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The 2015 Major League Lacrosse season concluded with the championship game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., Saturday, Aug. 8. A group of UMass men's lacrosse alumni competed or coaches in the league during 2015. Below is a short overview of how each performed.
Jim Connolly - Had three goals and an assist for four points during two games played with the Boston Cannons ... Now owns 37 career goals with seven assists for 44 points in 25 games played.
Brett Garber - Florida Launch & Boston Cannons Attackman: Spent time on the rosters of the Florida Launch and Boston Cannons in 2015 but did not make an appearance ... Currently owns 43 points (26 goals, 14 assists) during 44 appearances since the 2007 MLL season.
Diogo Godoi - Boston Cannons Close Defenseman: Spent time on the Boston Cannons roster but did not make an appearance in 2015 ... Owns 29 career games played, during which he has picked up 36 groundballs.
Ryan Hollenbaugh - Boston Cannons Close Defenseman: Saw action in four games for the Boston Cannons but did not record statistics.
Ryan Izzo - Ohio Short-Stick Defensive Midfielder: Spent the season on the collegiate inactive list and did not make an appearance for the Machine.
Will Manny - Boston Cannons Attackman: Tied for the 10th-most points across MLL with 44 on 28 goals (one two-pointer) and 15 assists in 12 appearances ... Assisted Boston in reaching the 2015 MLL playoffs, where the team fell to eventual-champion New York in the semifinals ... Owns 126 career points (78 goals, 47 assists) over three completed professional seasons.
Jack Reid - Boston Cannons Close Defenseman: Started the season with the Boston Cannons but did not make an appearance ... Has 157 groundballs with 13 points (eight goals, five assists) over 92 career appearances.
Kyle Smith - Boston Cannons Attackman: Made one appearance in 2015 but did not record statistics.
Tim Soudan - Rochester Rattlers Head Coach: Led his team to an 8-6 regular season finish and an appearance in the 2015 MLL Championship Game. Soudan guided the team to wins in four of its final five games entering the championship appearance, including a 12-8 comeback win over Ohio in the playoff semifinals.
Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse all-American Jack Reid (@GorillaMagilla) is nearing completion of an extended fundraising effort for the St. Baldrick's Foundation (@StBaldricks). The seven-week endeavor culminates in a St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving event follow the Boston Cannon's game against the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday, Aug. 9, when Reid and five additional members of the Cannons will get bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.
As of Thursday, Aug. 7, Reid, along with teammates Matt Smalley, Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill, Eric Hagarty and Boston head coach John Tucker, have combined to raise nearly $15,000 for St. Baldrick's and the battle against children's cancer.
Donations can be made online via the event's page available on the St. Baldrick's website.
A 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
All eight Major League Lacrosse teams announced their 2014 opening day rosters recently, with 10 Minutemen listed. Check out who is set to compete during the upcoming MLL season below:
|Minutemen On Major League Lacrosse Rosters
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Five former UMass men's lacrosse stand-outs were active in Major League Lacrosse since the previous alumni update on June 26. Below is a full list of those competing in MLL and how they and their teams have performed as of late...Jim Connolly
(2006-09) recorded one goal for Ohio during its 16-11 victory at Boston on Aug. 3. Connolly now owns 38 career points over 20 games, including 32 goals and six assists.Diogo Godoi
(2006-10) rotated in on defense for Ohio during a 12-10 loss to Charlotte (July 27) and at Boston during the squad's 16-11 victory on Aug. 3. Godoi has six groundballs in nine appearances this season and has played in 28 career games with Chicago (2010), Rochester (2011-12) and Ohio (2013-present).Kevin Leveille
(2000-03) owns eight points over his previous four games, including a five-point performance against New York during a 12-10 win on June 30. Leveille has a goal and a groundball in Rochester's most recent game, a 12-7 loss at Chesapeake on Aug. 3. Overall, Leveille has 19 points (13 goals, six assists) in 12 games this season and has 332 points for his career through 256 goals and 74 assists.Will Manny
(2010-13) produced a hat trick against Ohio with three goals and an assist in a 16-11 loss to Ohio on Aug. 3. Manny owns 16 points over his previous five games played, including five vs. Charlotte in a 17-14 Boston Cannons victory. Through the first nine games of his professional career, Manny has earned 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists. Jack Reid
(2003-06) has played in 10 games for the New York Lizards this season. Reid scooped up one groundball during the team's most recent contest, a 13-10 loss to Denver on Aug. 4.
More information on the UMass men's lacrosse program is available through the team's website
. Fans of Major League Lacrosse can find more information on the league here
Five former UMass men's lacrosse players were active in Major League Lacrosse since the previous program alumni update on June 3. Below is a list of how Minutemen currently competing on MLL squads have fared recently:
Brett Garber (2004-07) had a groundball and one shot attempt
during Ohio's 18-5 loss at Denver on June 22 after producing a shot
during the 13-11 victory over Rochester on June 15. For the season,
Garber has a goal and three groundballs spread over six appearances.
Diogo Godoi (2006-10) registered a pair of groundballs and a shot on goal during Ohio's 13-11 victory over Rochester on June 15. Godoi has seen action in seven contests as a defenseman, scooping up six groundballs in the process.
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) produced a multi-goal game with two
tallies at Hamilton during Rochester's 17-11 loss on June 22. Leveille
has at least one point in four of the last five appearances he has made,
earning nine total during the span. On the season, Leveille has 11
points on eight goals and three assists to go with nine groundballs
during eight appearances.
Will Manny (2010-13), the reigning MLL Rookie of the Week, recorded a goal and four assists for five points during Boston's 16-12 win over New York on June 21. Manny's strong outing comes one week after a two-goal game at Charlotte during a 15-13 victory for the Cannons. During Boston's current two-game win streak, Manny has helped lead the offense with seven points on a trio of goals and four assists.
Jack Reid (2003-06) saw time at Boston during the New York Lizards' 16-12 loss on June 21 after scooping up a pair of groundballs on defense during a 12-10 win over Hamilton on June 13. Reid has played in eight games on the year for New York.
With the Major League Lacrosse season underway, select UMass men's lacrosse alumni are continuing their playing careers at the next level of competition. Here is a recap of how a few of the Minutemen performed in their most recent contest as well as an update on their season totals:Kevin Leveille
(2000-03) produced four points on two goals and a pair of assists to go with a pair of groundballs during Rochester's victory over the Ohio Machine
. Leveille now owns eight points on five goals and three assists this season in five appearances with the club. The MLL veteran with nine years in the league bumped his career totals to 321 points on 248 goals (including a pair of two-point goals) and 71 assists spread over 96 appearances.Will Manny
(2009-12), playing in his first professional contest, earned one goal for the Boston Cannons against Denver
while scooping up a pair of groundballs.Jim Connolly
(2006-09) secured one assist for the Machine in their contest against Rochester, also chipping in a pair of groundballs. Connolly has four points on a trio of goals and one assist in four appearances on the year, his third playing in the MLL.Diogo Godoi
(2006-10) helped out the Ohio defensive effort against Rochester
with a two groundballs scooped up. Godoi has totaled four groundballs in five appearances this season, his fourth in the MLL since graduating for UMass.
Other Minutemen competing in Major League Lacrosse this season include Anthony Biscardi
(2009-12), Tom Celentani
(2009-12), Brett Garber
(2004-07), Tim McCormack
(2008-12), Mark Millon
(1990-93), Jack Reid
(2003-06) and Jake Smith
Jack Reid scored a goal against his former team helping Boston get past Rochester 16-14 on Saturday night to put the Cannons in a tie with Denver for the MLL top spot.
Reid is in his third season with the Cannons after spending his first three professional seasons with Rochester.
Former UMass defensive standout Diogo Godoi collected a pair of groundballs for the Rattlers.
Chris Fiore scored a pair of goals and added two groundballs to help the Long Island Lizards down the Chesapeake Bayhawks
and Jake Deane 14-11 last night on ESPN2. Deane finished the game with a pair of groundballs and was 2-of-4 on the faceoff.
On Saturday night, Jack Reid and Jim Connolly will lead the Boston Cannons to New York to face the Rochester Rattlers and Brett Garber at 7 PM. UMass fans can watch the game live
on several outlets including ESPN3.com and The Comcast Network.
Here's a look at UMass alums in action on the opening day of action in Major League Lacrosse on Saturday.
The Boston Cannons topped the Long Island Lizards 15-12
in front of more than 9,000 fans at Harvard Stadium. Jack Reid
played solid defense for the Cannons and had a groundball. With the Lizards Chris Fiore
had a goal and assist in the fourth quarter.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks topped the Rochester Rattlers in the New York team's return, 14-10
in Annapolis. Jake Deane
had four groundballs, playing for his hometown Bayhawks. With the Rattlers, Brett Garber
and Diogo Godoi
each saw action, but didn't post any points.
The Major League Lacrosse outdoor season starts this weekend and numerous UMass alums are on the rosters of the six teams. Check them out here: MLL Releases Active Rosters for 2011 Season
Here's a look team-by-team of UMass alums
Boston Cannons: Jim Connolly, Jack Reid
Chesapeake Bayhawks: Jake Deane, Jeff Zywicki
Long Island Lizards: Chris Fiore
Rochester Rattlers: Brett Garber, Diogo Godoi
The matchups are now set for the Divisional Semifinals of the National Lacrosse League 2011 Playoffs, which open on the weekend on April 29th. In the Eastern Division, it's the top-seeded Buffalo Bandits vs. the Boston Blazers, while the Toronto Rock face the Rochester Knighthawks.
Former UMass All-American Jack Reid helps lead the Blazers into the postseason after a 16-9 win over Buffalo in the regular-season finale. Reid scored a goal -- his second of the season and second of his pro indoor career. Reid heads into the postseason and 31 loose balls.
Several former UMass lacrosse players are in action in the National Lacrosse League. There are three weeks of action left in the NLL season. Here's a look at former Minutemen.
• With the Boston Blazers two 2006 All-American have seen action. Jack Reid
has played in 13 games on defense and has a goal and 28 loose balls. Sean Morris
has played in five games and has three goals and four assists for seven points.
• 2005 All-American Jeff Zywicki
has played in three games with the Washington Stealth, missing most of the season with a lower body injury. He has four goals and four assists for eight points. Craig Conn
, who only played one year at UMass, replaced Zywicki when he was hurt early in the season. He has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points.
Washington Stealth forward Jeff Zywicki (left) tries to get past Calgary Roughnecks defenseman Dayne Michaud (Credit: Richard Olson).
Here's a look at UMass alums in the National Lacrosse League.
Jack Reid has played in seven games with the Boston Blazers and has 17 loose balls.
Jeff Zywicki continues to be on the injured list with the Washington Stealth. He played in the season opener and had three goals and two assists before suffering a lower body injury.
The Herald in Everett reports: the 2005 UMass alum is "ahead of schedule" and could potentially come off the injured reserve on Feb. 23 with the team looking at a March 5 return date as more possible.
UMass alum Jeff Zywicki scored three goals and assisted two more as the Washington Stealth downed the Colorado Mammouth 11-10 in OT
on the National Lacrosse League's opening day, Saturday.
Here are a few stories on the game with mentions of Zywicki:
• Seattle Times: Washington Stealth opens lacrosse season with victory
• Denver Post (with quotes from Zywicki): Mammoth lose home opener as power play lifts Stealth
• Everett Herald: Stealth win on Duch's OT goal
• Bleacher Report: Stealth Begin Championship Defense With 'Mammoth' Win: NLL Week 1 Recap
Zywicki was hurt in the opener and didn't play in Sunday's loss to Calgary. Zywicki took a hard knock during that game and was scratched from Sunday's contest. "We're not quite sure what's happing there yet," Coach Chris Hall said of Zywicki's injury. "... He's so key to our power play at times and our power play was pretty average tonight at best."
With the Boston Blazers, Jack Reid had a groundball and won a face-off in a 10-6 road win at the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday.
The National Lacrosse League
season gets underway on Saturday as the premier professional indoor lacrosse league in North America.
Three former Minutemen are on rosters for the start of the 2011 season. The Boston Blazers feature a pair of stars from the 2006 UMass National Finalist team in attackman Sean Morris
and defenseman Jack Reid
. Both players have played with the Blazers for the last few years in addition to the outdoor Boston Cannons.
2005 grad and All-American Jeff Zywicki is back with the Washington Stealth after winning the NLL title last season. He finished the 2010 regular season with 30 goals and 41 assists for 71 points and grabbed 41 loose balls. He scored nine goals and added four assists and eight loose balls in the playoffs.
Boston plays at the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday while Washington hosts Calgary on Sunday.
According to Inside Lacrosse
, 2006 UMass All-American Sean Morris and Jack Reid are both trying out for the United States Indoor Lacrosse National Team. The team is completing tryouts for its 2011 team in Baltimore, Md. The team had a Red vs. White scrimmage on Saturday night at Du Burns Arena.
Coach Tom Ryan told Inside Lacrosse that the team will be narrowed down in November, before a final roster is picked in February for the May World Indoor Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Springfield Republican
, Garry Brown mentions: News item: Boston Cannons heading for Major League Lacrosse playoffs. With former UMass captain Jack Reid in their lineup. The Cannons
are set for the postseason weekend on Aug. 21-22. The No. 1 seed Cannons play the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis.
The final weekend of action in Major League Lacrosse wrapped up on Saturday. The MLL Championship Weekend Semifinals are set with the following match-ups on Aug. 21: Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Boston Cannons and Long Island Lizards vs. Denver Outlaws.
Here's a look at UMass' alums in the MLL after 12 weeks of regular-season action.
First-place Boston lost to the Bayhawks, 16-15 in an overtime thriller. Jack Reid played defense for the Cannons.
Long Island topped Toronto, 13-7 as Chris Fiore scored two goals and added an assist for the Lizards.
In the Chicago Machine's final game, they lost to Denver 18-8. UMass products Diogo Godoi (four groundballs), Kevin Leveille and Brett Garber played for Chicago.
The teams are set for Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend and two former Minutemen will be a part of the four-team event. Both the Boston Cannons with Jack Reid and Long Island Lizards with Chris Fiore will be in action the weekend of Aug. 21-22.
Here's a look at Saturday's results and how UMass' alums performed.In the Lizards 16-11 win over Toronto, Fiore had an assist. With Toronto, Jake Deane had three groundballs in his third game with the Nationals.
The Chicago Machine fell 20-12 to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Both Brett Garber and Kevin Leveille scored goals and Diogo Godoi played on defense.
The Boston Cannons routed the Denver Outlaws, 16-5, as Reid had two groundballs.
2006 UMass All-American lacrosse players went against each other last night as Boston with Jack Reid beat Toronto and Jake Deane 18-10
. Deane opened the game's scoring with his second goal in as many games. He also had three groundballs and won four face-offs. Reid had four GBs for the winners, as the Cannons (7-3) clinched a playoff berth. Here's the game's blog
In the Chicago Machine's 15-11 loss at Denver, Brett Garber had a goal and Diogo Godoi had a groundball on defense.
UMass alums will be in action as Boston with Jack Reid hosts Toronto
while Chicago with Kevin Leveille, Brett Garber and Diogo Godoi play at
In MLL action, UMass alums met up on Saturday as Long Island topped
With the Lizards, Chris
didn't score. With the Machine, Kevin
had two goals while Brett
had an assist. Boston beat the Bayhawks 16-10
had four groundballs for the Cannons.
In MLL action, UMass alums met up on Saturday as Long Island topped
With the Lizards, Chris
Fiore had a goal and assist. With the Machine, Kevin
Leveille had a goal while Brett
Garber was kept off the scoreboard.Toronto
knocked off Boston 15-13
as alum Jack
Reid was on the losing end, but scooped three groundballs.
In MLL action this weekend many UMass alums will be on the field as the Boston Cannons play the Chicago Machine
in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will air live on
Comcast SportsNet New England. Look for former Minutemen with Boston in
Jack Reid and Jim Connolly and with the Chicago: Kevin Leveille, Brett
Garber and Diogo Godoi.
Just days after Maryland hired Harvard's John Tillman,
Penn State announced it will be hiring Jeff Tambroni, who has coached
Cornell to the Final Four in three of the last for years. Inside Lacrosse has the story.