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The UMass Laxbackers is made up of alumni, parents and friends of UMass Lacrosse that is focused on enhancing the experience of the student-athletes and aims to foster a rich alumni network through the coordination of group events and fund raising activities. The group is run by a volunteer committee of former players.

Since the UMASS LaxBacker's inception in the fall of 2001, we are pleased to report that we have raised over $310,000 for the men's varsity lacrosse program. Our alumni, family & friends have shown remarkable support for the program, which has resulted in a newfound pride for UMass Lacrosse and unprecedented success. The UMass Lacrosse team has compiled a 121-68 overall record in the last twelve years, while reaching the Quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 2002, 2003, and 2005. In 2006 the program went to its first ever Final Four, advancing to the Final game. UMass has won 7 New England Championships in the last twelve years, 4 ECAC Titles, 1 CAA Championship and 33 UMass Lacrosse players have been named All-American. UMass also is the first CAA team to ever reach the conference playoffs four years in a row. Your support has had as much to do with the success of the program as anything else, and our alumni have no doubt shared in the current team's joy and pride of being recognized as a consistent powerhouse in Division I Lacrosse.

For the past twelve years, the proceeds raised have been used to:

  • Provide commemorative watches to the 2001 seniors and the 2002 NCAA quarterfinalist team

  • Award the 2003, 2005,2006, and 2012 squads w/ team picture/accomplishment plaques

  • Purchased the Championship Rings for the 2006 team

  • New digital video viewing/editing software that has significantly enhanced video breakdown for the coaching staff

  • Provide extra funding for team travel

  • Contribute funds for alumni events

  • Wind wrap at the base of the new bleachers which depicts past players and shows our programs success over the years

  • Continuation of wind wrap, around the fence on top of the hill

  • New HD video camera to help us enhance scouting, film quality and teaching.

  • 60' flat screen T.V. in our film room

  • Flights for our 2013 to Atlanta to play UNC and 2014 to Jacksonville to play Ohio St.

  • The UMASS LaxBacker Committee would like to thank all those that have contributed to the Annual LaxBacker Fund, expressing their true support of the program. The coaches and players have done a tremendous job maintaining UMass Lacrosse as one of the premier programs in the nation, and it will be the continued support of the alumni that will help propel the team to the next level. We can assure you that both the players and the coaches are very appreciative of the support expressed by the Laxbackers. With the remarkable support shown by our alumni for the LaxBackers in just a few years of existence, it is obvious that we have just scratched the surface of potential for this organization.

    For this reason we are asking you to continue showing your support for UMass Lacrosse by making your annual membership payment of $125 to the Laxbacker Fund. We are also now offering the "LaxBacker Family Package," which entitles you and your family to two UMass Lacrosse t-shirts, along with the items mentioned below and free admission for the entire family. The "LaxBacker Family Package" membership fee is just $150.

    If you have contributed to the LaxBacker Fund in the past, please continue to support this great project by getting your membership fee in by Feb 1st. If you are not yet a member of the LaxBackers, please join us in helping make a difference in the current teams experience at UMass by contributing to the LaxBacker Fund. Yearly membership fees will allow us to have a steady stream of annual cash flow that will enable the LaxBackers to sponsor fun events each year for our players, families, alumni and friends, while ultimately instilling pride and belonging to our program.

    In recognition of your $125/$150 membership fee you will receive the new UMass Lacrosse Gorilla T-shirt, admission to all home games (1 admission for single LaxBacker, 2 admissions for family LaxBacker), access to all LaxBacker sponsored events, and the UMass Lacrosse Alumni Newsletter will be sent to you via email every couple of weeks.

    Please make note that the following game has been identified for the Alumni gathering:
    HOME GAME: UMass vs. Drexel - April 18th, 2015 @ 4PM

    Stay connected, pass the word on and continue supporting UMASS Lacrosse!!
    Thank You Very Much For Your Support!!!

    The University of Massachusetts Lacrosse Alumni Committee
    Greg Cannella - '87 Chris Gabrielli - '01 Sean Morris - '06
    Brett Jenks - '89 Keith Gabrielli - '01 Scott Santarella - '86
    Kelley Carr - '88 Rich Guyre - '05 Norm Smith - '79
    Rick Senatore - '91 John Gonzalez - '90 Paul Hutchen - '02