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Boston Blazers Acquire Former UMass All-American Jack Reid

July 29, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Boston Blazers News Release

BOSTON (July 29, 2008) -- The Boston Blazers have acquired former University of Massachusetts defenseman Jack Reid from the Rochester Knighthawks in exchange for defenseman Kyle Laverty, Blazers head coach and GM Tom Ryan announced today.

Reid played 16 games during the past two seasons in the National Lacrosse League for Rochester and recorded four assists last year. He played four years of college lacrosse at UMass where he became the school's first (1st Team) defenseman All-American player. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defenseman played 63 games for UMass from 2003-2006 and has since become a top professional indoor lacrosse prospect. Reid, who hails from Glastonbury, CT, is currently playing in the MLL for the Rochester Rattlers.

"Jack is one of the most promising defenders in the league," said Ryan. "He is a dominant force in the MLL and is still learning the indoor game. He is a local product who grew up in Connecticut and played college lacrosse at UMass, so he is a perfect fit for us."

Laverty was on the Blazers roster for less than a week after being selected as the fourth overall pick in the July 24 NLL expansion draft.

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