Boston Cannons Player Spotlight: Nick Marrocco
Boston - After helping the Boston Cannons to a bounce-back season that saw them make the playoffs for the first time since 2015, Nick Marrocco will be looking to take them even further in 2020.
The Cannons co-captain did his part to lead his team throughout the season as he finished fourth in the league with a save percentage of 50.26% and third in the league with a goals against average of 12.74 (among goalies with at least ten hours of game time). He has also had game-winning saves that were worthy of being on SportsCenter.
The 23 year-old was named the 2019 David Huntley Man of the Year at MLL Honors, for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, professionalism and service to their community. Throughout the season, Marrocco was consistently leading many of the Cannons' community initiatives and made sure to leave an impact on the people around him. He was the primary spokesperson for the Cannons during their Annual "Cannons Fighting Cancer" initiative which raised over $100,000 to support Boston Children's Hospital. He also led his teammates to Weymouth, MA to visit the Mighty Quinn who is a Cannons fan that had recently had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Marrocco was also a participant in the Cap Walk 2019 Fashion Show to benefit the Verma Foundation in September.
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Marrocco came on to the national stage when playing for Duxbury, just south of Boston, where he was a decorated high school netminder. In addition to being a two-time All-American, Marrocco helped lead the Dragons to the 2012 D1 State Championship, while also earning numerous postseason accolades (2014 Boston Globe Player of the Year, 2014 BostonLax and Mass Prep Stars Player of the Year, among many others - check out his roster page for the full list).
Marrocco, a top national recruit, decided to pursue his degree and lacrosse career with the Georgetown Hoyas. He helped lead the Hoyas to the Big East title in his senior season and was named as a First Team USILA All-American. Before graduating, Marrocco was the NCAA Division I career leader in saves among active players and finished fourth all-time in the program's history with 658 saves. During his time off the field, Marrocco was an active volunteer and found the time to write and publish Lacrosse The Globe: How to succeed in the growing game of lacrosse.
Marrocco returned to Boston after being picked up from the MLL player pool by the Cannons in June of the 2018 season. In 2018 Marrocco went 2-2 with a goals against average of 12.56 and a save percentage of 54.7% in the season. The second year goaltender was named a 2019 MLL All-Star and won the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week award twice throughout the season.
In an impressive season that saw the Cannons return to the playoffs for the first time in four years, Marrocco was able to help lead his team with a 9-6 record as a starter in 2019. He also ranked second in the league in saves with 190 and was first with 73 clean saves. A couple of his top outings from the season included a 16-10 win over the Dallas Rattlers on June 9 where he saved 15 of the 25 shots on goal and a 19-9 victory over the Atlanta Blaze where he finished with a save percentage of 63.16%, stopping 12 of the 19 shots on net.
Although the Cannons suffered a disappointing end to their season during MLL Championship Weekend, the outlook for next season remains positive as Marrocco and almost all of the team's top players are contracted to return in 2020.
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