SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The 2018 Major League Lacrosse season wrapped up Saturday on Daniel Island, South Carolina, concluding a year in which seven Bryant University men's lacrosse alumni played in an MLL game.
The MLL Championship game between Denver and Dallas included Bulldog representation for the Rattlers as Zack Greer '09 made his return to the league this year after a four-year absence of exclusively playing in the NLL. Greer appeared in four games for the franchise playing its first season in North Texas, tallying three goals and an assist in the final month of the season.
Cody O'Donnell '17 was one of three Bulldog alumni to appear in a game for the Boston Cannons this season and made an impact as an LSM, collecting 15 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers and his first professional goal in the Cannons' July 19 contest against New York. O'Donnell was voted the Cannons' Rookie of the Year in a fan vote among a class that included first overall pick Trevor Baptiste.
Alex Zomerfeld '14 played in three games for Boston in 2018, his second with the Cannons and fifth in the league. Tom Kennedy '18 appeared in six games for the Cannons following graduation, tallying one assist while playing primarily as a short-stick defensive midfielder. Kennedy left the Cannons after the July 19 game on his native Long Island to return to the Bryant campus, where he will suit up for the Bryant football team this fall as a wide receiver.
The May 26 game between Ohio and Charlotte featured a pair of Bryant alumni at the X in brothers Kevin Massa '15 and Kenny Massa '18. Kevin emerged victorious in the face-off battle, going 9-for-16 against Kenny, and on the scoreboard, as the Hounds defeated the Machine, 14-12.
Kevin posted a 45.1 percent mark at the face-off X in 2018 while adding 41 ground balls and his first MLL goal July 21 at Chesapeake. Kenny recorded a 47.8 percent mark in his first year in the league while scoring twice and collecting 66 ground balls.
Tucker James '17, who served as Bryant's volunteer assistant coach for the 2018 season, appeared in a pair of one-goal wins for Charlotte in the opening weeks of the season.
The Bryant University men's lacrosse team will begin its 20th season of intercollegiate competition and 11th in Division I in February 2019. The full 2019 schedule will be released later this fall.