Boston Cannons

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Boston Cannons
Boston Cannons logo.svg
Team logo
League MLL
Founded 2001
Home stadium Harvard Stadium
Based in Boston, Massachusetts
Colors Navy blue, red, silver, white
                   
Head coach Sean Quirk
General manager Kevin Barney
Owner(s) Matt Dwyer, Founder/Pres.
Local media Boston Herald, Boston Globe
ESPN2, Comcast, Laxunited, WBCN
Steinfeld Cups 1 (2011)
Division Championships 2 (2004, 2005)
Website bostoncannons.com

The Boston Cannons are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They have played in the MLL since the 2001 season and won the MLL Championship in 2011. From 2006 to 2008, they were in the Eastern Conference. From the league's inception in 2001 through 2005, they were in the American Division. With the MLL contraction for the 2009 season from 10 to 6 teams (due to the state of the U.S. economy), there is currently only one division/conference. The team's home field is Harvard Stadium, but played at Gillette Stadium during the 2015 season.[1]

Franchise History[edit]

The Boston Cannons is one of the original six teams of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). MLL was founded by Jake Steinfeld, Dave Morrow, and Tim Robertson. The Boston 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 from Nickerson Field and also less than 2 miles from the Cannons' main office in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston qualified for the MLL playoffs 2001-2006, 2009-2011 and 2015. The Cannons won the 2004 and 2005 American Division championships.

On March 20, 2007, the Cannons completed a trade with the Washington Bayhawks. In the trade, the Cannons gave up Connor Gill and Ryan Curtis and in return they acquired Michael Powell, Ben DeFelice, and a 2008 conditional draft choice.[3] After the 2008 season, Powell left lacrosse to pursue a career as a singer with his band "Villains Trust". The Cannons selected Paul Rabil as the first overall pick in the 2008 MLL Draft.

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. 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.[4] As of 2016, Daye is still the franchise's all-time leader in coaching victories with 43 and the only head coach with multiple playoff victories.

2013–2015[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.[5] 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.[6]

General Managers[edit]

  • David Gross (2001–2005)
  • Jason Chandler (2006–07)
  • Mark Kastrud (2008-2011)
  • Kevin Barney (2011–present)

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach - Sean Quirk
  • Assistant Coach - Jim Murphy

All-Time Head Coaches[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Mitch Whitley 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 2013-2015 36 18 18 .500 1 0 1 .000
6 Sean Quirk 2016- - - - - - - - -

Roster[edit]

2016 Boston Cannons
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 Davey Emala United States A 5 ft 11 in 195 lbs North Carolina
1 Will Manny United States A 5 ft 9 in 160 lbs Massachusetts
2 Justin Turri United States M 6 ft 3 in 215 lbs Duke
3 Jake Murphy United States G 6 ft 1 in 180 lbs Fairfield
5 Josh Hawkins United States M 6 ft 0 in 195 lbs Loyola
7 Scott McWilliams United States D 6 ft 3 in 205 lbs Virginia
8 Brent Adams United States M 6 ft 1 in 165 lbs Fairfield
9 Tyler Fiorito United States G 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Princeton
10 Greg Melaugh United States A 5 ft 7 in 160 lbs Merrimack College
11 John Glesener United States A 6 ft 3 in 214 lbs Army
12 Martin Bowes United States M 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Hartford
13 Eric Hagarty United States G 6 ft 0 in 185 lbs Endicott
15 Beau Wood United States A 6 ft 2 in 205 lbs Tufts
17 Brodie Merrill Canada D 6 ft 4 in 205 lbs Georgetown
22 Craig Bunker United States M 5 ft 9 in 185 lbs Colby
23 Challen Rogers Canada M 6 ft 4 in 220 lbs Stony Brook
24 Sean Lawton United States M 6 ft 4 in 225 lbs Western New England
27 Kevin Buchanan United States M 5 ft 11 in 180 lbs Ohio State
33 Ryan Izzo United States M 5 ft 9 in 170 lbs Massachusetts
34 Michael Pellegrino United States D 5 ft 8 in 185 lbs Johns Hopkins
36 T.A. Demoulas United States M 5 ft 9 in 185 lbs Bentley
40 Wells Stanwick United States A 5 ft 11 in 175 lbs Johns Hopkins
41 Greg Rogowski United States A 5 ft 7 in 155 lbs Merrimack
42 Max Seibald United States M 6 ft 1 in 215 lbs Cornell
43 Harrison Cotter United States M 5 ft 10 in 180 lbs Endicott
44 Jack Runkel United States G 6 ft 4 in 225 lbs Loyola
45 Chad Wiedmaier United States D 6 ft 1 in 200 lbs Princeton
50 Mason Poli United States D 6 ft 0 in 225 lbs Bryant
63 Mike Begley United States M 5 ft 11 in 174 lbs Marist
80 James Fahey United States D 6 ft 2 in 225 lbs UMass Amherst
85 Mitch Belisle United States D 5 ft 10 in 195 lbs Cornell
91 Joe Nardella United States M 5 ft 10 in 190 lbs Rutgers


  • updated 2016-05-16

MLL Award Winners[edit]