One of the fastest growing sports in America is lacrosse, and the highest level of professional lacrosse is found in Major League Lacrosse. One of the original six teams of the MLL is the Boston Cannons, who plays home games at historic Harvard Stadium. The Cannons were founded in 2001 by Matt Dwyer, who became the owner and team president. The team has played home games at Cawley Memorial Stadium (2001-2003), Nickerson Field (2004-06) and Gillette Stadium (2015), as well their current home of Harvard Stadium. The Cannons have qualified for the playoffs 11 times since their inception, which includes American Division championships in 2004 and 2005 and a Steinfield Cup championship in 2011. In 2013, Rob Hale purchased a majority stack in the team and is own the majority owner.
The Boston Cannons have had their fair share of successful seasons and notable players. In 2008, they drafted Paul Rabil with the #1 overall pick the MLL Collegiate Draft, and he won two MVP’s with the team and was a part of their championship team in 2011. The team has had six coaches in its history, five of which have had winning records with the team. Scott Hiller led the team to two division titles and finished with a team high .640 winning percentage, while Bill Daye won the championship for the squad and had a .597 winning percentage in Boston. The team has won more than half of their game in their history and seen players and coaches win a number of awards:
2004: Conor Gill
2009: Paul Rabil
2010: Matt Poskay
2011: Paul Rabil
Offensive Player of the Year
2009: Paul Rabil
2010: Matt Poskay
2011: Paul Rabil
2012: Paul Rabil
2003: Ryan Curtis
Goalie of the Year
2005: Chris Garrity
2010: Kip Turner
Rookie of the Year
2002: Conor Gill
Most Improved Player
2009: Chris Eck
2015: Davey Emala
2002: Scott Hiller
2005: Scott Hiller
2011: Bill Daye
2015: John Tucker
Unlike many professional sports teams in the area, the Cannons are affordable family fun that will not break the bank. Single game tickets start at only $30, while season tickets start as low as $180 per seat. Season ticket packages come with incredible perks, that includes meet and greets with players, membership gifts, discounted merchandise, access to ticket exchange programs and a personal account executive. The team runs promotions for older fans, including Beer Buddies and Lax & Lagers, in which fans will be in a designated part of Harvard Stadium and be able to enjoy drinks while they watch the games. The team also runs skills competitions for high school lacrosse athletes in various parts of the Greater Boston Area.
The Cannons Foundation is a charitable organization run by the team that does incredible work in the community. They host a variety of charitable events and run programs in the community that gives back quite a bit to the fans that support the team.
An initiative to unite lacrosse, medical and research communities to raise funds and awareness for research for philanthropic and research organizations that are focused on finding a cure for cancer and providing services, support and care for individuals and families impacted by the disease.
A partnership with Team Impact to host an annual golf tournament at a course in Massachusetts. The tournament has a shotgun start at 12:00 Pm and is followed a cocktail and dinner reception. Foursomes at the tournament cost $2,500 and all proceeds from the day benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital.
The Bill Belichick Foundation and the Boston Cannons have created and continue their partnership throughout the season in which the BFF will provide 75 tickets per home as well as VIP experiences to players and families from local New England lacrosse communities.
Bruce Lerch was an incredible journalist at the Boston Herald who left a lasting legacy on the sidelines of youth and high school sports, specifically with his coverage of lacrosse. The Boston Cannons want to solidify Bruce’s legacy by offering a scholarship in his name. The Junior Journalist will cover all Boston Cannons news and events while learning about the sports media industry.
Each year, the Boston Cannons donate a cash scholarship at the end of the season to an athlete who participates in the MetroLacrosse program. This program started as a way for Boston’s urban young athletes to have the opportunity to participate in the same sports as their suburban counterparts, but has grown to have a much more profound impact on the youth of Boston. As a non-profit organization, MetroLacrosse aims to enrich the lives of young athletes through the sport of lacrosse and the Cannons are proud to be part of this amazing tradition.
The Cannons, along with Plymouth Rock Assurance, honor five high school lacrosse athletes who have displayed exemplary character and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Be sure to check out a Cannons game at one of the most historic venues in the country in Harvard Stadium. Affordable family fun and some of the best lacrosse to be seen in the entire world. If you cannot catch a game in person, to be sure to watch a game on Lax Sports Net, which broadcasts every game, on one of the league’s regional TV providers or on ESPN3. New in 2017, Twitter will broadcast a “Twitter Game of the Week“, which will air almost exclusively on the weekend’s. The Cannons play in four Twitter games during the season Twitter airs the games, with all four being played at Harvard Stadium.