Another trophy has been added to Boston's decade of sports dominance as the Boston Cannons took home the Steinfeld Trophy after winning the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Championship game against the Hamilton Nationals on August 28. Players like Paul Rabil, Jordan Burke and Matt Poskay have had their names in the limelight and have had consistent media exposure. However, there's one Boston Cannon that may not have had the media's attention but was certainly respected in the Cannons' locker room. D-Middie Matt Smalley was part of a defensive midfielder group, which also included JJ Morrissey, Matt Casey and Jon Hayes, that led the team to their first MLL Championship Title.
While his name may not jump out in the score sheet, his efforts on the field did not go unnoticed. During his two seasons in the league, Smalley has tallied just 7 points but has amassed 92 ground balls, an amazing stat that is evidence of his work ethic and tenacity on the field. He is a vital piece of the Cannons, not just because of his "blue collar" defensive skills and efficiency at picking up loose balls, but his personality and humor that adds a dynamic layer to the "family" that is the Boston Cannons.
Here are a few tips Matt provides to lacrosse players that will make them "Champions" both on and off the field:
1) Take care of your stick. Yes I am just a lowly d-middie, however a well manicured stick definitely helps me do my job and will help you as well.
2) Be active. Younger generations play WAY too many video games. Get outside and play something: Football, man hunt, dodge ball etc…..
3) Eat and drink healthy.
4) Play a variety of sports when you’re young. Don’t let your life become dominated by just one sport.
5) Go to the wall. Playing wall ball ten minutes a day can help your game tremendously.
6) A bold piece of facial hair is a must. I prefer the Fu-Manchu. It’s also a great conversation starter off the field.
7) While off field with your Fu-Manchu, you may encounter a dance floor. Everyone loves an ice breaker so go out there and bust a move.
8) "But what dance move should I do?" Great question. I prefer the “Double Dutch” for two reasons. A) It’s a group dance move so your teammates can get involved. B) It’s a real hit when executed properly.
9) Find your real passion in life. For me it’s saltwater fishing. I’m at my happiest when doing this because it’s relaxing and fun to do with friends and family.
10) Most importantly…..have fun! If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing then it's time to change it up.
The Boston Cannons are taking the Steinfeld Trophy all over the Boston region so make sure to check out the Boston Cannons Facebook page to see photos, leave comments and find out where the Steinfeld Trophy is making its' next stop: