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.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni Will Manny and Tim Soudan reached the MLL playoffs with their respective teams, the Boston Cannons and Rochester Rattlers, Saturday. Manny and the Cannons fell to the New York Lizards in overtime, 16-15, while Soudan, the head coach of Rochester, guided the Rattlers to a 12-8 comeback win over the Ohio Machine.
Manny tallied a goal, assist and groundball in the loss while Soudan brought Rochester to the championship game for the second consecutive season with the win. Soudan and the Rattlers play for the league title versus New York at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Read coverage of each game below.
Inside Lacrosse staff writer Kyle Devitte previews the Major League Lacrosse semifinal playoff game between the Boston Cannons - including UMass alumnus Will Manny - and the New York Lizards. Manny is a leader on the attack for Boston in his third professional season with 28 goals (including a two-pointer) and 15 assists.
Devitte sees the individual battle between Manny, who owns 126 career points in only 36 professional games played, and Lizards close defenseman Joe Fletcher as a key matchup within the contest. Read Devitte's thoughts on Boston vs. New York and Manny vs. Fletcher below:
With one weekend left in the regular season and the four playoff contenders set, all that is left to be decided for University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumni Ryan Izzo, Will Manny and Tim Soudan is postseason seeding.
Izzo is on the Ohio Machine's roster, but is part of the college in-actives list and has not played yet in 2015. Manny has 41 points via 27 goals, including a two-pointer, and 13 assists as the Boston Cannons' leading scorer. Soudan is the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers, who are making their second consecutive postseason appearance with Soudan as the team leader.
Information covering the previous week of MLL action follows:
A nine-point performance on five goals, including the overtime game-winner, and four assists netted University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week Award on Tuesday, May 19.
Manny guided the Boston Cannons to their 17-16 comeback victory in overtime with three points during the second quarter, two in the third, three more during the fourth and an unassisted goal in OT. The win went as the 100th in the history of the Cannons organization.
Two Minutemen were in action for the Boston Cannons Sunday night during their thrilling 17-16 overtime victory earned versus Rochester at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Will Manny (2010-13) earned Coca Cola Player of the Game with nine points via five goals, including the game-winner, and four assists. He was held scoreless in the first quarter but spearheaded the comeback effort with three points in the second quarter, two more in the third, three more in the fourth and an unassisted strike less than one minute into extra time. Ryan Hollenbaugh (2010-13) saw time on defense for the Cannons during the win, but he did not record statistics.
The duo helped Boston defeat former Minuteman Tim Soudan, the current head coach of the Rattlers. In college, Soudan was a two-time all-American at the University of Massachusetts where he played for legendary coach Dick Garber. Soudan was also a two-time gold medal winner with Team USA in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2004 and 2008.
2013 University of Massachusetts graduates Will Manny and Ryan Hollenbaugh helped facilitate the Boston Cannon's 16-13 victory over the Denver Outlaws in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season-opener Saturday evening. Manny had a pair of goals with a groundball and Hollenbaugh saw time on defense.
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) was highlighted as a major cog on the Boston Cannons offense entering the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season. Manny, elected one of the team captains, is entering his third season with the squad. Check out preview done by Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse below:
Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons franchise compiled a "catching up" feature with former UMass standout Will Manny. The feature, available here through the Boston Cannon's official website, highlights Manny's favorites memories from playing as a Minuteman as well as his current involvement in the game as a competitor for the Cannons and coach at Wagner College.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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."