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Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse (2015 Season Wrap-Up)

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 alumnus Tim Soudan will lead the Rochester Rattlers in the Major League Lacrosse Championship Game for the second consecutive year when the Rattlers face the New York Lizards Saturday, Aug. 8. Inside Lacrosse's Chris Rosenthall previews the contest from the perspective of how Rochester can win:

Rosenthall: MLL Championship Preview, Part II -- Why the Rattlers Will Win | Inside Lacrosse

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (Aug. 3)

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.

Box Score: Rochester 12, Ohio 8 | Major League Lacrosse
Box Score: New York 16, Boston 15 (OT) | Major League Lacrosse
MLL Highlights: Lizards, Rattlers to Meet in Championship Sunday | Inside Lacrosse
Gibson's OT Strike Sends New York to MLL Final | Lacrosse Magazine
Galloway, Rice Pace Rochester to MLL Finals | Brett Amadon, Lacrosse Magazine

Inside Lacrosse: Machine vs. Rattlers, MLL Semifinal Preview

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Tim Soudan leads the Rochester Rattlers into the Major League Lacrosse playoffs for the second straight season and looks to guide the squad back to the title contest. Standing in the way is a semifinals matchup with the Ohio Machine Saturday, Aug. 1. Chris Rosenthall has a preview of the contest on Inside Lacrosse now. Check it out:

Machine vs. Rattlers, MLL Semifinal Preview | Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (July 20)

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:

MLL Playoff Field Set | Inside Lacrosse
Ohio Holds Advantage In Race For Second MLL Playoff Home Date | Sean Burns, Lacrosse Magazine
MLL Team Ranks: Week 13 | Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse
Photos & Highlights: Boston 9, Chesapeake 8 | Inside Lacrosse
Boston Nips Bayhawks In OT To Clinch Playoffs | Lacrosse Magazine
Photos: Boston Clinches Playoffs With Win Over Bayhawks | John Strohsacker, Lacrosse Magazine

More information on the close of the MLL regular season & the playoff contenders can be found via the Major League Lacrosse official website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through

University of Massachusetts alumni Will Manny and Tim Soudan took part in Major League Lacrosse's 2015 All-Star Game festivities at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, Saturday night. Manny was coached by Soudan on the MLL Gladiators squad, which outpaced the Cowboys all-star team, 27-15 for the win.

Manny recorded a hat trick with three assists dished out for six total points during the event. He assisted on two goals during the first quarter as the Gladiators built a 5-4 lead by the first break. Manny dished out his final assist in the second quarter and netted each of his three goals during the third as the Gladiators turned their slim lead into an 18-11 margin by the start of the final quarter.

Soudan, the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year, was tabbed as one of the two MLL All-Star Game team leaders after he took the Rochester Rattlers to the league's championship game during the 2014 season.

Photos: 2015 MLL All-Star Game | Erik Williams, Lacrosse Magazine

2015 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game Highlights

2015 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game Top-10 Plays

Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Sean Lahman highlighted former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse star and current Rochester Rattlers head coach Tim Soudan in a recent article covering Soudan's sustained success across all level of lacrosse, despite having never played the game before high school. Read the story through the link below:

RocJocks: Lacrosse star Tim Soudan got his start at Fairport | Sean Lahman, Democrat & Chronicle

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (May 18, 2015)

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.

Recap: Cannon Rally for Thrilling OT Win | Boston Cannons
Box Score: Boston 17, Rochester 16 (OT) | Major League Lacrosse
Photos: Boston vs. Rochester | Boston Cannons

Postgame Interview With Will Manny

Highlights: Boston Cannons 17, Rochester Rattlers 16 (OT)

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Tim Soudan (1987-90) was recently chosen as the U.S. National Team's Assistant General Manager ahead of the 2015 FIL World Indoor Championship, as announced by Team USA this week.

Soudan competed for UMass from 1987-90, when he recorded 114 points out of the midfield on 84 goals and 30 assists. He was a two-time USILA All-American during his Minuteman tenure and followed up his collegiate success with an extended professional career in outdoor and indoor lacrosse and two gold medal-winning FIL World Championship appearances with Team USA (1994, 1998). Soudan is currently the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers (MLL) and previously served as an assistant general manager for the Rochester Knighthawks (NLL).

US Lacrosse Names Staff for 2015 FIL Indoor Championship | US Lacrosse

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..."

MLL Championship Preview | Kyle Devitte, Major League Lacrosse

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