By Joe Keegan | 1/19/12 12:34 PM
The Boston Cannons added eight players to their roster in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft. The defending MLL Champions looked to add depth to a roster which returns most of its key players. After losing Max Quinzani to the Long Island Lizards in the Expansion Draft, the Cannons first looked to add some attackmen.
The Cannons selected attackman Chris Boland of Johns Hopkins University with their first pick in the draft (15th overall). Boland played his high school lacrosse at Boys’ Latin. He has led the Blue Jays in scoring twice during his collegiate career. In 2011, he recorded 34 goals and 20 assists and in 2009, he tallied 28 goals and 18 assists. His 2010 season was cut short after a knee injury in the second game of the year.
Shortly after selecting Boland, the Cannons took another attackman – Kevin Cunningham of Villanova University – with the 19th overall pick. Cunningham is a native of Garden City, NY. He played his high school lacrosse at Kellenberg. In his junior year, Cunningham posted 24 goals and 21 assists. He has been named a captain for the Wildcats’ 2012 season.
The next selection by the Cannons was Mark Staines, a long stick midfielder from the University of North Carolina. Staines, the 32nd overall pick, is from Gambrills, MD. In high school, Staines was a four-year letterman in both lacrosse and football at The Severn School. Tarheels’ Head Coach Joe Breschi thinks very highly of his tri-captain, saying, “Mark's role is going to be bigger than it ever has been. He's a tremendous athlete at the long stick middie position. He'll be on the wings on the face-off. His strength is in the transition game. We've really tried to work on his individual game. He's got to be a workhorse. He's our number one pole, our number two pole, our number three pole. He's the guy."
The Cannons selected another long stick midfielder with the 37th overall pick – Will Koshansky of the University of Pennsylvania. Koshansky played at St. Anthony’s in high school. As a junior at Penn, he was named second-team All-Ivy. He finished third in the nation in caused turnovers per game with 3.0.
With the 40th overall pick, the Cannons continued the defensive trend, selecting Chris Clements from the University of Virginia. A Baltimore native, Clements played at St. Paul’s where he recorded 45 goals as a midfielder during his senior season. He moved to long pole in January 2011. As a junior he played in all 18 games, starting 14 of them.
The Cannons added depth to their midfield with the 48th overall pick, JJ Gilbane of Cornell University. Gilbane is from Rumford, RI. He played at Providence Country Day School before completing a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy. Gilbane had a breakout year as a junior, recording 12 goals and 2 assists in 17 games.
With the 56th overall pick, the team picked Greg Mahony. Mahony, a midfielder from Yale University, is a native of Mercer Island, WA. In 2011 he was second-team All-Ivy. He finished third on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 8 assists.
The Cannons’ final selection of the draft was Martin Bowes, selected 64th overall. Bowes plays midfield at Hartford University, where he finished fifth on the team in scoring as a junior with 20 goals and 13 assists. He was an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star back in high school when he played for Quincy, MA.