The Boston Cannons, along with Plymouth Rock Assurance, are honoring five high school lacrosse athletes who have displayed exemplary character and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Prior to the Cannons home game against Rochester on Saturday, the team hosted the second game of their High School Rivalry Series with The Governor's Academy squaring off against Saint Sebastian's School at Harvard Stadium. The Arrows defeated the Governors 15-12 in an intense ISL matchup. The Cannons created the High School Rivalry Series event to acknowledge the talented high school lacrosse teams in Massachusetts, and also give the players an opportunity to showcase their skills in one of the most historic stadiums in the country. The Cannons have also created a High School Hero award to recognize a high school lacrosse athlete who excels on and off the field. This will be an award recognized prior to each of the final five home games.
The first High School Hero is Peter Pickard, an attackman for Saint Sebastian's. Peter is a tall, quick player who can carry the ball into good shooting areas. He has succeeded in the classroom and on the playing field.
For Peter and his teammates, playing at Harvard Stadium was a great experience.
"It's a totally different feeling," said Peter, who wears No. 19 for St. Sebs. "The stadium is massive. It felt like we were playing a college game with all the fans here. It feels awesome."
Playing at a colosseum-like stadium is as unique as it gets, but playing against your rival at a venue like Harvard made the game even more extreme.
"Governor's [Academy] has always been a good team from the ISL," Peter said. "We always have a very good competition. Luckily, we came out on top because it could have gone either way. It happens."
Saturday was a big game day for Peter and Saint Sebastian's lacrosse, but it was also a special day for Peter and the program. Unfortunately, Peter's mother is dealing with a battle against breast cancer and it has undoubtedly affected Peter. The team has done a tremendous job in supporting Peter through this difficult time. His teammates gave him a pair of pink lacrosse cleats and the whole team wore pink socks on Saturday. The Arrows' coaches wore pink ribbons.
Peter created a Go Fund Me page back in January to raise money for breast cancer, with all the proceeds going to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The original goal was to raise $50,000. After three months, the goal was reached and donations are still being accepted. As of May 14th, 2017, $52,822 has been raised.
Along with starting the fundraiser, playing in the High School Rivalry Series at Harvard Stadium was a great way for Peter and the Saint Sebastian's lacrosse team to spread awareness about breast cancer.
"It's [incredible], I can't even put it into words," said Peter of the support he's received. "Having that support when things are tough at home [is great]. I always have guys in the locker room that are helpful to me and they're always there for me. I just can't put it into words. The moral support is awesome."
The Cannons organization provided Saint Sebastian's with a memorable opportunity to suit up and play a game before the Cannons took the field. Not only did the Arrows get to play on an Ivy League field, they also seized the opportunity to spread more awareness for breast cancer. In the grand scheme of things, that is what matters the most. From starting the fundraiser to playing on Saturday, excelling on and off the field is what makes Peter Pickard a High School Hero.
Cannons fans, if you wish to support Peter's cause, visit