By Matt Noonan
The city of Boston had something to celebrate on Sunday when the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) captured its second championship in franchise history by defeating the Denver Outlaws, 13-10.
Sunday’s game between Boston and Denver occurred at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, which was the home site for the 2020 MLL season.
Boston and Denver were initially scheduled to meet during Saturday’s semifinal, but the game was moved to Sunday following news of three players on the Chesapeake Bayhawks testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19). The Bayhawks’ semifinal opponent the Connecticut Hammerheads, which were competing for the first time in franchise history, withdrew from the semifinals when they learned of this news, which was shared through the MLL’s Twitter handle on Saturday.
The Cannons’ three-goal win over the Outlaws was highlighted by John Uppgren (five goals, one assist), who guided Tufts University to a pair of NCAA Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Mark Cockerton contributed three goals and one assist while Bryce Wasserman, Ben Spencer, and Challen Rogers each recorded two points (one goal and one assist), respectively.
Duxbury native Nick Marrocco, who played college lacrosse at Georgetown University, ended Sunday’s championship match with 10 saves.
The championship win was the first for coach Sean Quirk, who was hired to lead the Cannons on October 8, 2015. Quirk became the Cannons’ sixth head coach after guiding the Endicott College men’s lacrosse program for 17 seasons.
Prior to their meeting with the Outlaws on Sunday, Boston won four of six contests, including a 10-8 victory over Denver its season finale.
“We are already looking forward to the 2021 season,” Quirk said, via the Patriot Ledger.
Boston won its first Major League Lacrosse championship in 2011 by edging the Hamilton Nationals, 10-9.