Cannons Re-Sign Two Key Players

Turri and Emala join Nardella, Fiorito and Belisle signed on for 2018

Boston, MA – The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, the premiere professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that the club has re-signed attackman Davey Emala and captain Justin Turri through the 2018 season.

Emala, who joined the Cannons in 2015, just completed his third season with Boston and finished second on the team with 37 points (32 goals, 5 assists). He recorded his 100th career point on June 22 against Ohio. In 42 career games for the Cannons, Emala has 92 goals, 20 assists, and 112 points. He has led the team in goals all three seasons.

Emala has not missed a game since arriving in Boston and has shaped himself into one of the most consistent attackman in the league. In 2015, Emala was named the MLL Brine Most Improved Player of the Year.

“I am very excited to be back in Boston for the 2018 MLL season,” said Emala.  “Boston is an amazing place to play, and the Cannons organization as a whole is first class.  We have a great combination of talented young players, along with accomplished veterans that will lead the way heading into next season.  I am looking forward to helping this team reach our ultimate goal of a championship.”

Turri joined the Cannons before the 2016 season and was named a captain in 2017. He notched 29 points in 2016, including three two-point goals. Although he saw more of a defensive role in 2017, he was still able to tally nine goals and seventeen points in eleven games. He’s valuable at both ends of the field and plays a big role on the Cannons.

Emala and Turri join Joe Nardella, Mitch Belisle and Tyler Fiorito who have one year remaining on their two-year contracts with the Cannons.

Nardella, drafted in 2015 out of Rutgers, is coming off his best professional season after scoring nine goals and fifteen points. He also went 214-407 at the faceoff X and picked up 99 groundballs earning his first All-Star game selection this year. Nardella is also on the Team USA training team for the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship.

“I am very excited to be back with Boston,” said Nardella. “Boston has become home for me and I want nothing more [than] to bring a championship to the best fans in the MLL.”
Fiorito was acquired by Boston in 2016 and had a career-best 8-6 record in his first season with the Cannons. Last year, Fiorito made 173 saves in 13 games and was an MLL All-Star selection for the second straight year. He was originally drafted tenth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2012 Collegiate Draft.

Belisle made his MLL debut in 2007 and joined the Cannons in 2009. Since arriving in Boston, Belisle has become one of the best shutdown defenseman in the league and a leader on and off the field. His aggressive style makes him one of the toughest guys to play against and the Cannons are looking forward to having him for another season.

The Cannons have now locked up five of their best players early in the offseason and hope to use this momentum to continue to build a strong roster.

The window to opt in to Player Movement has closed, and the 23-man protected roster is due this Friday, September 29th. Player Movement is the league’s policy to allow players who have played at least five consecutive seasons and are on expiring contracts the opportunity to talk with other teams. The eligible players must file by a certain date if they wish to explore their options and discuss contracts. If a team loses a player in Player Movement, they may be compensated by that specific player’s new team with a collegiate draft pick.

This year, players had until September 22 to declare for Player Movement. Both Emala and Turri were eligible, however they did not file as both were committed to remaining in Boston.