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Lacrosse Magazine: Grading MLL Draft, Izzo Picked By Ohio

UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-senior short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo was selected by Ohio Machine during the 2015 Major League Lacrosse draft on Friday, Jan. 23. Lacrosse Magazine highlighted Izzo's pick as a good decision by the Machine - read about it below:

"Izzo, on the other hand, is a great addition and a selection it seems everyone in the media loves. That's for good reason. UMass head coach Greg Cannella raves about Izzo's toughness and character. He'll do the dirty work on the field and give the team a good locker room presence."

Read the rest of the draft grades through Lacrosse Magazine's article. More on the Minutemen - who start their season at home on Garber Field vs. Army on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. - can be found through

UMass men's lacrosse all-American short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo was selected in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Ohio Machine with the fifth pick of the fourth round (27th overall).

Inside Lacrosse staff reporter Kyle Devitte gave his thoughts on the selection after Ohio used its second pick of the night on Izzo:

5 Ohio: Ryan Izzo, M, UMass

KD Analysis: This is where you take d-mids and character guys. I like this pick a lot, as Izzo is a guy that emerged in the last few weeks as a serious prospect.

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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.

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