdown of the top 25 players to watch in 2014 hit No. 22 on Saturday with wide receiver Shaukur Nesmith taking the honors. Nesmith showed flashes of high productivity during last year's preseason camp, but an injury during the season-opener at Wisconsin sidelined him for the rest of the season. A healthy Nesmith along with several other new wide receivers, could give the Minutemen a lot of capable targets in the passing game this season.

Will Manny, Men's Lacrosse Alumnus, Signs With STX

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) signed an endorsement agreement with STX, LLC, a global sporting goods leader that specializes in lacrosse gear among other sports, as announced by the organization on Monday. Manny currently plays professionally for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse and ranks fifth in the league for points (38) through 10 games. Here is the official release:

"Baltimore, MD - Baltimore-based STX, LLC, a global sporting goods leader, Monday announced a two-year endorsement agreement with Major League Lacrosse (MLL) star Will Manny.

The Boston Cannons attackman will represent STX's Surgeon line, appearing in marketing and advertising campaigns. Manny will also represent STX at camps, clinics, tournaments and in-store events. He will also compete with STX equipment while playing for the Cannons..."

Read the press release in its entirety through InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (7.7)

Another big weekend for UMass men's lacrosse alumni competing in MLL contests as Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) helped their respective teams to key victories as both sides push for playoff spots.

Manny provided a clutch four-point performance to help Boston secure a 17-13 road victory at league-leading Denver, which had not lost at home in more than two years. Manny is fifth in MLL with 38 points, which he has earned through 23 goals and 15 assists over 10 games played.

Against Denver, Manny came alive with back-to-back goals near the end of the first quarter to turn a one-goal deficit into a 5-4 advantage entering the second stanza. He went on to provide an assist on the goal that put Boston up 12-11 at the conclusion of the third quarter and struck for an insurance goal during the final frame to help seal the win.

Leveille assisted on one goal and scooped up a groundball as Rochester improved to 7-3 overall with a 15-13 victory over Charlotte. The win moved the Rattlers into a tie for first place in MLL with Denver. Leveille's assist came during the first quarter as the Rattlers struck to an early lead with three of the first four goals of the game.

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The most up-to-date information on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

UMass hockey great and two-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick was back in his hometown this weekend where he used his time with the Stanley Cup to help raise funds for his youth hockey coach Jason Pagni who passed away earlier this year. The money will go to the Gabriella & Madelyn Education Fund to help Pagni's daughters go to college one day. The event raised over $5,000.




Justin Rogers of Mlive.com has a look at how some of the new changes in Detroit have brought a great sense of hope for the Lions sparked in part because of UMass football alum James Ihedigbo. 

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican continued his top 25 countdown of UMass football players to watch with safety Joey Colton coming in at No. 23. Malone writes that Colton is one of the top players on the defense and is one of the "foundation guys" and will be a key to success this season.

On the heels of the announcement that UMass hockey's Oleg Yevenko will be attending Boston Bruins' Development Camp, Matt Vautour spoke with the 6-7 defenseman for this piece in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette:

Read: UMass' Yevenko invited to Bruins rookie camp

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