Craig McDonald

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"The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse assistant coach Craig McDonald recently completed his second season on the Minuteman sidelines in 2016."

McDonald teaches the defensive side of the game and works with the UMass goalie unit as well. "I am honored to have the opportunity to work under Greg Cannella as a member of the UMass lacrosse staff," McDonald said. "I have great respect for Coach Cannella and the program that he has built here and I am thrilled to be part of the UMass lacrosse family." An up-and-down 2015 saw McDonald help the Minutemen earn a berth in to the CAA Championship, where the side advanced by host and No. 1 seed Fairfield, 9-8, for a spot in the finale. Under McDonald's tutelage, short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo earned his second career USILA All-America honor while close defenseman Kyle Karaska secured CAA First Team All-Conference. McDonald spent the 2012-14 seasons at Rutgers, where he coached the defense and also served as the team's recruiting coordinator. In 2013, McDonald mentored Big East Goalie of the Year Kris Alleyne while the squad pulled in four all-conference selections following the 2014 campaign. Prior to working with the Rutgers men's lacrosse program, McDonald was on-staff at Siena to help the team win the Mid-American Athletic Conference and advance to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. McDonald joined the collegiate coaching ranks in 2008 when he was named an assistant at Union College under 1999 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Paul Wehrum. While at Union College, McDonald filled roles as the defensive and recruiting coordinator. In 2010, under McDonald's tutelage, the Dutchmen ranked second among all NCAA Division III programs for scoring defense and fifth for man-down defense while goalie Sean Aaron earned the lowest goals-against average nationally at 5.69 given up per game. "We are thrilled to have Craig McDonald on our staff," Cannella said. "His experience as a player, coach and mentor serves our players and program extremely well. I have known Craig for more than a decade now and have had the opportunity to watch him excel in aspect of his life. Playing for Scott Marr, then working for coaches Paul Wherum and Brian Bretch has provided Craig with great role models and teachers to emulate. All of his experiences will continue to help him at UMass as he guides our defense."

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