Boston Cannons

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Boston Cannons
LeagueMajor League Lacrosse
Based inBoston, Massachusetts
StadiumVeterans Memorial Stadium
ColorsNavy blue, red, silver, white
OwnerRob Hale
PresidentIan Frenette
Head coachSean Quirk
Championships1 (2011)
Division titles2004, 2005
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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 inaugural 2001 season and won the MLL Championship in 2011. The team's home field is Veterans Memorial Stadium in nearby Quincy.[1]

Franchise History[edit]

The Boston Cannons is one of the original six teams of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and the only team from the MLL’s inaugural 2001 season to still exist today in the same market, without having folded or moved elsewhere. 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 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.[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.


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] 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.[7] Tucker was fired mid-season by the Blaze after a 3-7 start.

Despite a Week 1 win in 2017, the Cannons season got ugly quick. 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.[8] 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.[9]. 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.

General Managers[edit]

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

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

All-Time Head Coaches[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
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 2016 49 21 28 .429 - - - -


2019 Boston Cannons
# Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 Charlie Ford United States A 6 ft 2 in 205 lbs Georgetown
 1 Nick Marrocco United States G 6 ft 0 in 180 lbs Georgetown
 4 Jay Drapeau United States M 5 ft 10 in 170 lbs Loyola
 5 Calvin Dearth United States M 6 ft 3 in 215 lbs Boston University
11 PT Ricci United States D 5 ft 10 in 195 lbs Loyola
12 Zach Goodrich United States M 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Towson
13 John Uppgren United States A 5 ft 11 in 190 lbs Tufts
15 Shawn Evans Canada A 5 ft 8 in 175 lbs Bellarmine
17 Ryland Rees Canada LSM 6 ft 2 in 210 lbs Stony Brook
18 Tim Edwards United States M 6 ft 2 in 195 lbs Canisius
20 Tate Boyce United States G 5 ft 10 in 190 lbs Providence
22 Will Sands United States A 5 ft 10 in 183 lbs Bucknell
23 Challen Rogers Canada M 6 ft 4 in 220 lbs Stony Brook
28 Zed Williams Iroquois A 6 ft 2 in 215 lbs Virginia
32 Kevin Reisman United States M 5 ft 11 in 210 lbs Limestone
41 Mark Cockerton Canada M 5 ft 10 in 185 lbs Virginia
44 Matt Dziama United States M 6 ft 0 in 190 lbs Virginia
49 Kyle Jackson Iroquois A 5 ft 9 in 166 lbs Michigan
50 James Leary United States D 5 ft 10 in 185 lbs Vermont
55 Scott Hooper United States D 6 ft 1 in 200 lbs Virginia
57 Matthew Bertrams United States M 5 ft 9 in 185 lbs Albany
77 Justin Pugal United States LSM 6 ft 2 in 230 lbs Stony Brook
80 James Fahey III United States D 6 ft 2 in 225 lbs UMass
88 Connor O'Hara United States A 6 ft 0 in 175 lbs Bucknell
92 Mike Skudin United States D 6 ft 2 in 205 lbs Hofstra Pride
  • Roster updated 2019-07-12

Boston Cannons Dancers[edit]

The Boston Cannons Dancers are a professional dance team that performs at all Boston Cannons home games at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, MA. The squad was founded in 2002, one year after the Boston Cannon's inaugural season, making them the longest standing Major League Lacrosse dance team in history. The Dancers are 18 ladies from the New England area with a passion for dance, community service and public speaking.

Under the leadership of Director/Coach Ines Costa, the Dancers practice once a week, Monday nights for 3 hours. In addition to home games and practices, the Boston Cannons Dancers frequently appear in the community at various promotional opportunities and charity events. Dancers are paid for game days and promotional appearances.

Auditions are held once a year in April. Candidates are judged on their technique, showmanship, enthusiasm, personality, personal appearance and fitness. The audition process consists of four rounds; a short personal interview, an across the floor combination, a stylized jazz/pom/hip hop dance routine and an improvised solo. All music is provided. Cuts are not made the day of auditions. Minimum requirements to be a Boston Cannons Dancer include:

  • high school graduate or GED
  • at least 18 years old at the time of audition
  • possess dance/cheer experience
  • be able to attend practice once a week
  • be able to attend home games from June-Sept in Quincy, MA

MLL Award Winners[edit]