January 13, 2013

Cannons select two local standouts in MLL Draft

By Jesse Connolly

The 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft was held Friday night in Philadelphia and saw the Cannons snatch up two of the top local products available.

Boston selected Jake Smith 30th overall in the fourth round. The UMass Minuteman was an All-American defenseman at Medfield High School.

In the eighth round, the Cannons grabbed Quinn Cully. The Notre Dame midfielder and former All-American at Duxbury High went 62nd overall.

The Cannons had the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft and used it to select Cameron Flint, a midfielder at the University of Denver. Flint had 16 goals, seven assists and 30 ground balls in all 14 games for the Pioneers and was named All-ECAC and an All-America Honorable Mention.

"As always with the collegiate draft, we were looking for players who are athletic on the field and can complement our offense," said Cannons head coach Steve Duffy, whose team added eight players in all on the night. "We believe our first three picks will be able to come in and make an immediate impact this season."

Prior to Flint’s selection, Hamilton picked Amherst, Mass., native Josh Hawkins fifth overall. Hawkins, a midfielder at Loyola where he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team last year, shined at Amherst Regional High and Deerfield Academy.

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