BOSTON, MA – The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today trades with the Florida Launch and the Denver Outlaws. The Cannons acquired defenseman Brodie Merrill, midfielder Martin Cahill, and the No. 37 pick in the 2014 Collegiate Draft from the Florida Launch, and in a separate trade acquired the eighth overall selection in the 2014 Collegiate Draft and midfielderWill Mangan from the Outlaws.
The Cannons sent the No. 12 pick in the college draft, defenseman PT Ricci and midfielder Lee Coppersmith to Florida. To complete the deal with Denver, Boston sends midfielder Cam Flint and the 43rd overall selection in the college draft to the Outlaws.
“This was a huge step in our roster building process for 2014,” said Cannons General Manager Kevin Barney. “Coach Tucker did a great job in completing these deals and making our team better today.”
“Our staff and management team is thrilled to have Brodie and Marty on our team,” said Cannons head coach John Tucker. “Brodie Merrill is arguably the best player to ever play his position and it became increasingly important for us to bolster our defensive unit. He is the consummate leader who does so many of the little things it takes to win championships.”
“Marty returns to us after having an excellent 2013 season for the Nationals. He is an excellent scorer who is finding his range in MLL and will be a wonderful complement to our current group of midfielders.”
Merrill is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensemen in MLL history. He is a six-time Warrior Defense Player of the Year recipient and holds the MLL record for career ground balls with 711 in nine seasons. In 2013 Merrill tied for the league lead in points by a defensemen and was named to the All-MLL Team for the ninth consecutive year.
Cahill had a breakout season with the Hamilton Nationals scoring 14 goals including two 2-pointers. In 2011, Cahill had a career-high 18 goals for the Rochester Rattlers. Manganis entering his third season in Major League Lacrosse, having appeared in 18 games, totaling 16 goals and six assists. The Cannons now hold the No. 8, 17 and 19 selections in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft.
The Cannons will open their 2104 Season at home on April 26 against the defending MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Outlaws Acquire Cameron Flint in Trade with Cannons
DENVER–The Denver Outlaws have acquired midfielder Cameron Flint and a sixth-round collegiate draft choice (43rdoverall) from Boston in exchange for midfielder Will Mangan and a first-round pick (8th overall).
Flint, who was a three time All-American at the University of Denver, scored eight goals and assisted on nine others for a total of 17 point in seven games as a rookie last year for the Cannons. He earned Major League Lacrosse’s Cascade Rookie of the Week Award after a four-goal, one-assist outing in Boston’s 13-10 win in Week 9.
“As a rookie in the MLL last season, Cameron Flint showed that he can be one of the up-and-coming stars of the league,” Outlaws General Manager Tony Seaman said. “We feel that he is a great fit for our organization. A key contributor to the success of DU’s NCAA Playoff teams while he was in college, he is a natural fit to continue his professional career with the Outlaws.”
Flint was selected with the sixth overall pick in last year’s MLL collegiate draft by Boston after a career in which he scored 103 goals with 35 assists at the University of Denver. He finished his career with the Pioneers ranked sixth in goals and 10th in total points. A four-time all-ECAC member, Flint earned a spot on the Tewaaraton watch list his senior season. Flint was the fourth overall selection by Minnesota in the 2013 National League Lacrosse draft.