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Boston Cannons 2010 Draft Recap

June 7, 2010

Duxbury, MA native and Duke alum, Max Quinzani was the Cannons first pick, #3 over-all


The Boston Cannons made good use of their picks in the 2010 Major League Lacrosse Draft held at Yale University on Sunday, June 6, 2010, adding much talent and youth to the roster with nine new players. Already having a strong defensive core, they mainly focused on offense by selecting four attackmen, four midfielders, and one defenseman.

After Tewaarten Trophy Award winner and unanimous 1st pick Ned Crotty, leader of the NCAA Champion Duke Blue Devils was selected by the Chicago Machine and Johns Hopkins midfielder Michael Kimmel was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the Cannons made a boom with the 3rd pick in the draft selecting hometown hero and Duxbury, MA native Max Quinzani, the other key player in Duke’s 2010 championship run. He is expected to make an immediate impact with the Cannons for the rest of the 2010 season as one of the nation’s most talented and highly touted players from high school all the way through college.

In the second round, the Cannons selected attackmen Steven Boyle from Johns Hopkins with the 12th pick on the draft, quickly followed by another talented attackmen in Jim Connolly out of UMass with the 14th pick in the third round.

In the fourth round, the Cannons made back to back picks at 20 and 21 selecting long stick midfielder Chris Nixon from Georgetown and midfielder Nick Tsouri from Yale. At pick 27 in the fifth round, the Cannons picked their only defensemen of the draft in Ryan Nizolek from the University of Virginia followed by Harvard midfielder Jason Duboe at pick 33 in the sixth round.

In the final rounds of the 2010 MLL draft, the Cannons selected attackmen Kevin Gould from Bentley with pick 39 and completed their draft with midfielder Grant Krebs from Notre Dame with the 45th pick.

The Cannons expect an exciting start for Massachusetts native Quinzani as he begins his Major League Lacrosse career just a few weeks after winning a national title with Duke. Hopefully he and the rest of the Cannons 2010 draft class will be able to deliver a much needed spark of youth and competition after two consecutive road losses following what looked like a promising start to the 2010 season.

Stay updated on all of the Cannons new additions here at the Cannons Blog

NCAA Men’s Lax Tournament Draft Watch

May 27, 2010

With all eyes on those playing in this weekends Final 4, players have a chance to rise...or fall in the MLL Draft

The MLL Collegiate Draft is June 6th. Many collegians will be invited for interviews by all the MLL teams and to play Team USA in a scrimmage, giving talent evaluators a chance to see them against some of the Worlds best.  For many that will be the last chance to impress GM’s and coaches, for the lucky few who have advanced to the NCAA Final 4, this weekend is a great chance in a pressure situation to show everyone what they got. 

Let’s take a look at some of the key seniors on each team that MLL decision makers and you should keep an eye out for… 

Notre Dame 

 

Focus on the Notre Dame goalie, Scott Rodgers. He’s top 10 in the nation in goals allowed per game and save percentage. He’s displayed a fiery leadership that makes it almost impossible NOT to notice him. Notre Dame didn’t deserve to be in the tournament, according to ME, but they’ve made the most of their opportunity, thanks to Rodgers. 

Rodgers gave up just 5 goals to Princeton and 5 goals to Maryland. Notre Dame is on the Rodgers Ride, hot goaltending makes all the difference, if the Rodgers Ride proves to be an express, they could win it all. 

Rodgers has positioned himself as the top goalie in the draft, will he show enough this weekend to pressure a team to take him in the first round? 

Virginia 

 

The Cavaliers backfield tandem of Ken Clausen and Ryan Nizolek has been the best defensive pairing in the country. These guys do it all. Clausen is touted a little more, considered a solid first round pick, while Nizolek has done almost as much in his shadow. 

The Cavaliers are led by mostly underclassmen, a good sign for their future, but their present is on the shoulders of these two defenseman, who need to be at their best for UVA to have a chance of winning it all. 

UVA has been the top team in the country all year, but they’re battling off-field adversity, it will be a theme of the weekend that you wont be able to escape, and it is worth keeping an eye on. 

Oh, and don’t forget Brian Carroll, midfielder, who is fourth on the Cavaliers in points. The Maryland native will be playing in front of his home crowd and is fighting for a spot likely in the third-fifth round range. 

Cornell 

 

I honestly haven’t seen much of the Big Red this season so I’ll defer to their web-site…these are the two to watch for… 

Ryan Hurley 

One of the best offensive players to ever wear a Cornell uniform, Hurley earns his third consecutive honorable mention All-American selection after leading the Big Red with 45 goals and ranking second on the team with 57 points. He currently ranks ninth in the nation in goals per game (2.65) and he is riding a 49-game point-scoring streak, the longest on the team and the third-longest in the nation. Hurley recently moved into second place in Cornell history for career goals (138) and ranks third overall in career points (176). He is also just the second player in Cornell history to score 40 goals in three-straight seasons, joining Mike French ’76. 

Pierce Derkac 

Derkac earns his first-ever All-American selection with a third-team nod, after being named first-team All-Ivy earlier this season. He has seen action in every game over the past three seasons and this year he has developed into the leader of the Cornell defense at the long-stick midfielder position. A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community, Derkac serves as a team co-captain and has been an integral part of the Big Red’s face-off unit. He currently ranks 33rd in the nation with 4.12 ground balls per game and is second on the team in caused turnovers (19). In the classroom, Derkac holds a 3.41 grade-point average and is majoring in Applied Economics and Management. 

Duke 

 

Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Both are guaranteed to hear their names in the first round of the MLL Draft. They were highly regarded entering their senior seasons, had a lot of pressure, and rose to the occasion. Crotty is the jack of all trades, great passer, content on setting up Quinzani who seemingly never fails to find the back of the net. Who’s better is a matter of preference. 

Don’t forget Duke’s all-everything defenseman Parker McKee. Not to be confused  his brother who put in a solid year for Duke at midfield, Parker epitomizes the “Anchor” cliché so often associated with defense. Anchor in the form of stability, as his athletic, fast, smooth style of play is anything but anchor-esque. 

There you have it, your guide to how the NCAA Final 4 will impact the MLL Draft. Check out all the action starting Saturday at 4pm on ESPN2. And don’t forget to watch the Championship game on Memorial Day on ESPN2 at 3:30pm!

Final 4

May 25, 2010

The NCAA Lacrosse Tournament has reached the Final 4 and atleast one blogger is seeing Blue

As the Cannons improved to 2-0 on the MLL season, they weren’t the only lacrosse being played. The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament heated up as 8 teams whittled themselves to the Final 4.

Army, fresh off their stunning upset of #2 ranked Syracuse, at Syracuse, couldn’t maintain their momentum and fell to Cornell 14-5.

Despite the terrific play of Brent Herbst, All-American Goalie, Maryland fell 7-5 to Notre Dame. The Irish are getting hot at the right time after a topsy-turvy regular season where they finished an unimpressive 7-6 and had highly respected lacrosse bloggers (ME!) openly questioning their inclusion into the field.

Notre Dame and Cornell will square off Saturday at 4pm on ESPN2, the winner earning a spot in the National Championship.

On the other side of the bracket the #1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers persevered through their well chronicled off-field distractions (one of their players is an alleged murderer) to eek out a 10-9 win over an inspired Stony Brook squad playing infront of their home crowd.

An aside…how can the number 1 ranked team in the country be playing an opponent on said opponents home field during the NCAA Tournament. This doesn’t happen in basketball, that would be ridiculous. In the words of Seth Meyers, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, “Really NCAA? Really?”

To the chagrin of Boston Cannons coach Bill Daye, his alma mater North Carolina got crushed by the Blue Devils of Duke 17-9. Duke had lost 13-7 in the teams only other previous meeting this season. Who could have seen it coming…oh right…this guy! I’ve been on the Duke lax bandwagon all season and I’m not jumping off now. I see a National Championship on the horizon.

So thats the college lax landscape, check back on the Cannons Blog this week as we point out the key players on each of the Final 4 Teams who Cannons fans should pay extra attention to in preparation for the MLL Draft.

NCAA Lax Tournament Update

May 17, 2010

The Cannons weren’t the only lacrosse going on this past weekend as the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Tournament kicked off.  All 4 ACC Team’s – UNC, Virginia, Duke and Maryland – advanced, with Coach Daye’s alma mater narrowling escaping defeat, edging out Delaware 14-13.  By winning UNC is rewarded with a second round matchup against surging Duke, who destroyed Johns Hopkins 18-5, a Hopkins team that in many minds, didn’t earn their spot in the tournament.

The major story of the young tournament was the big win by Army over defending National Champion Syracuse. Army, in the tournament after winning the Patriot League Automatic berth, bested the #2 seeded Orange with 5 seconds left in the second over-time. You can read more about it here…http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-lacros/recaps/051710aaa.html

Army is now the ultimate cinderella as many are calling their win over the Cuse the biggest upset in tournament history. They’ll face 2009 National Champion runners-up Cornell.

The second round will be played Saturday and Sunday; this time next week we’ll know the Final 4 and the MLL Draft will be just around the corner!

Lax-etology in Review

May 10, 2010

A lot of people make bold predictions and then just ride off into the sunset with no accountability for what they said. Not here. We told you who was going to be dancing in the NCAA Lax Field and it’s time to see how we did.

Of the 16 teams selected for the Dance we correctly picked 13, Delaware, Denver, Stony Brook, Army, Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Loyola, Syracuse, Cornell, Hofstra and Princeton.

We missed three…Johns Hopkins, Mt. St. Mary’s and Notre Dame. When we say missed, what we mean to say is that the selection committee made two egracious mistakes as Johns Hopkins and ND have no business dancing. Mt St Mary’s earned their way into the field by winning their conference tournament, congrats to them.

So there you have it, 13 out of 16 correct, not too shabby. If ND and Johns Hopkins didn’t get the big lax school benefit of the doubt Siena, Georgetown or Villanova could all be dancing in place of them, as they deserve.

Check back for updates on how the Tournament shakes out, especially on players in the Tournament who could be future Boston Cannons after the June Amateur Draft.

LAX-ETOLOGY

May 7, 2010

Sunday at 8:30 pm on ESPNU the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament will announce its field, showcasing many future MLL players, guys who could very well be the next Boston Cannons come the June Draft.

Check out under the College Lax category yesterdays breakdown of the conferences, automatic qualifiers and possible At-large teams. To recap:

6 AQ’s (Denver, Army, Cornell, Stony Brook, Delaware and Siena), 5 more locks (Virginia, UNC, Maryland, Duke and Syracuse), leaving 5 At-Large spots for at least 9 bubble teams (Bryant, G-Town, Nova, Princeton, Loyola, Hofsra, Drexel and Towson) with Johns Hopkins and Bucknell long shots as two more teams in the discussion.

Since its Friday and we’re heading out to an event in Duxbury shortly, I have to keep this short and sweet. Johns Hopkins, led by NH native Steven Boyle, I’m sorry but you guys didn’t win enough, so you’re out of the tourney for just the second time ever.

Bucknell…ditto.

Loyola, Hofstra and Drexel are possibilities from the CAA, as I predict Delaware will get the AQ. If Loyola beats Johns Hopkins on Saturday, they’re in, along with Hofstra. If they lose, they are passed over by Drexel for the At-Large spot. Beating Johns Hopkins seems to be the biggest fad in College Lax this season, but the Blue Jays are playing to save face. I still suspect Loyola wins. Loyola and Hofstra are the call.

At 7-7 how is Towson on the Bubble? They have an odd resume with some good wins over UMASS (twice) and Drexel, but losses to pretty much every other talented team.  Simply not strong enough a case to crack this tough field.

Bryant. G-Town. Nova. Princeton. 3 spots for 4 teams. The Ivy was strong this year. Princeton finished terribly including a loss to Harvard at the Boston Cannons season ticket holder appreciation day, the first lost to Harvard in 30 years I’m told (haven’t checked that fact). But because of the strength of the Ivy, the Tigers roar into the tourny.

Georgetown. They are big. Literally. Every player on their team practically is 6’5″ 220 lbs and hits like a mac truck. I have fallen in love with this team and this is my LAX-ETOLOGY so they’re in.

1 spot. Bryant or Nova? In the Lax Power-Power Poll Bryant is 23 and Nova is 18. Bryant played a fairly soft schedule whereas Nova competed in the new Big East. Again, its who did ya beat time? Nova passes that test with wins over ND and Drexel and a chance to add to that with a game against Georgetown this weekend. Nova is the pick.

There ya have it, the NCAA Men’s Lax field, check back monday to see how I faired.

College Lax Bracketology

May 6, 2010

Sunday at 8:30pm on ESPNU the NCAA Tournament Men’s Lax Field will be announced. The field will be comprised of 16 teams of which 6 will be known as they will be earned via Automatic Qualifiers, winning their Conference Tournaments. The Conferences receiving Automatic Qualifiers are:

ECAC, Patriot League, America East, CAA, MAAC and the Ivy.

Denver (ECAC) and Army (Patriot) have already stamped their dance card.  That leaves 14 spots to be decided.

AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE

The America East Championship is Saturday between Albany and Stony Brook. Stony Brook has been solid all season and should get an At Large berth if they lose in the Championship game. However, no other team in America East is deserving of an At Large bid, meaning Albany must win to get in.

PREDICTION: Stony Brook is too good. They get the bid.           BUBBLE: No Bubble Teams

MAAC CONFERENCE

The MAAC looks like another 1 bid league. The tournament starts friday with Mount St Mary’s taking on Manhatten College and Siena will face Marist. I’d bet on the backet shaking out chalk with top seeded Siena facing second-seeded Mount St Mary’s. The two teams played a thrilling 8-7 game in the regular season with Siena getting the better end of the stick. Siena’s got one of the best goalies in the country in Brent Herbst and he’ll help Siena in another close one.

PREDICTION: Siena Automatic Qualifier                                        BUBBLE: No Bubble.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

Army locked up the AQ by winning the Conference. Bucknell (8-6) and Lafayette (8-6) are ranked by Lax Power, a highly respected site that uses mathematical formula’s including team strength of schedule and RPI to determine a power ranking, at 10th and 23rd. I’m a proponent of Lax Power but who did Bucknell beat this year? No one impressive if you ask me.

PREDICTION: Army won AQ                                                                      BUBBLE: No Bubble

CAA

The CAA has 4 teams with strong cases for NCAA Tourny inclusion in Towson, Hostra, Delaware and Drexel. Towson and Delaware will battle it out Saturday for the Conferences Automatic Qualifier. Hofsra and Drexel actually have the stronger At Large cases than the teams in the Championship game and the CAA will almost definately not get 4 teams in. 

PREDICTION: Delaware wins the championship

BUBBLE: Hofstra, Drexel, Towson

ECAC

Lax Power has Loyola ranked 7th, a little high, but wins over Towson and Georgetown but the on the bubble.

PREDICTION: Denver won the AQ

BUBBLE: Loyola

IVY

For the first time ever the IVY regular season was shared by 4 teams. After a series of tie breakers, Cornell earned the right to host and will take on Brown in the semi’s. Princeton will face Yale in the other semi. Look for Princeton and Cornell to advance.  Cornell is probably in the NCAA field no matter what, Princeton too, but they’d feel a whole lot more comfortable with a win.

PREDICTION:Cornell is at home and thats the difference

BUBBLE: Princeton

Big East

Being a new conference, the Big East wont get an AQ until 2012 but that doesn’t mean Syracuse isn’t a lock to make the field. Georgetown has failed to get that “resume builder” of a win. Villanova did beat drexel. Notre Dame has wins over Duke, Loyola and Denver on their resume but have stuggled mightily down the stretch. They have all done enough though to merit consideration. 

PREDICTION: Syracuse                                                                                             BUBBLE: Georgetown, Villanova, Notre Dame

ACC

The ACC doesn’t have enough teams to receive an AQ but its the best Conference in College Lacrosse. I wont waste any time here, it’s just a matter of seedings, cause they’re all in the field.

PREDICTION: Virginia, UNC, Maryland and Duke

Independents

Bryant recently beat Yale and has a win over tournament team Army. They suffered 1 goal losses to UNC and Stony Brook, and a 2 goal loss t0 Brown. I don’t like to talk about close losses though, it’s all about who you beat. They also beat Robert Morris, a fellow independent, and because of that loss I’m knocking Robert Morris off the bubble. Also notable in the field of independents is Johns Hopkins, who plays a killer schedule, but pending a game against #8 Loyola this weekend can finish no better than .500. This will likely be only the second time in school history they don’t make the tourny.

BUBBLE: Bryant

There you have it, 6 AQ’s (Denver, Army, Cornell, Stony Brook, Delaware and Siena), 5 more locks (Virginia, UNC, Maryland, Duke and Syracuse), leaving 5 At-Large spots for at least 9 bubble teams (Bryant, G-Town, Nova, Princeton, Loyola, Hofsra, Drexel and Towson) with Johns Hopkins and Bucknell long spots as two more teams in the discussion.

Bottom Line is that some very good teams will be left out. Check back tomorrow for who the Cannons Blog picks as the final field.

Of the 9 Bubble Teams and 2 Long shots, who do you think will fill the 5 At-Large berths?