Those who thought Boston Cannons captain Will Manny might be on the move sighed a relief on Monday afternoon when the team announced it has re-signed the attackman for 2017.
Manny picked up 50 points in 2016 to lead Boston in scoring. A former 13th overall pick, Manny became the Cannons’ team leader once they traded Paul Rabil before 2015 and he emerged as the face of the franchise.
“I am beyond excited to be back in Boston for my 5th season in the MLL,” said Manny in a team press release. “Everything about the Cannons from top down is as professional as you can get in this sport and we as a team have some unfinished business to accomplish in the 2017 season, let’s go!”
There was concern as to whether Manny would continue to play in Boston after he signed on to become an assistant coach with Utah’s club lacrosse team. However, the team maintained that Manny would return to the Cannons in 2017.
“Following the Player Movement eligible players, Will was number one on my list to lock down for 2017, said general manager Kevin Barney in a press release. “He is our captain and leader of this team and I could not be more excited to see him back for his fifth season in Boston.”
Boston already re-signed Max Seibald, Mitch Belisle, and Tyler Firoito in the player movement period, and just midfielder Brent Adams declared his intention to sign elsewhere.
The Cannons narrowly missed the postseason in 2016, finishing in a seven way tie for first place with an 8-6 record and being the first team knocked out due to tiebreakers. Boston lost their final two contests, both at home, to stay in the race, and Manny had a big role in winning both of those tilts.