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The University of Massachusetts faces its second Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contest of the season at No. 18 nationally ranked Towson (6-3 overall, 0-0 CAA) on Saturday, March 28 at Noon. The squad is on a three-game winning streak and is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses to the Tigers, one each in the previous two seasons. Below is a preview covering the game:
Scouting Towson Men's Lacrosse
Towson men's lacrosse holds a 6-3 overall record entering its first CAA competition of the season. The squad has played well away from home with a 4-1 mark in road games, but is just 2-2 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in 2015. After the squad suffered a three-overtime loss at Navy, 8-7, on March 3, Towson rebounded with wins in three of the last four games, including a 9-8 win at Binghamton on March 21 in its latest action.
Towson relies heavily on four members of the offense to put up points, led by Joe Seider's 24 via 20 goals and four assists. Ryan Drenner adds 21 (12 goals, nine assists) ahead of Spencer Parks' 20 through 13 goals and seven assists. Andrew Hodgson rounds out the quartet with 19 points on 15 goals and four assists. These four Tigers are responsible for 84 of the 113 points recorded through nine games (74.3 percent) while the next-highest scorers have five points each (Max Siskind, Greg Cuccinello and Justin Mabus). However, the Tigers are without Hodgson's services as the redshirt-senior midfielder will miss the remainder of the year due to injury.
Tyler White is in his redshirt-junior campaign - the second for the Elmira Heights, N.Y., native as the starting goalie. White held foes to 63 tallies over the first nine games of the year for a 7.20 goals-against average. He also owns the highest save percentage among CAA goalies at .568 alongside his league-best GAA.
Last Meeting: Towson 6, UMass 5; April 5, 2014
The No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking setback at home on Garber Field as the squad dropped a 6-5 decision to Towson. Zach Oliveri provided 13 saves in goal while Bob Fahey led the close defense with three caused turnovers and as many groundballs. Nick Mariano tallied twice on attack to pace the UMass offense.
Grant Whiteway opened scoring in the game less than four minutes in, but the Tigers answered with back-to-back-to-back scores to push ahead, 3-1 entering the second.
The Minutemen were unable to overcome the early deficit despite cutting to within one of tying on four occasions the remainder of the way. Jeff George scored the final goal of the game with four minutes, 52 seconds left in the third, which made it a 6-5 game, but neither side converted in the final frame.
More on the program is available on UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse puts its three-game winning streak on the line with a trip to No. 18 nationally ranked Towson this weekend. The Minutemen challenge the Tigers at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland, at Noon on Saturday, March 28. Daily Collegian reporter Jason Kates caught up with head coach Greg Cannella to discuss the contest for a preview.
UMass lacrosse looks for fourth straight victory versus Towson | Jason Kates, Daily Collegian
More on the program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse is on a three-game winning streak with victories over Quinnipiac, Penn State and Hofstra in that order. Mark Dixon highlighted the streak in his weekly "takeaways" column. Here is Dixon's take on the recent success:
What's Happened: UMass won third in a row
Takeaway: The Minutemen had a tough start to the 2015 season, starting out 0-5 against a tough, robust schedule in Army, North Carolina, Harvard, Brown, and Albany. Since the loss to the Great Danes, UMass has rattled off three straight Ws, the latest a tough CAA road win over Hofstra by a count of 9-7. Defensively UMass overcame 11 penalties to earn the victory. Goalie Zach Oliveri led the effort, making 13 saves. Oliveri, a Long Island native, was playing his first game in his home territory since the passing of his father in late 2014. His emotion and effort was a game changer. Offensively Nick Mariano continues to excel and build on his outstanding freshman campaign. He is one of the best players you have never heard of. It looks like the season is back on track in Amherst.
Read all of Dixon's weekly thoughts through InsideLacrosse.com here. More on the Minutemen can be found online through UMassAthletics.com.
The Minuteman lacrosse squad earned a 9-7 win over Hofstra in their first league game of 2015. Here are some thoughts from head coach Greg Cannella and winning goalie Zach Oliveri after the contest.
More from men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.
Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian sports staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella after the UMass men's lacrosse team bested Hofstra on the road at Shuart Stadium, 9-7, Saturday. Kates broke down the win and how the Minutemen earned it in this recap.
More on UMass men's lacrosse is available via UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated Hofstra on the road, 9-7, Saturday afternoon. Dave Anderson was there to capture the action for Inside Lacrosse. Take a look at his photo gallery via InsideLacrosse.com here.
More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team begins CAA play with a trip to Hofstra on Saturday, March 21. Take a look at the preview for the game below:
Scouting Hofstra Men's Lacrosse
Hofstra men's lacrosse rebounded from its slow start with a pair of wins in its most recent action and is 3-4 overall entering play against UMass. The Pride defeated Providence, 15-4 and St. John's, 10-7 in its last two outings. Hofstra also blanked Manhattan College, 18-0, and was defeated by Georgetown, Marquette, Ohio State and Princeton so far this year.
The 2015 season is Seth Tierney's ninth at the helm of the program. He is 76-50 during his tenure with four NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-11. Prior to taking over the reigns of the Pride, Tierney spent six years as an assistant at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, after a five-season stint with the Pride as an assistant from 1995-2000.
Sam Llinares, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, provided 40 points on 22 goals and 18 assists during the opening seven games of 2015. Mike Malave is second in the scoring column for Hofstra with 22 points on 19 goals, including seven man-up tallies, and a trio of helpers. Chris Selva backstops the squad, his third year as the starting goalie. Selva limits opponents with a .532 save percentage and 8.59 goals-against average over 405 minutes in the cage.
Last Meeting: #12 Hofstra 11, UMass 6; April 19, 2014
UMass faltered in its final home game of the 2014 season, 11-6, to the No. 12 nationally-ranked Hofstra Pride at Garber Field. Goalie Zach Oliveri tied a single-game season-high with 15 saves for UMass while six different Minutemen scored once, highlighted by Gianni Bianchin's first collegiate goal.
The Pride opened the game with three consecutive goals, including Torin Varn's two scored on the evening, to hold a 3-0 lead by the eight-minute, eight-second mark. The Minutemen responded five minutes later with back-to-back tallies to draw within 3-2. Bianchin ignited the offense on an opportunistic shot from distance with 3:14 left in the quarter. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native attacked toward the right post before he back-pedaled into the middle of the field where he sized up an attempt that bested Hofstra goalie Chris Selva.
Trailing by one goal after the halftime break, Massachusetts evened the score 3:30 into the third. However, the game only remained tied for 44 seconds until Mike Malave pushed the Pride back in front, 5-4. Sam Llinares added his first of the game with 5:32 remaining in the third to double the lead for the visitors. Hofstra went on to score five of the final seven goals in the game to seal the victory.
More on the squad can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Peter Lindley has had a great week. The attackman for UMass men's lacrosse was listed as the No. 19 freshman in the Inside Lacrosse top-25 rookie rankings Wednesday. Take a look at the complete list here. The recognition by IL comes one day after the Darien, Connecticut, native took home ECAC Rookie of the Week. He is also the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week.
UMass takes to the road for its next game, a Saturday, March 21 contest at Hofstra. First faceoff is set for Noon. More on the game and the team can be found via UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse defeated Penn State, 12-8, Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium on the strength of defensive dominance in the second half and five points from Nick Mariano. Check out highlights of the game below:
More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Anthony Chuisano of the Daily Collegian staff caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, senior Andrew Sokol and sophomore Nick Mariano after the win over Penn State. Read about the contest and how the Minutemen earned the win:
UMass lacrosse takes control in second half, defeats Penn State for second win | Anthony Chuisano, Daily Collegian
More on the program can be found via UMassAthletics.com.
Scouting Penn State Men's Lacrosse
Penn State sits at 3-3 through six games and is looking for its first road victory of the season when the Nittany Lions head to McGuirk Stadium to face the University of Massachusetts. Former Colonial Athletic Association foes, the game is a non-conference meeting as Penn State left the CAA following the 2014 season for the newly-formed men's lacrosse segment of the Big Ten Conference.
TJ Sanders, a junior with 96 points in his ledger at Penn State, leads the Nittany Lions with 15 goals and six assists. The 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year had 49 points as a freshman before he produced 26 more during his sophomore season. Matt Florence, a redshirt-sophomore transfer from Virginia, is second with 14 points via nine goals and five assists in his first season active with the Nittany Lions.
UMass and Penn State share one common opponent through six games in Harvard. Both sides dropped their respective meetings with the Crimson as the Nittany Lions lost, 12-9 and the Minutemen fell, 14-13. Penn State counts victories against Vermont, 15-8; Penn, 14-11 and Marist, 9-8 while the side also faltered against Loyola Maryland, 8-6 and Villanova, 11-7.
Last Meeting: #14 UMass 8, #5 Penn State 6; March 15, 2014
Goalie Zach Oliveri finished with 15 saves in the cage, including 11 made after the Minutemen took the lead during the second quarter, as UMass men's lacrosse took an 8-6 win from No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Nick Mariano led the offense with three points on two goals and an assist while Connor Mooney tallied twice as well.
The Minutemen used a four-goal spurt - started by one from Grant Whiteway - to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 advantage. Brendan Hegarty capped the streak with his second of the season on a feed from classmate Nick Mariano.
Penn State fought back on the strength of goals from TJ Sanders, who had three over the final two quarters, and Shane Sturgis. Sanders scored man-up to cut the lead to 5-3 but Mooney answered for Massachusetts. After Sturgis had one, Mariano scored back-to-back spanning the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach for the Nittany Lions.
More on the men's lacrosse team can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse received five-point performances from Peter Lindley and Nick Mariano as 16 Minutemen recorded at least one point in the 18-5 victory over Quinnipiac Tuesday. Check out highlights of the win from the UMass Sports Network below:
Keep track of the Minutemen via UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse senior Grant Whiteway scored a ridiculous behind-the-back goal over his right shoulder as he was knocked to the ground against Quinnipiac. Take a look at it courtesy of the UMass Sports Network:
More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Jason Kates recapped the 18-5 UMass men's lacrosse victory over Quinnipiac for the Daily Collegian. The contest featured strong distribution on attack and a disruptive defensive performance. Read Kates' recap:
Balanced attack leads UMass men's lacrosse to first win of 2015 | Jason Kates, Daily Collegian
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team takes a day trip to the University of Albany for a 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon contest. Here is how to follow the Minutemen:
Scouting Albany Men's Lacrosse
Albany men's lacrosse defeated No. 19 Drexel, 15-8, in its first contest of 2015 but fell to No. 13 Cornell in its most recent action, 16-9, and enters play against Massachusetts with a 1-1 overall record as a result. The Great Danes are coming off of a stellar 2014 campaign, when the squad went 12-6 overall, won all five America East contests and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Scott Marr is in his 15th season as the head coach of Albany men's lacrosse. He is 121-102 as the program leader, which includes four seasons coaching current UMass assistant Craig McDonald (2005-08).
Albany is without the services of offensive juggernauts and cousins Miles Thomson (119 points, 82 goals, 37 assists) and Ty Thompson (53, 41, 12) due to graduation. However, the squad returns leading scorer and 2014 Co-Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson (128, 51, 77), who shared the award with his brother, Miles. Lyle set the NCAA single-season points record and matched the NCAA assists mark during 2014 when he was a USILA First Team All-American and the America East Player of the Year.
Lyle Thompson has six points (three goals, three assists) through two games of the 2015 season. John Maloney and Jake Cullen have matched his output and Connor Fields paces all Great Danes with eight points through four goals and four assists.
More on the program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse hosts Brown at McGurik Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts, for a Saturday afternoon game on Feb 28. First faceoff is set for 1 p.m., and ways to follow along are provided below:
Scouting Brown Men's Lacrosse
Brown men's lacrosse had an up-and-down 2014 season that ended with an 8-6 overall record and stands at 1-0 in 2015 ahead of its Feb. 28 contest at Massachusetts. In 2014, Brown used a midseason three-game winning streak to improve 6-3 overall, but lost three of its last five to fall out of competition for the Ivy League title as the squad dropped consecutive games to Penn, Yale and Cornell before the Bears bounded back to cap the campaign with victories over Bryant and Dartmouth.
Lars Tiffany is in his ninth season leading his alma mater. The 1990 graduate of Brown started on defense for Dom Starsia, now the head coach at Virginia, and is 86-61 overall as a collegiate head coach, including two seasons at Stony Brook.
Dylan Molloy, who had 39 points as a freshman in 2014, scored five goals in Brown's lone game so far in 2015, a 17-6 drubbing of Quinnipiac. Molloy's points and goals (29) totals a year ago led the Bears ahead of the graduated Sam Hurster (34 points, 26 goals) and now-junior Kylor Bellistri (20, 30).
Last Meeting: #13 Massachusetts 15, Brown 2; March 1, 2014
UMass held Brown to just a pair of goals while 11 Minutemen notched at least one point in a 15-2 victory over the Bears at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. The game marks the first since the 2001 season that the Minutemen limited an opponent to just two goals. UMass last accomplished the feat against Boston College on March 21, 2001 in a 23-2 win.
Massachusetts scored four consecutive goals in the first quarter and led 4-0 into the final minute of the frame before Kylor Bellistri got one back for Brown with 47 seconds left in the opening stanza. However, Bellistri's goal would be the only one for the Bears until less than seven minutes remained in play.
Grant Whiteway pushed it back to a four-goal advantage in the fifth minute of second quarter and started a streak of 11 consecutive goals by the Minutemen - including 10 scored during even-strength competition. Nick Mariano scored each of his game-leading five goals during the decisive run, which was capped by now-senior Chas Robino's first collegiate score.
More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
One more regular season road trip for UMass women's basketball - the Minutewomen are at Dayton for a Thursday, Feb. 26 game set to tip off at 7 p.m.
Scouting Dayton Women's Basketball
Dayton holds a 21-5 record and 12-2 mark in A-10 games entering competition against UMass after the Flyers rebounded from a slow start to win 18 of the last 20. The two losses in that frame came against league-leader George Washington.
Jim Jabir, who is in his 12th season at Dayton and 28th as a collegiate head coach overall, has turned Dayton women's basketball into a mid-major powerhouse during the last eight seasons. The squad went a combined 44-72 in his first four years with the program from 2003-04 through 2006-07, a .379 win percentage. Since then, the Flyers are 216-66 overall (.766 win percentage) with at least 20 victories in each season, five NCAA Tournament appearances and two berths into the WNIT.
Andrea Hoover leads the squad in scoring for the third consecutive season and is tied with Kim Pierre-Louis for second in the A-10 with 18.2 points per game. Ally Malott provides 15.6 points per game while Amber Deane chips in 9.8 more as the Flyers score 75.7 on average against only 63.7 points given up. The squad's +12.1 scoring margin is the second-best in the Atlantic 10. Dayton also holds a sizable advantage on the boards, spearheaded by Malott (7.8 rebounds per game) and Hoover (7.0). Overall, Jabir's program wins the rebounding battle, 43.2-to-37.2 on average, with more assists, 381-310; steals, 178-153 and blocks, 124-68.
More information on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program faces No. 12 nationally ranked Harvard for the 46th time in as many consecutive seasons with a Saturday, Feb. 21 contest at the Crimson's Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium. If you can't make it to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the 3 p.m. game you can use the following means to keep track of the game:
Scouting Harvard Men's Lacrosse
Harvard, the No. 12 team in the nation according to the USILA Coaches Top-20 Poll, begins its 2015 season with a Feb. 21 contest at Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium in Cambridge, Mass., against the University of Massachusetts. The Crimson are coming off of a 10-7 finish to the 2014 campaign, when the squad reached the Ivy League Championship Game and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The squad returns three of its top four scorers from a season ago, including leading points producer Devin Dwyer (47 on 12 goals, 35 assists). Back alongside Dwyer are Will Walker (39 points on 35 goals, four assists) and Deke Burns (24-18-6) after the Crimson put up 298 points in 17 games last year, an average of 17.5 per game.
Jake Gambitsky served as the starting goalkeeper one season ago and helped the Crimson defense with a 9.87 goals-against average and .506 save percentage in nearly 1,009 minutes in the cage. Gambitsky played all but 12 minutes in goal last year and had 170 of the team's 174 stops and all 17 decisions.
Head coach Chris Wojcik, a 1996 graduate of Harvard, is in his fifth season leading the team and 10th as a member of the coaching staff overall as he was also an assistant with the Crimson from 2002-07. Wojcik is 32-29 overall as the head coach at Harvard with one win over the Minutemen in four chances, an 11-9 Crimson victory on March 29, 2011.
Last Meeting: #14 UMass 8, Harvard 4; Feb. 22, 2014
Spurred on by second-half offense and a stifling defensive performance, No. 14/15 Massachusetts defeated Harvard in the 2014 home-opener for the Minutemen, 8-4. Nick Mariano earned his second consecutive hat trick as the freshman led both sides with three goals against the Crimson.
Tied at the half, 3-3, after Harvard scored back-to-back to close the second quarter, the Minutemen tallied the next four goals to secure the win. Mariano had his second of the game to put the team in front for good, 4-3 with two minutes, nine second left in the third. Grant Consoletti added his second strike of the year on a feed from Vincent Travaglini with four ticks left on the scoreboard to push the lead to 5-3.
Andrew Sokol and Grant Whiteway notched goals five seconds apart from one another during the second minute of play in the fourth to push the lead to 7-3. Zach Oliveri made 14 saves for the win while the Minutemen caused 12 Harvard turnovers, led by two apiece from James Fahey, Dylan Gruder, Connor Mooney and Austin Spencer.
More from the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.
For the Daily Collegian spring sports edition, staff reporter Anthony Chiusano spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, sophomore Nick Mariano and Tom Mariano, Nick's older brother, for a story on the attackman from Yorktown, New York, covering his decision to attend UMass, his freshman year success with the Minutemen and how the squad is working to rebound from a tough finish to the 2014 season.
One telling quote from Nick about how the team is approaching 2015:
"All the work you put in is what you get in return."
Playing to the max: Nick Mariano brings strong work ethic, offensive reliability to UMass lacrosse | Anthony Chuisano, Daily Collegian
UMass men's lacrosse sports a roster heavy on youth in 2015, with 24 student-athletes in their first of second seasons and only 13 in at least their third year with the program. Jason Kates spoke to head coach Greg Cannella and freshmen Buddy Carr and Peter Lindley for a story on the youthful look to the roster this season.
UMass lacrosse forges on with youthful roster | Jason Kates, Daily Collegian
Redshirt-senior short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo is one of two captains leading the UMass men's lacrosse team in 2015. The Daily Collegian spoke to Izzo, a 2014 USILA All-American, for a short feature on his approach to serving as a captain in his second consecutive season holding the responsibility.
Ryan Izzo bears significant responsibility as UMass lacrosse captain | Nicolas Casale, Daily Collegian
UMass men's lacrosse takes its first road trip of the season South for a Saturday, Feb. 14 matchup against No. 6 nationally-ranked North Carolina at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Check out how to follow along with the Minutemen in the post below:
Scouting North Carolina Men's Lacrosse
North Carolina men's lacrosse is ranked No. 6 in the nation by the USILA and No. 5 according to the Inside Lacrosse media poll ahead of its Saturday, Feb. 14 meeting with UMass. UNC sports a 2-0 record currently, with a 19-4 win over Furman and 15-9 victory against High Point.
The Tar Heels sport two of the longest point-scoring streaks in the nation currently in 2015 leading scorer Jimmy Bitter (11 points; seven goals, four assists) and Joey Sankey (eight points; five goals, three assists). Bitter has at least one point in each of the previous 43 games, a total of 130 via 87 goals and 43 assists. Sankey owns more points - 134 on 78 goals and 56 assists - but his streak is shorter than Bitter's (38 games). Bitter's streak is the second-longest to Shayne Adams' 47 for Detroit while Sankey's is tied for the third-longest with Jesse King at Ohio State.
Brian Balkam and Duncan Saunders split time in the cage, with 60 minutes apiece. Saunders owns a lower goals-against average (6.00) but has a lower save percentage (.455). Balkam lets in 7.00 goals-against with 13 stops for a .650 save percentage.
Joe Breschi is two games into his seventh season coaching North Carolina men's lacrosse. A 1990 UNC graduate who was a two-time USILA All-America selection, Breschi is back at his alma mater after a 11-year tenure as the head coach of Ohio State. Breschi went 92-63 with the Buckeyes (.594 win percentage) and is 71-30 at North Carolina (.703) for a .634 career win percentage (161-93 overall record).
Last Meeting: #12 UMass 12, #4 North Carolina 11; Feb. 16, 2013
Kyle Smith and Connor Mooney paced the offense with four points each on three goals and one assist a piece and goalie Zach Oliveri stopped 18 shots in net, including four during the final quarter when the Minutemen outscored the Tar Heels, 4-0 to secure the come-from-behind win over North Carolina, 12-11.
The final goal of the game went on to become the decisive tally at KSU Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., with Mooney recording his third mark of the day on the play. Mooney rolled around the left side of the goal from the back of the cage and stopped at the crease, jumping into the air while placing a shot into the lower-right corner of the goal for the 12-11 lead with 3:18 to play in the contest.
After North Carolina had a pair of tying attempts go wide of the net in the span of 13 seconds, beginning with 2:35 left to play, the Minutemen kept possession away from its defensive zone until the final seconds of the contest. Following a UMass turnover near midfield, North Carolina's Greg McBride scooped up the loose ball and sprinted toward the UMass goal. McBride sent a last-second game-tying attempt on-frame, with Oliveri adjusting to the shot to record his final save of the day and secure the win.
More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The UMass men's lacrosse team stats its 2015 season with a 1 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium against No. 20/20 Army on Saturday, Feb. 7. Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter Matt Vautour spoke with head coach Greg Cannella ahead of the contest to preview the season.
UMass men's lacrosse opens 2015 with No. 20 Army at McGuirk Stadium | Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette
The UMass Sports Network (@UMassSportsNet) put together a 2015 season preview for the men's lacrosse program, which starts it campaign at McGuirk Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Take a look below to get caught up on the Minutemen ahead of their first game of the year:
More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program begins its 2015 season with a 1 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 7. It'll mark the fifth straight year the Minutemen face the Army Black Knights to start the campaign. Find out more about how to keep track of the contest if you can't make it to McGuirk Stadium below:
Additional information, including a complete schedule, statistics and photo galleries, is available on UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-senior short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo was selected by Ohio Machine during the 2015 Major League Lacrosse draft on Friday, Jan. 23. Lacrosse Magazine highlighted Izzo's pick as a good decision by the Machine - read about it below:
"Izzo, on the other hand, is a great addition and a selection it seems everyone in the media loves. That's for good reason. UMass head coach Greg Cannella raves about Izzo's toughness and character. He'll do the dirty work on the field and give the team a good locker room presence."
Read the rest of the draft grades through Lacrosse Magazine's article. More on the Minutemen - who start their season at home on Garber Field vs. Army on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. - can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse all-American short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo was selected in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Ohio Machine with the fifth pick of the fourth round (27th overall).
Inside Lacrosse staff reporter Kyle Devitte gave his thoughts on the selection after Ohio used its second pick of the night on Izzo:
5 Ohio: Ryan Izzo, M, UMass
KD Analysis: This is where you take d-mids and character guys. I like this pick a lot, as Izzo is a guy that emerged in the last few weeks as a serious prospect.
Read up more about the draft through Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine now. Keep up to date with the UMass men's lacrosse season through UMassAthletics.com.
Inside Lacrosse columnist Peter Lasagna caught up with a whole bunch of NCAA Division I head coaches, including UMass' Greg Cannella, to discuss the importance of "Glue Guys." Here was Cannella's take on the players that make the team go and don't necessarily see the accolades that should correspond with their successes:
"Greg Cannella considers the prototypical "glue guys" those that receive few accolades. For the coach who leads UMass lacrosse in NCAA Tournament wins, these are 'your hardest workers, selfless, fearless leaders, ultimate team players who never fear failure.' They understand how to deal with consequences and know that their ability to convey this lesson creates team-wide trust.
"In a program history filled with an abundance of worthy candidates, Cannella regards Greg Rushing '12 as one of the Minutemen's finest. Rushing came from Fort Collins, Colo., as a face-off specialist. He developed into a 'GB machine,' outstanding on face-off wings and in the defensive midfield. Cannella remembers, 'He hit harder than anyone his size I've ever coached... [He didn't] care who you were, where you came from or how big you were -- he wanted to kick your ass.' This brand of relentless effort 'kept his teammates accountable, created bonds of trust that could never be broken.' Rushing elevated having a teammate's back above all other stat categories."
Read the entire story through InsideLacrosse.com and check out more on the Minutemen via UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse received votes for the 2015 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Preseason Coaches Top-20, which was released on Monday. The Minutemen occupy the No. 23 spot. Head coach Greg Cannella will again challenge UMass with one of the toughest schedules in the nation as 10 of the 13 regular opponents are a part of the preseason top-20 or those receiving votes.
Read the entire poll through InsideLacrosse.com here.
Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons franchise compiled a "catching up" feature with former UMass standout Will Manny. The feature, available here through the Boston Cannon's official website, highlights Manny's favorites memories from playing as a Minuteman as well as his current involvement in the game as a competitor for the Cannons and coach at Wagner College.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Efosa Guobadia will begin an 8+ month trip around the world to 20 different countries at the end of November. Guobadia, who earned a degree in kinesiology as he competed for the Minutemen from 2004-07, will promote health and wellness as well as build international relationships during a trip that will take him through Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Take a look at Guobadia's plans and why he is undertaking this endeavor through UMassAthletics.com.
The New England Lacrosse Journal recently named former UMass men's lacrosse head coach Dick Garber as the greatest coach to patrol the sidelines in New England. Garber guided the Minutemen for 36 seasons and became the first collegiate coach to reach 300 career wins in the process. Read Phil Shore's story on Garber's legacy and his impact on the sport of lacrosse below:
New England's Greatest Coaches: #1 Dick Garber | New England Lacrosse Journal
Lacrosse Magazine's Corey McLaughlin took a look at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Conference heading into the 2015 season, which will be the first for Fairfield as a member of the league.
The Minutemen were mentioned as a potential 'dark horse' to take the CAA crown while now-sophomore Nick Mariano was picked as a player to watch.
Read McLaughlin's conference breakdown here. More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Kyle Smith (2010-13) joined the coaching staff at Merrimack, as announced by the college on Monday. Smith poured in 125 points via 79 goals and 46 assists over four seasons with the Minutemen and currently plays for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. Read more about his hiring via Merrimack's athletic website below:
Merrimack Adds Kyle Smith to Men's Lacrosse Staff | Merrimack Athletics
Team USA, including UMass alum Will Manny (2010-13), defeated Notre Dame, 17-14 in the Seatown Classic, hosted in Tukwila, Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 19. Manny finished with a pair of goals and six groundballs in the win. Read about the contest through InsideLacrosse.com below:
USA Claws Back, Beats Notre Dame in Front of Record Crowd | Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse staff writer Matt Kinnear stopped by Amherst, Mass., and visited a UMass men's lacrosse practice to catch some fall ball preparations. Check out Kinnear's report regarding the Minutemen below:
Fall All-Access: UMass | Matt Kinnear, Inside Lacrosse
Kyle Devitte of the Inside Lacrosse staff had kind words to say about a host of retiring MLL standouts, including UMass alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03). The following sentence sums it up well, but check out the whole thing through the link below.
"Kevin Leveille wasn't about -- isn't about -- the spotlight. He's a team-first guy who happened to score thousands of goals."
MLL Retirees a Privilege to Watch | Kyle Devitte, Inside Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse staff writer Patty Shields reviewed the 2014 Rochester Rattlers season, which culminated with an appearance in the MLL Championship Game. UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) figured heavily into the success of the squad as he finished with 357 regular season points over 114 games and had a historic six-goal outing during the MLL semifinals to push the Rattlers into the championship game. Read more about the season, Leveille's final playing pro lacrosse, through the link below:
Year in review: Rochester Rattlers | Major League Lacrosse
UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) was chosen for the 24-man Team USA roster set by the national organization for the Seatown Classic. Manny will play with the U.S. side at the event hosted in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 18 as one of six attackman chosen.
Team USA Roster Set For Seatown Classic vs. Notre Dame | Inside Lacrosse
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Tim Soudan (1987-90) was recently chosen as the U.S. National Team's Assistant General Manager ahead of the 2015 FIL World Indoor Championship, as announced by Team USA this week.
Soudan competed for UMass from 1987-90, when he recorded 114 points out of the midfield on 84 goals and 30 assists. He was a two-time USILA All-American during his Minuteman tenure and followed up his collegiate success with an extended professional career in outdoor and indoor lacrosse and two gold medal-winning FIL World Championship appearances with Team USA (1994, 1998). Soudan is currently the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers (MLL) and previously served as an assistant general manager for the Rochester Knighthawks (NLL).
US Lacrosse Names Staff for 2015 FIL Indoor Championship | US Lacrosse
The New England Lacrosse Journal has a feature up about University of Massachusetts alumnus Will Manny (2010-13), who recently finished his second professional season with MLL's Boston Cannons franchise and is currently in his first year as an assistant coach with Wagner men's lacrosse.
Manny planning for bigger things | Scott Souza, New England Lacrosse Journal
Inside Lacrosse released its 2014 Power 100 Freshman Rankings, compiled by the IL staff, this week. UMass newcomer Peter Lindley was slotted in the No. 95 spot following a four-year standout career at Darien High School that included 143 goals scored.
2014 Power 100 Freshman Rankings | Inside Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse staff writer Patty Shields took a look back at the 2014 Boston Cannons season, including the performance of former UMass men's lacrosse all-American Will Manny (2010-13). Manny finished the year with 52 points on 32 goals and 20 assists as one of the most consistently dangerous attackmen in the game. Read about the season, and Manny's impact, below:
Year In Review: Boston Cannons | Major League Lacrosse
UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Ryan Liebel (2009-11) was named a volunteer assistant at Providence College recently. Liebel jumped into the collegiate coaching ranks after two successful seasons with the Longmeadow boy's lacrosse program, during which he went 47-2-0.
Lacrosse Announces Addition Of Ryan Liebel As Volunteer Assistant | Providence College Athletics
Longtime Major League Lacrosse attackman and former UMass men's lacrosse all-American Kevin Leveille (2000-03) announced his retirement from competition after 10 seasons playing in MLL.
Leveille has served as the team captain for the Rochester Rattlers over the previous couple seasons while he has accumulated 357 points over 114 regular season games played with Boston (2004-05), Chicago (2006-10) and Rochester (2012-14). He also had 14 postseason goals in only five games and captained Team USA during the 2014 FIL World Championship.
Captain Leveille calls it a career...Thank You #19 | Rochester Rattlers
Kyle Devitte (@TheKyleDevitte) previewed the upcoming Major League Lacrosse Championship Game for Inside Lacrosse on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and featured UMass alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) in his post. Leveille is not the only former Minuteman vying for a title, as the Rattlers are coached by 2012 UMass Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Tim Soudan (1987-90). Read all of Devitte's thoughts on the game and Leveille below after you check out an excerpt from the story about the former Minuteman:
"...You don't need to get him to a spot and set up an offense around him; he IS the offense around him. It was he that led the Rattlers' amazing comeback in the semi-finals, scoring two of his game-leading six goals in the fourth quarter. It's not easy to finish the ball in MLL, in fact it's far easier to get your helmet knocked off (which incidentally Leveille has had happen to him multiple times in his career) and dirt in your teeth..."
MLL Championship Preview | Kyle Devitte, Major League Lacrosse
UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided six goals to spearhead the Rochester's 15-11 comeback victory over the Ohio Machine in the Major League Lacrosse Championship Semifinals to push the Rattlers into the league's finale. Leveille scored five of his tallies after halftime as Rochester erased Ohio's early four-goal lead to advance the squad along with Rattlers head coach and former Minuteman Tim Soudan (1987-90) to the championship contest. Below is coverage of the game:
RECAP: Rochester 15, Ohio 11 | Major League Lacrosse
Rochester-Ohio Box Score | Major League Lacrosse
Rochester Advances To MLL Title Game with 15-11 Win Over Ohio (with photos) | Inside Lacrosse
Rochester Uses a 5-0 Fourth Quarter to Defeat Ohio in MLL Semifinals | Lax Power
Rochester Rallies to Top Ohio, Advance to MLL Finals | Lacrosse Magazine
The Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse and former Minuteman Kevin Leveille (2000-03) begin their playoff hunt against Ohio with a 3 p.m. game at Wegman's Stadium in Rochester, New York, on Saturday, Aug. 16. Leveille and the Rattlers finished first in MLL with a 10-4 record to take the No. 1 playoff seed while Ohio earned the No. 4 spot with an 8-6 finish. Check out a preview of the game through Major League Lacrosse's website.
PREVIEW: Ohio at Rochester | Major League Lacrosse
Casey Vock of Inside Lacrosse took a closer look at UMass alumnus and current Rochester Rattler Kevin Leveille's custom gloves from Brine on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The mits, colored in the style of Rochester's uniforms, feature Leveille's last name scrawled across the wrist and are part of a recently released product line called the Brine King V. Here is one picture of the custom gloves - check out more through the link below.
Custom Rochester Rattlers Brine King V Gloves for Kevin Leveille | Inside Lacrosse
Hat tip to Vock and ILGear.com for frequently featuring UMass men's lacrosse kits and what our alumni wear in the professional ranks. More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Scot Cooper, who writes for the Tri-Town Transcript and Wicked Local Middletown, spoke with James Fahey about his UMass men's lacrosse senior season in 2013, during which Fahey caused a team-best 20 turnovers and led the defense with 31 groundballs.
Read the story through the Wicked Local Middletown website here. More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Zach Babo of Inside Lacrosse was on-site at Homewood Field in Baltimore for UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny's STX photo shoot. Manny recently signed with STX as a sponsor and will represent the brand with its "Surgeon" line of lacrosse gear.
Babo took a couple minutes to talk to Manny about a variety of things, including the Boston Cannon's playoff run, signing with STX and his continued presence in the New England lacrosse community.
Will Manny's STX Shoot | Zach Babo, Inside Lacrosse
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) is among five current Major League Lacrosse competitors named to the MLL's 2014 Most Improved Player Watch List. Manny, in his second professional season, ranks among the most successful attackman in MLL this year. Read more on Manny's successes courtesy of Major League Lacrosse's release below:
The sophomore attackman is a powerhouse on offense and a consistent goal scorer for the Boston Cannons. He falls right behind teammate Paul Rabil in team points (51) and ranks among the top five in the MLL for points, goals and assists (51pts, 32g, 19a). During his rookie season with the Cannons, he proved his ability to be a threat on offense, scoring 18 goals and tallying 12 assists in just 10 games. With one season under his belt, he's built upon his rookie success and continues to exceed expectations. He will have to step up to the plate this weekend against the Rattlers to give Boston a chance to nail a spot in the playoffs.
A complete watch list and more on MLL is available through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.
Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse all-American Jack Reid (@GorillaMagilla) is nearing completion of an extended fundraising effort for the St. Baldrick's Foundation (@StBaldricks). The seven-week endeavor culminates in a St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving event follow the Boston Cannon's game against the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday, Aug. 9, when Reid and five additional members of the Cannons will get bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.
As of Thursday, Aug. 7, Reid, along with teammates Matt Smalley, Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill, Eric Hagarty and Boston head coach John Tucker, have combined to raise nearly $15,000 for St. Baldrick's and the battle against children's cancer.
Donations can be made online via the event's page available on the St. Baldrick's website.
A duo of UMass men's lacrosse alumni provided impactful weekend performances for their respective teams as Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) combined to total eight points through five goals and three assists.
Manny, who plays for Boston, secured five points as the Cannons narrowly defeated Florida, 16-15 on Saturday evening. Playing attack, Manny totaled both his assists during the first quarter as the Cannons raced out to a 7-2 lead. After the Launch fought back to close the gap, Manny spearheaded the Boston offense throughout the third quarter as he scored each of his goals during the frame.
With at least four points in each of the previous six contests, Manny has vaulted himself up the leaderboard for scoring in MLL during the 2014 season. He currently sits tied for third with 51 points on 32 goals and 19 assists.
Leveille notched three points through two goals and an assist during Rochester's 17-15 loss to Ohio on Saturday. Leveille's first goal of the evening tied the contest at 3-3 during the first quarter while his second brought the Rattlers within 10-8 of the Machine at the start of the third. His only assist closed the Rochester gap to 11-10 later in the third, however, a late four-goal run by Ohio sealed the outcome.
With 25 points on the season, Leveille current ranks in the top 25 for MLL attackman in the category. He has accumulated his 25 points on 17 goals and eight assists spread over 11 games played.
More on Major League Lacrosse is available on the organization's official website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.
Two former UMass men's lacrosse standouts combined for six points for their respective teams as Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) provided offensive boosts as the MLL season winds down toward the playoffs.
Leveille scored twice on his only two attempts of the game and scooped up one groundball for Rochester as the Rattlers improved to 9-3 overall with a 13-9 win over Charlotte on Saturday, July 26. Leveille provided both tallies during the fourth quarter, staking Rochester to an 11-9 lead with more than 10 minutes left before capping scoring with 92 seconds left to play.
The 2003 UMass graduate has 22 points on 15 goals and seven assists over 10 games played while he has also picked up 16 groundballs. He has recorded 20 or more points in all but one of his 10 professional lacrosse campaigns.
Manny totaled four points through a hat trick and one assist, but it was not enough for Boston as the Cannons fell to Florida, 23-17 on Saturday, July 26. Manny dished an assist to Scott Ratliff to put Boston ahead, 4-2 early and tallied his first goal of the day during the second quarter to extend Boston's lead to 8-6. After Florida rallied during the second and third quarters, Manny spearheaded a late fourth-quarter push with back-to-back goals, but it was too late.
His three goals and one assist give Manny 46 points (29 goals, 17 assists) through 12 games, the fourth-most points among all Major League Lacrosse players. His 29 goals also rank him fourth while his 17 assists place him fifth in those respective categories.
More on MLL is available through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen via UMassAthletics.com.
A pair of former Minutemen represented UMass in Major League Lacrosse during the previous week, as Will Manny (2010-13) and Jack Reid (2003-06) were active for the Boston Cannons during their heartbreaking overtime loss to New York, 16-15 on July 19.
Manny notched four points via three goals and an assist while he also scooped up a groundball. The 2013 UMass graduate opened scoring only two minutes, 23 seconds into the first quarter and added another goal less than eight minutes later. Manny provided a buzz-beating tally only one second before the first quarter expired to push Boston ahead, 5-4 and assisted on the strike that put the Cannons in front, 14-13 late in the fourth quarter.
Reid was active on close defense for the Cannons, making his fifth appearance on the season. In addition to his work on the field for Boston, Reid is currently fundraising for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which battles childhood cancer, alongside his teammates and head coach.
Keep up-to-date with everything Major League Lacrosse through the organization's official website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Former UMass men's lacrosse standout Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided another three-goal performance for the United States National Team at the FIL World Championship on Saturday evening, but it was not enough in the title game as Team USA fell to Canada, 8-5.
Leveille finished the tournament with 15 points on 14 goals and an assist accumulated over six games played. He had a hat trick in each of the last three games. Check out more coverage of the championship game and the entire knockout round of the tournament below:
World Game: Day 10 - Canada Takes Goal | Inside Lacrosse
Crowley, Ball Control Give Canada FIL Gold, 8-5 | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Canada Downs USA 8-5 For FIL Gold | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
Canada 8, Team USA 5 | Box Score
World Games: Day 8 - U.S. Tops Australia 22-3 in Semifinals | Inside Lacrosse
United States Advances to FIL Final With Rout of Australia | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA Dominates Australia; Into FIL Final | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
Team USA 22, Australia 3 | Box Score
World Games: Day 6 - USA Dominates Iroquois, Takes Top Seed | Inside Lacrosse
Team USA Defense Puts Clamps on Iroquois | Corey McLaughlin, Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: USA Dominates Iroquois to Snare Top Seed | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
Team USA 18, Iroquois Nationals 5 | Box Score
Team USA Dorm Tour with Captain Kevin Leveille | Corey McLaughlin, Lacrosse Magazine
Dispatches from Denver: Scenarios, US Award and More | Lacrosse Magazine
More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus and Boston Cannons defenseman Jack Reid (2003-06) is in the middle of a fundraising effort for St. Baldrick's Foundation, which is a volunteer-driven charity that raises money for the battle against childhood cancer. Reid is joined by teammates Matt Smalley, Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill, Eric Hagarty and head coach John Tucker in the on-going fundraising project.
Read more about the reasons behind Reid's support of St. Baldrick's Foundation through the Boston Cannons website. Fans can support Reid through his page on the St. Bandrick's website. The event will culminate in a St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving event postgame on Aug. 9 after the Cannons host the Rochester Rattlers. All six participants will get bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.
Alexandria Valdez of the Denver Post took time to speak with UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Team USA head coach Richie Meade about the experience and leadership Leveille has provided to the U.S. National Team during competition at the 2014 FIL World Championship. Check it out:
"COMMERCE CITY -- Kevin Leveille's journey to the World Lacrosse Championships was tumultuous. He tried out for Team USA four times in 12 years. It wasn't until his fourth attempt, which came this year, that he made the final 23-man roster.
'It didn't sink in for a couple days,' said Leveille, 32. 'I felt I've played pretty well and done the right things. You never know because the competition level is so high.'
The veteran attackman from Delmar, N.Y., is putting his perseverance and knowledge of lacrosse to use at the world tournament being played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park..."
Read the conclusion of the story through the Denver Post website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Former UMass men's lacrosse standout Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided another hat trick for Team USA as the U.S. exploded for 22 goals in their 22-3 victory over Australia in the FIL World Championship semifinals. Leveille, the team captain for the tournament, now has 12 points via 11 goals and one assist over five games played.
United States Advances to FIL Final With Rout of Australia | Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: USA Dominates Australia; Into FIL Final | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
Team USA 22, Australia 3 | Official Box Score
World Games: Day 8 - U.S. Tops Australia, 22-3 in Semifinals | Inside Lacrosse
Keep up-to-date with the tournament through the FIL World Championship website, Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. More on the Minutemen can be found via UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) led Lacrosse Magazine on a tour around the Team USA headquarters at the FIL World Championship. The U.S. National Team is into the semifinal round, which begins on Thursday, July 17. Check it out:
Team USA Dorm Tour With Kevin Leveille | Corey McLaughlin, Lacrosse Magazine
The United States continues its tournament with a 6:30 p.m. game against Australia on ESPNU.
Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse standout Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and the United States National Team claimed the No. 1 seed in the knockout round and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIL World Championship with an 18-5 victory over the Iroquois Nationals on Tuesday evening.
In the victory, Leveille scored once for Team USA to bump his tournament total to nine points (eight goals, one assist). The U.S. side continues competition on Thursday, July 17 against the winner of the Israel-Australia contest set to be played on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. Read more on the U.S. win below:
USA Defense Puts Clamps on Iroquois Lacrosse | Corey McLaughlin, Lacrosse Magazine
World Games: Day 6 - USA Dominates Iroquois, Takes Top Seed | Inside Lacrosse
Photo Gallery: USA Dominates Iroquois to Snare Top Seed | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
Keep up-to-date with UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse standout Kevin Leveille (2000-03) secured four points via three goals and an assist as Team USA routed England, 20-1 at the FIL World Championship on Monday evening. The win improved the U.S. National Team to 4-0 during group play.
Through three appearances - Leveille sat out one game due to injury - the former Minuteman owns eight points via seven goals and an assist. Check out some coverage of the latest U.S. victory below:
World Games: Day 5 - Canada, USA Handle Blue Foes | Inside Lacrosse
Team USA Coasts by England in Pool Play | Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA Topples England (FIL Worlds) | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
Box Score: Team USA 20, England 1 | FIL World Championship Website
After he rested for one contest due to a minor injury, UMass men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided three goals and two groundballs for Team USA during the squad's 21-3 victory over Japan at the FIL World Championship on the evening of Sunday, July 13.
Check out coverage of the win and Leveille's performance below:
Team USA Dominates Japan, Improves to 3-0 | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA Routs Japan (FIL Worlds) | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
World Games: Day 4 -- U.S. Tops Japan, Iroquois-Canada Live, Pool Winners and Photos | Inside Lacrosse
More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
We hope you enjoyed our coaches sharing some of their favorite motivational quotes this week as part of #UMassCoachQuotes. We'll have another round of those coming next week as well. For now, let's look back at what our coaches submitted this past week.
University of Massachusetts alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) scored one goal and picked up a groundball to help the U.S. National Team to a FIL World Lacrosse Championship-opening victory over Team Canada, 10-7 on Thursday evening. Read about the game with coverage below:
U.S. Men Run to 10-7 Win Over Canada to Open FIL Tourney | U.S. Lacrosse
World Games: USA Clamps Down to Beat Canada, 10-7, in Opener | Casey Vock, Inside Lacrosse
USA's Defense Impresses; Canada Needs Offensive Adjustments | Quint Kessenich, Inside Lacrosse
Rabil, Pannell Show They Can Shine Together | Matt DaSilva, Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA 10, Canada 7 | Scott McCall, Lacrosse Magazine
More on UMass men's lacrosse is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The United States Men's Lacrosse National Team, including UMass alumnus and Team USA captain Kevin Leveille (2000-03), begins competition at the 2014 FIL World Championship with a Thursday, July 10 contest against Canada beginning at 9 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and via WatchESPN.com. More information on the event and media coverage of Team USA is available below:
World Games: Burning Questions For Team USA | Inside Lacrosse
World Games: Blue Division Rosters, Schedule And TV | Inside Lacrosse
Breaking Down The U.S. Team 23-Man Roster | Terry Foy,Inside Lacrosse
Elder Statesman Leveille Voted Team USA Captain | Corey McLaughlin, Lacrosse Magazine
Schedule and ESPN Coverage for the FIL World Championship | Lax Power
FIL: USA Opens Tournament Against Canada | Pete Crowley, InLacrosseWeTrust.com
Keep up-to-date with UMass men's lacrosse via UMassAthletics.com.
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.
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.
Lacrossewear Prevails, Team STX Repeats at Vail Shootout | Lacrosse Magazine
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.
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.
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.
Boston, Ohio Rally for July 4th MLL Victories | Lacrosse Magazine
Rochester Tops Charlotte to Pull into Tie With Denver | Lacrosse Magazine
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.
David Carty of The Foxboro Reporter staff spoke with UMass men's lacrosse incoming freshman Luc Valenza recently to get Valenza's thoughts on his approaching collegiate career at UMass as well as to reflect on his successes at Foxboro High School.
"To play a varsity sport at a high level for all four high school years is difficult enough. Doing so in two different sports is even more of a rarity, but that's exactly what Luc Valenza accomplished in his Foxboro High athletic career.
Valenza cracked Jack Martinelli's football roster mid-season as a freshman, and made an immediate impact as a running back and linebacker, but his true forte came on the lacrosse field. The defender thumped, stymied and otherwise frustrated the best of the Hockomock League over his four years as a Warrior..."
Read the conlusion of Carty's piece through the Foxboro Reporter website here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
With his selection on Team USA for the FIL World Lacrosse Championship and the resurgence of MLL's Rochester Rattlers franchise, University of Massachusetts alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) has received quite a bit of deserved coverage in recent days. Check out a sampling of it all below:
Team USA's Ultimate X-Factors; Final Roster Thoughts | Lacrosse Magazine
Getting To Know Team USA | Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA's 23-Man Roster | Lacrosse Magazine
Rochester Rattlers Lead Week 9 MLL Power Rankings | Major League Lacrosse
Breaking Down The U.S. Team 23-Man Roster | Terry Foy, Inside Lacrosse
Team USA's Final 23-Man World Championship Roster | Inside Lacrosse
Resurrection of the Rattlers | Kyle Devitte, Inside Lacrosse
U.S. Team Analysis vs. Team MLL | Terry Foy, Inside Lacrosse
Evaluating Team USA's Performance on the Eve of Selection | Phil Shore, Lacrosse Magazine
Team USA Hopefuls Edge MLL All-Stars | Inside Lacrosse
Team USA Edges MLL Stars, 10-9 | Kat Cornetta, Lacrosse Magazine
USA Hopeful Kevin Leveille More Than Just a Finisher | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
And last but definitely not least, here is a highlight video courtesy of Major League Lacrosse of some of Leveille's show-stopping moments from throughout his MLL career:
More on UMass men's lacrosse is available through UMassAthletics.com.
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.
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.
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.
Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse all-American Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided a veteran presence on attack to help put Team USA by Team MLL, 10-9 during the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game on Thursday night. Leveille tallied twice for Team USA and scooped up a pair of groundballs in the win. Check out more coverage of the contest below:
Team USA edges Team MLL 10-9 in electrifying All-Star Game | Major League Lacrosse
Team USA Hopefuls Edge MLL All-Stars, 10-9 | Inside Lacrosse
Team USA Edges MLL Stars, 10-9 | Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA 10, MLL 9 | Lacrosse Magazine
Box Score: Team USA 10, Team MLL 9
More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Soon-to-be UMass men's lacrosse freshman Peter Lindley was a key component in Darien High School Varsity Boy's Lacrosse recording a 23-0 season and Connecticut State Championship in 2014. For the team's success, Inside Lacrosse recently ranked Darien No. 5 in the final national poll of the 2014 season.
Lindley provided four goals and an assist in the 2014 FCIAC Boys Lacrosse Championship en route to being named the championship game MVP as Darien won its 13th title in program history. He has also been awarded All-FCIAC First Team in 2014 after he provided 63 goals and 19 assists to earn all-America honors.
Read more on the Inside Lacrosse Top-25 Power Rankings through IL's website here. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.
Four UMass men's lacrosse alumni were in action again this weekend during a pair of Major League Lacrosse contests. Big performances on attack by two of them helped Rochester earn sole possession of second place and Boston push back to .500 entering the all-star break. Check out more below:
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) got the weekend going for former Minutemen in Major League Lacrosse with five points as the Rochester Rattlers defeated the Florida Launch to claim sole ownership of second place in MLL. Leveille scored his first goal of the evening to put the Rattlers ahead, 9-8 in the second before he added three points (1 G, 2 A) during the third quarter to give Rochester a 14-11 advantage entering the fourth.
Three Minutemen faced off as Ohio challenged Boston and forced overtime before 2012 UMass graduate Will Manny (2010-13) ended the game in overtime with one of his five goals. Manny, who finished with six points in total, scored twice in the first quarter before he added two more points on a goal and assist in the second. He added another goal in the fourth quarter to extend the Cannons lead to 13-9, but a late Ohio rally forced his overtime heroics.
Jack Reid (2003-06), who recently joined the fight against childhood cancer with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, was on defense for Boston during the win but did not record statistics. Another UMass grad, Jim Connolly (2006-07, '09) saw time on attack for Ohio without recording statistics.
All the latest news on MLL is available through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
UMass men's lacrosse alumni Jack Reid and five of his fellow Boston Cannons have joined the fight against childhood cancer as they will go head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Reid, alongside teammates Matt Smalley, Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill and Eric Hagarty and Cannons head coach John Tucker, are asking friends, family and fans to support the volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research by making a donation on their personal fundraising pages.
Become involved in the fundraiser through Reid's page on the St. Baldrick's website here.
Below is a quote from Reid on why he joined with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and its fight against childhood cancer:
"My teammates and I are excited to officially kick off this head-to-head challenge. All of us have been impacted by cancer in some way, and Matt is a cancer survivor himself. We believe no child should have to endure the painful treatments that come with a cancer diagnosis, and hope this challenge will not only raise funds for St. Baldrick's, but will call attention to the critical need for funding childhood cancer research and encourage others to get involved."
The complete release is available on the Boston Cannons website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse incoming freshman Peter Lindley helped the Darien (CT) High School boys lacrosse team secure a perfect season (23-0 overall) with its 10-8 victory over New Canaan in the Connecticut Class M Championship on Saturday.
Andrew Callahan with the Stamford Advocate has a recap of the day's action, during which Lindley assisted on two Darien goals, for fans:
NORWALK -- For all the superlatives that have been aptly used to describe the Darien boys lacrosse team this spring-- deep, talented, explosive and well-coached-- there is now only one that can define the Blue Wave.
Following a 10-8 victory over rival New Canaan in the Class M championship Saturday, Darien placed itself among the all-time great teams by registering an undefeated season at 23-0. Seven different Blue Wave players scored in the title game, including Ian Burgoyne and Jack Kniffin, who combined for five goals. Rams attack Michael Kraus notched the game's lone hat trick via a fourth-quarter score that helped spur a late comeback, which fell short.
With the win, Darien topped New Canaan (17-5) for the third time in as many meetings this season and clinched the tenth state title in program history...
Read the conclusion of Callahan's story through the Stamford Advocate's website here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be foun through UMassAthletics.com.
A trio of soon-to-be Minutemen in Buddy Carr, Jake Lisauskas and Dom St. Laurent were picked to the New Hampshire Division I Boys Lacrosse All-State First Team. In addition to the trio being picked for all-state, Carr and St. Laurent shared the Co-Offensive Player of the Year Award.
St. Laurent competed for Bishop Guertin, which won the Division I New Hampshire Boys Lacrosse Championship over Lisauskas' Pinkerton squad. Carr played scholastically at Exeter, which fell to Pinkerton in the semifinals of the state tournament despite two tallies from the UMass signee.
The UMass incoming freahmen 2014 New Hampshire Division I Boys Lacrosse All-State Players of the Year and First Team are listed below:
Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Dom St. Laurent, Bishop Guertin
Buddy Carr, Exeter
Buddy Carr, A, Exeter
Jake Lisauskas, M, Pinkerton
Dom St. Laurent, M, Bishop Guertin
You can also view the complete list of New Hampshire Boys Lacrosse All-State honorees through the Concord Monitor website here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Three former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse standouts were active during the seventh week of the Major League Lacrosse season as Jim Connolly (2006-07, '09), Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) combined to earn four points for the Ohio Machine, Rochester Rattlers and Boston Cannons, respectively. Check out how each did individually below:
Connolly did not record statistics but rotated into the lineup for Ohio's attack as the Machine earned a comeback win over Leveille's Rattlers, 18-13 on Saturday. The appearance marked Connolly's second of the year for Ohio and first since a win at Charlotte on April 26 as the squad is 2-0 with Connolly in the lineup.
Leveille scored one goal as Rochester battled with Ohio in a 18-13 loss to the Machine. Leveille scored career tally No. 272, adding to his league record, to make it 5-2 in favor of Rochester, but a seven goal third quarter for Ohio erased the Rattlers lead and led the Machine to victory.
Photos: Rochester vs. Ohio
Manny assisted on three Boston goals, but the Cannons suffered a 16-15 loss on the road at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial to the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday. Manny helped get the offense rolling with an assist on Boston's first goal before he added helpers to tie the game at 7-7 and 13-13; however, Chesapeake scored three of the final four goals to earn the win.
Photos: Boston vs. Chesapeake
More coverage of MLL is available on MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Eagle-Tribune reporter Christopher Smith covered the New Hampshire Boy's Lacrosse Division I Title Game featuring Bishop Guertin's Dom St. Laurent and Pinkerton's Jake Lisauskas, both of which will be competing for the Minutemen in 2014-15.
Bishop Guertin and St. Laurent earned its fifth straight title with a 10-6 win over Lisauskas and Pinkerton. Both UMass signees had a goal and assist in the contest.
Read more on the game courtesy of Smith and the Eagle-Tribune below:
BEDFORD, N.H. -- Pinkerton senior Jake Lisauskas will play lacrosse at UMass Amherst next year with Bishop Guertin senior Dom St. Laurent.
But the two certainly were not teammates yesterday.
"We played a lot in the summer (for the New Hampshire Tomahawks) so we're pretty close," Lisauskas said. "I text him occasionally but definitely not before this one."
The Division 1 title game last night at Bedford High was the "this one" Lisauskas is referencing.
Lisauskas and second-seeded Pinkerton gave their best effort, but it was St. Laurent and top-seeded Bishop Guertin prevailing yet again...
The completion of the article is available on the Eagle-Tribune website here. News on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
ESPN Boston reporter Scott Barboza announced the Eastern Massachusetts Boys Lacrosse All-Americans during the previous week, with a pair of UMass men's lacrosse signees included in Mike Elcock and Luc Valenza.
Elcock is a long-stick midfielder and defenseman from Needham High School and Valenza played close defense for Foxborough.
Here is the complete list courtesy of the UMass Boston High School Sports Blog:
The Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its All-Americans on Sunday.
Here's a look at the honorees, courtesy of Andover head coach Wayne Puglisi:
Grant Gregory, A, Dover-Sherborn
Hunter Arnold, A, Acton-Boxborough
Jay Drapeau, A, Westford Academy
Ryan Hesseltine, A, Westford Academy
Jack Wheeler, M, Xaverian
Mike Panepinto, M, Needham
Matt Dziama, M, Wellesley
Greg Roder, M, Lincoln-Sudbury
J.T. Kelly, M, Acton-Boxborough
John MacLean, M, Medfield
Cody Mosgrove, D, Needham
Liam Stauss, D, Duxbury
Jack Ulrich, D, Hingham
John Sexton, D/LSM, Lincoln-Sudbury
Nick Marrocco, G, Duxbury
Robert Treiber, G, Medfield
Brian Bissell, M-FO, Medfield
Colin Whelan, A, Cohasset
Bailey Laidman, A, Dover-Sherborn
Travis Reid, A, Bridgewater-Raynham
Danny Farrell, A, Norwood
Matt Crowell, M, Medfield
Trevor O'Brien, M, Duxbury
Caleb Brodie, M, Hingham
Jeff Trainor, M, Billerica
Blake Frasca, LSM, Medfield
Tim Gillis, D, Cohasset
Rogers Boylan, D, Dover-Sherborn
Chris Ciolfi, D, Xaverian
Austin Wolfe, D, Acton-Boxborough
Luc Valenza, D, Foxborough
Mike Elcock, D, Needham
Matt Barker, D, Lincoln-Sudbury
Alex Surette, G, Melrose
The article is also available through ESPN.com. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available through UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) was awarded the Major League Lacrosse Warrior Offensive Player of the Week Award on Tuesday after the Rochester Rattlers veteran broke the MLL record for career goals scored against Chesapeake during an 8-7 double-overtime victory.
"Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Week 6's Warrior Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week and the Cascade Rookie of the Week today. This week, Kevin Leveille was awarded honors for his offensive efforts in helping the Rochester Rattlers defeat the Chesapeake Bayhawks in double overtime.
Leveille did more than merely help his team defeat the reigning Steinfeld Trophy champions; he led the Rochester Rattlers to an 8-7 victory over the Bayhawks with a hat trick in a game that went into double overtime--the first ever extra-extra time game in Major League Lacrosse history. That's not the only fashion in which the Thursday game was historical, though. Leveille not only earned a hat trick that evening, he also netted the game winning goal on the man-advantage for his second power play goal on the game. In doing so, he was able to earn the number one spot in all-time goals, overtaking predecessor Tim Goettleman now with 271. The two top-shooters are now tied for career game winning goals at 14..."
Read the rest of the release through the Rochester Rattlers website. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.
The staff at Inside Lacrosse gave UMass men's lacrosse alum and current Rochester Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille (2000-03) a nod in their weekly "Winners & Losers" piece. Check it out:
John Jiloty (@jjiloty)
Kevin Leveille -- Congrats to arguably the game's most humble player for breaking MLL's all-time goals record. The UMass grad and 10-year MLL veteran scored his 271st career pro outdoor goal in dramatic fashion over the weekend, giving the Rattlers a double-overtime win over Chesapeake. Few in the game are as effective getting the ball in the goal as Leveille. He was snubbed from the last U.S. Team in 2010, and is back in the mix for this year's squad for Denver. Here's to him giving Team USA a dangerous inside finishing threat at the World Championships.
Matt Kinnear (@MattKinnear)
MLL Records -- The vets just can't be stopped in Major League Lacrosse. Kevin Leveille broke the all-time goals record in a double-overtime win late last week. Casey Powell and Ryan Boyle are one-upping each other with the all-time points record, and then the Outlaws' regular-season winning streak came to an end this weekend. Earlier in the year, Jesse Schwartzman set the wins record. With Leveille, Powell, Boyle and other vets like John Grant Jr. still tearing up the league, let's enjoy it and appreciate all these guys have done for the league.
Read all of this week's winners & losers through the Inside Lacrosse website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
It was a successful weekend for University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni competing in Major League Lacrosse as all three Minutemen active in their respective team's games helped earn a win!
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) led Rochester to an 8-7 win in double-overtime while simultaneously setting the MLL record for most career goals scored. Will Manny (2010-13) had a career-high seven points via four goals and three assists in a 17-16 Boston Cannons victory over the Ohio Machine. Jake Smith (2010-13) was on close defense for Charlotte as the Hounds took down Denver, 18-15 to snap the Outlaw's MLL-record regular season winning streak.
Check out more on each Minuteman in MLL below:
Leveille's hat trick against Chesapeake pushed him in front of Tim Goettelman for most career goals in Major League Lacrosse as Leveille now owns 271. He tied the game at 2-2 before the UMass grad added the final Rochester tally to force overtime and capped the game with a double-overtime strike from close range to seal the win and secure the record. His record-setting performance received additional coverage from MLL and garnered him Player of the Game laurels:
Feature Story: Breaking Records - Leveille's 271 Goals | Molly Shunney, Major League Lacrosse
Postgame Interview: Leveille On 2OT Win And Breaking MLL Goals Record | Major League Lacrosse
Feature Story: USA Hopeful Kevin Leveille More Than Just a Finisher | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
Recap: Leveille Becomes MLL's All-Time Leading Scorer in OT Win | Lacrosse Magazine
Manny provided timely offense for the Boston Cannons during their 17-16 victory over Ohio with seven points via four goals and three assists. Manny assisted on the first and second tallies of the game for the Cannons before he scored to make it 5-4 at the beginning of the second quarter. He also notched one to push Boston back in front, 6-5 before he later tied it at 14-14 and assisted on the goal that evened play at 16-16 with less than four minutes left in the game.
Smith was on close defense to help Charlotte earned their second victory of the year and snap Denver's 25-game regular season winning streak with an 18-15 decision. During the game, Smith picked up one groundball for the Hounds.
The most up-to-date information on MLL can be found through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) broke the Major League Lacrosse all-time goals record with a hat trick, including the game-winner in double-overtime, as Rochester defeated Chesapeake on Friday, 8-7. Molly Shunney with Major League Lacrosse caught up with Leveille to talk about his 271 goals, being a veteran leader on the Rattlers and his chance to make the Team USA travel roster for the upcoming World Championship.
"The first double overtime in Major League Lacrosse history took place Thursday night in a matchup between the charged Rochester Rattlers and the buckled down Chesapeake Bayhawks. As if the back-and-forth momentum wasn't exciting enough, Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille earned yet another hat trick, scoring six goals in the last two games.
Let's keep in mind that this was no ordinary hat trick. In a tenacious battle to the finish, Leveille's third goal of the game solidified the Rattlers win and rewrote the record books. Leveille earned the top spot for the MLL All-Time goal scoring record, previously held by Tim Goettelman. With that, he was able to tie Goettelman for All-Time game-winning goals. Currently in his 10th season, Leveille sits at the top of a couple of extremely accomplished lists. In a phone Q&A, we were able to hear a few thoughts from the noteworthy veteran..."
Read the conclusion of Shunney's story through Major League Lacrosse's website. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.
Nick Mariano of the UMass men's lacrosse team was named among the top rookie in NCAA Division I by Inside Lacrosse on Friday, taking the No. 14 spot in the final freshman rankings. The first-year attackman led all NCAA Division I rookies in goals per game with 2.23 as he scored 29 during 13 games. Mariano also paced the Minutemen in points with 39 while he also provided 25 groundballs and five caused turnovers.
Check out the entire list through InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) scored three goals for Major League Lacrosse's Rochester Rattlers, including the game-winner in double-overtime, as the squad defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 8-7 on Friday night. Check out more on Leveille's performance and Rochester's victory through the Major League Lacrosse write-up following the game:
"Rochester Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille scored the game-winner in the first ever double-overtime game in MLL History, to give the Rattlers (4-2) an 8-7 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-5) on Thursday night. With the tally, Leveille broke the MLL All-Time Goal scoring record, previously held by Tim Goettelman. The MLL veteran also tied Goettelman for All-Time game-winning-goals with his 14th career game winner..."
Read the conclusion of the release through Major League Lacrosse's website. More on the UMass men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.
Three former Minutemen made impacts for their respective Major League Lacrosse teams during this weekend's slate of games. Check out how Kevin Leveille (2000-03), Will Manny (2010-13) and Jake Smith (2010-13) performed below:
Leveille provided five points on three goals and two assists as Rochester defeated Florida, 18-11 for the team's third win of the season. Leveille earned his hat trick on only three shots while he also scooped up two groundballs during the win. Leveille is only three goals away from breaking the all-time MLL record for the category as he now owns 262 in 107 career games.
Leveille's game earned his a starring role in the highlight tape from the game. Check it out:
Manny had a multi-goal game with two tallies for Boston, but the Cannons faltered against the New York Lizards, 11-10. Manny tied the game at 6-6 in the third quarter and pushed Boston in front, 9-8 during the fourth, but NY added three of the final four goals to pull off the comeback. It was his second consecutive multi-goal game and third overall during the 2014 season.
Smith earned a pair of groundballs as a member of the Charlotte close defense unit, but the Hounds dropped a close battle with league-leading Denver, 13-11. Smith has at least two groundballs in three of the previous four games in his first full MLL season.
More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's website. MinuteFans can keep up with the men's lacrosse program on UMassAthletics.com.
A pair of UMass men's lacrosse alumni were active during the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All Star Game on Monday, May 26, as James Fahey and Connor Mooney competed for the North Team in its narrow defeat, 17-16 at the hands of the South Team.
North Team struck to a 4-0 lead, with Mooney assisting on the second goal of the game. South Team answered with six consecutive goals, but the North responded with two to tie it at 6-6 as Fahey scored to even it.
After the South Team scored three of the following four goals to strike for a 9-7 lead, Mooney found the back of the cage for the first time on the day to pull his side within 9-8.
Mooney went on to tally back-to-back goals during the third quarter to help the North Team erase an 11-9 deficit. However, after the squads entered the break before the fourth quarter tied at 12-12, the South Team produced five goals while only allowing four to earn the victory.
Mooney finished with four points on three goals and an assist - tied for the most points on the squad. He also scooped up two groundballs, caused a turnover and won one faceoff.
Fahey nothced his goal along with one caused turnover and a groundball.
Complete statistics from the contest are available in a PDF here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Three former Minutemen were a part of the Boston-Charlotte Major League Lacrosse game on Saturday evening as Will Manny (2010-13) and Jack Reid (2003-06) helped the Cannons take a 14-6 game from Jake Smith (2010-13) and the Hounds.
Manny provided three points on two goals and an assist to go with one groundball on attack for Boston. He scored his first goal of the game with six seconds to play in the first quarter. Manny went on to add another goal during the second quarter before he assisted on one tally. Through four games of the 2014 season, Manny has 11 points on six goals and five assists.
Reid helped the Boston defense limit Charlotte to just six goals as the Cannons never trailed during the contest. Four contests into the season, Boston is only allowing 8.25 goals per game.
Smith was on close defense for Charlotte and scooped up two groundballs during the game. Smith has appeared in each of Charlotte's four games this season and has four groundballs so far in his second year playing in MLL.
More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's official website. Keep up-to-date with UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com.
Four former Minutemen were active for their respective Major League Lacrosse organizations over the weekend in Kevin Leveille (2000-03), Will Manny (2010-13), Jack Reid (2003-06) and Jake Smith (2010-13). Check out how they performed below:
Leveille helped Rochester earn a 15-9 victory over the New York Lizards with a goal and three groundballs. Leveille provided his tally to start scoring in the third quarter and push the Rattlers' lead to 8-6 in the process. With six points through three games this season, Leveille now owns 345 for his MLL career on 265 goals, including a pair of two-pointers, 78 assists.
Manny provided an assist on Boston's first goal against Denver and also picked up one groundball, but the Cannons fell to the Outlaws, 10-9 in overtime.
Jack Reid was also active for Boston during its OT loss to Denver on Saturday evening. Reid was a member of the close defense unit that limited the potent Rattlers attack to just 10 goals as the Cannons nearly ended Denver's now-23 game regular season win streak.
Jake Smith also saw time on close defense this weekend, helping Charlotte earn a 12-7 victory over Chesapeake. Neither Reid or Smith recorded individual statistics during their respective performances.
The most up-to-date information on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's official website. More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass head coach Greg Cannella was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame on the evening of Friday, May 9. Cannella was one of seven honored as part of the Class of 2014.
Click here for the full release through LaxPower.com or read below on how Cannella earned his entrance into the hall.
"An outstanding attackman who not only led Nassau Community College to the NJCAA national title in 1985 but was selected as an all-American and National Player of the Year.
Cannella then accepted a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he had 33 goals and 31 assists during his two years as a starter.
After working as an assistant coach at both Stony Brook and UMass, the Lynbrook native was named the Minutemen's head coach in 1995 and became one of the most successful Division I coaches in the country. As he enters his 20th season in Amherst, Greg has forged a record of 171-101, guided the team to eight NCAA tournament berths, including a runnerup finish in the 2006 playoffs. In 2012 guided UMass to its best regular season ever. The Minutemen finished with a perfect 15-0 regular season record and was ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time before entering the NCAA tournament.
Cannella has built a deserved reputation as a coach who exhibits integrity mixed with a sharp eye for talent and strategy. He has brought great credit to himself, his University and junior college lacrosse."
More on the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Four UMass men's lacrosse alumni saw game action in Major League Lacrosse this weekend, including two who dueled in a Friday night ESPN3 contest. Check out how the former Minutemen standouts fared this weekend and take a look at highlights from the Boston-Rochester game below:
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) matched up on opposite sides as Boston fell on the road at Rochester, 8-7 Friday evening. Manny tallied two points (1 G, 1 A) and a groundball but Leveille answered with a pair of goals, an assist and two groundballs to help the Rattlers to their victory.
Leveille capped a 3-0 Rochester run with an extra-man goal during the second to put himself on the scoreboard before he assisted on the tally that put the Rattlers up for good, 5-4 in the third. The Delmar, N.Y., native then provided his second goal of the evening to push the lead to 6-4 with 10 minutes, 10 seconds left in the third.
Manny struck early for Boston as he provided the Cannons with their first goal of the game 4:02 into play. He added an assist on Boston's fourth goal of the night as the Cannons erased a 4-1 halftime deficit to even the game during the third quarter.
Another UMass grad, Diogo Godoi (2006-10) rotated into the defensive lineup for the Cannons to help Boston hold Rochester to just eight goals, but did not record statistics during competition.
Manny's classmate Jake Smith (2010-13) was on close defense for Charlotte when the Hounds fell to the Florida Launch, 11-8. Smith secured a pair of groundballs in the game.
More on MLL, including statistics, recaps and schedules for each team, is available through the organization's official website. The latest Minutemen lacrosse news can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.
The men's lacrosse program wraps up the regular season with a trip to the University of Delaware for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, April 25. If you can't be at Delaware Stadium to cheer on the Minutemen all the information on how you can follow the game is below.
| University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
| Game 13
||[RV/RV] Massachusetts (7-5, 1-3 CAA) at Delaware (6-8, 0-4)
| Date | Time
||Friday, April 25, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
||Delaware Stadium (22,000) | Newark, Del.
| Live Statistics
||WMUA 91.1 FM
| Series History
||Massachusetts leads, 11-4. Last meeting: Massachusetts 16, Delaware 8; April 26, 2013
| Game Notes
||Massachusetts | Delaware (available shortly)
| Team Records
||Massachusetts | Delaware
| Social Media
||@UMassAthletics | @UMassMLacrosse
||Available through the Delaware Athletics Ticket Office at 302-831-2257
More on the men's lacrosse team is available through UMassAthletics.com.
All eight Major League Lacrosse teams announced their 2014 opening day rosters recently, with 10 Minutemen listed. Check out who is set to compete during the upcoming MLL season below:
|Minutemen On Major League Lacrosse Rosters
||Years At UMass
More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's website. Keep up to date with everything related to UMass men's lacrosse on UMassAthletics.com.