2/21/13 11:43 AM
Boston Cannons contracts continue to come into the front office as players sign on for 2013 prior to the March 1 deadline. Players set to return for 2013 include:
Paul Rabil (Midfield)
Named a team captain in 2012, Rabil set an MLL record with 72 points on 27 goals, including seven two-point goals, and 38 assists. The prolific scoring earned him MLL Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year and third time in four seasons.
Matt Poskay (Attack)
The Cannons all-time leading goal scorer, Poskay joined the 200 club in 2012, reaching 208 career goals. He led the Cannons with 38 on the season. This will be Poskay's eighth season with the Cannons.
Kyle Sweeney (Defense)
MLL veteran Sweeney returns as a defensive leader following a season with 32 ground balls, three goals and five assists.
Kevin Buchanan (Mifield/Attack)
Buchanan scored a career-high 31 goals (including a two-pointer) in 2012, adding 10 assists for 42 points, also a career high. Buchanan was named an MLL All-Star for the second time.
Ryan Boyle (Attack)
Named the Cannons MVP of 2012, Boyle was second on the team with 58 points on the season. He also set the MLL assists record with 236 (and counting). Boyle is poised to become the first player to reach 400 points in 2013 - he currently has 395 in his career.
Jordan Burke (Goalie)
Voted the Cannons Defensive Player of the Year, Burke also earned MLL Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and Player of the Game once in 2012. He was also named an MLL All-Star.
Jon Hayes (Midfield)
After breaking out in the 2011 championship run, Hayes became a key defensive midfielder for the Cannons in 2012. He also scored three goals - the first of his career - during the season.
Pat Heim (Midfield)
A versatile player, Heim scored six goals for the Cannons last season, including two during man-up opportunities.
Chris Mattes (Midfield/face Off)
Selected first in the 2013 Supplemental Draft, Mattes brings a proven face-off specialist to work with Chris Eck at the X. Mattes played in six games last year for the Outlaws, going 50-177 overall. As a rookie, he played in one game for the Cannons, the 10-9 victory over Denver.
PT Ricci (Defense)
In his second season with the Cannons, Ricci collected 45 ground balls in 13 games with the Cannons.
Owen "Kit" Smith (Midfield)
Named the Cannons Rookie of the Year after earning a spot on the team through an open tryout, Smith played in seven games for the Cannons and scored two goals.
In his rookie season coming out of Johns Hopkins, Boland played in six games for the Cannons, scoring two goals and adding two assists.
The Cannons aquired Briggs in February in a trade with the Charlotte Hounds and look to him to make an immediate impact at midfield. Briggs played in eight games with Denver in 2012, scoring two goals and four assists for six points on the season.
Long-pole Nizolek returns to the Cannons for the fourth season since graduating from the University of Virginia. Nizolek played in one game in 2012.
In a breakout season, Sussman scored 20 goals in eight games for the Cannons in 2012, including a six-point game in Hamilton, for which he earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors.
Chris Eck (Midfield/Face-Off)
Eck is a three-time MLL All-Star who played in thirteen games in the 2012 season, scoring six goals. Eck also led the Cannons in ground balls, collecting 109 during the season.
Mitch Belisle (Defense)
Named a team captain prior to the 2012 season, Belisle played in eleven games and collected twenty ground balls to lead the defense.
Jake Beebe (Attackmen)
In 2012, after two years on the Cannons' practice squad, Beebe was named the Bud Light Player of the Game on Cannons opening day on April 28, scoring four goals.
JJ Gilbane (Midfield)
College: During his senior year, Gilbane played in 13 games, scoring 10 goals and adding one assist. He was drafted by the Boston Cannons in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft and remained on the Collegiate Inactive List for the season.
Eric Hagarty (Goalie)
Selected in the 18th round, 144th overall in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft by the Boston Cannons, Hagarty dressed as Jordan Burke's back-up in one game in 2012.
Jeff Brown (Attackmen)
College: Jeff played defense for Denver University for all four seasons. He saw playing time in 45 games over his four-year career and finished with 37 groundballs and caused a total of 27 turnovers which is tied for third all-time in DU's Division I career record books. Brown was picked in the 6th round, 46th overall of the 2013 MLL supplemental draft.
Tom Celentani (Defense)
College: Celentani was a three-year starter who finished his career playing 44 games in a row on close defense. During his senior year, he recorded a goal and an assist on the season with 32 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers. These totals were fourth on the team in groundballs and first in caused turnovers. Celentani was picked in the 4th round, 30th overall by the Denver Outlaws in the 2012 MLL draft and acquired by the Cannons in the 2013 Supplemental Draft.
Frank Tufano (Defense)
College: In 2011, Tufano was First Team All-CAA selection on defense after moving from long pole. Tufano started every game and scored a goal against Lafayette, the second of his career. He led the team with 48 ground balls and picked up five or more ground balls five times. He had a season-high seven ground balls against both Bryant and Lafayette. He also led the team with 25 caused turnovers. Tufano was picked in the 11th round, number 86 overall in the 2013 MLL Supplemental Draft.
Scott LaRue (Midfield)
In 2012, Scott played in six games for the Rochester Rattlers where he scooped two ground balls. During his senior year at Maryland, LaRue returned to full-time action in the 20-8 win over No. 14 Georgetown (after recovering from an injury), finishing with one assist and three groundballs and helped hold the Hoyas scoreless for 20:12 during the game.
Tim Langmaid (Defense)
He appeared in 47 career games for the Delaware Blue Hens with 34 starts and contributed two goals, 62 groundballs, and 33 caused turnovers during his career which ranks No. 3 on the all-time UD caused turnovers list.
Brent Adams (Midfield)
The Cannons acquired Adams in a trade with the Chesapeake Bayhawks last fall. Adams attended Fairfield University where he was a 2012 All-American selection and two time All-ECAC First Team selection following the 2011 and 2012 seasons.