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Men's Lacrosse: Manny Mentioned In MLL 2013 Draft Review


In anticipation of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, MLL took a look back at some of the most successful players selected during the 2013 edition of the draft, among them Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Will Manny.

The No. 14 selection of the draft (second round), Manny went to the Boston Cannons and provided 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists in his first professional campaign. Find out who joined Manny to fill out the 2013 draft review here.

More information about Major League Lacrosse and the 2014 Collegiate Draft can be found here. The most up-to-date information on UMass men's lacrosse is available on 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.



Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (Aug. 7)

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.

Boston Cannons Rookie Spotlight: Will Manny

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The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse featured UMass men's lacrosse alum Will Manny (2009-12) in its 'Rookie Spotlight' on Monday, highlighting Manny's immediate impact on offense. Through seven games played, Manny amassed 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists and recorded at least one point in each contest.

One goal; two goals; two goals; one goal, four assists; two goals, one assist; two goals, three assists; one goal, one assist. This is Will Manny's career line. You'll notice there are no zeros. He has recorded at least one point in every game he has played in. Talk about an immediate impact.

Most new phases in life require time to adjust, but Manny's transition from college lacrosse to the MLL could not have been smoother. His 20 points in 7 games looks more like a veteran line than a rookie one...

Check out the Boston Cannons official team website here for the full story.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (June 26)

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.

Men's Lacrosse Alum Will Manny Named MLL Rookie of the Week

UMass men's lacrosse alum Will Manny (2010-13) was recognized for his successful weekend in helping the Boston Cannons to a 16-12 win over the New York Lizards with the Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Week honor on Monday, June 24. Manny recorded a five-point game on a goal and four assists, with a helper in each quarter, to spearhead the offense. Manny stands atop the Cannons' leaderboard with a .429 shooting percentage, scoring six goals on 14 shots over the first four games of his MLL career.

Manny spent four seasons on attack for the Minutemen, securing 201 points on 107 goals and 94 assists over 55 games, including 47 starts. Manny earned USILA First Team All-America, NEILA Player of the Year, CAA Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award Finalist status as a junior in 2012, and battled through injury in 2013 to appear on the All-CAA listing for the fourth time and secure All-NEILA honors for the third straight season.

More information on the Boston Cannons can be through the team's official website here.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (June 3)

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 (2010-13).

Former UMass men's lacrosse star Tom Celentani (2009-12) was featured on the Boston Cannon's website recently following his addition to the team's roster. Celentani was selected in the supplemental draft by Boston and will join the team beginning with training camp next month. A USILA All-American and three-year starter on defense for the Minutemen, check out the spotlight on Celentani here.



Cannons Player Spotlight: Tom Celentani

Men's Lacrosse Has Three Drafted By MLL

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In the annual Major League Lacrosse draft, a trio of UMass men's lacrosse standouts were taken during the eight-round event on Friday evening. 2012 Tewaraaton Award finalist Will Manny was taken by Boston in the second round (14th overall) before teammate Jake Smith was picked by the Cannons as well, going two rounds later (30th). Colin Fleming was the final Minuteman picked, with the Ohio Machine taking the 6-foot-6 senior attack in the seventh round (49th). Below are a few links related to the draft results:

Boston Cannons draft roundup
Ohio Machine draft roundup
Inside Lacrosse's team-by-team draft grades
BostonLax.com: Local flavor prevalent in MLL Draft
Daily Collegian: Three former Minutemen taken 2013 MLL Draft

The Minutemen start their 2013 campaign and CAA regular season and tournament defense at home on Garber Field against Army at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Anthony Biscardi Featured In Ohio Machine Q&A

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Entering his senior campaign this spring, Anthony Biscardi was drafted by Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine. He joined the squad following the season teaming up with former Minutemen Jim Connolly and Brett Garber. The Machine posted a Q&A with Anthony this week on their web site.



UMass senior attack/midfielder Anthony Biscardi and senior defenseman Tom Celentani were both selected yesterday evening in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Draft.

Biscardi was taken in the second round (16th pick overall) by the Ohio Machine, while Celentani was picked by the Denver Outlaws in the fourth round (30th overall).

The Minutemen will begin the 2012 season on February 10 at Army in West Point, N.Y.

Major League Lacrosse Draft Preview

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Corey McLaughlin of LaxMagazine.com has a preview of Major League Lacrosse's draft which will be held today.

McLaughlin says two Minutemen should be on the draft board: Anthony Biscardi at attack and Tom Celentani on defense.


For complete coverage and a live blog of the draft, visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com:
Former UMass lacrosse head coach Ted Garber has been named head coach of the Ohio Machine which will begin its inaugural season in Major League Lacrosse next spring.

Currently the head boys varsity lacrosse coach at Loomis Chaffee, this will be Garber's second stint as a head coach in the MLL.


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.



Updating UMass Lax Alums On MLL's Opening Day

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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. 

UMass Alums Dot MLL Opening Day Rosters

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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 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.

MLL Regular-Season Ends; Fiore Scored Two Goals

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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.
  • Vote For Kevin Leveille For MLL All-Time Team

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    Major League Lacrosse is holding a fan vote for its 10th Anniversary All-Time Team. UMass legend Kevin Leveille is on the ballot as on the top attackers over the decade of the league. Vote for the 2003 UMass grad often right here!

    Leveille finishes the 2010 MLL season Denver Outlaws on Saturday. Watch the game on ESPN3.com.

    Weekend Round-Up From Major League Lacrosse

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    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.
  • Kevin Leveille Featured In Inside Lacrosse

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    UMass All-American Kevin Leveille is featured in the newest edition of Inside Lacrosse.  He is the subject of this month's Shooting From The Hip. He mentions his time at UMass and repping the Minutemen. Leveille says, "We played a great style of lacrosse there. Coach Greg Cannella really let us get the ball up and down the field and we didn't have too many rules, which I think is the way lacrosse was meant to be played. It's helped me in MLL."

    Jake Deane Scores For Toronto; Weekend MLL Update

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    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.

    On Saturday 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 Denver.

    Fiore Opens Scoring For Long Island Lizards

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    Former UMass All-American Chris Fiore was opened the scoring for Long Island Lizards as they beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 14-11. For the year, he has eight goals including three 2-pointers for 11 points.
    Here's an interesting look at the Chicago Machine and how they have played "six home games" at neutral sites. The Machine have lots of UMass ties with alums Kevin Leveille, Brett Garber and Diogo Godoi on the roster. UMass Hall of Famer inductee Scott Hiller is a team executive. Chicago plays at Denver on Saturday.
    Major League Lacrosse posted a highlight video from the Long Island Lizards' 17-15 win over the Chicago Machine last Sunday. Alum Kevin Leveille had two goals for Chicago.
    In MLL action, UMass alums met up on Saturday as Long Island topped Chicago, 17-15. With the Lizards, Chris Fiore didn't score. With the Machine, Kevin Leveille had two goals while Brett Garber had an assist. Boston beat the Bayhawks 16-10 as Jack Reid had four groundballs for the Cannons.

    Leveille Scores Two Goals In MLL All-Star Game

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    In front of a professional lacrosse record crowd of 11,771, the MLL All-Stars suffered a dramatic 13-12 loss to Team USA. Former Minuteman Kevin Leveille had two goals for the MLL squad.

    Fiore, Leveille, Reid In MLL Lacrosse Action

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  • In MLL action, UMass alums met up on Saturday as Long Island topped Chicago, 13-12. 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.
  • Lacrosse Players In Action In MLL This Weekend

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    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.
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