The Boston Cannons remain the most active team of the Major League Lacrosse off season with two additional signings announced yesterday. The team announced they have extended defender Mitch Belisle and goalie Tyler Fiorito each to two year deals.
After signing Max Seibald to a one year deal earlier in the week, the Cannons have now locked in three players for the 2017 season and two for beyond. No other team has signed any of their players yet this off season, and the league’s new player movement policy opens on Monday.
Belisle, one of three Cannons players to also play indoor lacrosse in the winter months, is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played with 92. The veteran is one of the stabilizing forces of Boston’s defense unit, especially with a young core that includes Brandon Mullins and Michael Pellegrino. In 2016, Belisle scored his third career goal and he picked up 15 ground balls.
Fiorito stepped in as an all star between the pipes in his first season in Boston. Acquired from Chesapeake in the off season, Fiorito replaced former championship goalie Jordan Burke, who retired, and Adam Ghitelman, whom the Cannons lost to Atlanta in the expansion draft.
Fiorito posted an 8-6 record in 2016 with a 13.01 goals against average, and was third in the league with a save percentage of .540. The goalie stepped up when needed with Boston, making over 20 saves against the New York Lizards twice and leading them to two overtime victories. He finished second in goalie of the year award voting at the end of the season.
The player movement policy applies to any player who has played for five seasons in the league and has an expiring contract. The league is yet to release a public list of who might be eligible, and the Cannons have been the only team to be proactive.