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Inside Lacrosse staff writer Kyle Devitte previews the Major League Lacrosse semifinal playoff game between the Boston Cannons - including UMass alumnus Will Manny - and the New York Lizards. Manny is a leader on the attack for Boston in his third professional season with 28 goals (including a two-pointer) and 15 assists.

Devitte sees the individual battle between Manny, who owns 126 career points in only 36 professional games played, and Lizards close defenseman Joe Fletcher as a key matchup within the contest. Read Devitte's thoughts on Boston vs. New York and Manny vs. Fletcher below:

Hungry Lizards vs. Loaded Cannons, MLL Semifinal Preview | Kyle Devitte, Inside Lacrosse

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (July 20)

With one weekend left in the regular season and the four playoff contenders set, all that is left to be decided for University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni Ryan Izzo, Will Manny and Tim Soudan is postseason seeding.

Izzo is on the Ohio Machine's roster, but is part of the college in-actives list and has not played yet in 2015. Manny has 41 points via 27 goals, including a two-pointer, and 13 assists as the Boston Cannons' leading scorer. Soudan is the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers, who are making their second consecutive postseason appearance with Soudan as the team leader.

Information covering the previous week of MLL action follows:

MLL Playoff Field Set | Inside Lacrosse
Ohio Holds Advantage In Race For Second MLL Playoff Home Date | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
MLL Team Ranks: Week 13 | Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse
Photos & Highlights: Boston 9, Chesapeake 8 | Inside Lacrosse
Boston Nips Bayhawks In OT To Clinch Playoffs | Lacrosse Magazine
Photos: Boston Clinches Playoffs With Win Over Bayhawks | John Strohsacker, Lacrosse Magazine

More information on the close of the MLL regular season & the playoff contenders can be found via the Major League Lacrosse official website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Mark Millon will take the reigns of Team 91, one of the nation's premier youth and high school select club teams, as it expands into Maryland. Millon was a standout at UMass from 1990-93 and garnered three USILA All-America honors with 213 career points. Read more about Millon's new gig through the Inside Lacrosse news wire below:

Mark Millon to Head Team 91 in Maryland | Inside Lacrosse

University of Massachusetts alumni Will Manny and Tim Soudan took part in Major League Lacrosse's 2015 All-Star Game festivities at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, Saturday night. Manny was coached by Soudan on the MLL Gladiators squad, which outpaced the Cowboys all-star team, 27-15 for the win.

Manny recorded a hat trick with three assists dished out for six total points during the event. He assisted on two goals during the first quarter as the Gladiators built a 5-4 lead by the first break. Manny dished out his final assist in the second quarter and netted each of his three goals during the third as the Gladiators turned their slim lead into an 18-11 margin by the start of the final quarter.

Soudan, the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year, was tabbed as one of the two MLL All-Star Game team leaders after he took the Rochester Rattlers to the league's championship game during the 2014 season.

Photos: 2015 MLL All-Star Game | Erik Williams, Lacrosse Magazine

2015 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game Highlights

2015 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game Top-10 Plays

Millon Named Inside Lacrosse MLL 15-For-15 All-Time Great

University of Massachusetts alumnus Mark Millon was featured in a recent Inside Lacrosse article by Kyle Devitte covering the top 15 players in Major League Lacrosse history spanning the first 15 years of the league's existence. Millon was spotted eighth on the list. Below is a breakdown of why:

8. Mark Millon

Career: 251G, 112A

Titles: '02

The most fundamental player in the history of lacrosse, Millon was MLL's John Stockton -- if Stockton were a better shooter. The originator (inventor?) of the question mark dodge, Millon tempered his legendary drive with a mastery of technique that allowed him to take on the most accomplished defensemen in the game and come out on top. Millon is living proof that practice makes nearly perfect.

Memorable Moment: During one of his final seasons on the Bayhawks, Millon was outfitted with a heart monitor for a TV game. The commentators monitored his heart rate throughout the game and found that even after the conclusion of the contest, Millon's heart beat was relatively even despite never leaving the field of play. The mark of a true assassin, Millon controlled everything when he was at his peak in MLL.

Read Devitte's entire list through the Inside Lacrosse website.

Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse letterman Ron Dumont received recognition in Wicked Local Lexington for his contribution to scholastic lacrosse as the founding head coach of Lexington High School.

Dumont walked on to the UMass lacrosse team during his undergraduate day in Amherst and lettered as a goalie in 1971. He joined the Lexington High School staff as a teacher in 1977 and founded the varsity lacrosse program during his tenure. Read the entire story through the link below.

Coach Ron Dumont helped start boys lacrosse's winning tradition at Lexington High | James Fitzgerald, Wicked Local Lexington

Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Sean Lahman highlighted former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse star and current Rochester Rattlers head coach Tim Soudan in a recent article covering Soudan's sustained success across all level of lacrosse, despite having never played the game before high school. Read the story through the link below:

RocJocks: Lacrosse star Tim Soudan got his start at Fairport | Sean Lahman, Democrat & Chronicle

A nine-point performance on five goals, including the overtime game-winner, and four assists netted University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week Award on Tuesday, May 19.

Manny guided the Boston Cannons to their 17-16 comeback victory in overtime with three points during the second quarter, two in the third, three more during the fourth and an unassisted goal in OT. The win went as the 100th in the history of the Cannons organization.

Week Six MLL Players of the Week Awards | MLL Official Website

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (May 18, 2015)

Two Minutemen were in action for the Boston Cannons Sunday night during their thrilling 17-16 overtime victory earned versus Rochester at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Will Manny (2010-13) earned Coca Cola Player of the Game with nine points via five goals, including the game-winner, and four assists. He was held scoreless in the first quarter but spearheaded the comeback effort with three points in the second quarter, two more in the third, three more in the fourth and an unassisted strike less than one minute into extra time. Ryan Hollenbaugh (2010-13) saw time on defense for the Cannons during the win, but he did not record statistics.

The duo helped Boston defeat former Minuteman Tim Soudan, the current head coach of the Rattlers. In college, Soudan was a two-time all-American at the University of Massachusetts where he played for legendary coach Dick Garber. Soudan was also a two-time gold medal winner with Team USA in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2004 and 2008.

Recap: Cannon Rally for Thrilling OT Win | Boston Cannons
Box Score: Boston 17, Rochester 16 (OT) | Major League Lacrosse
Photos: Boston vs. Rochester | Boston Cannons

Postgame Interview With Will Manny

Highlights: Boston Cannons 17, Rochester Rattlers 16 (OT)

Newburyport Daily News sports editor Dan Harrison spoke with Massachusetts native and UMass men's lacrosse graduate Andrew Sokol recently for a quick feature on his career, in particular the 2015 campaign. The piece highlight's Sokol's successes and what he learned as a member of the squad.

Port's Sokol wraps up career at UMass | Dan Harrison, Newburyport Daily News

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson (CAA Championship)

No. 4 seeded Massachusetts men's lacrosse returns to Rafferty Stadium in Fairfield, Conn., for the CAA Championship Game against No. 3 Towson Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. A win over the Tigers guarantees the Minutemen their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. All the information needed to keep track of the game follows:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: 2015 CAA Championship Contest
Game 15 Massachusetts (5-9 Overall) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (10-5)
Date | Time Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Rafferty Stadium (3,500) | Fairfield, Conn.
Tournament Info CAA Championship Central | Parking & Directions
Live Statistics StatBroadcast
Watch Broadcast live on American Sports Network (Check Availability Get Acrobat Reader) | Watch online: CAA.tv
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Towson leads, 5-4. Last meeting: No. 18 Towson 6, UMass 3; March 28, 2015
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the Colonial Athletic Association

Scouting Towson Men's Lacrosse
Towson's stout defense has the No. 3 seeded Tigers back in the CAA Championship Game for the second time in three years as the squad sports a 10-5 overall record, including an 11-8 win over No. 2 seed Drexel in the semifinal round. The meeting with the Minutemen marks the first time the sides have squared off in the CAA Championship Game and the third postseason meeting between the programs, including a pair of CAA semifinal contests.

Starting goalie Tyler White, the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, ranks second in the nation with his 7.18 goals-against average and seventh in save percentage as White turns aside 58.2 percent of the shots he faces. With White as the backstop, the Towson defense holds the opposition to 7.40 goals per game, the third-lowest total across NCAA Division I on the strength of standout play from close defensemen Mike Lowe, JoJo Ostrander (All-CAA First Team) and Nick Gorman, who own a combined 62 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers.

Joe Seider, a CAA first teamer at attack, provides a team-high 35 points on 29 goals and six assists. He is one of only two Tigers above the 30-point threshold through 15 games alongside Ryan Drenner (16 goals, 17 assists).

Shawn Nadelen is in his fourth season coaching Towson and holds a 35-28 overall record. Nadelen guided the program to the 2013 CAA Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The squad has a winning record in each of Nadelen's last three seasons, with 10 wins apiece in 2013 and 2015.

Last Meeting: No. 18 Towson 6, UMass 3; March 28, 2015
UMass tallied advantages in shots, faceoffs, groundballs and caused turnovers, but was unable to leave No. 18 Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium with a win as the Tigers defeated the Minutemen, 6-3. Grant Whiteway scored twice in the loss while Zach Oliveri made nine saves in net. The loss - the lowest scoring game on the season for Massachusetts - ended a three-game winning streak.

Towson opened with three consecutive goals before Whiteway put UMass on the board with five minutes, nine seconds remaining in the second quarter. The Tigers bumped their lead back to three goals before the halftime break and added another tally for a 5-1 advantage midway through the third quarter.

Whiteway scored with 4:52 to go in the third and Nick Mariano added a man-up tally near the 11-minute mark of the fourth to bring the Minutemen back within 5-3; however, UMass was unable to pull closer the remainder of the way.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

UMass Men's Lacrosse In The CAA Championship
UMass men's lacrosse makes its fifth appearance in the CAA Championship during six years with the league. The Minutemen joined the CAA ahead of the 2010 season and won the league title in 2012. The squad has another appearance in the championship game in 2011 and exited the tournament in the semifinal round during 2010 and 2013. Their five appearances stand tied with Drexel (2010, 2012-15) and Towson (2010, 2012-15) for the most in the span. The Maroon and White own a 4-3 all-time record in the event.

How We Got To Where We Are
Seeding for the CAA Championship took until the final game of the regular season to set in 2015. When Drexel upset Towson in the last contest of the CAA slate, the Dragons earned the No. 2 berth and bumped Towson down to No. 3. The Minutemen were slotted fourth while Fairfield earned the No. 1 as a result of Towson's loss.

Drexel and Towson squared off for the second consecutive week during CAA Championship semifinal action and the Tigers earned their revenge through an 11-8 win over the Dragons. The Minutemen upset Fairfield during Thursday's nightcap, 9-8, to set up the first CAA Championship Game between No. 3 and No.4 seeds since the 2011 season.

The current CAA Championship contest is the first such with Towson and UMass facing each other. The squads previously met during the semifinal round on two occasions - during a 13-6 Towson victory on May 5, 2010 and a 10-3 UMass win on May 2, 2012.

More on the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program can be found via UMassAthletics.com.

The UMass Sports Network traveled to Fairfield, Conn., to capture the sights and sounds of the men's lacrosse victory over Fairfield Thursday evening. Check out how the Minutemen won their 9-8 decision from the Stags and what head coach Greg Cannella, redshirt-junior goalie Zach Oliveri and sophomore attackman Brendan Hegarty had to say after the game:

Keep track of the Minutemen as the face Towson on Saturday, May 2 with the CAA Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament up for grabs through UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse photographer Greg Vasil was sideline at Rafferty Stadium for the UMass men's lacrosse 9-8 victory over top-seed and tournament host Fairfield on Thursday evening. Check out a gallery of Vasil's photos chronicling the upset victory:

Photos: UMass 9, Fairfield 8 in CAA Semifinals | Inside Lacrosse, Greg Vasil

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette was on-hand to see No. 4 seed UMass men's lacrosse upset No. 1 seed and tournament host Fairfield during the CAA Championship semifinals Thursday evening at Rafferty Stadium. Check out Vautour's recap of the contest for key moments and quotes from head coach Greg Cannella and redshirt-junior goalie Zach Oliveri on the victory:

UMass knocks off top-seeded Fairfield in CAA Tournament semifinals | Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette

More coverage of UMass Athletics by Vautour and the Daily Hampshire Gazette staff is available on the organization's official website. Keep up with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff reporter Jason Kates caught up with head coach Greg Cannella, redshirt-sophomore midfielder Dan Muller and sophomore attackman Brendan Hegarty after UMass men's lacrosse upset No. 1 seed and host Fairfield during the CAA Championship semifinals Thursday evening. Read Kates' take on the win and what the Minutemen said after:

UMass men's lacrosse upsets No. 1 seed Fairfield to advance to CAA championship | Jason Kates, Daily Collegian

Keep up-to-date with all things UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Fairfield (CAA Semifinals)

The men's lacrosse team is set for the CAA Semifinals at No. 1 seed and No. 20 nationally ranked Fairfield. The Minutemen and Stags square off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Below is a preview of the game and all the pertinent information for following along:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: 2015 CAA Semifinals
Game 14 Massachusetts (4-9 Overall) at #20/RV Fairfield (9-5)
Date | Time Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Rafferty Stadium (3,500) | Fairfield, Conn.
Tournament Info CAA Championship Central | Parking & Directions
Live Statistics StatBroadcast
Watch CAASports.TV
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History UMass leads, 7-3. Last meeting: Fairfield 10, UMass 9; April 4, 2015
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the Colonial Athletic Association

Scouting Fairfield Men's Lacrosse
Fairfield men's lacrosse earned the No. 1 seed and right to host the CAA Championship during the final regular season weekend as the Stags ended 9-5 overall and 4-1 in league play with a 5-4 win over Hofstra on Friday, April 24. The Stags' win coupled with Towson's loss sent the No. 1 spot to Fairfield in its first year competing in the CAA.

Tristan Sperry continues to lead the way with 20 goals and 23 assists for a team-best 43 points. He also has 33 groundballs on the year, the most among CAA attackmen. TJ Neubauer (29 goals, three assists) and Colin McLinden (12 goals, 20 assists) add 32 points apiece as the squad outscores foes, 136-103 on the year with 213 points to 167 for the opposition.

Tyler Behring stepped between the pipes against UMass-Lowell midway through the season and has not relinquished goalie duties since. He holds a 6-1 record, with the lone loss an 8-7 defeat against No. 16 Towson, with a 5.95 goals-against average and .645 save percentage over 443 minutes in the cage.

Andy Copelan is in his ninth season as the head coach of Fairfield men's lacrosse and 11th overall as a program leader, including two at Marist College. Copelan is 58-36 with the Stags and 82-55 during his collegiate head coaching career.

Last Meeting: Fairfield 10, Massachusetts 9; April 4, 2014
UMass had its furious fourth quarter rally fall one goal shy of tying late as the Minutemen dropped a 10-9 decision to Fairfield at McGuirk Stadium. Buddy Carr led eight from the Maroon and White in the scoring column with two goals.

The Stags made use of a five-goal run covering the close of the first half and entire third quarter to turn a 4-3 deficit into an 8-4 advantage entering the final frame. Nick Mariano snapped the UMass drought when he bested Fairfield goalie Tyler Behring with a shot 10 yards out from the right post. After Mariano's goal at the nine-minute, 43-second mark of the fourth, the Minutemen poured in four more tallies in the next six minutes and 51 seconds of game action.

Carr ended the streak with back-to-back scores, the final of which brought UMass within 10-9 of Fairfield with nearly three minutes to play in the game. Neither side was able to find the back of the net again during the remainder of play while Neubauer and Charlie Schnider kept the Minuteman rally at bay with a goal each in the fourth during UMass' run of offensive success.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

UMass In The CAA Championship
UMass men's lacrosse makes its fifth appearance in the CAA Championship during six years with the league. The Minutemen joined the CAA ahead of the 2010 season and won the league title in 2012. The squad has another appearance in the championship game in 2011 and exited the tournament in the semifinal round during 2010 and 2013. Their five appearances stand tied with Drexel (2010, 2012-15) and Towson (2010, 2012-15) for the most in the span. The Maroon and White own a 3-3 all-time record in the event.

More on the Minuteman program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (April 27, 2015)

A trio of former Minutemen were in action for the Boston Cannons during their heartbreaking 12-11 overtime loss to Charlotte Sunday. Jim Connolly (2006-07, '09) and Will Manny (2010-13) had three points on two goals and an assist while Ryan Hollenbaugh (2010-13) rotated into the lineup but didn't record statistics.

After Charlotte controlled the first quarter en route to a 5-1 lead entering the second, Connolly and Manny combined to bring Boston back into contention. Connolly scored back-to-back after Charlotte made it 6-1, with an assist credited to Manny on the second one. Manny added a tally of his own from a pass by Connolly to complete scoring in the quarter and bring Boston back within 6-5. Manny added his second of the night during the fourth quarter rally as the Cannons forced overtime after trailing by four entering the final frame.

More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's ">official website. Keep up-to-date on the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Delaware

Men's lacrosse wraps up its regular season with a 7 p.m. game under the lights at Garber Field on Friday, April 24. The Minutemen are currently in the hunt for a spot in the upcoming CAA Championship and will honor the seven members of the 2015 graduating class before the game during a Senior Night ceremony.

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 13 Massachusetts (4-8 Overall, 2-2 CAA) vs. Delaware (4-10, 0-4)
Date | Time Friday, April 24, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker | StatBroadcast
Watch UMass All-Access
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History UMass leads, 11-5. Last meeting: Delaware 15, UMass 7; April 25, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Delaware Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Delaware Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Delaware Men's Lacrosse
Delaware started the year three wins over its opening six games but faltered down the stretch and dropped seven of its last eight for a 4-10 mark entering play against the Minutemen. The Blue Hens are 0-4 during league games, including a pair of overtime losses to Drexel, 9-8, and Fairfield in double OT, 12-11 in their latest contests.

Beau Jones, Brian Kormondy and Tom Holland have all reached 30 points on the current season. Jones leads the trio with 37 points via 17 goals and 20 assists, the third-most helpers in the CAA. Kormondy trails Jones by two points with a 21 goals and 14 assists while Holland adds a team-high 26 tallies with four assists. Brett Anton starts in the cage and holds a 9.58 goals-against average with a .532 save percentage. Anton is 4-7 on the year after he supplanted Conor Peaks in net early in the season. Peaks is 0-3 on the year with a 15.10 goals-against mark and .427 save percentage.

Bob Shillinglaw is in his 37th year as head coach of the Delaware Blue Hens. Shillinglaw took the squad to the 2007 Final Four among six berths into the NCAA Tournament. The squad is 297-285 under Shillinglaw's guidance but has struggled since joining the CAA in 2003 and is 28-49 (.364 win percentage) in league games.

Last Meeting: Delaware 15, Massachusetts 7; April 25, 2014
Nick Mariano scored three goals and Connor Mooney provided two more, but the UMass was unable to overcome a strong start by Delaware in a 15-7 loss to the Blue Hens. Mariano finished the game with five points courtesy of two assists to go with his fifth career hat trick. Mooney also helped out on a pair of goals.

Delaware loss dropped Massachusetts to 7-6 on the season and 1-4 in CAA games to end the 2014 campaign. Mooney finished his career at UMass with 99 points, including a single-season personal-best of 38 during the 2014 campaign. Mariano led the squad in the category on the season with 39 through a team-best 29 goals to go with 10 assists.

Delaware started the game with six consecutive goals and led 7-1 midway through the second half before three straight UMass tallies cut it to 7-4 approaching halftime. After the Blue Hens scored twice and UMass answered with two more of its own, Delaware put the game out of reach with a four-goal run that spanned into the fourth quarter.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

INTERVIEWS: Men's lacrosse postgame vs. Drexel (April 18, 2015)

Head coach Greg Cannella, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brendan Schroeder and redshirt-sophomore midfielder Dan Muller spoke to the media about returning to Garber Field and winning over Drexel after the 12-9 victory on Saturday afternoon. Hear their thoughts on both topics:

More on the victory and on UMass men's lacrosse is available through UMassAthletics.com.

HIGHLIGHTS: UMass men's lacrosse vs. Drexel

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team returned to Garber Field in style with a 12-9 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon. Brendan Hegarty and Dan Muller provided hat tricks while Zach Oliveri backstopped the win with 14 saves in the cage. It marked head coach Greg Cannella's 300th game leading the program.

More on the win and the Minuteman program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Drexel

The men's lacrosse program returns to its traditional home facility, Richard F. Garber Field, with a 4 p.m. contest against visiting-Drexel on Saturday, April 18. The squad played its first five home games of the year at McGuirk Stadium due to winter weather-related damage to the playing surface at Garber Field. A preview of the contest, links to follow along, a recap of the last meeting between the teams and a scouting report on Drexel are available below:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 12 Massachusetts (3-8 Overall, 1-2 CAA) vs. Drexel (6-6, 2-1)
Date | Time Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker | StatBroadcast
Watch UMass All-Access
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Tied, 3-3. Last meeting: Drexel 13, No. 14 Massachusetts 9; April 12, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Drexel Men's Lacrosse
Hindered by a slow start to its season, Drexel sits at 6-6 overall with a 2-1 record in CAA play entering competition at Massachusetts. The Dragons faltered in each of their first four contests during 2015, but rebounded with wins in four of the previous five and six of the last eight overall. In his sixth year, Brian Voelker leads the team as head coach one campaign removed from advancing the team to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Ryan Belka's 42 points paves the way on offense. Belka splits his scoring between team-highs in goals (25) and assists (17) while Cole Shafer follows with 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists. This dynamic duo owns 72 of the team's 159 points for a 45.3 percent share of the total scoring output.

Will Gabrielsen started at goalie in the opening four games, but only provided a .392 save percentage with a 13.68 goals-against average. His replacement, Jimmy Joe Granito spearheads the resurgent Drexel defense with a .556 save percentage and 7.36 goals-against average. Granito is 6-2 on the year over 481 minutes in net.

Last Meeting: Drexel 13, No. 14 UMass 9; April 12, 2014
Connor Mooney led the offense with five points on three goals and a pair of assists while Grant Consoletti earned a single-game personal best four points via a pair of goals and as many assists, but UMass dropped a 13-9 decision at Drexel. James Fahey provided four caused turnovers and as many groundballs as the Minuteman defense forced 12 Drexel turnovers in-total, tied for the most UMass created in one game during the 2014 season.

Drexel produced five goals during the pivotal fourth quarter after the Minutemen entered the final frame within one of tying, 8-7. Belka started a streak of three consecutive tallies for the Dragons, who entered the game receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20, with 13 minutes, six seconds left in the game.

Consoletti broke up the Drexel run at the nine minute, eight second mark of the fourth with his second score earned during play. His goal brought UMass within 11-8 of tying, but back-to-back tallies for the Dragons sealed the contest.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

Keep track of everything related to the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

2013 University of Massachusetts graduates Will Manny and Ryan Hollenbaugh helped facilitate the Boston Cannon's 16-13 victory over the Denver Outlaws in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season-opener Saturday evening. Manny had a pair of goals with a groundball and Hollenbaugh saw time on defense.

Box Score: Boston 16, Denver 13
Cannons Earn Opening Win at Gillette | Inside Lacrosse
Photos: Cannons Down Defending Champs in Opener | Bill Danielewski, Lacrosse Magazine

More on the Cannons and Major League Lacrosse is available through MLL's official website. Keep up with the Minutemen on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at Hartford

UMass men's lacrosse continues its series with the Hartford Hawks during a Saturday, April 11 contest at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn. It is the 12th all-time meeting between the sides. Read about the matchup below:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 11 Massachusetts (3-7 overall) at Hartford (6-4)
Date | Time Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Al-Marzook Field (2,500) | West Hartford, Conn.
Live Statistics Sidearm Stats
Watch AmericaEast.TV
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Massachusetts leads, 11-0. Last meeting: No. 11 UMass 12, Hartford 6; March 22, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the Hartford Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Hartford Men's Lacrosse
Hartford men's lacrosse is in the midst of one of its strongest starts to a season in program history as the squad is 6-4 overall and 3-1 during America East games ahead of the 12th all-time meeting with UMass. The Hawks are 3-1 at home on Al-Marzook Field and are currently on a three-game winning streak.

Kevin O'Shea leads the squad with 32 points through 19 goals and 13 assists. The next-closest points producer is Griffin Feiner (18 through 13 goals, five assists), followed by Justin Huggins (15, 11, 4).

Ryan Vanderford holds down the cage with a 10.60 goals-against average and .500 save percentage in 515 minutes of action. The true-freshman from Montclair, N.J., pulled in his second America East Rookie of the Week laurel on April 6 after he provided 12.5 saves and registered an 8.37 goals-against average during the recent wins over Siena, 14-9, and UMBC in overtime, 9-8.

Peter Lawrence is in his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Hartford. Lawrence took the team to the 2011 NCAA Tournament after the squad won the America East Championship that year. He holds a 47-95 record at Hartford and 63-119 mark as a collegiate program leader.

Last Meeting: No. 11 UMass 12, Hartford 6; March 22, 2014
UMass netted a 12-6 victory over Hartford at Garber Field through a balanced attack as eight Minutemen combined to produce the 12 goals. Connor Mooney paced the offense with six points on a pair of tallies and four assists while Nick Mariano added four points through three goals and one helper.

The Minutemen made use of a six-goal run covering just under 10 minutes of game action to turn a 5-5 tie game after back-to-back Hartford scores into an 11-5 margin. Mariano had two of his three goals in the streak, both on feeds from Mooney, while Mariano added an assist when Grant Whiteway closed the stretch his with 15th tally of the year at the eight minute, 35 second mark of the fourth.

Defensive play in front stymied the Hartford attack, as the Hawks were unable to generate a shot in the first quarter and committed 14 turnovers during the game. James Fahey spearheaded the effort with three caused turnovers and as many groundballs in support of goalie Zach Oliveri, who tallied seven stops.

More on the UMass men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) was highlighted as a major cog on the Boston Cannons offense entering the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season. Manny, elected one of the team captains, is entering his third season with the squad. Check out preview done by Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse below:

MLL 2015 Preview: No. 6 Boston Cannons | Phil Shore, Lacrosse Magazine
2015 MLL Season Preview: Part One | Kyle Devitte & Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse

More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Fairfield

The UMass men's lacrosse program hosts at 1 p.m. game versus Fairfield at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday, April 4. Both teams are after their second CAA victory of the season. Check out the preview below:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 10 Massachusetts (3-6 overall, 1-1 CAA) vs. [RV/RV] Fairfield (6-4, 1-0)
Date | Time Saturday, April 4, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location McGuirk Stadium (17,000) | Amherst, Mass. | Directions
Live Statistics GameTracker | StatBroadcast
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Series History UMass leads, 7-2. Last meeting: No. 19 Towson 11, No. 11 UMass 5; March 18, 2014
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Scouting Fairfield Men's Lacrosse
Fairfield sits at 6-4 overall entering competition at UMass' McGuirk Stadium. The Stags earned their first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win with a 7-4 decision at Drexel in their latest action. The squad is on a four-game winning streak and each of their losses went as one-goal decisions.

Tristan Sperry leads the team with 33 points balanced between 16 goals and 17 assists. He dished out the most assists through 10 games on attack and is second in tallies behind TJ Neubauer's team-leading 21. Charlie Schnider (15 goals, 12 assists) and Colin McLinden (nine goals, 16 assists) also buoy the Stags' offense ahead of Neubauer's 23 points.

Strong defense guides Fairfield currently as they only allow 5.50 goals per game during their current four-game winning streak and 7.06 through 10 games in 2015. Brad Nordstrom started seven games so far and is 3-4 overall with an 8.53 goals-against average and .544 save percentage. Tyler Behring took over for Nordstrom during the previous three games and holds a 3.63 goals-against average with a .760 save percentage in wins over UMass-Lowell, 11-5; No. 20 Villanova, 11-4 and Drexel, 7-4.

Andy Copelan is in his ninth season as the head coach of Fairfield men's lacrosse and 11th overall as a program leader, including two at Marist College. Copelan is 55-35 with the Stags and 79-54 during his collegiate head coaching career.

Last Meeting: Fairfield 11, UMass 5; March 18, 2014
Fairfield scored four consecutive goals to start play and UMass was unable to close the gap en route to an 11-5 loss at the Stags' Alumni Field on March 18, 2014. Nick Mariano and Connor Mooney combined to pace the offense with four goals and an assist.

Tristan Sperry scored both of his goals during the opening three minutes as Fairfield push in front, 2-0. Dave Fleming and Drew Federico combined to double the Stags' advantage during the second frame before Mariano got the Minutemen on the scoreboard with four minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the second.

The squads exchanged goals into the fourth quarter, when Mooney's second of the day made it 8-5 Fairfield with 9:45 to play. The Minutemen did not draw closer while the Stags earned three more scores to reach the final margin.

More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

One year removed from playing sparingly as a freshman, men's lacrosse sophomore Brendan Hegarty jumped into the starting lineup against Army in the 2015 opener and has yet to leave it. Through nine games, the attackman has 13 points on 10 goals and three assists. Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian caught up with Hegarty to discuss his sophomore season success.

Brendan Hegarty continuing to contribute for UMass lacrosse | Jason Kates, Daily Collegian

More on the program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at No. 18/18 Towson

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Nine Massachusetts (3-5 overall, 1-0 CAA) at #18/18 Towson (6-3, 0-0)
Date | Time Saturday, March 28, 2015 | Noon
Location Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198) | Towson, Md.
Live Statistics StatBroadcast
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Series History Tied, 4-4. Last meeting: Towson 6, UMass 5; April 5, 2014
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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.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at Hofstra

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Eight Massachusetts (2-5 overall) at Hofstra (3-4)
Date | Time Saturday, March 21, 2015 | Noon
Location Shuart Stadium (13,000) | Hempstead, N.Y.
Live Statistics StatBroadcast
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Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-18. Last meeting: #12 Hofstra 11, UMass 6; April 19, 2014
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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.

Inside Lacrosse: Lindley Ranked No. 19 Among Top-25 Rookies

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.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Penn State

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Seven Massachusetts (1-5 overall) vs. Penn State (3-3)
Date | Time Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Noon
Location McGuirk Stadium (17,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker | StatBroadcast
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Series History Massachusetts leads, 11-6. Last meeting: #14 UMass 8, #5 Penn State 6; March 15, 2014
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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.

HIGHLIGHTS: UMass Men's Lacrosse vs. Quinnipiac

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

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at #16/12 Albany

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Five Massachusetts (0-4 overall) at No. 16/12 Albany (1-1)
Date | Time Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Location John Fallon Field (2,500) | Albany, N.Y.
Live Statistics NeuLion
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Series History Albany leads, 8-6. Last meeting: #18 Albany 25, #9 Massachusetts 10; March 8, 2014
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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.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Brown

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Four Massachusetts (0-3 overall) vs. [RV/-] Brown (1-0)
Date | Time Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
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Series History Brown leads, 27-25-1. Last meeting: #13 Massachusetts 15, Brown 2; March 1, 2014
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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.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at Dayton

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.

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 27 Massachusetts (10-16 Overall, 4-10 Atlantic 10) at Dayton (21-5, 12-2)
Date | Time Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location UD Arena (13,435) | Dayton, Ohio
Live Statistics Sidearm Sports (provided by Dayton)
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by Dayton)
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History Dayton leads, 11-10. Last meeting: Dayton 81, Massachusetts 67; Jan. 22, 2014
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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.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at No. 12 Harvard

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Three Massachusetts (0-2 overall) at #12/13 Harvard (0-0)
Date | Time Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Location Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium (2,500) | Cambridge, Mass.
Live Statistics PrestoSports (provided by Harvard)
Watch Ivy League Digital Network (provided by Harvard)
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Series History Massachusetts leads, 32-13. Last meeting: #14 UMass 8, Harvard 4; Feb. 22, 2014
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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

Collegian: UMass lacrosse forges on with youthful roster

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

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at No. 6/5 North Carolina

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Two Massachusetts (0-1 Overall) at #6/5 North Carolina (2-0)
Date | Time Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Noon
Location Fetzer Field (5,700) | Chapel Hill, N.C.
Live Statistics NeuLion (provided by North Carolina)
Watch GoHeels TV (provided by North Carolina)
Series History N. Carolina leads, 2-1. Last meeting: #12 UMass 12, #5 N. Carolina 11; Feb. 16, 2013
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | North Carolina Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
Buy Tickets Available through the North Carolina Ticket Office

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

UMass Sports Network: 2015 Men's Lacrosse Season Preview

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.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Army

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:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game One Massachusetts (0-0 Overall) vs. #20/20 Army (0-0)
Date | Time Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location McGuirk Stadium (17,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch UMass All-Access
Series History Massachusetts leads, 14-9. Last meeting: Massachusetts 6, Army 5; Feb. 8, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Army Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Army Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
Buy Tickets Available through UMass Athletics Ticket Central

Additional information, including a complete schedule, statistics and photo galleries, is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Lacrosse Magazine: Grading MLL Draft, Izzo Picked By Ohio

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: UMass' Greg Rushing Highlighted As "Glue Guy"

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.

Boston Cannons: Catching Up With Will Manny

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: 2015 CAA Conference Snapshot

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.

Men's Lacrosse Alum Kyle Smith Joins Merrimack Coaching Staff

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: UMass Fall Ball All-Access

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 Year-In-Review: Rochester Rattlers

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

New England Lacrosse Journal: Manny planning for bigger things

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: Lindley Named In 2010 Power 100 Freshman Rankings

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 Year-In-Review: Boston Cannons

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

UMass Alum Kevin Leveille Announces Retirement From MLL

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.

@UMassMLacrosse Alumni In @MLL_Lacrosse Update (8.4)

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.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (7.28)

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.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (7.20)

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

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Kevin Leveille Nets Hat Trick In Team USA Victory

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.



















Team USA, Kevin Leveille Win FIL World Championship Opener

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.

Related Coverage
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.

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

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

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

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

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

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (7.7)

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

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

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

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

Related Coverage
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.

Foxboro Reporter: Valenza Ready To Compete For Minutemen

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.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.30)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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