When Boston Cannons head coach Sean Quirk began constructing the roster that will enter training camp in March, talent, athleticism and complementary skill all were important factors.
Yet, there also was one trait that went beyond the measurables that was as important as any when looking to bring players in to this year’s team.
That trait was commitment.
"We were especially thorough with these guys in the offseason in the supplemental draft and with trades we were considering," said Quirk (Cheshire, Conn.). "We did a lot of talking to the guys when we could, and asking around about them, because we wanted players who could give as much commitment to the season as we possibly could."
It may sound like a simple request in a professional sport. But with most Major League Lacrosse players having full-time jobs in other professions — and not being local to the teams they play for — that commitment level can be elusive.