Reid, Zywicki Lead Hottest Team In Major League Lacrosse
July 12, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - As the Major League Lacrosse season enters the home stretch, UMass alums continue to enjoy tremendous success. On Sunday, Kevin Leveille tallied two goals for the Western Conference in the MLL All-Star Game. Meanwhile, Jack Reid, Jeff Zywicki, and the Rochester Rattlers are in the midst of a five-game win streak. In total, UMass is represented on six teams: Boston, Chicago, Long Island, Rochester, San Francisco, and Washington.
Sunday, July 8, featured the MLL All-Star Game. Chicago's Kevin Leveille showed why he was chosen, scoring a pair of goals, both in the second half. In the third quarter, he fired a laser from just inside the 2-point arc, beating East goaltender Chris Garrity top corner. His second goal came off of a rebound in the fourth quarter. Leveille finished second on the West with seven shots on goal, also scooping up three groundballs. He also took part in the freestyle competition at halftime.
Jake Deane and Sean Morris continue to play well for Chicago. Deane is currently fifth in the league in groundballs with 45; he has also scored a goal and tallied an assist. His best game came on June 23 at Los Angeles, picking up 11 groundballs. Meanwhile, Morris has had an up and down year. Despite that, he is still tied for third on the team in scoring with 19 points (9g, 10a). Dan Paccione and Greg Scott both were on Chicago's roster this season, but have since been released.
Rochester stands at 5-2 on the season; they are winless (0-2) without Jack Reid, but undefeated (5-0) with him in the lineup. After dropping the first two games without Reid, the Rattlers have been on a tear since he joined the lineup. In his last three games, he's scooped up 12 groundballs, and tallied two goals. He found the back of the net in two of his three shots so far this season.
Reid is teamed on defense with All-Star Brodie Merrill who has high praise for his defensive partner. "Jack is emerging as one of the better defenders in the league. He's really fun to play with him. He's one of those guys who really likes to get out and pressure the ball and get involved in transition. The MLL is more of an up and down game; he can handle the ball and he's very physical. He can shut down an attackman, which allows me to slide up to midfield and play defensive midfield. It's a good dynamic; we have good chemistry."
While Reid is anchoring the defensive end of the field, Jeff Zywicki is contributing to Rochester's talented offense. He's emerged this season, playing with fellow Canadians John Grant Jr., Colin Doyle, Gavin Prout, and others. Zywicki had five points against Philadelphia (6/23), three against Washington (6/30), and four against Long Island (7/5). He is currently tied for fifth in the MLL (along with Mikey Powell and Kyle Dixon) with 31 points (17g, 14a).
Chris Fiore runs midfield for Long Island after being acquired on a draft-day trade from Boston. He's had a slow start, but has scored in two straight weeks, recording single tallies on June 30 at Philadelphia and on July 5 vs. Rochester. Another UMass alum, Stephen Byrnes, was on Long Island to start the season, but has since been released.
Rookie midfielder Andrew Recchione was the first UMass draftee to see action. He saw playing time for the San Francisco Dragons on June 23 when they played the Denver Outlaws.
The Washington Bayhaws, led by former UMass All-American Scott Hiller, have been in a slump as of late. After starting the season 4-1, the Bayhawks have dropped three in a row. There is still time to turn it around; they are 1/2 game out of a playoff spot with four games remaining.
Meanwhile, the Boston Cannons are also playing for their playoff lives. At 4-4, the team needs a strong finish to make the cut. Former UMass Head Coach and current Boston assistant Ted Garber is hoping to lead the team through their tough final schedule, including two games against first-place Rochester and a home matchup against 4-3 Long Island.
In goal for the Cannons is current UMass assistant coach Jake Coon. He is second in the league in save percentage (.561) and fourth in GAA (13.38). Rookie Kip Turner is waiting in the wings, but Coon has stepped up to the challenge. Meanwhile, Brett Garber and Dan Whipple haven't seen action yet, but hope to see playing time before the end of the season.
Come see Reid and Zywicki on Thursday, July 19, when Rochester travels to Boston to play Coon, Garber, Whipple, and the Cannons. Two weeks later, Fiore brings Long Island to Boston in their last home game of the season. For tickets, call 1-888-847-9700 or visit BostonCannons.com.
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