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Minutemen In The UMass Athletics Hall of Fame

With a rich history of individual and team success, the Minutemen lacrosse team is well-represented in the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame, with 10 members either playing for or coaching with the program since its inception in 1954. From the first inductee, Milt Morin (1970), to the latest, Jim Weller (2013), the history of "Gorilla Lacrosse" can be traced through those enshrined. Below is a full list of all UMass Men's Lacrosse Hall of Fame honorees.


Dick Garber -- Head Coach -- 1955-1990

  • Coaching Record: 300-141-3 (36 seasons)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 9
  • National Coach of the Year Awards: 3
  • New England Championships: 13
  • All-Americans: 80
  • Year Inducted: 1997

A member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Dick Garber coached at the University of Massachusetts from 1955-90, establishing UMass as one of the juggernaut programs across all of the NCAA. A native of Harrisonburg, Va., Garber compiled a 300-142-3 overall record in 36 seasons with the Minutemen and was the winningest coach in college lacrosse history upon his retirement. Garber led UMass to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 New England Championships. He coached 80 All-America selections, 105 All-New England selections and 40 North-South Game participants. A three-time national Coach of the Year (1969, 1976, 1989) and 14-time New England Coach of the Year, Garber served as the head coach of the North All-Stars at the North-South game twice (1965 and 1983). During Garber's tenure, UMass was ranked in the USILA Top-15 in 17 of his last 18 campaigns. In 1969, Garber led UMass to its only undefeated lacrosse season, posting a perfect 10-0 mark in the year. In 1992, "Upper Boyden Field" was renamed Richard F. Garber Field in his honor.


Scott Hiller -- Attack -- 1987-90

  • Points: 190
  • Goals: 135
  • Assists: 55
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 4
  • All-America Awards: 4
  • All-New England Awards: 4
  • Year Inducted: 2010

One of only three UMass athletes to be named a four-time All-American, Scott Hiller starred on the lacrosse field for the Minutemen from 1987-90. He was a four-time All-New England selection and currently ranks third all-time in career goals scored (135) and seventh in points (190). Hiller is one of only three student-athletes in UMass history to have 40 or more points in each of his four seasons. He helped the Minutemen to four NCAA Tournament berths and New England Championships each. An impact player on offense, Hiller led the team in scoring for three years in a row from 1987-89 and was a member of the United States National Team in 1994. Hiller continued his involvement with the game through Major League Lacrosse, where he has served as head coach, general manager and team executive with the Baltimore Bayhawks, Boston Cannons and Chicago Machine. Hiller earned MLL Coach of the Year on two occasions while at the helm in Boston. He has also served as an assistant coach at Harvard and, with his wife Kelly Amonte-Hiller, for the Northwestern women's lacrosse team. Hiller is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Illinois. A native of Garden City, N.Y., he resides in Evanston, Illinois.


Dick Hoss -- Midfield -- 1959-61

  • Points: 81
  • Goals: 65
  • Assists: 16
  • All-America Awards: 2
  • Year Inducted: 1981

A three-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse at UMass, Dick Hoss shined under legendary mentor Dick Garber from 1959-61, earning honorable mention All-America honors as a midfielder in 1960 and 1961. During his senior season, Hoss served as team captain, was an All-New England selection and participated in the prestigious North-South All-Star game as well. During his three years competing with the lacrosse team, the Minutenen compiled a 21-9-1 overall record, including a then-single-season program mark with eight victories in 1961. He led the nation in 1960 with 37 goals and his 46 points that year were the most among all New England midfielders. As a football player, Hoss was the team's starting fullback and punter.


Russ Kidd -- Defenseman -- 1956

  • Other UMass Sports: Hockey (1954-56); Football (1954-55)
  • Career Awards: All-East (Hockey) and All-Yankee Conference (Football)
  • Years Of Involvement At UMass: 43
  • Year Inducted: 1999

Russell "Cap" Kidd earned six letters during his career as a student-athlete from 1954-56; three in hockey (1954-56), two from football (1954-55) and one through lacrosse (1956). He was presented with the Samuel S. Grossman Trophy (Outstanding Two-Sport Athlete) and the Joseph Lojko Memorial Award (Outstanding Three-Sport Athlete) in 1956. Kidd was an All-East performer in hockey (1956) and also took home All-Yankee Conference in football (1955). Kidd served as head men's soccer coach at UMass from 1975-81, winning 44 games during his tenure. One of the original Minutemen laxers, Kidd helped now-legendary coach Dick Garber to his first victory with a 6-4 win over Holy Cross on April 19, 1956. From 1981-85 he was the Assistant to the Director of the General Physical Education Program and from 1985-96 was the Director of the General Physical Education Program. In 1992 Kidd received the Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Service to the University. A native of Melrose, Mass., Kidd retired from UMass in 1996 after more than 40 years of involvement.


Sal LoCascio -- Goalie -- 1986-89

  • Career Saves: 931 (3rd - NCAA)
  • Career Saves Per Game: 16.93 (3rd - NCAA)
  • Career Wins: 41
  • All-America Awards: 4
  • All-New England Awards: 4
  • NCAA Tournaments: 4
  • Year Inducted: 2000

A four-year letterwinner from 1986-89, Sal LoCascio earned USILA All-America honors in each of his four seasons. A three-time New England Player of the Year selection and four-time All-New England honoree, LoCascio held the all-time NCAA record for career saves with 931 upon graduation. He was the starting goalie on four consecutive NCAA Tournament and New England Championship teams from 1986-89, including the 1989 team that was the first UMass squad to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. LoCascio's four single-season save totals are among the top-five in UMass history, including a record 271 in 1987. He served as team co-captain as a senior, and set an NCAA record with 29 saves in a 1986 NCAA Tournament First Round game vs. Johns Hopkins. LoCascio started all 54 games he played in and participated in the North/South All-Star Game as a senior. Following the completion of his UMass career, LoCascio was a three-time member of Team USA, winning world championships in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He was the MVP of the World Games in 1990 and named to the All-World Team in 1994. He never lost a game in international competition. LoCascio also spent nine years with the New York Saints in the indoor league, and is the active career leader in saves. He earned All-Pro honors six times (1991-94, 1998-99), and was chosen as the Saints' MVP on four occasions (1991-94). A native of Islip, N.Y., LoCascio earned his degree in Economics from UMass in 1989.


Mark Millon -- Attack -- 1990-93

  • Points: 213
  • Goals: 155
  • Assists: 58
  • All-America Awards: 3
  • All-New England Awards: 3
  • NCAA Tournaments: 3
  • Year Inducted: 2004

Mark Millon, considered one of the greatest players in the history of lacrosse, was a four-year letterwinner for the Minutemen from 1990-1993. He earned first team All-America honors in 1992 and 1993, becoming the first UMass player to be selected to the first team twice. He was also an honorable mention pick in 1991, while earning All-New England laurels three times. During his four-year career, Millon totaled 213 points on 155 goals and 58 assists, making him the fourth leading scorer in UMass history while he also ranks second on the school's all-time goals scored list. The MVP of the 1993 North-South All-Star Game, Millon played on NCAA Tournament-qualifying teams in 1990, 1991 and 1993, and was a member of New England championship clubs in both 1990 and 1993. He captained the Minutemen as a junior and senior, with the team posting an overall record of 38-17 during Millon's career. After he graduated from UMass, Millon went on to be named the MVP of the 1994 World Games, and was the United States' leading scorer in the 1998 World Games with 20 goals scored. He was named the event's Most Valuable Attackman in 1998 and earned All-Tournament honors. A two-time MVP of the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association, Millon was a three-time All-Pro selection in the National Lacrosse League and ranks as the all-time leading regular season goal scorer.


Milt Morin -- Defense -- 1965

  • Other UMass Sports: Football (1963-65); Wrestling (1965)
  • Career Awards: Three-time All-American (football)
  • Career Achievements: 10-year NFL veteran; two Yankee Conference Championships
  • Year Inducted: 1970

One of the most versatile athletes ever to play for UMass, Morin lettered in football for three years from 1963-65 while contributing for two additional programs. He was a three-time All-America selection and set a then-school record of career receiving yards with 1,151. Morin also excelled at defense and was the team's placekicker during his senior year. He was part of two Yankee Conference Championships, helping UMass compile an impressive 23-4-1 record during his three years, including a 14-1 conference mark and a trip to the Tangerine Bowl. Morin was also the New England heavyweight wrestling champion in 1965 and played lacrosse for Dick Garber's stickmen - also competing for the lax squad in 1965. A first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 1966 NFL Draft, he went on to play ten seasons for the Browns. He participated in three Pro-Bowls (1966, 1968, 1969) and ranks eighth on Cleveland's all-time receiving list with 4,208 career yards. He is also tied for eighth on the Brown's career receptions list with 271.


Tim Soudan -- Midfield -- 1987-90

  • Points: 114
  • Goals: 84
  • Assists: 30
  • All-America Awards: 2
  • All-New England Awards: 2
  • NCAA Tournaments: 4
  • Year Inducted: 2012

A two-time second-team All-America and All-New England selection, Tim Soudan was an integral part of the UMass men's lacrosse team from 1987-90 helping the Minutemen to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four straight New England titles. Soudan finished his career with 114 total points and 84 goals, which still ranks as the most scored by a midfielder. All told, he helped guide UMass through one of its best four-year periods as the Minutemen recorded a 41-14 record during his career. The Fairport, N.Y., native produced his two best seasons as a junior in 1989 and as a senior in 1990. During the 1989 campaign, he scored 31 goals and added seven assists, while in 1990 he scored 32 times and helped out on 18 more tallies. Additionally as a senior, he was selected as a tri-captain for legendary head coach Dick Garber's final season. At the conclusion of his senior year, he was selected to play in the annual North/South All-Star Game. Following his collegiate career, Soudan was selected twice to the U.S. National Team in the 1994 and 1998 World Championships winning gold both times. In 2002, he once again played for Team USA in the Heritage Cup against Team Canada. He enjoyed a successful career in professional lacrosse as well. From 1991 through 2005, Soudan played both profession indoor and outdoor lacrosse. From 1991-1994, he played for the Boston Blazers before moving on to the Rochester Knighthawks where he competed until 2005. He also played for the Rochester Rattlers from 2001-03 in outdoor lacrosse. In 2001, he was also inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame. After finishing as a player, Soudan eventually became the assistant General Manager for the Knighthawks in 2008. In 2011, the Rochester Rattlers named him the franchise's head coach. In September 2012, Soudan was named the head coach for the U.S. Indoor National Team for the Bowhunter Cup.


Jeff Spooner -- Attack -- 1974-77

  • Points: 275
  • Goals: 134
  • Assists: 141
  • All-America Awards: 3
  • All-New England Awards: 4
  • NCAA Tournaments: 2
  • Year Inducted: 2001

Jeff Spooner earned four letters in lacrosse from 1974-77 and still ranks as the all-time leading scorer in UMass history with 275 points. Upon graduation, his points total was the second-most earned in NCAA men's lacrosse history and currently stands 14th overall. Spooner finished his career with then career records of 134 goals and 141 assists, marks which still place him fourth and second at UMass, respectively. A four-time All-New England selection, Spooner played on three New England Championship-winning teams (1974, 1976-77) and captained UMass' first two NCAA Tournament teams in 1976 and 1977. The Minutemen posted a 41-12 mark in his four seasons on the varsity side. An honorable-mention All-America pick in 1975 and 1976, Spooner was a third-team All-American as a senior in 1977. He was also chosen to participate in the North/South All-Star game following his final season in a Maroon and White uniform. Spooner is also a member of the New York/Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the New England Hall of Fame.


Brooks Sweet -- Attack -- 1978-79

  • Points: 166
  • Goals: 106
  • Assists: 66
  • All-America Awards: 2
  • All-New England Awards: 2
  • NCAA Tournaments: 1
  • Year Inducted: 2007
Sweet was a lacrosse player from 1978-79, who earned All-America honors both seasons he played at UMass. He was a first teamer in 1979 and was honorable mention in 1978. Both of those years, he was named All-New England as he led the Minutemen to the New England title. Sweet was the team's top scorer both season, as he became the only player in UMass history to score more than 80 points in two years. In 1979, the team made the NCAA Tournament and he scored a then-school record 61 goals, which is now second all-time. Despite only playing two years, Sweet ranks seventh in goals (106), is tied for 13th in assists (66), and is eighth in points (106). As a senior, he was a team captain and represented UMass in the North-South All-Star game. After UMass, he went on to play for Team USA and was selected the MVP of the 1982 World Games, in which the U.S. took gold. He was inducted in to the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996. Sweet graduated from UMass in 1980 with a degree in Leisure Studies.


Jim Weller -- Attack -- 1979-82

  • Points: 265
  • Goals: 162
  • Assists: 94
  • All-America Awards: 3
  • All-New England Awards: 3
  • NCAA Tournaments: 2
  • Year Inducted: 2013
One of the top offensive players in the history of UMass lacrosse and a three-time All-American, Jim Weller continues to hold marks untouched by some of the greatest players the program has witnessed. Weller's 162 career goals still ranks No. 1 all-time for the Minutemen - a mark that was not reached by the great names such as Mark Millon, Scott Hiller, Kevin Leveille or Jeff Zywicki. His 62 goals scored in 1981 along with his 98 points that year both remain single-season records. Additionally, his 94 career assists still ranks 6th all-time. He finished his career with 256 career points which remains the 3rd highest total in program history. Among the NCAA rankings, Weller's offensive performance ranks among the top-15 all-time in goals, goals per game and points for a single-season, while he is among the top-25 players in each of those career categories as well. Weller also played for the Canadian National Field Lacrosse Team in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1990. He led the Canadian Team in goals and points at the World Championships in 1982, 1984 and 1986. In 1984 and 1986, he was selected to the All-World Team. The 1984 World Championship was a special one for Weller as he led the tournament in scoring, was selected to the All-Star Team, and was named the tournament MVP. That year's tournament was dubbed the "Unofficial World Championship" as it was played just before the Los Angeles Olympic Games. It was a pivotal tournament in the lacrosse world because it marked the first time the Iroquois team participated.


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