December 15, 2012

Cannons deal for Bayhawks' Adams

Staff Report

The Cannons traded a 2014 fifth-roundpick to Chesapeake for midfielder Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.), who starred at Fairfield University. (Getty Images)

The Boston Cannons in October announced a trade for former Fairfield University star Brent Adams and placed him on the team’s 23-man protected list for the 2013 Major League Lacrosse season.

Each offseason, MLL teams can protect 23 players for the following season; unprotected players automatically enter the league player pool and can be selected by any team in the Dec. 12 supplemental draft. 

The Cannons’ list included most names that fans would expect to see — 2012 Offensive Player of the Year Paul Rabil, the MLL all-time assists leader Ryan Boyle, and the 2011 Championship Weekend MVP Jordan Burke, for example — with the surprise addition of Adams, a Norwalk, Conn., native who played defensive midfield for the Chesapeake Bayhawks during his rookie season this year. The Cannons sent their fifth-round pick in the 2014 collegiate draft to Chesapeake.

The Cannons may have felt the need to pick up Adams because defensive middie JJ Morrissey, a native of Winchester, Mass., announced his retirement from MLL play. The Cannons also traded reserve faceoff specialist John Ortolani (Billerica, Mass.) to the Rochester Rattlers for their second-round pick in the 2014 collegiate draft.

“We hate to lose JJ and John, as they were both exemplary team members on and off the field,” Cannons general manager Kevin Barney said. “They won’t be easy to replace, but we’re definitely looking to use our early picks in the upcoming collegiate draft to find players that will make an immediate impact.”

Burke is the only goalie on the Cannons’ 23-man protected roster. The rest of the squad includes attackmen Boyle, Jake Beebe, Chris Boland, Matt Poskay and Ari Sussman; midfielders Rabil, Adams, Kevin Buchanan, Martin Cahill, Chris Eck, Jon Hayes, Pat Heim, Bill McGlone, Matt Smalley, Kit Smith, Mike Stone and Kevin Vaughan; and defenders Mitch Belisle, Brian Farrell, Jack Reid, PT Ricci and Kyle Sweeney.

Season tickets on sale

The Boston Cannons opened 2013 season-ticket sales in mid-October, with discounted prices available through the end of November.

Cannons season tickets include all seven regular-season home games at Harvard Stadium — the dates of which have not yet been determined — the best seats in each category, a discounted parking pass offer, admission to an exclusive season-ticket holder appreciation event with coaches and players, and more. The team has a “ticket exchange program” that allows season-ticket holders to swap and change tickets based on their personal needs, thereby avoiding problems where the team’s dates don’t mesh with a buyer’s schedule, offering the most flexibility and value for the season.

Additionally, the first 400 season tickets purchased will come with a $10 gift card from select Cannons partners. For each ticket purchased, season-ticket holders can choose a gift card from Fresh City, Papa Gino’s, Miller’s Ale House or Dick’s Sporting Goods.

While season tickets can be purchased in this early promotion for as little as $91, the biggest discount is on the best seats in the stadium, the “Sideline Club” seats that offer a cushioned seat just 10 feet from the action. Sideline Club season-ticket holders receive special benefits, including private visits from coaches and players after each home game, a Cannons sideline merchandise item, a complimentary parking pass with each account, and more.

Additionally, the Cannons have started a “Youth Partnership Program” for 2013, working with regional lacrosse programs. The partnership includes season tickets, priority access to game-day amenities including the Dream Team and youth games, group outings, exclusive chalk talk with Cannons coaches, website and social media recognition, a personal account manager and more. 

 This article originally appeared in the November-December 2012 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. 

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