June 28, 2017 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Boston Cannons
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, the premiere professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that the club has acquired midfielders Dave Lawson and Chris Lapierre in a trade with the New York Lizards. In exchange, the Cannons have sent attackman Will Manny and midfielder Joe Locascio to the Lizards.
Lawson played his college lacrosse at Duke and was drafted in the fifth round (40th overall) of the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Rochester Rattlers. As a senior in 2013, he scored 36 goals and 17 assists for a career-high 53 points and was a First Team All-American. He scored 71 goals and 32 assists in 80 college games.
He remained in Rochester for three seasons before being dealt to the Lizards after the 2015 season, and went on to score a career-high 32 goals in his first year with New York in 2016, help leading the Lizards to the MLL Championship. Lawson has played in 55 career games, scoring 106 goals, 3 two-point goals, and 5 assists for 145 total points. He has 8 goals and 3 assists in eight games this year. He is a native of Westford, Massachusetts and played lacrosse at Middlesex High School.
Lapierre was selected second overall by the Hamilton Nationals in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft while playing at the University of Virginia. He finished his college career in 2014 after receiving a medical hardship waiver for 2013. He played in 70 games for the Cavaliers, scoring 22 goals and 19 assists, and picked up 259 groundballs.
Lapierre made his MLL debut in 2014 with the Florida Launch and stayed there until he was traded to New York during the 2015 season. He was a member of the Steinfeld Cup-winning Lizards team in 2015. Lapierre has played 32 career games, tallying 11 goals, 2 assists, and 58 groundballs. This year, he has played in 4 games, picking up 7 groundballs.
"We are thrilled to have Dave Lawson and Lapierre join the Boston Cannons family!" said Head Coach Sean Quirk. "We know they will be a great addition to our already extremely close net culture and winning tradition. I want to personally thank Will Manny for being a captain and a leader for Boston during his entire MLL career. It has been a pleasure to coach him the past two seasons. Will is someone that I connected with immediately when I took the job with the Cannons last season. I wish him the best of success in New York and with his college coaching career."
Both Lapierre and Lawson will help stabilize the Cannons midfield as the team enters the stretch run of the season. Lapierre will help the Cannons in the defensive midfield, and he's a good player to have alongside fellow short-stick midfielders Josh Hawkins and Justin Turri. He brings size (6'3", 210 pounds) and experience to an overall young Cannons team.
The Cannons have needed offensive help all season long, especially in the midfield position. The team is hoping Lawson will provide some scoring out of the midfield. He should be a good add to an offensive midfield consisting of Max Seibald, Kyle Jackson, and Sergio Perkovic.
"I want to thank Will Manny for his nearly five years with the Cannons," said Cannons General Manager Kevin Barney. "He has been a true professional on and off the field. I wish him the best of luck moving forward."
"We made a big move today to put our team in a position to make a playoff run," Barney explained. "Dave Lawson has been one of the most dangerous middies in the league over the past five years. He is not only a scorer, but he scores big goals with his countless late game and OT game winners. Chris Lapierre has been a top defensive midfielder who will add depth and fit into our style of pushing transition. He is a big athletic midfielder who will help us on both sides of the ball."
The Cannons return to action on the road against Rochester on July 16th at 5:00pm. Boston returns home for its final two home games July 29th against Florida at 6:00pm and August 5th against Atlanta at 6:00pm.