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USHL Interactive has posted an interview with incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour from this weekend's NHL Draft. Montour was selected 55th overall by the Anaheim Ducks, becoming the highest draft pick in UMass history.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.30)

Two UMass men's lacrosse alumni were active in Major League Lacrosse during the previous weekend as Kevin Leveille (2000-03) helped Rochester to an important win and Will Manny (2010-13) provided another five-point game on attack for Boston. Check out more on how each did below:

Leveille did not record a point but was able to scoop up four groundballs as Rochester defeated Denver, 19-14 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

Prior to the game, Leveille was recognized by Rattlers COO Brad Ford and Rochester Head Coach Tim Soudan, also a University of Massachusetts graduate, for his MLL record-break career goals total, which is up to 275 through 116 games played in the league.

This game for Leveille came after his two-goal performance for Team USA during the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game on Thursday evening.

Manny earned five points via a hat trick plus two assists, but the Boston Cannons dropped a 15-12 game to Charlotte. Manny pushed Boston in front with the first two goals of the second quarter to put the Cannons ahead, 5-3. He added his third to pull Boston within 11-10 of Charlotte and assisted on the final Cannons goal that dropped their deficit to 15-12 with 4:18 to play.

Manny now has 34 points on 20 goals and 14 assists over nine games played in his second year playing professionally. Manny's goals and assists totals also rank second among Cannons.

Stay up-to-date with Major League Lacrosse through the organization's website. More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Tamara Tatham, Team Canada Complete Sweep Of Brazil

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham sparked the Canadian Senior Women's National Team to a 66-63 victory over Brazil to cap a three-game sweep at the Edmonton Grads International Classic. Tatham was given the 'Player of the Game' nod for Team Canada after she provided 11 points and eight rebounds in the win. Read more on it through Canada Basketball's release:

"A crowd of almost 1,800 at the Saville Community Sports Centre was treated to a great start from Team Canada as they shot out to a 12-5 lead at the five-minute mark of the first quarter and would push the lead to 10 with a 19-9 spread that would force Brazil to take an early timeout. Canada would continue to take the play to Brazil and hold 27-14 advantage as the first quarter ended..."

The conclusion of the article and more on Team Canada can be found here. Keep informed on UMass women's basketball through UMassAthletics.com.

Coverage Of Montour's NHL Draft Selection

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Congratulations to incoming freshman defenseman Brandon Montour, who became the highest draft pick in UMass history when the Anaheim Ducks selected him 55th overall in the second round.

When interviewed following his selection, Montour talked about why he chose to come to UMass:

"I think the biggest thing was the coaches. I love the coaches there. It's a great organization both school-wise and hockey-wise and it's not too far down the road from my house, meaning my family can come down whenever. It's just unbelievable there, in Hockey East, one of the best leagues in college hockey."

Several news outlets had coverage of Montour's selection:

Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday
MassLive: Anaheim Ducks select incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour in NHL draft 2nd round
Chatham-Kent Sports Network: Brandon Montour Selected In NHL Draft By The Anaheim Ducks
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Black Hawks' Montour, Friedman go in NHL draft
Fox Sports West: Kings, Ducks fill needs in NHL Draft
Anaheimcalling.com: Ducks Pick Brandon Montour 55th Overall

MLL: Rattlers to honor Leveille's record breaking milestone

The Rochester Rattlers will honor UMass men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille's Major League Lacrosse career goals record on Sunday, June 29, when the Rattlers face the Denver Outlaws. More information on the event, courtesy of the Rattlers, is below:

ROCHESTER, NY (June 28, 2014) - This Sunday, June 29th the Rochester Rattlers will be hosting an eventful day of summer fun at Sahlen's Stadium. In addition to the much publicized "Rattlers Carnival Day" and the home debut of rising rookie sensation Jordan Wolf, the franchise will honor one of their very own for accomplishing a career milestone, Kevin Leveille's record breaking feat of 271 career goals to become the All-Time Goals Leader in MLL history.

Following the carnival festivities, which will run from noon through game time (1 pm), the Rattlers COO Brad Ford and Head Coach Tim Soudan will host an award ceremony honoring team captain Leveille. Don't miss all the fun, excitement and honors as the Rattlers take on visiting Denver Outlaws and try to keep their home unbeaten streak alive.

Gates open at Noon, game time is approximately 1 pm. For more information on tickets you can log onto ticketmaster.com, visit the Sahlens Stadium box office or call (585) 340-6905.

Keep up-to-date with everything related to Major League Lacrosse through the organization's website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Good luck to former UMass women's track & field standout thrower Lisa Wilson as she competes at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today. Her event, the hammer throw, begins at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

A live video stream is available here and live results here.

Albany Times Union reporter Ben Sanders wrote a story covering UMass men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille and his current pursuit of a spot on the Team USA 23-man active roster for the upcoming FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship. Check it out:

"In 2010, Kevin Leveille was an alternate for the United States at the Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship in Manchester, England. He had the pleasure of watching his younger brother, Mike, who was on the field for the team.

'He's a major player, and it was great to have a great seat to watch him do his thing,' Leveille said.

Four years later, Kevin, a Delmar native, wants to further his own legacy by making the team's 23-man roster for next month's World Championship. It would be the final touch to his brilliant career..."

Read the conclusion of Sanders' story through the Albany Times Union website here. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Tom Fargo of Wicked Local Walpole has a feature on incoming offensive lineman Dan DiNicola who played last week in the 36th Annual Aleppo Shriners High School Football All-Star Classic. The story focus' on DiNicola's life-long relationship with Noah Kung as they played against each other one final time.

ESPN New York: Still-hungry Victor Cruz a rare Giants rock

Dan Graziano of ESPN New York has a feature on Victor Cruz which profiles the former UMass standout as one of the key, veteran leaders on the team this season. Despite playing a position known for players wanting to make highlight plays, Graziano says Cruz told his coaches at training camp that he wanted to improve his blocking to be able to help the team this year.

"He's that way," Giants receivers coach Sean Ryan said last week. "For the kind of quick ascent he's had, none of that has ever gone to his head or to his work ethic. He's the same guy he was the day he walked in here in terms of working hard and being down to earth and wanting to be a complete football player. You've got to respect that." 

Dan Benton of Giants101.com has a story on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz who has been nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award. Benton writes that Cruz has become an international phenomenon and has established himself as a universal brand thanks in part to his touchdown celebrating salsa dance.

Cruz's post-TD salsa is now so famous that it has even been nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award in the category "Party Like A Sports Star," which honors the best celebrations across the sports world.  

But the salsa isn't just a meaningless celebration for Cruz. Rather, it's to honor his late Grandmother and something that has become very meaningful for Cruz and his family.


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