NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of UMass lacrosse All-Americans were selected with consecutive picks in the 2010 Major League Lacrosse Draft on Sunday night. Defenseman Diogo Godoi was taken by the Chicago Machine with the 13th overall pick and Jim Connolly was drafted by the Boston Cannons with the 14th selection. Also on Sunday, UMass assistant coach and 2009 All-American Doc Schneider was traded to Chicago from the Toronto Nationals.
With Godoi and Schneider joining the Machine, they are part of the UMass reunion. They will play alongside All-MLL star Kevin Leveille (2003 grad) and midfielder Brett Garber (2007 grad). 2009 grad Tim Balise is also on the Machine’s reserve squad. 1990 UMass grad and four-time All-American Scott Hiller is the Machine’s Player Personnel Manager while former Minuteman head coach Ted Garber is the team’s assistant coach.
Godoi was a third-team All-American this season and an honorable mention USILA All-American in 2009. He played in the North-South All-Star Game, was a first-team All-CAA and first-team All-New England defenseman. Godoi was a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy was among the top defenders in the country. He finished his senior season with 24 groundballs and 22 caused turnovers, second on the team and third in the CAA. He also scored his first-career goal vs. Towson on April 10. He was an All-ECAC First-Team pick last season in addition to being a USILA Honorable Mention All-American.
Connolly finished his career at UMass in 2009 and was named an honorable mention USILA All-American. Last year, he was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and an ECAC First-Team selection. He was also honored as All-New England and played in the North-South game. Connolly impressed on the offensive end with a career-high 39 goals to up his final career total to 90, 15th best in UMass program history. He rounded out his career with a four-goal effort, his 13th career hat trick and second in the NCAA Tournament at Princeton. He finished his career with 13 NCAA Tournament goals in only five postseason contests. His point total increased every year from 26 as a freshman to 37 then 44 as a senior.