Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
The Massapequa High School lacrosse squads enjoyed another great season. One of their alumni, Will Manny, has enjoyed success on the national level. Manny, a star for the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team, has led the Minutemen to the NCAA Tournament, a No. 1 national ranking, a CAA Championship, and an undefeated record.
Now he is one of the five finalists for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding college lacrosse player. Manny is the first Minuteman since Sean Morris in 2006 to be named as a finalist for the award. He has already been named the 2012 CAA Player of the Year. For this year, Manny also made the All-CAA squad for the third consecutive year.
This past year, Manny led the Minutemen in scoring with 75 points on 43 goals and 32 assists in 15 games. He ranks third nationally in points per game and sixth nationally in both goals and assists per game. He also had multi-point games in every contest this season including seven games with six or more points.
In the past three years, Manny has played in 44 career games with 92 goals and 73 assists for 165 career points - the 11th most in program history. Twice during the season Manny tied his career-high in assists with five against Saint Joseph’s (along with three goals) and five against Towson in the CAA semifinal game. Finally, in the CAA championship contest against Drexel, he scored three goals, while adding an assist. No matter what happens in the Tewaaraton Award voting, Manny is certain to return to UMass for more glory in his senior year.