June 6, 2010 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Boston Cannons
BOSTON, MA - Sunday, June 6, 2010 - The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) selected 9 players tonight in the 2010 MLL Draft. The draft was held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Six of the nine players selected tonight by the Cannons hail from New England.
With their first pick, number 3 overall, the Boston Cannons selected Max Quinzani, Attackman from Duke University. Quinzani is a Duxbury, MA native who won the Massachusetts State Championship with Duxbury High School in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Quinzani had 93 goals and 63 assists his senior year and was named the Massachusetts High School Lacrosse Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 by the Boston Globe. His 557 career points in high school broke the national record that was previously held by Casey Powell.
At Duke, Quinzani wasted little time becoming an impact player. He played in all 20 games his freshman year scoring 24 goals and adding 4 assists. His sophomore year production more than doubled as Quinzani tallied 64 goals and 8 assists for the Blue Devils. He was a USILA Third Team All-American selection and was named to the All-ACC team. Quinzani led Duke in goals with 46 his junior year while tallying at least 1 goal in all 19 games, extending his goal scoring streak to 46 games. He saved his best for his senior season when he led the Blue Devils in goals with a career best 64 goals and 77 points overall. His 77 points rank eighth in Duke single season history, while his 64 goals rank third at Duke and eighth in NCAA single season history. His 199 career goals rank number 2 in Duke and NCAA history. Quinzani ended his Duke career by leading the team to an NCAA Championship. Quinzani scored the last second game winner in the National Semi-final as Duke upset top-ranked Virginia. The semi-finals goal extended Quinzani's goal scoring streak to 65 straight games.
"I am excited to join the Cannons family," said Quinzani after being selected. "I want to bring some of the success I had at Duke to Boston and I am excited to try and win a Championship in Boston."
When asked about his first pick in this year's draft, Cannons Head Coach Bill Daye said, "We were very excited to add Max to our squad. He will complement our attack very well." Coach Daye added, "Max is a tenacious rider and a hustler. It showed as he not only scored a lot of goals for Duke, but was third on the team in ground balls. We are looking forward to his contributions to our team this season. He is a very athletic player who has shown the ability to score goals throughout his high school and collegiate career. I am looking forward to seeing him in a Cannons uniform very soon and helping our team."
Overall Coach Daye was pleased with the 2010 draft. "I felt we were able to add depth across the board at the positions we needed to," said Coach Daye. "We drafted immediate impact players and solid players who can learn a lot from our veterans and help this team down the road."
The Cannons second pick was the 12th overall, and they selected Steven Boyle, Attackman from Johns Hopkins University. Another local product, Boyle is a Derry, NH native and led Johns Hopkins in goals (32), assists (23), and points (55) in 2010. Boyle was an USILA All-American Honorable Mention his senior season. "Steven is another solid attackman who can learn a tremendous amount from Ryan Boyle as a 'Backup QB' so to speak," said Coach Daye of his second pick of the night.
With their third pick, 14th overall, the Cannons selected Jim Connolly, Attackman from the University of Massachusetts. Connolly was the third straight attackman and New England native picked by the Cannons. The North Andover native scored 90 goals in 47 career games at UMass and was the 2009 ECAC Offensive Player of The Year.
The Cannons had 2 picks in the fourth round, 20th and 21st overall, and selected with the 20th overall pick, Chris Nixon, Midfielder from Georgetown University. Nixon is another Duxbury native who helped lead Duxbury High School to 3 straight state championships from 2004-2006. Nixon collected 43 ground balls his senior season for the Hoyas. With the 21st overall pick, the Cannons picked Nick Tsouris, Midfielder from Yale University. Tsouris was a second team All-Ivy and All-New England selection in 2010. A defensive midfielder, Tsouris is from Stony Brook, NY.
In the fifth round, the Cannons made their 6th selection on the night and with the 27th overall pick, they selected Ryan Nizolek, Defenseman from the University of Virginia. Nizolek is an athletic defenseman who played in 15 games for the Cavaliers in 2010, collecting 31 ground balls.
With their 6th round pick, the Cannons selected Jason Duboe, Midfielder from Harvard University 33rd overall. Duboe scored 11 goals this past season and was a pre-season All-Ivy First Team selection.
In the 7th round the Cannons selected Kevin Gould, Attackman from Bentley University. Gould was the Cannons only non-Division 1 pick in the draft. Gould was the third Duxbury High School product selected by the Cannons. He led Bentley in scoring in 2010 with 42 points on 17 goals and 25 assists.
With their final pick in the draft, in the eighth round, the Cannons selected Grant Krebs, Midfielder from Notre Dame University. Krebs helped lead the Fighting Irish all the way to the NCAA Championship Game this year. Krebs was second on Notre Dame with 24 goals in 2010.
The Cannons return to action on Saturday, June 12 at 3:00 PM when they host the Denver Outlaws at Harvard Stadium.
Group and individual tickets are on sale for all remaining Cannons home games and the 2010 MLL All-Star Game being held at Harvard Stadium on July 8th. For more information, or to purchase Cannons tickets, visit BOSTONCANNONS.COM or call (617) 746-9933.