A nine-point performance on five goals, including the overtime game-winner, and four assists netted University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week Award on Tuesday, May 19.
Manny guided the Boston Cannons to their 17-16 comeback victory in overtime with three points during the second quarter, two in the third, three more during the fourth and an unassisted goal in OT. The win went as the 100th in the history of the Cannons organization.
University of Massachusetts field hockey alumna Hannah Prince (2011-14) and current volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez took to the field at Team USA's training facility in Lancaster, Pa., for the first game in a friendly series with the Irish National Team Monday evening. The U.S. outpaced Ireland and earned a 3-0 victory. Game two is set for Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. and the third contest in the series follows on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Two Minutemen were in action for the Boston Cannons Sunday night during their thrilling 17-16 overtime victory earned versus Rochester at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Will Manny (2010-13) earned Coca Cola Player of the Game with nine points via five goals, including the game-winner, and four assists. He was held scoreless in the first quarter but spearheaded the comeback effort with three points in the second quarter, two more in the third, three more in the fourth and an unassisted strike less than one minute into extra time. Ryan Hollenbaugh (2010-13) saw time on defense for the Cannons during the win, but he did not record statistics.
The duo helped Boston defeat former Minuteman Tim Soudan, the current head coach of the Rattlers. In college, Soudan was a two-time all-American at the University of Massachusetts where he played for legendary coach Dick Garber. Soudan was also a two-time gold medal winner with Team USA in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2004 and 2008.
Ed Odeven, the basketball beat reporter and Olympic writer of the Japan Times, has a nice article on the relationship between Julius Erving and Bob Nash that began during the Schoolboy Basketball Classic in upstate New York in the spring of 1968, progressed during the pair's time as part of the 1970 U.S. Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. and 14-game European Tour, and has continued today.
Newburyport Daily News sports editor Dan Harrison spoke with Massachusetts native and UMass men's lacrosse graduate Andrew Sokol recently for a quick feature on his career, in particular the 2015 campaign. The piece highlight's Sokol's successes and what he learned as a member of the squad.
University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) is with the Canadian Women's National Team as it trains for the Pan Am Games and FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament with the eventual goal of earning an Olympic medal. Toronto Star sports reporter Doug Smith spoke to the team about its goals and aspirations for a May 13 article.
In today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jason Mackey has a piece on UMass hockey alum and former captain Conor Sheary who just wrapped up a stellar rookie campaign with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Sheary led the Baby Pens with 45 points during the regular season and ranked second with 20 goals. He has 23 points in 23 career playoff games in the AHL.
It was a tough loss for the UMass women's lacrosse team on Sunday as the Minutewomen fell 19-8 at top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The season ends with a 19-2 overall record - the second most wins in program history.
For the piece, Connolly spoke with both UMass women's track and field head coach Julie LaFreniere and sophomore Heather MacLean following a record-breaking Saturday at the Meet. MacLean won the 800m title and was part of the Gold medal-winning 4x800m relay squad, breaking New England records in both events.
Several media outlets had recaps of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 13-8 win over Jacksonville on Friday afternoon in the NCAA First Round. The Minutewomen will return to action on Sunday against No. 1 seed and regional host Maryland (Noon) in the NCAA Second Round.