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:
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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."
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.
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.
. @Kevin_Leveille is a guy w/ hands softer than freshly churned butter that got 2 play his fav game every wkend. We need more guys like him.-- Kyle Devitte (@TheKyleDevitte) August 29, 2014
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..."
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
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.
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.
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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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."
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.
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.
Brian Coughlin of Inside Lacrosse broke down the contrasting styles of play between UMass men's lacrosse and its next opponent, the Albany Great Danes. In addition to being a clash of top-20 nationally ranked opponents, the meeting puts a high-octane offense (Albany) up against one of the most stout defensive units in the nation (UMass).
"Two Top 20 teams are set to meet this Saturday in Amherst, Mass., as No. 17 Albany makes the trip east to face No. 10 UMass. The tales of how these teams have placed themselves in the Top 20 are drastically different..."
Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich highlighted a few keys to UMass men's lacrosse's 15-2 win over Brown while recapping his top-20 national rankings on Monday. Check out what Kessenich saw as some of the reasons for the victory below:
"Nick Mariano, welcome to the big show. The freshman scored five times in an eye-popping 15-2 win over Brown. UMass forced 17 Bear turnovers, and goalie Zach Oliveri made 10 saves. Garber's Gorillas have wins over Army, Ohio State, Harvard and Brown."
Another victory - the fourth in as many games this season - moved UMass men's lacrosse up in a pair of national top-20 rankings this week. After a 15-2 victory at Brown that saw the Minutemen reel off 11 consecutive goals, the Minutemen rose to No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20 while they now sit 10th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and stayed in place at No. 13 according to Lacrosse Magazine.
Check out the national rankings, updated on Monday, March 3, below:
More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team continued its strong start to the 2014 season with an 8-4 win over Harvard to improve to 3-0. The Minutemen continued their "offense-by-committee" approach as six different players recorded at least one goal while eight in total notched at least one point. Below are links for updated national rankings, photo galleries, game stories and more:
UMass' Defense Stymies Harvard, 8-4 | Brian Foley, Inside Lacrosse
UMass Moves Up In Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 Poll
Minutemen Appear At No. 13 In Lacrosse Magazine Top-20
Highlights: UMass Defeats Harvard In Home-Opener
Photo Gallery: Thom Kendall, UMass Athletics
Second half surge leads UMass men's lacrosse over Harvard | Andrew Cyr, Daily Collegian
UMass men's lacrosse continues hot start, downs Harvard 8-4 in home opener | Dan Malone, Springfield Republican
Inside Lacrosse was at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic and caught the action as UMass men's lacrosse defeated No. 14/9 Ohio State, 12-11 in overtime on a Nick Mariano goal with 7.9 seconds left in the extra period. Check out the highlight package they put together below:
More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com here.
Following its 2-0 start, which includes one-goal victories at Army, 6-5 and over No. 14/9 Ohio State in overtime, 12-11, UMass men's lacrosse debuted in United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after receiving votes in each during the preseason. Here are links to both polls:
Massachusetts ranked 14th by USILA Coaches Poll
Minutemen move up to 15th in Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20
More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.
ILGear.com, part of the Inside Lacrosse family, gave fans of the game an inside look at the gloves UMass will wear in 2014, the Warrior Regulator 2. The gloves are maroon and white with black detailing and prominently feature "Massachusetts" and the wearer's number near the wrist.
Geoff Shannon of InsideLacrosse.com took a look at the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team as part of its 2014 season preview on Thursday. Shannon recapped the team's 2013 finish, took a look at a few of the key returnees and newcomers for head coach Greg Cannella's 20th year as the program leader and picked out a few key contests on the schedule.
Read Shannon's preview on InsideLacrosse.com here. More information on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
As the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft approaches, MLL is featuring watch lists for each position on the organization's website, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior Joe Calvello named one of the top four faceoff specialists eligible to be picked. The draft is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
In three seasons at UMass, Calvello is 228-for-412 on faceoffs (55.3 win percentage) with 100 groundballs. In 2013, his first year as the main faceoff specialist for the Minutemen, he finished 184-of-316 at the X (58.2 percent) with a team-high 79 groundballs in 15 games played (5.27 per appearance).
Check out the four previewed faceoff specialists, including Calvello, and more pre-draft coverage on Major League Lacrosse's website here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Inside Lacrosse released its 2013 Face-Off Yearbook preview for the Colonial Athletic Association on the organization's website with two Minutemen earning praise via the Coaches' Preseason All-Conference listing. Senior faceoff specialist and Joe Calvello and midfielder Ryan Izzo were tabbed on the preseason all-conference team while the Minutemen were picked to tie for fourth in the league with Hofstra.
Check out the entire release on InsideLacrosse.com here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through the UMassAthletics.com website.
Check out the full gallery through InsideLacrosse.com here. Photos 1-16 show UMass against Johns Hopkins while 35-47 cover the Minutemen vs. Rutgers. More information on UMass men's lacrosse is available through the new-and-improved UMassAthletics.com.