Cannons Lacrosse Club

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Cannons Lacrosse Club
Cannons Lacrosse Club logo.png
SportLacrosse
Founded2001
LeaguePremier Lacrosse League
ColorsNavy blue, red, silver, white
       
Head coachSean Quirk
Championships2 (2011, 2020)
Division titles2004, 2005
WebsiteCannons LC

The Cannons Lacrosse Club are a Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) professional men's field lacrosse team. Formerly based in Boston, Massachusetts, they played in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) as the Boston Cannons from their inaugural 2001 season to 2020. The team's home field was Veterans Memorial Stadium in nearby Quincy.[1] In the MLL, the team won two Steinfeld Cup championship games in 2011 and 2020, the latter being the MLL's final championship. The Cannons joined the PLL in 2020 following the MLL–PLL merger and were rebranded as the Cannons Lacrosse Club.

Franchise History[edit]

The Cannons Lacrosse Club identity was adopted following the MLL-PLL merger in December 2020 for the team formerly known as Boston Cannons. They were the only MLL team identity to continue into the 2021 PLL season. The Boston Cannons were one of the original six teams of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and the only team from the MLL's inaugural 2001 season to stay in the same market, without folding or moving elsewhere. MLL was founded by Jake Steinfeld, Dave Morrow, and Tim Robertson. The Cannons founder and president is Matt Dwyer. From their inaugural season of 2001 through 2003, the Cannons played their home games at Cawley Memorial Stadium in Lowell, Massachusetts. In their inaugural 2001 season, the Cannons finished with a record of 3–11 but still qualified for the playoffs finishing in second place in the division. In 2004, they moved to Nickerson Field at Boston University where they played through the 2006 season. In 2007, they moved to Harvard Stadium in Allston, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts,[2] which is less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from Nickerson Field and also within that distance from the Cannons' main office in Boston. The team qualified for the MLL playoffs 2001–2006, 2009-2011 and 2015. The Cannons won the 2004 and 2005 MLL American Division championships.

2011 championship season[edit]

The Cannons won the Steinfeld Cup for the first time in 2011, defeating the Hamilton Nationals 10–9. Boston went 9–3 in the regular season, their best record since going 10–2 in 2005. After losing to Chesapeake 13–9 in the 2010 semifinal, the Cannons avenged the Bayhawks by defeating them 14–13 in the 2011 semifinal with a goal from Max Quinzani. Boston became the fifth charter franchise to win a championship. By 2011, the Cannons were one of four charter franchises still in the league that started with six teams in 2001. The other three remaining charter franchises (Lizards, Bayhawks, and Rattlers had all previously won at least one Steinfeld Cup (the defunct Barrage had won three). Head coach Bill Daye stepped down a month after winning the Steinfeld Cup, citing he wanted to spend more time with his family.[3] Entering the 2021 season, Daye remains the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (72), regular-season games won (43), and playoff games coached (6).

2013–2018[edit]

The Cannons in 2013 and 2014 finished 5–9 and 6–8. This included a 1–5 start in 2013 leading to Steve Duffy's firing on June 10.[4] John Tucker took his place and played .500 for the rest of the season. After the Cannons missed the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history in 2014, Tucker led the team back to the postseason in 2015 as the 8–6 fourth seed. They played the New York Lizards and lost 16–15 in overtime. The Lizards went on to win the Steinfeld Cup.

John Tucker left the Cannons after the 2015 season to become the first head coach and general manager of the expansion team Atlanta Blaze. On October 8, 2015, Sean Quirk was announced as the sixth head coach in franchise history.[5] In an odd 2016 year in which seven of the league's nine teams, including the Cannons, finished with identical 8-6 records, Quirk's team was not rewarded with one of the four playoff spots after tie-breaking procedures. On December 20, 2016, it was announced that John Tucker would be returning to the Cannons as the team's offensive coordinator in 2017.[6] Tucker was fired mid-season by the Blaze after a 3–7 start.

Despite a Week 1 win in 2017, the Cannons season turned around. At 3–6, the Cannons traded away captain Will Manny and Joe LoCascio to the New York Lizards for Dave Lawson and Chris LaPierre on June 27.[7] On July 14, the Cannons announced that neither Lawson nor LaPierre would suit up for the team that season. Dave Lawson informed team officials that he would be retiring from the league while Chris LaPierre decided not to report to the team.[8] The Cannons finished the season on a six-game losing streak. At 3-11, the Cannons posted the worst record in the league and tied their franchise-worst record from 2001, their inaugural season.

The final team logo for the Boston Cannons while members of the MLL

2019–2020: New pro lacrosse landscape and second title[edit]

Following the 2018 season, Paul Rabil launched the Premier Lacrosse League, baiting over 140 MLL players to migrate over. However, the Cannons maintained more of their roster than other teams like the Dallas Rattlers or Rabil's New York Lizards.[9] Two months prior to the start of the 2019 season, the league cut the team roster from nine to six when the Ohio Machine and Florida Launch folded and Charlotte Hounds suspended operations for two seasons.[10] Taking this to their advantage, the Cannons posted a 9–7 record in 2019, good enough for the third of four postseason seeds and gave Boston its first playoff berth since 2015. Boston faced the Denver Outlaws in the semifinal, who were also hosting Championship Weekend. The Cannons got off to a hot start and led by as many as six goals, but ultimately fell, 17–15, ending their season.[11]

2019 was the Cannons' first season in Quincy. During the offseason they announced a move to and $1.5 million renovation of Veterans Memorial Stadium.[12] The Cannons announced two sellouts in their first season in the updated venue.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season was shortened to five regular season games in seven days, all to be played in front of no fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The Cannons finished fourth place out of six teams with a 3–2 record, and were the only team to defeat the Denver Outlaws in the regular season. Heading into the postseason, the Cannons were scheduled to play the Outlaws in the semifinal. However, after a player from the Chesapeake Bayhawks experience symptoms of COVID-19 and eventually tested positive, the two other postseason competitors, Chesapeake and Connecticut, withdrew from the tournament. The Cannons' semifinal game with the Outlaws was pushed back a day and would be played as the championship. Boston defeated Denver for the second time in two days, the latter in 13-10 fashion for the franchise's second title, first in nine years.[13] Newcomer attackman Bryce Wasserman, who played for the Dallas Rattlers the season before, was named league MVP for 2020.

2021–present: PLL Cannons Lacrosse Club[edit]

On December 16, 2020, in a statement from Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the Boston Cannons officially became the eighth team in the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). It was announced that the team would be dropping "Boston" from their name and become "Cannons Lacrosse Club" to fit league nomenclature, the roster would be set via an expansion draft, and the team would begin play in the PLL in the 2021 season. Small tweaks to the former Boston Cannons branding resulted in a PLL crest and logo reveal on January 12, 2021.[14] One week later, the league announced that Sean Quirk would continue coaching at the helm of the Cannons identity.[15]

The Cannons played their first game of the 2021 season on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, falling to the Redwoods Lacrosse Club, 12–11.[16] They would finish the season 7th in the league, falling in the first round of the playoffs.

General Managers[edit]

  • David Gross (2001–2005)
  • Jason Chandler (2006–2007)
  • Mark Kastrud (2008–2011)
  • Kevin Barney (2011–2017)

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach - Sean Quirk
  • Assistant Coaches - John Klepacki, Sean Kirwan

All-Time Head Coaches[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
Boston Cannons
1 Mitch Whiteley 2002 14 3 11 .214 1 0 1 .000
2 Scott Hiller 20032005 50 32 18 .640 5 1 4 .200
3 Bill Daye 20062011 72 43 29 .597 6 2 4 .333
4 Steve Duffy 20122013 20 10 10 .500 1 0 1 .000
5 John Tucker 20132015 36 18 18 .500 1 0 1 .000
6 Sean Quirk 20162020 68 31 37 .456 3 2 1 .667
Cannons Lacrosse Club
1 Sean Quirkdagger 2021–present 1 0 1 .000

dagger Record updated through matches of June 4, 2021

Roster[edit]

2021 Cannons LC
# Name Nationality Position Height Weight College Grad year High School Hometown Ref.
0 Jacob Stover United States G 6 ft 0 in 210 lbs Loyola MD 2019 McDonogh Hunt Valley, Maryland [17]
1 Nick Marrocco United States G 6 ft 0 in 180 lbs Georgetown 2018 Duxbury Duxbury, Massachusetts [18]
3 Jamie Trimboli United States M 5 ft 10 in 188 lbs Syracuse 2021 Victor Victor, New York [19]
4 Lyle Thompson (C) Iroquois A 6 ft 0 in 180 lbs Albany 2015 LaFayette Onondaga Nation, New York [20]
6 Stephen Rehfuss United States A 6 ft 0 in 183 lbs Syracuse 2021 Shaker Latham, New York [21]
7 Brendan Sunday United States A 6 ft 5 in 200 lbs Towson 2019 Arlington Poughquag, New York [22]
8 Peyton Smith United States FO 6 ft 1 in 188 lbs Marist 2020 Athens Drive Raleigh, North Carolina [23]
9 Reece Eddy United States D 6 ft 0 in 163 lbs Boston University 2020 Skaneateles Skaneateles, New York [24]
10 Deemer Class United States M 5 ft 11 in 200 lbs Duke 2016 Loyola Blakefield Baltimore, Maryland [25]
12 Jacob Pulver United States D 6 ft 0 in 215 lbs Cornell 2018 Fayetteville-Manlius Manlius, New York [26]
14 Zach Goodrich United States SSDM 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Towson 2019 Kent Island Stevensville, Maryland [27]
17 Brodie Merrill (C) Canada D 6 ft 4 in 205 lbs Georgetown 2005 Salisbury Orangeville, Ontario [28]
20 Scott Hooper United States D 6 ft 1 in 180 lbs Virginia 2018 Hotchkiss Wakefield, Rhode Island [29]
22 Ryan Drenner United States A 6 ft 0 in 175 lbs Towson 2017 Westminster Finksburg, Maryland [30]
23 Tim Edwards United States M 6 ft 2 in 194 lbs Canisius 2015 Jamesville-DeWitt Jamesville, New York
29 Sam Duggan United States SSDM 6 ft 3 in 185 lbs Cornell 2020 Skaneateles Skaneateles, New York [31]
30 Christian Cuccinello Italy A 6 ft 0 in 210 lbs Villanova 2018 Mountain Lakes Mountain Lakes, New Jersey [32]
32 Shayne Jackson Canada A 5 ft 10 in 175 lbs Limestone 2012 St. Stephens Bowmanville, Ontario [33]
33 Connor Buczek United States M 6 ft 2 in 215 lbs Cornell 2015 St. Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio [34]
40 Jack Kielty United States D 6 ft 2 in 225 lbs Notre Dame 2021 Delbarton Morristown, New Jersey [35]
42 Andrew Kew Canada A 6 ft 3 in 200 lbs Tampa 2019 The Hill Academy Oakville, Ontario [36]
66 Kevin Reisman United States FO 5 ft 11 in 210 lbs Limestone 2017 West Babylon West Babylon, New York [37]
70 Holden Garlent Canada D 6 ft 2 in 189 lbs Canisius 2020 Denis Morris Thorold, Ontario [38]
94 Tyson Bell Canada SSDM 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Onondaga 2015 Denis Morris St. Catharines, Ontario [39]
99 Paul Rabil (C) United States M 6 ft 3 in 220 lbs Johns Hopkins 2008 DeMatha Montgomery Village, Maryland [40]

(C) indicates captain[41]

Roster as of July 5, 2021.

MLL Award Winners[edit]

Most Valuable Player

Rookie of the Year

Coach of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Offensive Player of the Year

Goalie of the Year

David Huntley Man of the Year

Most Improved Player

PLL Award Winners[edit]

Welles Crowther Humanitarian Award

Season-by-season records[edit]

Boston Cannons
Year W L % Regular season finish Playoffs
2001 3 11 .214 2nd in American Division Lost semifinal 12–11 to Bayhawks
2002 7 7 .500 2nd in American Division Lost semifinal 15–10 to Bayhawks
2003 7 5 .583 2nd in American Division Lost semifinal 20–14 to Lizards
2004 8 4 .667 1st in American Division Won semifinal 24–16 over Bayhawks
Lost championship 13–11 to Barrage
2005 10 2 .883 1st in American Division Lost semifinal 19–14 to Lizards
2006 8 4 .667 2nd in Eastern Conference Lost semifinal 17–12 to Barrage
2007 5 7 .417 3rd in Eastern Conference ---
2008 7 5 .583 3rd in Eastern Conference ---
2009 6 6 .500 Tied for 3rd in MLL Lost semifinal 11–10 to Outlaws
2010 8 4 .667 Tied for 1st in MLL Lost semifinal 13–9 to Bayhawks
2011 9 3 .750 1st in MLL Won semifinal 14–13 over Bayhawks
Won championship 10–9 over Hamilton Nationals
2012 9 5 .643 3rd in MLL Lost semifinal 16–10 to Bayhawks
2013 5 9 .357 6th in MLL ---
2014 6 8 .529 5th in MLL ---
2015 8 6 .571 4th in MLL Lost semifinal 16–15 to Lizards
2016 8 6 .571 7th in MLL ---
2017 3 11 .214 9th in MLL ---
2018 5 9 .357 7th in MLL ---
2019 9 7 .563 3rd in MLL Lost semifinal 17–15 to Denver
2020 3 2 .600 4th in MLL Won championship vs. Denver 13–10
Totals 134 121 .525 Total playoff record 4–11 (.267 win pct.)

Draft History[edit]

First Round Selections (MLL Collegiate Draft)[edit]

First Round Selections (PLL Collegiate Draft)[edit]

  • 2021: None

First Round Selections (PLL Entry Draft)[edit]

Community involvement[edit]

The Cannons often reach out to the local community, hosting a variety of lacrosse camps and events for local youth.[54] In addition, the Cannons support MetroLacrosse, by arranging scholarships for MetroLacrosse players and donating tickets for each home game to MetroLacrosse players and families. MetroLacrosse also maintains a booth in the Fan Zone for each home game.

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