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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

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

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.

MLL: Rattlers to honor Leveille's record breaking milestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse all-American Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided a veteran presence on attack to help put Team USA by Team MLL, 10-9 during the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game on Thursday night. Leveille tallied twice for Team USA and scooped up a pair of groundballs in the win. Check out more coverage of the contest below:

Team USA edges Team MLL 10-9 in electrifying All-Star Game | Major League Lacrosse
Team USA Hopefuls Edge MLL All-Stars, 10-9 | Inside Lacrosse
Team USA Edges MLL Stars, 10-9 | Lacrosse Magazine
Photo Gallery: Team USA 10, MLL 9 | Lacrosse Magazine
Box Score: Team USA 10, Team MLL 9

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

Soon-to-be UMass men's lacrosse freshman Peter Lindley was a key component in Darien High School Varsity Boy's Lacrosse recording a 23-0 season and Connecticut State Championship in 2014. For the team's success, Inside Lacrosse recently ranked Darien No. 5 in the final national poll of the 2014 season.

Lindley provided four goals and an assist in the 2014 FCIAC Boys Lacrosse Championship en route to being named the championship game MVP as Darien won its 13th title in program history. He has also been awarded All-FCIAC First Team in 2014 after he provided 63 goals and 19 assists to earn all-America honors.

Read more on the Inside Lacrosse Top-25 Power Rankings through IL's website here. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.23)

Four UMass men's lacrosse alumni were in action again this weekend during a pair of Major League Lacrosse contests. Big performances on attack by two of them helped Rochester earn sole possession of second place and Boston push back to .500 entering the all-star break. Check out more below:

Kevin Leveille (2000-03) got the weekend going for former Minutemen in Major League Lacrosse with five points as the Rochester Rattlers defeated the Florida Launch to claim sole ownership of second place in MLL. Leveille scored his first goal of the evening to put the Rattlers ahead, 9-8 in the second before he added three points (1 G, 2 A) during the third quarter to give Rochester a 14-11 advantage entering the fourth.

Three Minutemen faced off as Ohio challenged Boston and forced overtime before 2012 UMass graduate Will Manny (2010-13) ended the game in overtime with one of his five goals. Manny, who finished with six points in total, scored twice in the first quarter before he added two more points on a goal and assist in the second. He added another goal in the fourth quarter to extend the Cannons lead to 13-9, but a late Ohio rally forced his overtime heroics.

Jack Reid (2003-06), who recently joined the fight against childhood cancer with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, was on defense for Boston during the win but did not record statistics. Another UMass grad, Jim Connolly (2006-07, '09) saw time on attack for Ohio without recording statistics.

All the latest news on MLL is available through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

UMass men's lacrosse alumni Jack Reid and five of his fellow Boston Cannons have joined the fight against childhood cancer as they will go head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Reid, alongside teammates Matt Smalley, Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill and Eric Hagarty and Cannons head coach John Tucker, are asking friends, family and fans to support the volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research by making a donation on their personal fundraising pages.

Become involved in the fundraiser through Reid's page on the St. Baldrick's website here.

Below is a quote from Reid on why he joined with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and its fight against childhood cancer:

"My teammates and I are excited to officially kick off this head-to-head challenge. All of us have been impacted by cancer in some way, and Matt is a cancer survivor himself. We believe no child should have to endure the painful treatments that come with a cancer diagnosis, and hope this challenge will not only raise funds for St. Baldrick's, but will call attention to the critical need for funding childhood cancer research and encourage others to get involved."

The complete release is available on the Boston Cannons website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse incoming freshman Peter Lindley helped the Darien (CT) High School boys lacrosse team secure a perfect season (23-0 overall) with its 10-8 victory over New Canaan in the Connecticut Class M Championship on Saturday.

Andrew Callahan with the Stamford Advocate has a recap of the day's action, during which Lindley assisted on two Darien goals, for fans:

NORWALK -- For all the superlatives that have been aptly used to describe the Darien boys lacrosse team this spring-- deep, talented, explosive and well-coached-- there is now only one that can define the Blue Wave.

Perfect.

Following a 10-8 victory over rival New Canaan in the Class M championship Saturday, Darien placed itself among the all-time great teams by registering an undefeated season at 23-0. Seven different Blue Wave players scored in the title game, including Ian Burgoyne and Jack Kniffin, who combined for five goals. Rams attack Michael Kraus notched the game's lone hat trick via a fourth-quarter score that helped spur a late comeback, which fell short.

With the win, Darien topped New Canaan (17-5) for the third time in as many meetings this season and clinched the tenth state title in program history...

Read the conclusion of Callahan's story through the Stamford Advocate's website here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be foun through UMassAthletics.com.

A trio of soon-to-be Minutemen in Buddy Carr, Jake Lisauskas and Dom St. Laurent were picked to the New Hampshire Division I Boys Lacrosse All-State First Team. In addition to the trio being picked for all-state, Carr and St. Laurent shared the Co-Offensive Player of the Year Award.

St. Laurent competed for Bishop Guertin, which won the Division I New Hampshire Boys Lacrosse Championship over Lisauskas' Pinkerton squad. Carr played scholastically at Exeter, which fell to Pinkerton in the semifinals of the state tournament despite two tallies from the UMass signee.

The UMass incoming freahmen 2014 New Hampshire Division I Boys Lacrosse All-State Players of the Year and First Team are listed below:

Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Dom St. Laurent, Bishop Guertin
Buddy Carr, Exeter

First Team
Buddy Carr, A, Exeter
Jake Lisauskas, M, Pinkerton
Dom St. Laurent, M, Bishop Guertin

You can also view the complete list of New Hampshire Boys Lacrosse All-State honorees through the Concord Monitor website here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.16)

Three former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse standouts were active during the seventh week of the Major League Lacrosse season as Jim Connolly (2006-07, '09), Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) combined to earn four points for the Ohio Machine, Rochester Rattlers and Boston Cannons, respectively. Check out how each did individually below:

Connolly did not record statistics but rotated into the lineup for Ohio's attack as the Machine earned a comeback win over Leveille's Rattlers, 18-13 on Saturday. The appearance marked Connolly's second of the year for Ohio and first since a win at Charlotte on April 26 as the squad is 2-0 with Connolly in the lineup.

Leveille scored one goal as Rochester battled with Ohio in a 18-13 loss to the Machine. Leveille scored career tally No. 272, adding to his league record, to make it 5-2 in favor of Rochester, but a seven goal third quarter for Ohio erased the Rattlers lead and led the Machine to victory.

Photos: Rochester vs. Ohio

Manny assisted on three Boston goals, but the Cannons suffered a 16-15 loss on the road at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial to the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday. Manny helped get the offense rolling with an assist on Boston's first goal before he added helpers to tie the game at 7-7 and 13-13; however, Chesapeake scored three of the final four goals to earn the win.

Photos: Boston vs. Chesapeake

More coverage of MLL is available on MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Eagle-Tribune reporter Christopher Smith covered the New Hampshire Boy's Lacrosse Division I Title Game featuring Bishop Guertin's Dom St. Laurent and Pinkerton's Jake Lisauskas, both of which will be competing for the Minutemen in 2014-15.

Bishop Guertin and St. Laurent earned its fifth straight title with a 10-6 win over Lisauskas and Pinkerton. Both UMass signees had a goal and assist in the contest.

Read more on the game courtesy of Smith and the Eagle-Tribune below:

BEDFORD, N.H. -- Pinkerton senior Jake Lisauskas will play lacrosse at UMass Amherst next year with Bishop Guertin senior Dom St. Laurent.

But the two certainly were not teammates yesterday.

"We played a lot in the summer (for the New Hampshire Tomahawks) so we're pretty close," Lisauskas said. "I text him occasionally but definitely not before this one."

The Division 1 title game last night at Bedford High was the "this one" Lisauskas is referencing.

Lisauskas and second-seeded Pinkerton gave their best effort, but it was St. Laurent and top-seeded Bishop Guertin prevailing yet again...

The completion of the article is available on the Eagle-Tribune website here. News on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

ESPN Boston reporter Scott Barboza announced the Eastern Massachusetts Boys Lacrosse All-Americans during the previous week, with a pair of UMass men's lacrosse signees included in Mike Elcock and Luc Valenza.

Elcock is a long-stick midfielder and defenseman from Needham High School and Valenza played close defense for Foxborough.

Here is the complete list courtesy of the UMass Boston High School Sports Blog:

The Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its All-Americans on Sunday.

Here's a look at the honorees, courtesy of Andover head coach Wayne Puglisi:

First Team
Grant Gregory, A, Dover-Sherborn
Hunter Arnold, A, Acton-Boxborough
Jay Drapeau, A, Westford Academy
Ryan Hesseltine, A, Westford Academy
Jack Wheeler, M, Xaverian
Mike Panepinto, M, Needham
Matt Dziama, M, Wellesley
Greg Roder, M, Lincoln-Sudbury
J.T. Kelly, M, Acton-Boxborough
John MacLean, M, Medfield
Cody Mosgrove, D, Needham
Liam Stauss, D, Duxbury
Jack Ulrich, D, Hingham
John Sexton, D/LSM, Lincoln-Sudbury
Nick Marrocco, G, Duxbury
Robert Treiber, G, Medfield
Brian Bissell, M-FO, Medfield

Second Team
Colin Whelan, A, Cohasset
Bailey Laidman, A, Dover-Sherborn
Travis Reid, A, Bridgewater-Raynham
Danny Farrell, A, Norwood
Matt Crowell, M, Medfield
Trevor O'Brien, M, Duxbury
Caleb Brodie, M, Hingham
Jeff Trainor, M, Billerica
Blake Frasca, LSM, Medfield
Tim Gillis, D, Cohasset
Rogers Boylan, D, Dover-Sherborn
Chris Ciolfi, D, Xaverian
Austin Wolfe, D, Acton-Boxborough
Luc Valenza, D, Foxborough
Mike Elcock, D, Needham
Matt Barker, D, Lincoln-Sudbury
Alex Surette, G, Melrose

The article is also available through ESPN.com. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available through UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) was awarded the Major League Lacrosse Warrior Offensive Player of the Week Award on Tuesday after the Rochester Rattlers veteran broke the MLL record for career goals scored against Chesapeake during an 8-7 double-overtime victory.

"Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Week 6's Warrior Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week and the Cascade Rookie of the Week today. This week, Kevin Leveille was awarded honors for his offensive efforts in helping the Rochester Rattlers defeat the Chesapeake Bayhawks in double overtime.

Leveille did more than merely help his team defeat the reigning Steinfeld Trophy champions; he led the Rochester Rattlers to an 8-7 victory over the Bayhawks with a hat trick in a game that went into double overtime--the first ever extra-extra time game in Major League Lacrosse history. That's not the only fashion in which the Thursday game was historical, though. Leveille not only earned a hat trick that evening, he also netted the game winning goal on the man-advantage for his second power play goal on the game. In doing so, he was able to earn the number one spot in all-time goals, overtaking predecessor Tim Goettleman now with 271. The two top-shooters are now tied for career game winning goals at 14..."

Read the rest of the release through the Rochester Rattlers website. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.

The staff at Inside Lacrosse gave UMass men's lacrosse alum and current Rochester Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille (2000-03) a nod in their weekly "Winners & Losers" piece. Check it out:

John Jiloty (@jjiloty)
Kevin Leveille -- Congrats to arguably the game's most humble player for breaking MLL's all-time goals record. The UMass grad and 10-year MLL veteran scored his 271st career pro outdoor goal in dramatic fashion over the weekend, giving the Rattlers a double-overtime win over Chesapeake. Few in the game are as effective getting the ball in the goal as Leveille. He was snubbed from the last U.S. Team in 2010, and is back in the mix for this year's squad for Denver. Here's to him giving Team USA a dangerous inside finishing threat at the World Championships.

Matt Kinnear (@MattKinnear)
MLL Records -- The vets just can't be stopped in Major League Lacrosse. Kevin Leveille broke the all-time goals record in a double-overtime win late last week. Casey Powell and Ryan Boyle are one-upping each other with the all-time points record, and then the Outlaws' regular-season winning streak came to an end this weekend. Earlier in the year, Jesse Schwartzman set the wins record. With Leveille, Powell, Boyle and other vets like John Grant Jr. still tearing up the league, let's enjoy it and appreciate all these guys have done for the league.

Read all of this week's winners & losers through the Inside Lacrosse website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.9)

It was a successful weekend for University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni competing in Major League Lacrosse as all three Minutemen active in their respective team's games helped earn a win!

Kevin Leveille (2000-03) led Rochester to an 8-7 win in double-overtime while simultaneously setting the MLL record for most career goals scored. Will Manny (2010-13) had a career-high seven points via four goals and three assists in a 17-16 Boston Cannons victory over the Ohio Machine. Jake Smith (2010-13) was on close defense for Charlotte as the Hounds took down Denver, 18-15 to snap the Outlaw's MLL-record regular season winning streak.

Check out more on each Minuteman in MLL below:

Leveille's hat trick against Chesapeake pushed him in front of Tim Goettelman for most career goals in Major League Lacrosse as Leveille now owns 271. He tied the game at 2-2 before the UMass grad added the final Rochester tally to force overtime and capped the game with a double-overtime strike from close range to seal the win and secure the record. His record-setting performance received additional coverage from MLL and garnered him Player of the Game laurels:

Feature Story: Breaking Records - Leveille's 271 Goals | Molly Shunney, Major League Lacrosse
Postgame Interview: Leveille On 2OT Win And Breaking MLL Goals Record | Major League Lacrosse
Feature Story: USA Hopeful Kevin Leveille More Than Just a Finisher | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
Recap: Leveille Becomes MLL's All-Time Leading Scorer in OT Win | Lacrosse Magazine

Manny provided timely offense for the Boston Cannons during their 17-16 victory over Ohio with seven points via four goals and three assists. Manny assisted on the first and second tallies of the game for the Cannons before he scored to make it 5-4 at the beginning of the second quarter. He also notched one to push Boston back in front, 6-5 before he later tied it at 14-14 and assisted on the goal that evened play at 16-16 with less than four minutes left in the game.

Smith was on close defense to help Charlotte earned their second victory of the year and snap Denver's 25-game regular season winning streak with an 18-15 decision. During the game, Smith picked up one groundball for the Hounds.

The most up-to-date information on MLL can be found through MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) broke the Major League Lacrosse all-time goals record with a hat trick, including the game-winner in double-overtime, as Rochester defeated Chesapeake on Friday, 8-7. Molly Shunney with Major League Lacrosse caught up with Leveille to talk about his 271 goals, being a veteran leader on the Rattlers and his chance to make the Team USA travel roster for the upcoming World Championship.

"The first double overtime in Major League Lacrosse history took place Thursday night in a matchup between the charged Rochester Rattlers and the buckled down Chesapeake Bayhawks. As if the back-and-forth momentum wasn't exciting enough, Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille earned yet another hat trick, scoring six goals in the last two games.

Let's keep in mind that this was no ordinary hat trick. In a tenacious battle to the finish, Leveille's third goal of the game solidified the Rattlers win and rewrote the record books. Leveille earned the top spot for the MLL All-Time goal scoring record, previously held by Tim Goettelman. With that, he was able to tie Goettelman for All-Time game-winning goals. Currently in his 10th season, Leveille sits at the top of a couple of extremely accomplished lists. In a phone Q&A, we were able to hear a few thoughts from the noteworthy veteran..."

Read the conclusion of Shunney's story through Major League Lacrosse's website. More on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Nick Mariano of the UMass men's lacrosse team was named among the top rookie in NCAA Division I by Inside Lacrosse on Friday, taking the No. 14 spot in the final freshman rankings. The first-year attackman led all NCAA Division I rookies in goals per game with 2.23 as he scored 29 during 13 games. Mariano also paced the Minutemen in points with 39 while he also provided 25 groundballs and five caused turnovers.

Check out the entire list through InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (2000-03) scored three goals for Major League Lacrosse's Rochester Rattlers, including the game-winner in double-overtime, as the squad defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 8-7 on Friday night. Check out more on Leveille's performance and Rochester's victory through the Major League Lacrosse write-up following the game:

"Rochester Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille scored the game-winner in the first ever double-overtime game in MLL History, to give the Rattlers (4-2) an 8-7 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-5) on Thursday night. With the tally, Leveille broke the MLL All-Time Goal scoring record, previously held by Tim Goettelman. The MLL veteran also tied Goettelman for All-Time game-winning-goals with his 14th career game winner..."

Read the conclusion of the release through Major League Lacrosse's website. More on the UMass men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (6.2)

Three former Minutemen made impacts for their respective Major League Lacrosse teams during this weekend's slate of games. Check out how Kevin Leveille (2000-03), Will Manny (2010-13) and Jake Smith (2010-13) performed below:

Leveille provided five points on three goals and two assists as Rochester defeated Florida, 18-11 for the team's third win of the season. Leveille earned his hat trick on only three shots while he also scooped up two groundballs during the win. Leveille is only three goals away from breaking the all-time MLL record for the category as he now owns 262 in 107 career games.

Leveille's game earned his a starring role in the highlight tape from the game. Check it out:

Manny had a multi-goal game with two tallies for Boston, but the Cannons faltered against the New York Lizards, 11-10. Manny tied the game at 6-6 in the third quarter and pushed Boston in front, 9-8 during the fourth, but NY added three of the final four goals to pull off the comeback. It was his second consecutive multi-goal game and third overall during the 2014 season.

Smith earned a pair of groundballs as a member of the Charlotte close defense unit, but the Hounds dropped a close battle with league-leading Denver, 13-11. Smith has at least two groundballs in three of the previous four games in his first full MLL season.

More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's website. MinuteFans can keep up with the men's lacrosse program on UMassAthletics.com.

A pair of UMass men's lacrosse alumni were active during the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All Star Game on Monday, May 26, as James Fahey and Connor Mooney competed for the North Team in its narrow defeat, 17-16 at the hands of the South Team.

North Team struck to a 4-0 lead, with Mooney assisting on the second goal of the game. South Team answered with six consecutive goals, but the North responded with two to tie it at 6-6 as Fahey scored to even it.

After the South Team scored three of the following four goals to strike for a 9-7 lead, Mooney found the back of the cage for the first time on the day to pull his side within 9-8.

Mooney went on to tally back-to-back goals during the third quarter to help the North Team erase an 11-9 deficit. However, after the squads entered the break before the fourth quarter tied at 12-12, the South Team produced five goals while only allowing four to earn the victory.

Mooney finished with four points on three goals and an assist - tied for the most points on the squad. He also scooped up two groundballs, caused a turnover and won one faceoff.

Fahey nothced his goal along with one caused turnover and a groundball.

Complete statistics from the contest are available in a PDF here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (5.19)

Three former Minutemen were a part of the Boston-Charlotte Major League Lacrosse game on Saturday evening as Will Manny (2010-13) and Jack Reid (2003-06) helped the Cannons take a 14-6 game from Jake Smith (2010-13) and the Hounds.

Manny provided three points on two goals and an assist to go with one groundball on attack for Boston. He scored his first goal of the game with six seconds to play in the first quarter. Manny went on to add another goal during the second quarter before he assisted on one tally. Through four games of the 2014 season, Manny has 11 points on six goals and five assists.

Reid helped the Boston defense limit Charlotte to just six goals as the Cannons never trailed during the contest. Four contests into the season, Boston is only allowing 8.25 goals per game.

Smith was on close defense for Charlotte and scooped up two groundballs during the game. Smith has appeared in each of Charlotte's four games this season and has four groundballs so far in his second year playing in MLL.

More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's official website. Keep up-to-date with UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (5.13)

Four former Minutemen were active for their respective Major League Lacrosse organizations over the weekend in Kevin Leveille (2000-03), Will Manny (2010-13), Jack Reid (2003-06) and Jake Smith (2010-13). Check out how they performed below:

Leveille helped Rochester earn a 15-9 victory over the New York Lizards with a goal and three groundballs. Leveille provided his tally to start scoring in the third quarter and push the Rattlers' lead to 8-6 in the process. With six points through three games this season, Leveille now owns 345 for his MLL career on 265 goals, including a pair of two-pointers, 78 assists.

Manny provided an assist on Boston's first goal against Denver and also picked up one groundball, but the Cannons fell to the Outlaws, 10-9 in overtime.

Jack Reid was also active for Boston during its OT loss to Denver on Saturday evening. Reid was a member of the close defense unit that limited the potent Rattlers attack to just 10 goals as the Cannons nearly ended Denver's now-23 game regular season win streak.

Jake Smith also saw time on close defense this weekend, helping Charlotte earn a 12-7 victory over Chesapeake. Neither Reid or Smith recorded individual statistics during their respective performances.

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

UMass head coach Greg Cannella was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame on the evening of Friday, May 9. Cannella was one of seven honored as part of the Class of 2014.

Click here for the full release through LaxPower.com or read below on how Cannella earned his entrance into the hall.

Greg Cannella
"An outstanding attackman who not only led Nassau Community College to the NJCAA national title in 1985 but was selected as an all-American and National Player of the Year.

Cannella then accepted a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he had 33 goals and 31 assists during his two years as a starter.

After working as an assistant coach at both Stony Brook and UMass, the Lynbrook native was named the Minutemen's head coach in 1995 and became one of the most successful Division I coaches in the country. As he enters his 20th season in Amherst, Greg has forged a record of 171-101, guided the team to eight NCAA tournament berths, including a runnerup finish in the 2006 playoffs. In 2012 guided UMass to its best regular season ever. The Minutemen finished with a perfect 15-0 regular season record and was ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time before entering the NCAA tournament.

Cannella has built a deserved reputation as a coach who exhibits integrity mixed with a sharp eye for talent and strategy. He has brought great credit to himself, his University and junior college lacrosse."

More on the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (5.5)

Four UMass men's lacrosse alumni saw game action in Major League Lacrosse this weekend, including two who dueled in a Friday night ESPN3 contest. Check out how the former Minutemen standouts fared this weekend and take a look at highlights from the Boston-Rochester game below:

Kevin Leveille (2000-03) and Will Manny (2010-13) matched up on opposite sides as Boston fell on the road at Rochester, 8-7 Friday evening. Manny tallied two points (1 G, 1 A) and a groundball but Leveille answered with a pair of goals, an assist and two groundballs to help the Rattlers to their victory.

Leveille capped a 3-0 Rochester run with an extra-man goal during the second to put himself on the scoreboard before he assisted on the tally that put the Rattlers up for good, 5-4 in the third. The Delmar, N.Y., native then provided his second goal of the evening to push the lead to 6-4 with 10 minutes, 10 seconds left in the third.

Manny struck early for Boston as he provided the Cannons with their first goal of the game 4:02 into play. He added an assist on Boston's fourth goal of the night as the Cannons erased a 4-1 halftime deficit to even the game during the third quarter.

Another UMass grad, Diogo Godoi (2006-10) rotated into the defensive lineup for the Cannons to help Boston hold Rochester to just eight goals, but did not record statistics during competition.

Manny's classmate Jake Smith (2010-13) was on close defense for Charlotte when the Hounds fell to the Florida Launch, 11-8. Smith secured a pair of groundballs in the game.

More on MLL, including statistics, recaps and schedules for each team, is available through the organization's official website. The latest Minutemen lacrosse news can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Delaware

The men's lacrosse program wraps up the regular season with a trip to the University of Delaware for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, April 25. If you can't be at Delaware Stadium to cheer on the Minutemen all the information on how you can follow the game is below.

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 13 [RV/RV] Massachusetts (7-5, 1-3 CAA) at Delaware (6-8, 0-4)
 Date | Time Friday, April 25, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Delaware Stadium (22,000) | Newark, Del.
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch NeuLion
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 11-4. Last meeting: Massachusetts 16, Delaware 8; April 26, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Delaware (available shortly)
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Delaware Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the Delaware Athletics Ticket Office at 302-831-2257

More on the men's lacrosse team is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse

All eight Major League Lacrosse teams announced their 2014 opening day rosters recently, with 10 Minutemen listed. Check out who is set to compete during the upcoming MLL season below:

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Minutemen On Major League Lacrosse Rosters
Minuteman Years At UMass MLL Team Years Pro
Anthony Biscardi 2009-12 Charlotte Hounds Third
Jim Connolly 2006-09 Ohio Machine Fifth
Brett Garber 2004-07 Florida Launch Eighth
Diogo Godoi 2006-10 Boston Cannons Sixth
Ryan Hollenbaugh 2010-13 Boston Cannons Second
Kevin Leveille 2000-03 Rochester Rattlers 10th
Will Manny 2010-13 Boston Cannons Second
Jack Reid 2003-06 Boston Cannons Ninth
Jake Smith 2010-13 Charlotte Hounds Second
Kyle Smith 2010-13 Boston Cannons First

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

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian highlighted the production of the freshman class with a recent article as the youngest Minutemen have played an integral role in the team's successes during the 2014 season.

"When you look at the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, it's nearly impossible to overlook the production the freshmen class has brought to the table this year.

Whether it's been Nick Mariano and his team high 26 goals, good for second amongst freshmen in the NCAA, Grant Consoletti, who's started in all 11 games he's played in, or Aaron Madaisky, the 6 feet 7 inch long stick midfielder that is tied for the tallest player in the country, the freshmen always seem to make big plays when the game is on the line.

'They've all been pretty solid,' said coach Greg Cannella. 'I think we are in the situation we are in because we might have relied on them a little too much. As a coach you never really want to count on five or six freshmen on your team.'

Cannella added that while it's great to have two or three complimentary freshmen, it's a hard transition not only with the games, but with school as well..."

The conclusion of the story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse contributor Terry Foy compiled a list of the top freshmen from around Division I men's lacrosse recently and named UMass attackman Nick Mariano among them. Mariano has provided 32 points, tied for the team lead, on 25 goals and seven assists through 11 games this season.

Check out the complete list of freshmen through the Inside Lacrosse website. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Senior Night vs. Hofstra

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program hosts its 2014 Senior Night against No. 12 nationally ranked Hofstra on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. The five-man senior class of Joe Calvello, James Fahey, Reed Goodhue, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen will be recognized on Garber Field prior to the contest. Information about the game is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 12 [RV]/#20 Massachusetts (7-4, 1-2 CAA) vs. #12/11 Hofstra (9-3, 3-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch CBS All-Access
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-17. Last meeting: Massachusetts 9, #20 Hofstra 8; April 20, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hofstra Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hofstra Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

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

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Drexel

UMass men's lacrosse takes to the road with a trip to Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa., for a Saturday, April 12 game at Vidas Field. The Minutemen are 7-3 overall and 1-1 in CAA games while the Dragons hold a 7-4 mark this year and won two of their first three conference matchups. All your game information is available here:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 11 #14/16 Massachusetts (7-3, 1-1 CAA) at [RV/RV] Drexel (7-4, 2-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
 Location Vidas Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
 Live Statistics Drexel GameCenter
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch Drexel GameCenter
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 3-2. Last meeting: #17 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14; April 13, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the Drexel Athletics Ticket Office

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

Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielders Connor Mooney and Ryan Izzo and attackman Grant Whiteway ahead of the men's lacrosse matchup with Drexel scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella can be sure of one thing when he looks ahead to Saturday's matchup with Drexel - a fast game.

Cannella expects a fast-paced duel between the Dragons (7-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and his own speedy team. UMass (7-3, 1-1 CAA) is looking to pick up the pace after a 6-5 home loss to Towson, who successfully slowed down the game to suit its style of play on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Drexel.

Drexel (11.6 goals per game) won last year's series meeting with the Minutemen, 15-14, in a game reminiscent of a shootout. Midfielder Ben McIntosh and attack Nick Trizano, both seniors with 42 and 35 points respectively, return to give the Dragons' offense teeth..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson Weekend Roundup

UMass men's lacrosse suffered a hard-fought one-goal loss to Towson on Saturday, April 5 to fall to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Below are links related to the contest and reaction following it, including postgame interviews, highlights and national rankings updates:

USILA Coaches Poll - Week 8
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll - Week 8
UMass falls to Towson despite strong defensive performance | Daily Collegian

More on the men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Towson On Saturday

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse squad returns to Colonial Athletic Association competition when Towson heads to Amherst, Mass., for a Saturday, April 5 contest on Garber Field. The Minutemen are 7-2 overall and 1-0 in CAA games following their bye week while the Tigers are 7-3 this year, including a 1-1 mark in the conference. Check out more in this week's UMassAthletics.com men's lacrosse preview below:

 University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 10 #11/12 Massachusetts (7-2, 1-0) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (7-3, 1-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Noon
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 4-3. Last meeting: Towson 9, Massachusetts 5; April 6, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

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

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, senior midfielder Matt Whippen and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri as the UMass men's lacrosse prepares to face Towson at home on Saturday, April 5. Read his preview ahead of the contest below.

"It's crunch time for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

With only four games remaining on its schedule, No. 12 UMass (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) looks to make one final push toward having the CAA championship come through Amherst.

However, the Minutemen aren't looking that far down the road just yet. Instead they are focusing all of their attention to Saturday's matchup against Towson after a 14-day layover between games.

'It's been a while since we've played,' senior Matt Whippen said. 'These past two weeks we took a step back to focus on our individual skills, but now we are getting ready for Towson because they're going to be a good team (and) ready to play us.'

The Tigers (7-3, 1-1 CAA) are one game behind UMass in the standings, so Saturday's game has the potential to shake up the landscape in the CAA..."

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found here. The conclusion of Cyr's preview is available on the Daily Collegian website.

Collegian: UMass men's lacrosse embraces extended time off

UMass men's lacrosse focused on improving the basics that have helped the team open the season with seven wins through nine games, writes Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr.

"Rest is something that's often hard to come by in the middle of a lacrosse season.

But the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, which is in the midst of a 14-day layover, has made the most of the time to improve and reflect on the season thus far.

'We got to focus on the nicks that we really haven't done too well this year and worked on what we struggled with,' short stick defensemen Ryan Izzo said. 'It was a good chance for us to look back on previous games and understand what we need to do better for the upcoming part of the season.'

The No. 12 Minutemen (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) currently are in second place in the CAA, after an 8-6 victory over Penn State earlier in the season. UMass, which has four games remaining on its schedule, is entering the roulette of conference play with the race for first wide open..."

The conclusion of Cyr's article is available on the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

ILGear.com: UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet

Inside Lacrosse contributor Casey Vock featured the UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet on ILGear.com on Wednesday, showing off its sleek, crisp white look and prominently featured Massachusetts Minuteman logo. Check it out:


Get the whole scoop on the helmet from Vock through ILGear.com. The most up-to-date information on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Mark Dixon from Inside Lacrosse completed his midseason takeways, storylines and all-America selections on Tuesday. Dixon highlights UMass senior midfielder Connor Mooney among his second team all-Americans as Mooney has been one of the sparks to the Minuteman offense with 26 points on 13 goals and as many assists through nine games.

Read the entire all-America listing on InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win Over Hartford

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, close defenseman James Fahey and midfielder Connor Mooney after the No. 11 Minutemen defeated Hartford, 12-6 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon to improve to 7-2 on the season. Check out what the trio had to say about the game below:

More from UMass men's lacrosse is available at UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Connor Mooney and attackman Nick Mariano after the Minutemen dispatched Hartford, 12-6. Check out Cyr's recap and what Cannella, Mooney and Mariano had to say below.

"Tied at 5-5 with three minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team found itself in another game that was destined to go down to the wire.

But sometimes in lacrosse, one goal is all it takes to jumpstart an offense. And on Saturday, the No. 11 Minutemen's late offensive explosion proved to be the key in their 12-6 win over Hartford.

Jeff George fired a shot at Hartford goalkeeper Frank Piechota that caught a piece of his stick and trickled out in front of the net. Then Ryan Curley - who hasn't made a huge impact on the scoresheet this season - was in the right place at the right time to give UMass the 6-5 lead.

The Minutemen never looked back, scoring six consecutive goals to quickly put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter."

The remainder of the recap is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse team can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named Rising Star

Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich selected seven Division I rookies as "Rising Stars" on Friday, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano among those selected. Below is Kessenich's complete list:

Rising Stars
Meet the next generation of stars. Here are my impact freshmen, bright-eyed difference-makers from day one:

Zach Miller, Denver, attack -- 20 goals, 8 assists
Cole Shafer, Drexel, attack -- 16, 12
Nick Mariano, Massachusetts, attack -- 17 goals
Christian Knight, Cornell, goalie -- .595 save pct.
Matt Rambo, Maryland, attack -- 13, 4
Joe Seider, Towson, attack -- 12 goals
Brandon Burke, Colgate, goalie -- .576 save pct.

Mariano leads the Minutemen with 24 points on a team-best 19 goals to go with five assists. More on Mariano and the 6-2 start for UMass can be found here. Read more on Kessenich's mid-season report through InsideLacrosse.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Hartford Saturday

The No. 11 nationally-ranked UMass men's lacrosse program will look to bounce back from its loss at No. 19 Fairfield on Tuesday when the Minutemen host Hartford for a 1 p.m. game at Garber Field on Saturday, March 21. A preview of the matchup is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 9 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-2) vs. Hartford (4-3)
 Date | Time Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM (free)
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 10-0. Last meeting: UMass 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

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

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Fairfield On Tuesday

The No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team faces another top-20 squad on Tuesday afternoon when the Minutemen challenge No. 19 Fairfield at 3 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn. The meeting is the ninth in the series and the final non-conference one before the Stags join the Colonial Athletic Association as an affiliate member for the 2015 season.

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 8 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-1) at #19/RV Fairfield (4-2)
 Date | Time Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | Noon
 Location Alumni Field (4,000) | Fairfield, Conn.
 Live Statistics Sidearm Stats (goes live at gametime)
 Watch MAAC.tv (subscription required)
 Gameday Blog Link available 20 minutes before the game starts.
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History UMass leads, 7-1. Last meeting: #15 Massachusetts 12, Fairfield 6; April 21, 2009
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Attend The Game Tickets available at Alumni Field.

More on the Minutemen is available to MinuteFans via UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Breakdown Of Brine Media Top-20 Poll

Quint Kessenich broke down his selections for the Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 teams on Monday and had this to say about UMass, which jumped to No. 11 after its victories over Providence on Tuesday, March 11 and at then-No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, March 15.

"Wins over Providence and Penn State have UMass back on the warpath. That's exactly what you love to see from a team after their first loss. They go back to work, make adjustments, commit to improvement and hit the reset button.

Saturday, Garber's Gorillas picked up a critical CAA win over Penn State, 8-6. Zach Oliveri made 15 stops, he is an All-America honor contender. Stats were even outside of the goalie differential. On Tuesday, Grant Whiteway found paydirt seven times in a 16-11 win over Providence. Connor Mooney chipped in seven points and a dozen different Minutemen got their name in the box score.

UMass is at Fairfield (ECAC) on March 18."

A complete list of who Kessenich voted for and where he placed them in the top-20 along with those on the cusp of joining the rankings is available on Inside Lacrosse's website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Men's Lacrosse Moves Up In National Rankings

Thanks to wins over Providence and at No. 5 Penn State during the previous week, UMass men's lacrosse has jumped up in each of the three national rankings. The Minutemen are now No. 11 according to the USILA Coaches Top-20 and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll while they hold down the 13th slot in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings. Massachusetts is also No. 1 in the NEILA regional poll. Check out the three national rankings below to see what squads filled out the top-20 polls this week:

USILA Coaches Poll
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll
Lacrosse Magazine Poll

MinuteFans can keep track of the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named In D1 Freshman Rankings

Terry Foy of the Inside Lacrosse staff broke down the early-season play of some of the top NCAA Division I first-year players prior to this past weekend's games and put UMass' Nick Mariano as the No. 3 freshman nationally. Check out what Foy had to say about Mariano below:

3. Nick Mariano, A, UMass (15G, 3A in 6 games)
Key to the Minutemen's somewhat surprising start, Mariano's paired well with Grant Whiteway and Connor Mooney for the 18th-most efficient offense in DI."

Foy's full list can be found through InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Globe: Billerica's Whiteway cranks up scoring for UMass

Boston Globe correspondent Peter Cappiello wrote a feature on four UMass men's lacrosse standouts who all hail from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Check out Cappiello's feature, which focuses on Grant Whiteway along with Bob Fahey, James Fahey and Matt Whippen, below:

"It wasn't the first time that Grant Whiteway had left an opponent a bit stunned.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst junior from Billerica entered Tuesday's matchup against visiting Providence with five goals for the men's lacrosse team in its 4-1 start.

After the game's final whistle, the attack walked off Garber Field with 12 on the season, after powering the Minutemen to a 16-11 victory with a seven-goal performance.

Teammate James Fahey, a former rival at St. John's Prep, recalls a Billerica Memorial High-St. John's matchup in May 2010, when Whiteway ran up 10 yards from the goal line and extended before launching a shot 180 degrees into a corner of the net..."

The completion of the story is available through the Boston Globe website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass men's lacrosse took an 8-6 game from No. 5 Penn State on the road Saturday to improve to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in CAA games. Among the standout contributors from the squad was senior close defenseman James Fahey, who received a nod from the Inside Lacrosse for his play during their weekend round-up. Here is what Inside Lacrosse had to say about Fahey's game:

"Fahey led at close in a defensive slugfest vs. Penn State. The senior had a career-high four caused turnovers to go with three groundballs in the 8-6 win."

Fans can vote for Fahey for the Brine Player of the Week Award and read about all the Inside Lacrosse selections of those who shined here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win At No. 5 Penn State

UMass men's lacrosse used a stingy defense to limit the potent No. 5 nationally-ranked Penn State attack to just six goals during an 8-6 victory in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. After the win, head coach Greg Cannella and goalie Zach Oliveri, who had 15 saves to preserve the victory, gave their thoughts on the squad's performance. Check out what they had to say below:

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

PHOTOS: UMass Upends Penn State With Strong Defensive Effort

Inside Lacrosse photographer Andy Lewis was on-hand when the No. 14 Minutemen defeated No. 5 Penn State on the road in the CAA opener for both sides. Check out the photo gallery he compiled here and get more info on the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.


Collegian: Men's lacrosse upsets Penn State in CAA opener

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella after the No. 14 Minutemen traveled to No. 5/7 Penn State and earned an 8-6 victory over the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. Check out what Cannella had to say about the win in Cyr's recap below:

"Going into Saturday's game, the No. 15 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team knew its matchup against preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Penn State would be one of its biggest games of the season.

UMass responded with an 8-6 win against the No. 7 Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., behind a solid performance from goalkeeper Zach Oliveri..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass men's lacrosse defeated Providence, 16-11 at home on Garber Field to improve to 5-1 this season. Grant Whiteway produced eight points on seven goals and one assist while Connor Mooney tallied three times to go with helping out on four goals. Check out highlights of the game courtesy of the UMass Sports Network below:

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

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and junior attackman Grant Whiteway following Tuesday's 16-11 win over Providence, during which Whiteway tallied a career-high seven goals to lead the team to victory. Cyr highlighted Whiteway's big day with his game wrap-up below:

"To say Grant Whiteway had a good game is an understatement.

The attackman finished with a career-high seven goals and an assist as the No. 14 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated Providence 16-11 on Tuesday at Garber Field.

'It feels good,' Whiteway said of his performance. 'The offense was moving good today and I was on the receiving end of a lot of stuff. My teammates were finding me when I was open and everyone was moving off ball so it made it easy.'

Whiteway entered Tuesday's game with just five goals on the season to go along with three assists. He was the Minutemen's leading returning scorer this season after finishing his 2013 campaign with 26 goals.

Whiteway received a pass from Connor Mooney in front of the cage just two minutes, 27 seconds into the game. He snuck it past Friars goalkeeper Tyler Hines, who was pulled after the first quarter, and from that point forward the Minutemen never looked back..."

Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. Keep up to date with the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and senior midfielder Connor Mooney following the 16-11 win over Providence. Check out what they had to say about the game below:

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

Daily Hampshire Gazette contributing writer Eugene Kucinski stopped by Garber Field to catch UMass men's lacrosse best Providence, 16-11 on Tuesday afternoon. He focused his recap of the contest on the team's ability to bounce back from its weekend loss to No. 18 Albany.

"The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team used a 10-goal second half and much-improved defense to defeat Providence, 16-11, Tuesday at Garber Field.

After giving up 25 goals at home on Saturday to Albany, the 14th-ranked Minutemen (5-1) tightened up on defense and limited the Friars (3-3) to four first-half goals.

'Our guys are prideful. Their egos were bruised a little bit,' UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "We buckled down a bit today.'

While the 11 goals allowed was an improvement on Saturday, it matched the second-most given up by the Minutemen this year.

The offense, led by Grant Whiteway, helped compensate and earned UMass the victory..."

Read the rest of Kucinski's story through the Daily Hampshire Gazette website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: Grant Whiteway's seven goals propel UMass

UMass men's lacrosse was supported in its 16-11 win over Providence by strong offensive showings from junior Grant Whiteway and senior Connor Mooney, who combined to total 15 points in the victory. Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian was at the game and wrote a recap of the action.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior Connor Mooney flung a desperation shot through traffic from 15 yards out in the dying seconds of the first quarter. The buzzer to end the frame provided a soundtrack to his goal celebration. No. 14 UMass (5-1) led Providence, 6-2.

The tone was set.

UMass junior attack Grant Whiteway took advantage of the energy tilt and totaled seven goals in a 16-11 win over the Friars (3-3) on Tuesday at Garber Field. Whiteway had five goals heading into the game..."

Read the conclusion of Cappeiello's story here. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Providence On Tuesday

UMass men's lacrosse has a short turnaround from its Saturday game vs. No. 18 Albany as the Minutemen host Providence on Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field. UMass is 4-1 on the season while the Friars bring a 3-2 record to Amherst, Mass. Check out more on the game below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 6 #14/15 Massachusetts (4-1) vs. Providence (3-2)
 Date | Time Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 7-0. Last meeting: Massachusetts 14, Providence 6; March 15, 2011
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Providence
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Providence
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Buy Tickets Call the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

The most up-to-date information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

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