BOSTON, M.A. (March 22, 2016) – There was an abundance of clear blue skies and a scattering of wispy clouds that set the scene at Harvard Stadium as the Boston Cannons of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) hosted their 2016 open tryout on Sunday, March 20th.
The near freezing temperatures on Sunday morning didn't keep the 40 plus attendees from arriving in high spirits early in the morning for their chance to tryout for the Cannons. The players had traveled from all across the board, including being from ten different states, for their chance to tryout.
It was an exciting opportunity for many of these players to even have the chance of attending an open tryout. Even after graduating from college, lacrosse continues to be their passion. They've continued to train on the side despite working nine-to-five jobs in the real world. Through it all, they've still stayed close to the sport they fell in love with at a young age.
The attendees were put to work after being put through the proper stretching and warmup drills to avoid injury in the brisk cold by Cannons trainer,
Jason Bryne. From there, it was time for the Cannons coaching staff to take over and see if they were impressed by the talent they saw.
For the next two and a half hours, the players were pushed and tested through a series of drills. Under the watchful eye of head coach,
Sean Quirk, and assistant coaches,
Jim Murphy, John Klepacki, and
Sean Kirwan, the coaches took notes surveying all of the players that they saw.
At the end of it all, the coaches and Cannons general manager,
Kevin Barney gathered to discuss and deliberate. Five players from the tryout were extended an invitation to the Boston Cannons Training Camp on April 2nd-3rd at Endicott College and recieved a phone call from Coach Quirk with the news.
James Fahey (UMass Amherst),
Andrew Newbold (Sacred Heart University), and
Jak Wawrzyniak (Providence) recieved three of the five invitiations. Midfielder,
Peter Vlahakis a 2004 graduate from Fairfield University and attack,
Chris Breiner from Lemoyne College also got the call.
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Come training camp at Endicott College, the five invitees will be put to the bigger test as they aim for a roster spot during the regular season against Cannons regulars. Once again, it will be a big opportunity to rise to the occasion.
Following training camp at Endicott, there will be a second weekend of camp taking place at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. From there, the season will get underway shortly when the Cannons travel to take on the Charlotte Hounds on April 23rd.
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