The Boston Cannons added twelve players in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft yesterday, including defender Evan Connell with the fifth overall selection. Connell was a part of a 2016 North Carolina team that won the NCAA championship. Connell scored one goal with six caused turnovers and seven ground balls in his senior season.
Connell joins a defense group that vastly improved over the course of the 2016 season, with Brodie Merrill and Mitch Belisle, along with the emergence of Michael Pellegrino and James Fahey, along with rookie Brandon Mullins.
Boston also added Scott Bieda, a graduate of Rutgers in the second round, who was the Big Ten offensive player of the year behind 28 goals and 38 assists for the Scarlet Knights. Henry Blynn, a 52 goal scorer out of Brown, was the third round selection, and he’ll join his former collegiate team mate Kylor Bellistri with the Cannons.
Bieda fills a hole at attack left by Wells Stanwick’s disappointing start, where the Rutgers grad will join Will Manny and Davey Emala along with Bellistri and John Uppgren.
The Cannons lost five players from last season’s roster to other teams, with midfielder Marty Bowes going to the Florida Launch with the first pick of the second round. The Launch would also draft Cannons draft pick Matt Thistle out of High Point, who did not get into any action last season.
Attackman Callum Crawford, who played in just one contest for the Cannons last year, was selected by the Atlanta Blaze. Atlanta also added faceoff specialist Craig Bunker, who lost his starting role to Joe Nardella at the beginning of last season.
Lastly, John Glesener, who missed the second half of last season due to military commitments, was added by the New York Lizards.
The Cannons were able to retain goaltenders Cameron Bell and Eric Hagarty, along with midfielder Erik Smith and Kyle Jackson, who was signed out of Michigan but did not enter a game last season.
Other Boston additions include Denver defender Carson Cannon, who won a national championship with the Pioneers, along with Tufts FOGO Conor Helfrich and Endicott midfielder Harry Cotter, who was coached by the Cannons’ Sean Quirk as well.