Boston Cannons Claim Its Second MLL Championship

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The Boston Cannons celebrated their second Major League Lacrosse Championship on Sunday. (PHOTO Courtesy: Boston Cannons/

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 WassermanBen 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.

Noontime Commentary: It Is Time To Pull The Plug On All Spring Sports

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Is it time to officially pull the plug on all spring sports, including high school games? (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It may be time to pull the plug on spring sports, including all high school games, along with any other leagues or tournaments that were scheduled to start, both this month or over the next few weeks.

Sports will return – I know they will – but playing games to convening along the sidelines to cheer on our hometown student-athletes to storming the gates at Fenway Park just doesn’t seem like the right thing to do during this time of uncertainty. 

We are expecting a “surge” here in Massachusetts, which could have started yesterday or today – who knows? – and it will certainly challenge all of us, as well as our communities, hospitals, health professionals, and everyone else that has bravely stepped up to help combat the spread of COVID-19. And this so-called “surge” – may be the first of many to come? – is certainly a sign that future games and contests will either be canceled or postponed.

Games, which were scheduled for today and yesterday, have already been canceled. Professional leagues like the NBA and NHL are staying optimistic about finishing their respective seasons while the MLB is pondering the thought of playing games in both Arizona and Florida next month.

Meanwhile, there is a slew of college athletes sitting idle – sadly, they will not return to the ice, hardwood, track, baseball or softball diamonds, volleyball courts or lacrosse fields later this spring. Their respective seasons are caputs.

And then there are the high school student-athletes, who are eagerly awaiting an announcement from their state’s Governor to say schools will re-open and spring sports will happen. But sadly, I don’t think high school spring sports will occur, along with any professional or minor league events for quite some time.

The thought of watching our friends and neighbors compete in crowded gymnasiums or local parks just doesn’t seem like a logical plan to me, especially during a time where many, including myself, are seeking some signs of hope, as well as a light at the end of the tunnel. I am an optimist – I always look at the glass half full, not half empty – but from everything I have read, heard or discussed with friends and colleagues within the sports world makes me think (and believe) that games will not be played either next month or in early June. And the thought of games being canceled or postponed weeks from now – i.e. fall sports like football, soccer, field hockey, and others – is also a possibility.

We need to be patient. We need to adhere to the advice of our local (and national) medical workers and scientists. We need to listen to our local Governors, mayors, and town representatives, who are working hard to keep us safe and provide some sense of normalcy to all of us in the coming weeks and months.

Spring sports will return to our lives one day, along with future dinner plans at our favorite neighborhood restaurants to movies, picnics and so much more. But for now, I think it is best to pull the plug and play it safe.

Commentary: Are You Ready For Life Without Sports?

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Are you ready for life without sports? (PHOTO COURTESY: CubesAndPiii on Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Get ready for a few weeks and months without sports – it is going to happen.

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), both this week and over the past few weeks, sports are going to take a backseat. And I am fine with that decision.

The health and well-being of our athletes, coaches, team representatives, and of course, the fans, is what matters most during this time.

I know many fans are upset – what will I do without sports? – while others believe the games (and practices) must go on. But I believe the only way we can return to the field and bleachers is by adhering to the advice of our doctors, health officials, and scientists, not angry parents or fans.

The decision to halt professional, college and high school sports was certainly not an easy one, but again, this decision, a domino effect on Thursday after the NBA suspended its season late Wednesday evening, was the right thing to do. And again, I know many, including college and high school seniors, were extremely distraught to hear their dreams of competing for a March Madness title or state championship would not occur, so I sympathize with these men and women, including the high school seniors that may not get a chance to compete this spring on the baseball or softball diamond or even the school’s outdoor track.

So, with really no local games or college basketball to watch today, tomorrow, and Sunday, I guess it is time to embark into a world that won’t include sports, but instead concerns over the well-being of our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Will we read more books?

Will we binge-watch, both old and new shows?

Will we get outside and soak in the sun (when its nice, of course)?

Or will we just hunker down and wait for the apocalypse of the coronavirus to vanish?

No matter what happens, life will be different – I guarantee it – but as I mentioned earlier today in my ‘Daily Noontime,’ we will persevere and come back stronger. And that is because I am an optimist.

While I know many of you may find life quite boring and odd these next few weeks and months without sports, just remember that our favorite teams and athletes will eventually reemerge. But until that time comes, we just need to smile, laugh, and find something else to do to keep us preoccupied while we anxiously await the return of professional, college, and high school sports.

Boston Cannons, City of Quincy Announce New Partnership to House MLL Team in 2019

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The Boston Cannons and City of Quincy have created a partnership to house the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team in Quincy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Boston Cannons)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Earlier today, the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced an exciting partnership with the City of Quincy, which will allow the professional lacrosse team to compete at Veterans Memorial Stadium, beginning next June.

The Cannons, who have been competing in the MLL since 2001, recently called Harvard Stadium their home site, but have also hosted games at Gillette StadiumCawley Stadium and Nickerson Field.

As noted in today’s release, the organization plans to “make a significant investment to enhance” Veterans Memorial Stadium,” which currently houses both Quincy High School and North Quincy High School football teams, along with various local youth and community teams, as well. Veterans Memorial Stadium currently can seat at least 5,000 fans.

Moving the team from Allston to Quincy will allow the team to continue to grow its presence, both in the city and throughout the South Shore, with its headquarters based not too far away from Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Cannons have called Quincy their home since moving to the city in 2016.

“The Boston Cannons organization is both excited and proud to call Veterans Memorial Stadium our new home,” said Boston Cannons President Ian Frenette earlier today at City Hall in Quincy.

“With the expanding Major League Lacrosse schedule, it was an opportunity for us to assess the best possible home for our organization and we’re thrilled to partner with Mayor (Thomas P.) Koch and the City of Quincy.

“Along with game days, moving to the stadium provides our organization a greater opportunity to grow the game of lacrosse throughout Greater Boston with increased youth clinics, camps, tournaments and presence.”

Boston will host eight games next season at Veterans Memorial Stadium, beginning with its season-opener on Saturday, June 1st when they welcome the Ohio Machine to Quincy.


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Boston Cannons Unveil 2019 Schedule

 

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Boston Cannons Helmet. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) unveiled its 2019 schedule earlier today, which includes 16 contests with eight games taking place in Massachusetts.

Boston will begin its new campaign on Saturday, June 1st when they host the Ohio Machine (no time or location for the game has been announced as of late this afternoon).

Following the conclusion of their season-opener, the Cannons will hit the road for a pair of games before concluding the month with back-to-back home dates against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday, June 22nd and the Denver Outlaws on Saturday, June 29th.

Denver captured last season’s MLL championship by defeating the Dallas Rattlers, 16-12.

This year’s 16-game schedule is a first for both Boston and the MLL, as all nine teams competed in just 14 contests previously with the top four teams advancing to the postseason.

In addition to two more games next year, the 2019 season will begin later than it has previously with its opening week beginning a few days after Memorial Day (May 31st-June 2nd).

The 2019 regular season, which will include an All-Star Game on July 27th at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, will conclude the third weekend of September (Sept. 20-22nd) with championship weekend taking place one week later (Sept. 27th-29th).


Boston Cannons 2019 Schedule 

Ohio Machine at Boston Cannons | June 1st 

Boston Cannons at Charlotte Hounds | June 8th 

Boston Cannons at Florida Launch | June 15th 

Chesapeake Bayhawks at Boston Cannons | June 22nd 

Denver Outlaws at Boston Cannons | June 29th 

Boston Cannons at Dallas Rattlers | July 6th

Boston Cannons at New York Lizards | July 11th 

Atlanta Blaze at Boston Cannons | July 20th 

Boston Cannons at Chesapeake Bayhawks | August 3rd

Florida Launch at Boston Cannons | August 10th 

Boston Cannons at Ohio Machine | August 17th 

New York Lizards at Boston Cannons | August 24th

Boston Cannons at Denver Outlaws | August 31st 

Charlotte Hounds at Boston Cannons | Sept. 7th 

Boston Cannons at Atlanta Blaze | Sept. 14th 

Dallas Rattlers at Boston Cannons | Sept. 21st 


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